The people from W+K's studio introduced us to japanese sake. Kampai.
It's good fun to have some beers and watch the designers on the stage sweating away trying to rock the show in this ridiculously short time frame with a genius idea. The crowd is cheering for their favourite competitor while the DJ plays a matching tune – it's designers performing on stage like rock stars, a great concept.
There I met Brett McKenzie, chief writer for ihaveanidea.org. He's one of the guys responsible for Portfolio Night, which is happening for the second time in London this May. The last tickets were sold yesterday and the list of creative directors is still growing.
Brett and Ray are blogging about the D&AD judging week at ihaveanidea.org/live, check it out for the latest stuff.
This AHA! was great, lots of people, different people, more people than last time, thanks everyone for coming around! Thanks to my dear friends from creativistan namely Reinhard, Christos, Sara and Oksana for organizing this together with me!
Besides mingling, chatting and drinking we tried this time to find the ultimate answer on how make life more meaningful. We asked everyone to tell us their secret wisdom of life on an AHA! fortune cookie paper. They did. While people were reflecting heavily about their contributions to what is now know as the 'AHA! way of life', sadly, someone nicked Charles' bag and Lauren's iPod. Have a look at the pieces of wisdom they sacrificed to write:
- 'It's all about the people' Renee
- 'Don't scream at a deaf person' Camilla
- 'The path is hard, but the butterflies are flying' Julien
- 'Star today what you've planned for tomorrow' Christos
- 'Stand on the steeple and piss on the people' A.J.
- 'Always try to remember peoples names, it's just polite, sadly I remember no ones!' Damien Knowles The Kiwi
- 'Going down every little helps' Juliana
- 'Don't get caught in the shower when a fire alarm goes off...' Ann
- 'You are going to have lot of sex, but no tonight!' Anonymous
- 'Don't shit where you sleep!' Agatha
- 'Your shoes will watch your shadow so polish them,
otherwise you will lose your shadow.' Sara
- 'Arts Lunga – Vita Brevis. If you can't do the best why even bother with the rest?' Oksana
- 'A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.' Ray
- 'Peace still works.' Nina
- 'The yellow snow is the tastiest. Don't listen to the rest.' Peter Brown
- ' A Jelly Baby walks into a bar – bar keeper says what's that smell?
Jelly Baby says 'Oh Fucking all sorts!' Will
- 'To thine own self be true.' Lauren
- 'An idea is like a leaf that needs rescue from the wind' T.C. Jeeves Basu
- 'You can't always get what you want.' Charles
- 'Don't take yourself to serious! Seriously.' Marco Warstat
- 'Pigeon, oiseau à la grise robe, Dans l'enfer des villes, à ma vue tu te dérobes.
Tu es vraiment le plus agile' Jann
- 'What if OK isn't OK? If this was true, no-one would ever be happy.
Strive for everything, but there is value in being content' Ant
- 'The Picture has a moustache. It's how you perceive it.' Matt
- 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.' Tam
- 'A book tightly shut is nothing but a block of paper' Ray
- 'The path is long indeed, but the door at the end is not Blue.' Wal
A whole lot of interesting people, mostly young London creatives, attended without knowing what it will be like. Neither did we. Frankly, not that many big ideas were born. Friendships were. Thanks everyone for coming. Hope to see everyone in July at the next AHA! Anyone has suggestions to improve this thing?
My favourite song is Оторвемся по-питерски.
The festival was accompanied with film showings of the new Russian cinema. Unlike every Hollywood film, Russian movies have almost always have a UN–happy end. Inspiring. Some impressions from the concert. The band was followed by an Art Trio from Petersburg, cunning!
Yesterday night the first official Podfight took place in London/Shoreditch. It was an unbelievable spectacle - full of crazy people ready for this big battle. For those who don't know what a podfight is - I'm gonna explain the rules quick: 9:30pm and eight teams are competing against each other in four rounds (for the first time). But there are only two teams fighting in one round at the same time. Teams are chosen randomly. Each team plays one song alternately. After five songs from each team the audience has to decide which team they want advance into the next round - so you have to make some noize! The loudest one measured, was 120dB. Guys, 120dB that's louder than standing next to a jack-hammer. And it goes on like this till there are only two teams left. Musicwise there are no rules, a energetic drum n' bass song is followed up by 'I'm a barby girl'! 2:00am and we have a winner - M.I.A. & friends, actually I am not quite sure, later it became just a great party with bizarre music. Anyway, if the Pods are fighting in your town next time, don't miss it! This was like the best party in London for us so far. For more infos, the line-up and maybe pictures visit their myspace page.
The food sure must have been good, but we don't really remember. Only by looking again on the bill today we found out what we had, and why we cannot remember, all this vodka - Nazdarovye! We shall drink to another six months!