Howdies from the Master of Toast and Chair Tyrant, free-form speeches from the Guests of Honour. If we're as cuddly as we were the past two years, we'll likely include introductions to a good crop of the audience as well. The Opening Ceremonies happen at 6pm on Thursday, and lead in to the programming. Includes Michael Hemmingson, Larry McCaffery, Little Fyodor, Lee Ballentine, T. Motley, and Jasmine Sailing. Time: Thursday, 6pm
The DE '01 Exquisite Corpse:
At the beginning of the convention an exquisite corpse (aka round robin) will begin passing around to anyone who wishes to contribute a written section to it. If it fails to find you on its own you can ask the staff where it is. Last DE the Corpse was illustrated at the T. Motley of Hector-hosted Cartooning on Sunday. Pitch in, so it can happen again this year! Time: Continuous, ask for it!
Unusual Episodes of Death Equinox Past:
An Open Forum for anyone who has tales to tell of their strange moments at previous Death Equinox gatherings. There were the spirit visitations and interesting elevator incidents at DE '97, the big bust (of a wedding!) and the endless cab ride at DE '98, supposed possessions, auto-writing, Barbies, and, of course, little moments like when St. Hemmingson was to be thugged and held down for a Buddy-Packering but resisted with the Sacred Axe of Cnidaria. *cough* Includes Michael Hemmingson, Larry McCaffery, Lee Ballentine, Gordon Klock, and Jasmine Sailing. Time: Thursday, 7pm
The Ritual for Rebirth:
The official DE ritual is held on the first night to ensure the success of the gathering's magic for those who need it. What will happen there tends to be a strange mystery. Expect frilly gowns and shackles, but don't be misled into believing there is a dress code. Time: Thursday, 11pm
Whack 'n' Drool:
As Thursday night is traditionally the warm up and settle in time at Death Equinox, this is a nice open opportunity for doing exactly that. Feel free to your floggers, your favourite erotica artbooks, or whatever you feel like sharing. Might's well sink in and wish you were having an orgy. Time: Thursday, midnight
Morbid Curiosity Open Mic:
This Open Mic has become a highly appreciated tradition. Several contributors to the magazine will be telling improvised true stories about past morbid curiosity episodes in their lives. And if other people want to come forward with their own experiences, they can. Topic examples include: absinthe, Amsterdam, the aurora borealis, autoerotic stimulation, black mass, cremation, Dachau, DMT, eating, insects, electrocution, endorphins, firewalking, fossils, ghosts, graveyards, heroin withdrawals, Hill of Crosses, House of Death, mescaline, mouldering goat skulls, mortuary science, necrophilia, parochial school, psychic vampirism, self-mutilation, shrines, S/M film-making, tarantulas, thunderstorms, torture museums, and zombie salmon. Moderated by Jasmine Sailing. Participants include Michael Hemmingson, Tim Brown, Gene Santagada, Vanessa Loveless, and Bruce Young. Time: Friday, 3pm
Lee Ballentine will be on-hand with word stock (from descriptions of German discipline videos, papal bulls, today's newspaper, etc), which he will let anyone who approaches him choose from. He will then use the chosen text to create a poem on the spot, write it in long-hand on a form, and give it to the chooser. This will be running for a couple of hours and everyone is welcome to try him out. We would also like to have some of the poems still floating around for the Cartooning Jam on Sunday. Time: Friday, 5pm
A live music performance by a noise ensemble whom have been around since 1994. They incorporate a mixture of power electronics (korg electribe, roland dr. sample, etc) and experimental modified toys (Speak & Spell, toy robots, various circut-bent consumer electronics). Time: Friday, 8pm
Come Taste My Hand:
GOH Andi Olsen will present Come Taste My Hand, a video tribute to the queen of postmodern piracy: Kathy Acker (1947-1997). In her novels, she pla(y)giarizes traditional narratives, reconfigures them, and re-presents them so that we can re-view ourselves and our world anew. This computer-generated video embodies her quest by appropriating images (a radically manipulated clip from a 1997 documentary of Acker in Australia) and text (a catechism about Acker where the questions appropriate and re-constitute chapter 17 from Joyce’s Ulysses, and where the answers appropriate and re-constitute Acker’s own words from her novel Blood and Guts in High School). The result explores the emotional complexity of her journey as it moves from abstract expressionism to hyper-realism, from anger to resigned acceptance. Time: Friday, 8:45pm, & Saturday, 4:50pm.
A live music performance, with the accompaniment of Vanessa Loveless on theremin and Fidget on bass. Winona even enchants the jaded heathens with her lovely trained voice, and at times with her violin or piano as well. Though it may be purdy, don't expect just a bunch of sweetness and light to exude from her. Time: Friday, 9:15pm
Live music performance, accompanied by the infamous Babushka. Salt them slugs, and get closer to God like a true blessed Idiot. Salt them slugs, and get closer to God like a true blessed Idiot. Being the new Manson of DE, poor Little Fyodor was brutally forced into the foul condition of annual traditionism. He speaks to us in ways we cringe and giggle at... Time: Friday, 10:30pm
Literature in Cyber-Space: Hyper-Text and Electronic Fictions:
Cyber-Profs Olsen and McCaffery will discuss and present examples of new forms of electronic fictions. Visuals and much talk included. This will be a long presentation, so be sure to use the restroom first. Time: Saturday, 1:30pm
The annual auction is held in support of Death Equinox. Veteran Guest Lee Ballentine, a one-time street vendor with sales deeply imbedded in his blood, instinctively grabbed the gavel at the first DE auction and then developed a habit of it. Previously he's initiated the manic bidding wars over anything from rare Throbbing Gristle records to old Re-Search issues to old punk band posters to books desecrated by their authors to odd historical and occult relics. And each year the auction grows... Time: Saturday, 3pm
The Art of Andi Olsen:
Visual Depictionist GoH will present a slide show presentation of her oft freakish and complex art. This will be coupled with a repeat showing of Come taste My Hand. Time: Saturday, 4:50pm.
Is it the new art form, or just the video product of madmen's fantasies? Join Larry McCaffery, Michael Hemmingson, and Tara Raines for a brief history and philosophy of the virtues of avant-porn, home porn gone awry! Video clips will be shown, and possibly live demonstrations with audience participation. (Tsk, tsk, says the Chair Tyrant, on the record, to the latter possibility. Take it to your hotel room!) Time: Saturday, 6pm
An acoutic mini-concert by R. N. Taylor and Robert Ferbrache. Changes was a predecessor to "folk-noir" type bands and, in the past smattering of years, has begun playing out and releasing CDs again in various line-ups. Time: Saturday, 8:30pm
Religious gospel and generally incohesive ramblings from The Blasted One and her High Radiate-Initiates. Radiate-Initiate Reich will complete his gruelling ascent to Streethood at these Sermons, and everyone should beware of the Sacred Axe wielding Cnidarians. Come "mentally prepared" for the best enjoyment potential. Most of the Streets do, and I have to say it's obvious. Visuals provided by St. Klock. Hosted by St. Sailing. Includes St. Young, St. Yardley, St. Klock, St. Hemmingson, and... maybe Bud or Buddy? Time: Saturday, 10pm
Tribal Rhythmic Entrainment:
Esoteric music improvisation and primal break-down. Bring your click sticks, drums, didjeridoos, rattles, pipes, etc. This particular event has been an all-nighter in the past, and has been so much much that it's happened at every single Death Equinox. It falls at the end of Saturday night's demonstrations of primal ecstasy, but unfortunately the fire needs to stay outside. Time: Saturday, 11pm
Everyone tells everyone to quit boozing, go home, and feel miserable for a week. Formally, though. The Closing Ceremonies take place on Sunday evening. Dead dog programming continues running afterward, but everything becomes considerably more entropic. Time: Sunday, 6pm
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