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Published on Feb 5, 2010
Have you ever wondered about what happened at "81 APT"? The 3rd International Neoist Apartment Festival, the 1st one I organized, & the 1st one in BalTimOre? Welp, you won't get much more than a passing impression from this extremely impoverished documentation - even though I've gone to substantial lengths to improve it under better conditions than it was originally recorded. I've broken the recent feature edit into 9 parts here for YouTube - one part for each day of the festival where things 'officially' happened. Nothing 'officially' happened on Monday, June 1 - so that's missing here. Despite the extreme lo-fi of this, I've decided to post it online - if only b/c I think this was a highly historic event. I was living in a 24 room mansion the rent for wch was initially NIL (ie: monetarily - we were expected to patrol a nearby abandoned school) - I think we eventually pd something like $200 or $250 a mnth. This became the Krononautic Organism's HQ. 81 APT was coproduced by the Merzaum Collective, the Krononauts (really mainly me), & the Neoists (Monty Cantsin & Tom Konyves came from Montréal) - & Doug Smith (aka Reverend Ivan Stang) of the Church of the SubGenius sent an incredible package of (mostly his) 16mm films as his contribution. As such, 4 major creative groups were united, in toto, for the 1st time. As if that weren't enuf, people like Tom DiVenti & Keith Wörz, punk performance poets from the beat/Bukowski lineage, also participated - as did many other people not so obviously affiliated. This quasi-documentary cd hardly do it justice EVEN IF I'D HAD ANY MONEY TO PAY FOR TAPES & SUCH-LIKE (wch, as usual, I didn't). Even David Zack was living at the KO HQ at the time. This 1st day started w/ Keith's performance in his Apt around 3AM, then a little sleep before Western Union called w/ a Monty Cantsin telegraph, a substantial film & video program followed that night - culminating in projections by Rick Kilreagan w/ live sound from Some Queer (collectively under the name of N.E.M.B. - Non-Erotic Male Bonding). Essentially, I find it pratically MIRACULOUS that this festival even happened & that so many people participated. I was the main organizer & to say that I was POOR at the time wdn't be stretching it. Merzaum may've had some funding but, as far as I recall, that might've gone into photocopying the 11X17" posters & probably very little else. This was a VERY VITAL TIME IN BalTimOre. - February 4, 2010 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE