Op8 and I got to visit Seattle last week to support the Press Start Button film at PAX2005. The lovely and ethereal X managed to stay here at Aoineko home base, being far too cool for such things ;-)
We slept on floors + couches provided by the inimitable The People Now. Gratis members may note TPN frontman Turkish's lilting guitar on the last track of Fragile Machine EP One. And yes, I did have a hand in the making of their site. It was also fun to watch episodes of Sealab 2021 with them directly after hanging out with MC Chris (voice of Sealab's Hesh) + his friends at PAX.
PAX itself was positively surreal. Some of my favorite moments were watching the DDR kids, seeing the final Tank round of the Omegathon, making some new friends, and chatting with talented fellow creators like Tycho and Gabe from PA and Burnie from Red vs. Blue.
Of course things weren't perfect. Often it appeared that only the most ardent fans were seeking out PSB and really "getting it", but after I appropriated a hidef TV that was stationed behind us and started showing the FM trailer on loop, the situation got more comfortable. TEE HEE.
So I guess I did feel like we were a bit out of place there, but it seems to me that art like ours can be appreciated in a lot of different ways, and reaching out to different audiences is really necessary in a world where the purveyors of traditional modern art don't have anything resembling a clue about what's really happening in the world. I suppose my ultimate point is this: the connection we make with real people at a place like that is a lot more profound than painting a giant canvas blue and charging $30k for it. And that pseudo-intellectual stereotype + the surrounding art "scene" is pretty damn omnipresent. There are a lot of successful modern artists I don't envy. I mean,money just doesn't mean anything if your work doesn't help people. Maybe I sound like I'm taking it too seriously, but that's just because for me art has always been a life-preserver, keeping my head above water.
To answer a question here I got asked a lot at PAX, yes I did all the 8bit stuff in PSB and yes, it was incredibly fun to do so. Also, read quite a nice review of FM before I left for Seattle. Here's a link.