Issue 19 Release Party

We’re having a party to celebrate the release of our latest issue of Megawords! The issue includes work from wonderful photographers such as Alyssa Maloof, Micah Danges, Rebekah Maysles, Dave Moebious, Angela Boatwright, Marten Daamgaard etc etc etc.

Music, food and good vibes will be provided, as well as free copies of Megawords, of course.

The party spot is outdoors in the Rock Garden and next to the bridge on Kelly Drive. It’s on the right side of the drive if you are heading away from the City. Please see our directions for getting there, as we don’t want anyone running across the drive and through traffic to get there. There is a safer and easier way.

Please follow these directions:

These directions are from behind the Art Museum/beginning of Kelly drive to the rock garden for bikes and cars, there is plenty of parking on either side of the street right next to the rock garden….. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE KELLY DRIVE BIKE PATH AND CROSS KELLY DRIVE!!! BE SAFE!!!!


Experiments in Publication: Artists’ Magazines

I’m speaking on panel at MomA this coming Monday. It’s called Experiments in Publication: Artists’ Magazines. This panel explores how and why artists create magazines. Artists, publishers, and writers will talk about their publications and the collaborative nature of their work, promoting social and political ideas, employing creative editorial practices, appropriating materials, and building artist communities. Participants include K8 Hardy of LTTR, Flint Jamison of Veneer Magazine, Kristina Lee Podesva and Jeff Khonsary of Fillip, and Anthony Smyrski of Megawords. David Senior, Bibliographer, MoMA Library, moderates.

Monday, April 9, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Tickets here: www.moma.org/visit/calendar/tickets/events/13982

You can also see the website for the exhbition here: www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2012/millenniummagazines

I hope to see you there!


Great things ahead!


The Megawords installation will be up for another 23 days at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  There are two great events left!


This coming Sunday you can find out about What Belongs in A City.  On April 13th through 15th check out the  Data Garden: Quartet installation in our space!

The What Belongs in a City? panel discussion takes place on Sunday at 2:30 in the Perelman building. Panelists include Toni Griffin, Quilian Riano, Camilo José Vergara, Dre Urhahn, Zoe Struass and Megawords. The panel is moderated by Diana Lind of Next American City.

We will address questions of how we can improve our cities and make them thriving, cultural centers in which people want to live. The discussion will center around the built environment as well as ongoing changes and possible improvements to the economy and society.




Data Garden: Quartet is the first bio-reactive and plant-controlled work of art at The PMA.

Situated in the Megawords exhibition space, participants will be encouraged to accompany four large tropical plants that are fitted with specialized electronic sensors. By converting the physiology of the specimens into data, the plants will perform quadraphonic audio compositions in real time. The very presence of museum goers will affect this performance, resulting in a unique composition from moment to moment.

It’s going to be great! See you all there!



Pecha Kucha at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

We are excited to be doing a presentation about Megawords at this event!


What Belongs in a City?

Megawords is hosting What Belongs in a City?,  an exciting and provocative panel discussion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Led by Diana Lind, editor in chief of Next American City magazine, panelists will address questions of how we can improve our cities and make them thriving, cultural centers in which people want to live. The discussion will center around the built environment as well as ongoing changes and possible improvements to the economy and society.

Sunday, April 1, 2012
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Perelman Media Room (located in the Perelman building, across from main building)
FREE – Tickets required! Get them here: http://tinyurl.com/7c4olht
Directions: www.philamuseum.org/perelman

Click more to read about our invited panelists!

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Adventure Drum and The West Philadelphia Orchestra

We are hosting this great event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Friday night!

Friday, May 2nd
Philadelphia Museum of Art
5pm – 9pm
Great Stair Hall
Free after paid admission to the museum

5:45 – 6:45
West Philadelphia Orchestra
Made up of a diverse and accomplished lineup of Philly musicians, West Philadelphia Orchestra is an unusual ensemble in today’s musical world. They began playing Romanian songs, Serbian brass band tunes, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and various klezmer tunes in late 2006, and have continued expanding and refining their sound and repertoire. As much a community as a band, WPO’s liveshow always feels like a celebratory event, even in a concert setting. With their pounding drums and shimmering brass sounds, they inspire audiences to hold hands, dance, and sing along.

7:15- 8:15
ADVENTUREDRUM is a new dance band led by Philadelphia percussionist Christopher Sean Powell (Need New Body/Man Man). This community-based project brings together local musicians, performers, and artists to explore rhythms constructed from sampled sounds, exotic percussion, synthesizers and drum kits. Merging new sounds and ideas with traditional drumming, this is a dance band for the future. These are the drums of tomorrow…today!


Megawords Issue 17 Release in Tokyo

We’re heading to Tokyo to begin working on a project with good friends of our Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf. While we are there, we’ll be collaborating with Booklet Library to do a small release party for the current issue of Megawords at the Shibaura House.

If you are in Tokyo, please join us!

Saturday, February 25
13:00 – 17:00


InPrint in Cairo

Megawords is in the reading room of a great project in Cairo! Some info:

In an economic climate marked by the demise of the publishing house and book- store, artists, writers, and designers are self-producing low-budget, limited editions of experimental publications, and distributing them through their personal networks.

“In Print” begins on Sunday, February 5 at the Townhouse Galley. A room in the gallery will serve as a reading room where visitors can continue these cross-disciplinary discussions over a cup of coffee, and consult a curated selection of publications. Through these interactions and discussions, “In Print” hopes to create a platform for the further development of an independent, artist-driven publishing scene in Cairo.