If you don’t know, I was just in Austin for two weeks. If you’re wondering why there hasn’t been any posts, that’s why: because I was too busy not sleeping, drinking excessively, dancing and taking photos to internet.
I was there to photograph SXSW. Anne came with me. We had to go early and leave late because the flights were so full that we couldn’t get out. Instead, we just became alcoholics. I woke up every day at SXSW and thought, I can’t possibly drink anymore and then by 3 PM I order a margarita and you know, it’s all downhill from there.
I had an amazing time, saw amazing bands, took amazing photos and met amazing people. But, those stories will come later. I promise a full write up on all we did, everyone we saw, where we ate and the bands that I fell in love with.
This is not that post.
This post is about something else that I love: Improv Everywhere.
In short, Improv Everywhere is a NYC based prank collective that “causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” Since 2001, they have put on over 100 missions involving normal people that create joy, happiness, and often, confusion. I have been following Improv Everywhere for years. They invented No Pants Subway Day that now takes place in multiple cities around the world. My favorite, and the mission that I most want to take part of, is Black Tie Beach, where participants dress up in black tie affair, descend on Coney Island Beach to act like normal patrons of the beach and pretend like nothing unusual is going on.
Anne, participating in some synchronized stretching.
To promote their new movie, We Cause Scenes, which was accepted into the SXSW Film Festival, they put on a MP3 experiment in Austin during SXSW. The idea behind the MP3 experiments is that participants descend upon a public place and at the same time, all press play on a MP3 they have downloaded and follow the instructions. In our experiment, participants gathered at Auditorium Shores, a public park on the banks of Lady Bird Lake, and confused passer-bys with demonstrations of synchronized stretching, games of freeze tag and thumb wars, and ultimately, a balloon fight. It was a hysterical experience and made me want to be part of Black Tie Beach even more!
Balloon fight preparation
I took a TON of photos at the event. My camera card filled up right at the end though and I missed the end of the balloon fight which made me horribly sad! These are a few of my favorites from the event, but you can see all of the gallery by following this link. If you participated in the MP3 experiment, feel free to download your photos for free via the gallery and share them on social media, but please do not crop out my watermark.
Big thanks to the crew at Improv Everywhere. It was a delight and a joy to participate and I can’t wait to do it again.