the original post on http://tokyo.fffff.at/events/fat-fmrr/ (Japanese)
…and the Email Interview with Evan-San:
Evan: I am an American artist currently living in Hong Kong. Most of my work be it on the web or on the streets tends to involve the overlap of free culture and popular culture. Three years ago I co-founded the Graffiti Research Lab with James Powderly during a fellowship at the Eyebeam OpenLab, and since then James and I have also co-founded the F.A.T. Lab.
Evan: F.A.T. lab started almost 2 years ago in conversations between James and myself. We saw ways of extending ideas we were testing with GRL to include a wider range of creators, as well as a broader audience. We were interested in â€œcoolingâ€ open source, and saw opportunities that existed beyond the scope of G.R.L. We had a network of friends and collaborators, including Jamie Wilkinson and Theo Watson, that acted as initial core members, and from there we picked up more members along the way. Much of the foundation of F.A.T. was also based off of Jonah Perettiâ€™s concept surrounding the Eyebeam OpenLab. Jonah is currently an active F.A.T. advisor and still plays a big role in the lab.
Evan: In part F.A.T. lab was founded to extend some of the ideas we had tested in the Graffiti Research Lab. From G.R.L. we had had experimented with inserting open source ideals into popular projects via graffiti, and the F.A.T. lab was a way of extending these ideas beyond graffiti and public space projects. The main objective of F.A.T. is to spread free culture and open source ideals into pop culture, primarily via the production of creative web based initiatives.
Evan: F.A.T. consists of people that make stuff and have interests in sharing. Skill sets range from programming, crafting, music, graffiti, DIY, activism, electronics, art and the web.
Evan: The group is rather diverse, and spans across multiple continents so the inspirations are quite different. In general, however, I think most members of the group are interested in humor and fun as a means towards communicating broader (and at times subversive) messages.
Evan: Iâ€™m interested in the relationship of technology and art primarily because: 1) it is cheap, and 2) and it can reach a lot of people. F.A.T. has a yearly operating budget of $120 USD (which I spend on web hosting). From that we are able to reach an audience of over 20,000 people per month (and growing).
Evan: Rap music is one of the original remix cultures which involved artists sharing (and stealing) content to build upon what came before them. Rap music historically has also been a means of inserting subversive content into main stream culture. Beyond that rap music also just makes all your youtube videos better.
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