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Man Killed by ‘Column of Sound Equipment’ at Russian Protest in Moscow

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The sign reads:
“Freedom for the 6 May prisoners”

This is a strange story to find — but a man in Moscow at an anti-Putin rally has been killed by a “column of sound equipment” that fell off of the stage.  From the Associated Press:

MOSCOW — Moscow police say a man helping construct the stage for a major protest rally has died after a column of sound equipment collapsed.

The accident at midday Monday came just a few hours before opponents of President Vladimir Putin were to gather for a demonstration. The rally marks the one-year anniversary of a protest on the eve of Putin’s inauguration that ended in clashes between police and demonstrators.

About two dozen people face charges stemming from the clashes; most remain in jail a year after the protest.

The Interfax news agency said the man killed Monday was a 25-year-old opposition supporter.

A city safety official was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying investigators were inspecting the accident site at Bolotnaya Square, on an island near the Kremlin.

I’ve seen some of the rigs that get approved by officiants at these protests — it’s amazing that these stories aren’t more frequent.

To all entertainment professionals out there working political events across the world:  Keep your wits about you at these things.  You’ve seen what happens when people get stampede-minded at a concert, shit absolutely hits the fan and things get destroyed, and people get killed.  The world isn’t in a great state of calm and peace right now, everyone is pissed more or less in a majority of the countries on this planet.  These political events can get really hot and really violent very very quickly.  If you work for a company that does a lot of these events, just please — watch yourself.  Watch for things out of the ordinary, and I know that’s a stretch for our business, but you know what I’m talking about.  Just be careful.  Consoles and equipment are not worth your safety or your life — don’t defend the gear, just haul your rear out of the situation if things get dicey.

This is a breaking story, check back for developments.

The We Love People Love Plastikman

One of the web’s favorite goatee-wearing personalities, Travis Bedard, posted this amazing video of the We Love crowd doing a large Plastikman event – for those of you who don’t know who Plastikman is, you need to fix that right away.

(Plastikman is Richie Hawtin – one of the most referenced electronic musicians ever.  He also does a lot with visuals and video.)

Check out this event video – May 8, 2010 at Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris.  Rock.

WE LOVE PLASTIKMAN from WE LOVE ART on Vimeo.

Slow Lighting: Go Build Stuff Out of Junk!

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Cool!  I’m not so hip on calling it “green,” per se, but Tinker.It is having a lamp-building-from-junk fest in their London office on April 18.  It’s only 30 pounds for lunch and materials – which is only 30 pounds for UK folks, but $12,343.37 for people in the United States.

Boy I certainly do love that exchange rate joke, don’t I?  Yikes.

About the event:

A one day event where you’re invited to make a lamp out of random stuff we’ll have collected at local stores, charity shops, etc. Bring your own materials, bulbs, old lamps, Arduinos, etc. This is a making day, not a teaching day, so team up with some people with skills, and come and make something fantastic. We’ll pick out the best work and take it with us to Milan on the following week. It will be exhibited as part of Tinker.it’s presence at the Milan Furniture Fair as part of the Green Art Festival.

Any UK readers going?  I’d love to know how it went!