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NYC: Tokion Creativity Now Conference

Written by Yasha Wallin   
Thursday, 16 November 2006 03:53
Whether it be the psychedelic ramblings of Raymond Pettibon, the witticisms and dramatic wardrobe choices of William Eggleston or the captivating presence of Kim Gordon, the annual Tokion Creativity Now Conference has for four years provided its attendees the opportunity to see their creative heroes in lackadaisical panel format
Whether it be the psychedelic ramblings of Raymond Pettibon, the witticisms and dramatic wardrobe choices of William Eggleston or the captivating presence of Kim Gordon, the annual Tokion Creativity Now Conference has for four years provided its attendees the opportunity to see their creative heroes in lackadaisical panel format. This year, the two-day event, held at Cooper Union, played host to various figures including Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Cory Archangel, Jerry Hsu, Jason Lee and Glenn O’Brien.

The build up to the conference included a slew of internet debate as to why no women were included in the conference, but in the end a few took a break from baby making to liven things up. With panel titles such as ‘Sports + Artistry' and 'Lost + Found', it was a mixed bag as to what would be to be discussed. However, whatever the topic, what I enjoyed most was getting a glimpse into the participant’s personalities. Seeing the deadpan humor of Marlene McCarty, the quirky engagement of Cory Arcangel, and Jason Lee's beard gave new dimension to their ‘art’. As is the case with some introverted artists, several of the participant’s dialogue included them trying to figure out how they ended up on stage in the first place, whereas others, like Arrested Development’s producer Mitch Hurwitz took the ball and ran with it, often veering from topic to topic, but making the audience laugh throughout.

The event:

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The Magazine As Artform: from left, Moderated by Greg Foley (V, Visionaire Magazine), Gregoire Basdevant (Colors Magazine), Graham Rounthwaite (The Face, Giant), Eli Horowitz (McSweeny's), Oliver Zahm (Purple)

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Lost + Found: from left, Moderated by Carlo McCormick, Matmos, Christian Marclay, Cory Arcangel

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The Art of Television: from left, Moderator David Cross, Mitchel Hurwitz, Wonder Showzen, ?? (he was soo funny, but I don't remember his name)

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First and Last Artworks: from left Moderator Carlo McCormick, Marlene McCarty, Lisa Ruyter, Chris Johanson

And of course, the afterparty:

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Beth and Eli Horowitz

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Kate was my Mike Mills shot decoy

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Marcelo Gomes

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Joleen and Brian

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Eric and Beth

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Josh and Jon Santos

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Maya Hayuk and friend

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Joshua Wildman and Marcelo

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Aaron, Marcelo and Ryan

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Aaron

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cutting the bathroom line

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Melanie and Uyeda

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me and the dudes

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Jerry Hsu and I

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Joleen

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Kate Sennert and Tim Barber

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