Before we wrap up Glasskin week, I have the impulse to tell you that Ricky (McWain, founding member and clarinetist of Glasskin) and I interned at BULLETT together, where we sat across from each other at Editorial. We only ever complained to each other and weren't friends for a while, not until Ricky was hired as a Resident Assistant at the dorm I already worked in. This was the same dorm where we spent freshman year together. I vaguely remember thinking he dressed well, in minimal colors. Ricky doesn't remember my existing in this dorm at all.
The point of all of this is our tendency to overlap which also goes for Glasskin Arts and The Fly by Night. Both started around the same time, and with the similar goal of shaking the pomp out of art and making the act of viewership more playful, more involved. In Glasskin's case, this means bending the conventions of contemporary 'classical' music with its quiet exclusivity. In its debut, Glasskin asked its audience to drink all of the wine and interact with the art. After a few moments of timidity, viewers walked around the piano, videotaped themselves into Kody Trauger's projection piece, berio.loadPixels0, and someone even approached Trauger to capture his hands during the performance. It made for a very meta evening - one in which the audience was so integral. SO! This is what we're doing. I'm going to tweet about the individuals in our audience, what they do, what they like, under the #guestsofglasskin hashtag. It's sure to be a delight for the entire family. Happy 2014, everyone! My horoscope tells me I will have some money coming in.