THE NEXT PHASE WAS TO RETIRE from the non-stop performance and make a series of clips which I released through Sony Home Video as the DANSPAK SERIES. At this time, Kit Fitzgerald and John Sanborn offered me a job to run the video lounge in the new DANCETERIA. This was definitely a new phase in VJing for me. I had an assistant, Kirk Heflin, and together we concocted some interesting experiments.
The most rewarding events were when I found a way to incorporate live public interaction, including live mixing of feeds such as TV news. This infusion of reality offered dynamic discoveries. I invited the public to contribute commentary by image or open mike, it was the most fun I ever had in a night club.
first of these occasions was the
"NON-STOP EROTIC CABARET" party for the release of "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell. I rented a public domaine vintage porno on my way to work, (*my one and only time renting porno), then surfed the TV, finding to our delight a 1960ies tour of the White House with Jackie Kennedy. By some miracle of fate, as we switched from one source to another, we intercut some very wild action in the "Lincoln bedroom" and Jackie's commentary was hilariously understated in light of these impromtu insert shots.
I'm still laughing about it.
lighting director, HURRAH
R.I.P. Carlos Rodriguez
Here are the first feature projects based on the Hurrah Video Archive:
I enjoy a good show, but it is also fun to play and interact,
and this is what is missing for me in most "VJ" performances.
The passive role relegated to the audience is not enough.
I like the role of VJ as facilitator.