David Byrne giving free “Reasons to Be Cheerful” talk in NYC (livestreaming, too)
At 12:30 on January 8th at the lovely New School Auditorium on 12th St., I’m doing a short introductory talk as part of my continuing Reasons To Be Cheerful project. This is an online project that is an continuation and extension of some writing and talks I’ve done recently. The project will be cross-platform—some elements may appear on social media, some on a website and some might manifest as a recording or performance. I’ve done these talks elsewhere, at BRIC Arts Center in Fort Greene and at IdeasCity with the New Museum, and now I’m hoping to bring the idea to a wider audience.
I began to look for encouraging things that are happening anywhere, and if they have been tested, if they have been proven to work, if they can be transferred and adopted in other places, if they can scale up—then let’s hold them up for consideration, and let’s invite others to add to this project. There are actually a LOT of encouraging things going on around the world—they’ve given me hope, and I’d like to share them.
David also says that he was working on this project at the same time as his new album, with "songs that I suspect were informed by much of this material." We still don't have details on the new album (which features Brian Eno and Oneohtrix Point Never) but he'll be testing out his ambitious new stage show on a short East Coast tour in March.