I’m just getting on a flight from Medellín, Colombia. No, I wasn’t hanging out with drug lords, war lords, or Nazis who fled Germany after World War II. I was there for a conference on the near future called “Fractal.” Fractal is the acronym (in Spanish) for Ficción Realidad Arte Ciencia Tecnología América Latina (Fiction, Reality, Art, Science, Technology, Latin America), but it also stands for a very cool, interesting group of folks. I had first heard about Fractal from a friend, Bruce Sterling, the renowned science fiction author, and I was curious. Plus, it was occurring in one of the most infamous cities in the Southern hemisphere, so I was into the vibe.
Basically, the festival brings together all the things that I’m into: smart, progressive people doing smart, progressive stuff—with multi-culturalism as a core ingredient. The “Orquideorama” designed by Plan B Architects was a stunning venue, and above all, the idea of a festival based on Latin American issues in science fiction was incredibly appealing. You can find extra info on the conference here, on the Orquideorama here, and on Plan B Architects here.
Things I like RIGHT NOW:
- Shep Fairey’s cover for the Jean Michel Basquiat film “The Radiant Child” by Tamra Davis (yep, she’s married to Mike D from the Beastie Boys, sho’ nuff…).
- Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
- M.I.A. “Born Free”
- Das Racist: Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell:
That’s it for the moment!