This is the first time I visited Governors Island. It is really beautiful and I’m so glad I did. FIGMENT is a free participatory art event that is 100% volunteer-powered. Basically the island is turned over to artists to do participatory projects for the weekend. I took my latest DIY steadycam and pointed it at whatever interested me. Governors Island is open every day for visitors from May 24 – September 28.
This film crew was especially mellow about spectators. Maybe they were afraid locals might actually riot if they weren’t. Unfortunately there was not much action while I was there, riot or otherwise.
Reverend Billy Talen and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir meet in Times Square in front of the Army recruiting station to preach about the perils to our friends the honeybees.
I asked Reverend Billy Talen how the court case against him was going. Last October he was arrested after the Choir did a musical performance in a mid-town Chase bank. At one point he faced a possible year in prison for this.
Intrepid Special GammaBlog correspondent, Liz interviews Birdman of Rainbow Music on First Avenue near St. Mark’s Place. I was glad I didn’t bring the whole place tumbling down with my video rig.