|Canal Zone 1978-79|
Canal Zone was a 5000 sq ft loft space on Greenwich and Canal Street. It was
originally a designated as a setting to rehearse a musical/theatrical/TV production
(a TV based Rocky Horror Show) A reality game show where participants would
be humiliated and intimidated on TV. The Media becomes a power force like the
church who's Pope Father figure is Mind Trap.
This became a reality in 1990 twelve years later when he designed a production
space for British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) for their News Division see New
Era the layout was identical approx. the same amount of shooting space. This
was swallowed up by Sky. (News International's UK equivilant of Fox News). The
title of the production was ZX.
This was being financed by William Waldron who had financed previous projects
with the artist. Waldron pulled out after four months into the project. What
followed can be seen on 'The Guy' site with the first major Graffitti launching
event that promoted the Fab Five and Jean Michel Basquiat and Hip Hop.
The Finale for the Canal Zone was when the Geodesic Dome commissioned by the
British Based Festival for the Mind Body and Sprit was consumed by fire along
with Basquiat's and Lee Quinones's work which was in the space when it happened.
The artist did not witness the fire first hand. The festival's organizers were
taking drugs and having financial differences and this led to the torching.
Graham Clark the founder of the festival fled New York. All of this put a stop
to making the UK annual festival a fixture in the US
(see The Guy)
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