I feel like I’ve been living out of a messenger bag for months now, ping-ponging around the world. Over the past two months, I’ve been in London, Berlin, Paris, Bordeaux, New York (four times), Cannes, Hamburg, Nice, and who knows where else. Right, Boston, where I live, apparently, though I’m not there much these days. Been feeling a profound sense of rootlessness lately.
I’ve gotten curiously adept at living out of a messenger bag, and my apartment filled with stuff–vinyl, art, chairs, turntables, vintage cameras, tea–feels decadent somehow. So much stuff. I arrived in New York on Friday, and I was surprised at how much it felt like home again. I lived in New York City for six years, but towards the end, Berlin and San Francisco beckoned, and I thought I’d never want to come back. Now I miss it, strangely, and I suspect I’ll be back there on a more permanent basis in the future.
Right now I’m on a brief visit to my parents’ house in Princeton, dredging up my teenage past in their cellar and finding myself, well, dredged in melancholy. Cassettes, CDs, and vinyl with yellowed Princeton Record Exchange labels. Books of poetry, dusty textbooks. Notes, diaries, and sketchbook scrawls. I’ve been thinking too much about the past lately. From here I head back to New York, and then back to my crazy sculptural treehouse-house in Boston on Tuesday. I’ll be back there for about ten days, before New York again, and then the West Coast in April.
On April 16th, I’m giving a talk in Seattle titled “Brian Eno, Cybernetics, and the Studio as Musical Instrument” at the Experience Music Project’s annual Pop Conference. The focus of the conference this year is music and technology–two subjects near and dear to my heart. From there, I head to Los Angeles. I’ll be speaking at Cal Arts in Pasadena on April 19th on art school, cybernetics, creativity and process, and, well, Eno.
In May, it’s looking likely that I’ll be back in the UK and Europe for a spell.
Later on in the horizon: I’ll be doing a reading at Joe’s Pub in New York on June 2nd with some of the other authors in the 33 1/3 series. On July 25th, I’ll be doing a conversation on sound art at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts – more on that once I know more.