April 03, 2012
“Look Ma, no hands!” FestiFools 2012 springs to a roaring start. (The cool guy on the pogo stick: he and I go way back
Irony: After a Foolish weekend steeped in “Language: The Human Quintessence,” I find myself utterly lacking … whaddaya call them things? … oh yeah, words. So we’ll let the photos do most of the talking. Honestly, I normally like to say more but I’m still catching my breath from the newly expanded Foolish Weekend — now featuring three days of Foolishness! (Sometime within the next decade, I’ll post images from FoolMoon and the Foolish Acts benefit concert at the Blind Pig. Stay tuned.)
I wanted to take all the robots home with me! (In just one year, this little girl went from a spectator
to a full-on participant.)
Wranglers do their best to tame the red, two-headed dragon, who seemed to have two minds of its own. (Hi Jeri!)
The crowd of assembled earthlings was quite captivated by this amiable, bug-like, apparently extraterrestrial yet earth-loving, tie-dye sporting, hippie-creature dude. (“We come in peace, man.”)
Thanks to a little help from his friends, Barrie, the 50′ bookworm, set a new land-speed record — for a bookworm. (Read a brief biography of Barrie
FestiFools steering committee member Dave Waterhouse “steers” Barrie the Bookworm. Dave didn’t miss any of the multidimensional richness of FestiFools, thanks to his trusty 3-D glasses!
I love how this shot suggests, rather than shows, the puppet. Rico insists that FestiFools isn’t really supposed to be about the puppets as objects, anyway. No, it’s supposed to be all about animation, interaction, connection — you know, life.
Shooting you, shooting me. If you like taking pictures of photographers, FestiFools is the place to be. (On the right, another old friend of mine
This monkey was so totally iconic and, according to Rico, one seriously adept “tongue kisser” (really wish I’d captured that; then again, maybe it’s best that I didn’t).
U-M School of Art & Design professor Nick Tobier, striking a Patton-esque pose, surveys his elite plastic bucket brigade.
Thanks once again to U-M student group GROOVE
for the groov-a-licious beats.
Curious to see just what’s going to strut by next.
Keep your claws away from my bubbles!
I heard President Obama talking about “green” jobs. But now I’m beginning to wonder if, perhaps, I misunderstood him.
Violet, rainbow-y, and hot pink are always in style at FestiFools. (Thanks for striking a pose for me, Miss Pink!)
Here we are at 5pm. The puppets have begun their migration out of downtown. But wait, is that a puppet biting another puppet’s head? I wouldn’t worry about it ’cause, you know, puppets will be puppets.
Travelin’ in style.
Foolish People: FestiFools steering committee member Jeri Rosenberg and Artistic Director Mark Tucker are a bit slap-happy after months of soul-crushing toil in the dank recesses of the FestiFools studio. | Rico is a “Very Serious Person.”
Orbit Hair Design
was out on the street doing Foolish do’s. (They had originally planned to coif FoolMoon revelers, but decided to reschedule due to Friday night’s dicey weather conditions.)
Max moves rapidly through the “Three Stages of FestiFools”: ecstasy (in the thick of it), agony (that it’s over so quickly), and bargaining (already marketing FestiFools 2013 — “Your Logo Here”).
What I’ve posted above is just a tiny sliver of the beautiful chaos happening on Main St. If you’re jonesin’ for more images of FestiFools 2012, check out Ryan Stanton’s photoblog post. I’m tickled to see that he caught my boys once again this year — and he even caught me. Thanks so much, Ryan!