Last week I had the great privilege to speak at the TEDxVCU event on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. I talked about the origins of the FIW project and then had the opportunity to have a conversation with a member of the TEDxVCU audience. AJ is a first generation college student who talked to me about the importance of the, almost daily, conversations that he has with his mom. He chose to come to VCU so that he could study and be close to family. At the end of our conversation he decided to leave a gift card that he received from his stepfather in the Perfect Mason Jar. I had also come prepared to leave an object in the Perfect Mason and you’ll have to watch the our conversation on the TED stage to find out what is was. (Video Link to Come)
X After 127 distraction free, one on one conversations over ice water, I couldn’t agree more with Sherry Turkle!
Sherry Turkle is a singular voice in the discourse about technology. She’s a skeptic who was once a believer, a clinical psychologist among the industry shills and the literary hand-wringers, an empiricist among the cherry-picking anecdotalists, a moderate among the extremists, a realist among the fantasists, a humanist but not a Luddite: a grown-up. She holds an endowed chair at M.I.T. and is on close collegial terms with the roboticists and affective-computing engineers who work there.
On Friday night, an amazing group of people joined me on my custom modified “Water Wagon” for an alternative bike ride around Richmond. The tour included a few stops of significance on my own recovery journey but really followed the path that lead each of us on to that Bicycle. If I had not had that meal at Mama Zu’s with Brian and Paul, if Michael had not learned the accordion, if Hei Hei stayed in Hong Kong, and Devon not studied photo.. We all make subtle choices that lead us where we are. Thank you all for coming out, on a rainy Friday night to share your stories with me/us.
In collaboration with 1708 Gallery, John D. Freyer presents Free Ice Water: Recovery Ride. This alternative bicycle tour corresponds with the UCI’s Conquer the Cobbles ride on Friday, September 25th from 6-8pm. The riders will shadow the UCI World Championship course in several places, including through the Arts and Culture District, and will also escape the crowds to visit unique points of interest on the artist’s own recovery journey. Riders can join the artist on his 16 passenger Water Wagon Bicycle, ride their own bikes along the route, or ride one of the Richmond Rides touring bikes made available for the ride. The eight mile ride will start and end at 1708 Gallery in the Arts and Culture District and will also make stops in Oregon Hill, Byrd Park, Carytown, the Museum District and the Fan. Refreshments will be served at numerous locations along the way.
FREE ICE WATER is out and about in the RVA. There will be 7 stations up tomorrow and through the week. John D. Freyer will be hosting conversations throughout the week at 1708, Visual Arts Center of Richmond and Sediment Arts. Freyer will also be rolling around town on his micro water wagon look for the orange bike with the giant blue mason jar.