i won an award! + another screening this weekend (busy busy busy!)

The video I screened at the Onion City Film Fest won one of the Jury’s Choice Awards!! I’m so excited about this! It feels really incredible to have something I’ve made validated by colleagues I respect and some I don’t know yet (so I respect them by default). I feel very honored! Of the piece they said, “Musielak exploits the direct sentimentality of a 1980’s U2 mega-balad, showing its second life as a banal karaoke dead-stock text. Instead of playing it cool and ironic, Musieak evacuates this lyric cliche, replacing the space carved out with a kaleidoscope of self-portraits that point to an arrival that never comes, nor ever will be." Which is a really succinct and beautiful way of describing the video. I’ve submitted it to a few more festivals so hopefully there will be more opportunities to see it in person before I make it public on the internet.

My video Super Glitch Sitcom Soaker will be screening live again for the closing party of Jumbo Mumbo, again at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. I think the piece fit really well with the overall theme of the show and the collective aesthetic and Drew’s idea to put it on a stage, on a small projection screen gave me plenty of ideas for new ways to exhibit the videos I made. Come see it live!

Between these screenings, I’ve been painting and nesting. Tom, Radio, Violetta and I moved into a new apartment that is three to four times larger than our last apartment (and only 1/3 more than our last place which was incredibly cheap…) We were happy with the almost-free rent but stepping all over eachother was getting to be a bit annoying. We’ve lived together for four years now (which in itself is a big deal!) in this teeny tiny place. We had an “amount I’d pay more for laundry in the building” and this apartment not only is about that amount, but it has IN-UNIT laundry. Plus tons of other amenities: two large closets, lots of room for storage for our camping gear and my fabrics and Tom’s records, a gas fireplace, a bathroom with a BATHTUB (and we can both be in the bathroom at the same time - our last apartment had the smallest bathroom you’ve ever seen and no bathtub), a 1/2 bathroom, a huge kitchen, and I get my own office!! We have a garage space now, too. Plus, the floors are natural stone and the tile in my office and in the kitchen is, get this, REAL MARBLE. We intend to be there for a number of years and so I don’t mind investing a bit of money into beautifying the space which means buffing the marble floors (I’m pretty certain my landlord wouldn’t spring for that) and painting! I was able to finagle some Sherwin William’s contractor’s paint - they have much richer pigments and amazing colors than you can find at Home Depot. I get pretty anxious if my space isn’t up to my standards - clean, colorful, maximal yet organized. And despite my love of bright and vibrant colors for clothes, I like nice warm muted shades for my home. I love our new place and we plan to be here for at least four or five years.

new pad, when you walk in the front door. Tom’s records and electronics.

new pad, when you walk in the front door. Tom’s records and electronics.

Our gas fireplace :) (I was watching  Living Single  and drinking wine while I did my laundry. Officially bougie.)

Our gas fireplace :) (I was watching Living Single and drinking wine while I did my laundry. Officially bougie.)

The deep auburn walls contrasting with that flat minty green creates so much depth!

The deep auburn walls contrasting with that flat minty green creates so much depth!

Furniture back in place (I love that love seat beyond compare! A friend gave it to me.)

Furniture back in place (I love that love seat beyond compare! A friend gave it to me.)

My office! Gross muted dirty water grey.

My office! Gross muted dirty water grey.

I painted my office a deep, meditative forest green.

I painted my office a deep, meditative forest green.

I painted the doors green, too, in a satin finish, so that when you’re in the room, its like your’re trapped in there until you get your work done!! I thought painting the door to the front would also separate this area of the house from the “storefront” area. (The front is istorefront, zoned for retail.)

I painted the doors green, too, in a satin finish, so that when you’re in the room, its like your’re trapped in there until you get your work done!! I thought painting the door to the front would also separate this area of the house from the “storefront” area. (The front is istorefront, zoned for retail.)

This is our kitchen looking ho hum rn.

This is our kitchen looking ho hum rn.

Violetta thought that this old shower curtain I put down as a drop cloth was a place for her to rest. She’s a sweetie!

Violetta thought that this old shower curtain I put down as a drop cloth was a place for her to rest. She’s a sweetie!

The living room area, standing in the doorway of my office - looking towards the front doors.

The living room area, standing in the doorway of my office - looking towards the front doors.

Shannon helping me paint the living room!

Shannon helping me paint the living room!

Rusty red walls! Once I fill the space with plants they will such a beautiful contrast.

Rusty red walls! Once I fill the space with plants they will such a beautiful contrast.

You can see Violetta back in “her circle.”

You can see Violetta back in “her circle.”

My office at night.

My office at night.

I cleaned the floors with some mild soap and water. I can not WAIT until they’re buffed and shiny - They’ll look like they do when they’re wet, here. I did buy a beautiful red 7’ x 10’ area rug for this room for an insanely cheap price. What color curtains do I put up???

I cleaned the floors with some mild soap and water. I can not WAIT until they’re buffed and shiny - They’ll look like they do when they’re wet, here. I did buy a beautiful red 7’ x 10’ area rug for this room for an insanely cheap price. What color curtains do I put up???

My office again. You can see the kitchen and the shelving that was installed that I removed…

My office again. You can see the kitchen and the shelving that was installed that I removed…

I took out the cumbersome shelving (you can see my spackle drying) and I installed the spice shelves I made myself! I love my spice collection so much! I’m a little tired of painting so I think I’ll wait a month or so before I tackle the kitchen.

I took out the cumbersome shelving (you can see my spackle drying) and I installed the spice shelves I made myself! I love my spice collection so much! I’m a little tired of painting so I think I’ll wait a month or so before I tackle the kitchen.

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