Ah….summertime. When many bloggers take a break.
Not the Music Evangelism gang! They are still at it. The students created a great blog that continues to get a lot of hits.
Chicago summertimes are always filled with music: Pitchfork Music Festival, Lollapalooza, etc.. I went to Lollapalooza for the first time with my teenagers this summer. Whew… Cat Power and Radiohead were great. My partner witnessed Wilco who stood out, he said. (My son thought 9 Inch Nails were pretty ‘killer’…) But yes, I am getting too old for 85,000 people in Grant park.
Sitting with 30,000 people in the park to watch and sing to “The Blues Brothers” movie was almost enough for me. Projectionist James Bond produced yet another perfect outdoor screening for one of my favorite Chicago summer events–Chicago Outdoor Film Festival.
FIELD TRIP TO CAN TV
The Guerilla Media class went to Chicago’s CanTV for a free orientation–the first step towards getting trained to produce your own free TV show. The students got a good introduction to the challenges of financing community media, and keeping it fresh, provocative, and up-to-date. Community television is in the midst of a big transition with the digital universe. Chicago Access Network Television is trying to keep up…
FINAL STUDENT PROJECTS FOR GUERILLA MEDIA CLASS 08
I promised to cover some of the final student projects in our first Guerilla Media class at Loyola Chicago. The students produced a wide variety of great, guerilla media interventions. Here are a few:
Bike Clubs–The “Guerilla” media quotient for this project was quite strong. The students distributed Bike Club cards and impressive posters, and created a Facebook site and a web site. But the students’ ability to lay the groundwork for a participatory cultural experience for Loyola students was the best part of the project. The students organized to form a student bike club that repairs abandoned bikes on campus, and then places them around Loyola’s Chicago city campuses with accessible bike locks for free student rides. They also negotiated with Campus Safety and Facilities in order to secure free bikes and a repair location. Finally, they secured significant funds from Student Activities to make it all happen. See LUC Bike Rental Service
Red Eye Redux–Writing and placing “Redux”–a student-written ‘underground’ newsletter inside of Chicago’s “Red Eye” free weekly was a gutsy, guerilla thing to do. The writing style, critique of faux journalism, and overall creativity were strong, but the cynicism was a little heavy… Check out Redux, the blog.
Potty Poetry–Appreciated the instinct–placing free writing paper, attached clipboards and pens in toilets to write poetry. As long as vandalism does not happen with the materials, and a destructive-free way of posting the poems occurs regularly, poetry in potties is a beautiful thing.
Music Policing–The Music Evangelism gang got policed by MySpace! Even though they had permission to post free music, it got taken down rapidly by weg administrators. But that attention got them noticed. Using Bebo seemed to be a nice alternative too–for Bootz and Friends. The students’ Music Evangelism blog definitely got the most hits in the class.
IRS Sign ‘Bombing’ and Free DVD distribution–In a true libertarian spirit, some of The Third Party bloggers went to the post office on Tax Day with posters, signs and free DVDs that questioned the current US tax system. A Third Party Blog should continue its interesting global work on multi-party systems around the globe!
Lots of other good student projects featured street performers (Chicago’s Bucket Boys and Copper Cowboy), Vocalo and more experimentations with sound, music and the web, documentaries about women rugby players, and Kartemquin-inspired blogs that wonder about love: LoveIsUs.
I encourage more students to add to this guerilla media blog in the future. I will keep an eye out for new links too.