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Friday, March 30th, 2012


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!


Megawords Issue 17 Release in Tokyo

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

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

Book list for the our book shop at the PMA!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Here is a list of the books that will be available in the bookshop section of our installation!

In our book shop you will find shelves stocked with new and used books and magazines. These books will be for sale, but commerce is not the point. Our aim is to define a cultural space and to position the books as objects of discussion, exploration, explanation and departure.

The books we’ve chosen cover a wide range of topics: music, film, urban affairs, photography, fiction, philosophy, cycling, etc.. They are a living, breathing reading list that encourages the contemplation of different world-views and are an important source of inspiration for us. We hope that by sharing these books, we can demonstrate the direct link between being excited by the work of others and producing one’s own work.

Download the list here: Megawords_booklist

Megawords at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Beginning in January 2012, Megawords will call the Philadelphia Museum of Art home for three months. As part of Zoe Strauss: Ten Years we will create a publishing studio and bookshop in the museum, program music performances, host a panel discussion about what belongs in a city, conduct workshops and classes, screen films and hold office hours in the museum. We will also publish a new issue of Megawords and an original edition of artists books.


Student Schedule for the Megawords Installation at PAFA

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

We will also be working with Brian Spies and a group of students from PAFA who will occupy the installation throughout the duration of the show. They’ll be adding to the collage, talking with visitors and creating a space of their own. We are excited to see how the installation evolves over the duration of the show because of this collaboration. If you stop by the museum, be sure to visit the students – here is a schedule of when they will be in the space:

All days are from 1 – 4 pm

10/28: Brian Spies
11/2: Bong Mee Lee
11/4: Brian Spies
11/8: Bong Mee Lee
11/9: Brian Spies
11/11: Marek Danielewski
11/12: Ashley Wick
11/16: Bong Mee Lee
11/18: Brian Spies
11/30: Bong Mee Lee
12/2: Brian Spies
12/3: Ashley Wick

Megawords at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Please stop by PAFA and check out our new installation as part of the current show entitled Here. Our installation features collage and video work, and you’ll also be able to grab a copy of the latest issue of Megawords.

See more photos on our project page. Find out more about the show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art’s website.

Megawords installation in New York City

Monday, September 5th, 2011

We’re putting together an installation for a Creative Time Project called Living as Form (more info at The show opens on September 24th at the Historic Essex Street Market in Manhattan, and it runs for 4 weeks. We’re creating a teen-aged warehouse hangout, and will be hosting events by KillScreen Magazine and the Copenhagen Game Collective, music by  “The Brutalist School” AKA Hsi-Chang Lin, more music by Georgia and a participatory dance performance organized by Joanna Quigley of Free Movement Specialists, INC.

A new issue of Megawords will also be available!

September 24–October 16

Thursday–Sunday, 12–8 PM
The historic Essex Street Market
Southeast corner of Essex and Delancey Streets 
(entrance on Delancey)
New York City
See a Google map here.

Here are some details about Megawords specific events (subject to change, so please check back for updates!)
September 24, Saturday
Show opens and live music performance by “The Brutalist School” AKA Hsi-Chang Lin

September 30, Friday
Two sessions
4:30 and 6:30pm
Kill Screen presents Copenhagen Game Collective’s Johan Sebastian Joust

October 8 , Saturday
Music by Justin Tripp and Brian Close of Georgia. Food by Megawords

October 14, Friday and October 15, Saturday
Three 20 minute performances each day
2pm, 4pm and 6pm
Free Movement Specialists, INC. is happy to guide you on a journey to being free. Free of all technique, all preexisting dance crazes and all worries of what you really look like when dancing in public. THIS is a judgement free zone.

Megawords at the ICA!

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Megawords is creating an installation and organizing the programming for One is the loneliest number at the Philadelphia ICA. We’d love to see you there!

Thursday, April 21 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art

One is the loneliest number presents emerging artist duos based in Philadelphia and elsewhere. It features five collaboratives working in a variety of media, using a spectrum of approaches to highlight a collective mode that is increasingly present in contemporary practice. Ken …Okiishi (and Google) translate poet Arthur Rimbaud and Nick Mauss illustrates directly onto the pages of the new manuscript. Lucas Ajemian and Julien Bismuth engage Lettrism, a French avant-garde movement from the 1940s, through a range of mediums. Nicole Cherubini and Taylor Davis push a playful obsession with materials through their collaboration as Davis, Cherubini. Working seamlessly, Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib create gallery-scale video projections. Philadelphia-based Megawords (Anthony Smyrski and Dan Murphy) occupy the ICA mezzanine with a series of collaboration-themed events that accompany the exhibition.