Soap bubbles at Bogart Street. The night of the citydrift may begin! (all photos and a video by the author)
Soap bubbles, tiny tequilas, violently damaged Golem of Bushwick, poetry, industrial landscape, multi-person ping pong, Joy Ride…and I have barely started to describe how was the Friday night in the name of citydrift.
Citydrift is a project created and produced by Peter Hopkins (who wrote a great essay on letting go about it) and Meenakshi Thurikode, both from The Bogart Salon. After Bushwick, citydrift will take place in other cities of the world.
On Friday night, small groups of about 2 to 10 people began to drift from one of the drift sites. Experiencing accidental or intentional art of the night Bushwick landscape was the goal of the Friday night drifting, and participants were sharing their experience on social media using the hashtag #citydrift. I joined the drift of Meenakshi Thurikode and naturally I couldn’t pass a drift organized by Mama Joy’s titled Joy Ride. Mama Joy’s hired an awesome car illuminated by crazy LED lights and was offering free rides to Mama Joy’s. Meenakshi, referencing an old Indian myth, was prompting her drifters as well as other randomly encountered people to whisper a wish in her ear that was promised to come true. Other drifters on her experience team included poets Modesto Flako Jimenez, Zohra Saed, Kiran Chanda, and artists Soek Hyun Han and Ken Kocses.
Saturday and Sunday were dedicated to various panels and artist discussions that all had one basic underlying question in common: “What are we building in Bushwick? Can we create a model that serves to the good of all?”
Here is what we experienced:
In front of 56 Bogart building, we encountered Don Pablo Pedro, one of the most eccentric and interesting artists in Bushwick.
In the hall way, you could pick up a sticker “Hello, my name is DRIFTER.” Maybe to recognize other drifters along the way, maybe to let strangers know you’re only partially insane…
There was a lot of commotion in Bushwick on Friday night. Drifting was that much more interesting.
Mama Joys, one of the new restaurant/bars won us totally over when they joined citydrift with their project ‘Joy Ride.’ They hired an awesome UFO-like car that was offering free rides to Mama Joy’s.
Our own Sean Alday on a Joy Ride.
Joy Ride ended at Mama Joy’s with $4 beer+whiskey combo.
Meenakshi Thirukode: “Whisper a wish to my ear…”
Seok Hyun Han from South Korea came to Bushwick and constructed a tree from found wood.
One of the highlights of my drift night: multiperson ping pong on Bogart Street.
“Cast All Your Votes for Dancing,” a line from famous Iranian poem.
Enjoying the drift.
A stop at Vandervoor Pl.
The man behind Citydrift himself. Peter Hopkins had hidden about 150 tiny tequila bottles all over Bushwick. Only a fragment of them were found and consumed. Keep on diggin’, Bushwick, you might find tequila!
Bushwick Golemn at Brooklyn Fire Proof. Apparently it was destroyed by a bunch of drunk people later that night…
… and how was your drift?
Proud founder of Bushwick Daily. She writes, takes photos, and sometimes video. Born and raised in Slovakia, she has studied in Prague, Leuven and New York, traveled the world only to find home in Bushwick or should we say Ridgewood :) She is interested in yoga, running, human & cat friends.