LIVING IN A WORLD OF COMPROMISE

 


(photos from the Miss Rockaway installation process at Stroomhuis in Eindhoven, so far)

Some highlights from The Miss Rockaway Armada’s time so far in Eindhoven, Netherlands:

– Going to a thrift store in an old school to find John some new pants after he blew the ass out of his old ones. The old lady who was helping us insisted on leading him by the hand around the school showing people the hole in his pants, and then made him change out of them before he could leave the store.
– Rescuing messed up abandoned bikes and fixing them up to get around.
– Staying and working at the long-established squat Stroomhuis run by Andre, who on top of being amazingly generous, also happens to be an incredible chef.
– Working outside in the cold/rain.
– Competing for who has sustained the worst concussion so far.
– Feeling almost respectable when the Van Abbemuseum throws a welcome dinner for us.
– Finding it to be colder and damper than expected, which leads to needing and the subsequent hunt for long underwear (which resulted in settling for blue camo stretchy pants from the little boys section of a fire-damage store).
– The resident chickens keeping us company, roosting in the bar we built, and of course shitting everywhere.
– The group attending an art opening at MU, and then promptly turning it into a crazy dance party. The momentum came down a bit after one of the crew broke the glass of a display case, but only momentarily. Apparently there was an after party at a nearby bar where the remaining Rockaway members got thrown out, more than once.
– Really enjoying waking up (in the living room) of the nice artist housing and peering out into the back courtyard space. One almost is forced to feel civilized regardless of how late you were up hanging from dusty scaffolding screwing pieces of mismatched soggy scrapped wood together into something you hope can support its own weight.

MP3:

This is what we listened to really loud on repeat for a whole day while working. It reverberated off the walls and made your chest hum. It was an amazing thing, transforming the feel of mangling wood and nails in a tiled room dimly lit by haphazardly placed bare bulbs.

• Earth – Land Of Some Other Order

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