Biennial – Daniel Lanciana – Medium

Part II

Two years passed by largely unnoticed; three years and one year at the same time.

Unself Aware

Moving on and rediscovering love. Support not jealousy. Visiting Nonna, Dad, family and friends. Ticking things off my New York bucket list. 1,000 Instagram posts into a book. Stickers on the Williamsburg bridge. New York icons blog. Passion Planner. More male friends, less exes. Node, NoSQL and React. Ether. Flatiron office. Berlin birthday. Amazon and Tesla stocks. East Village. Michael Cera and Larry David. Visits from Kirkey, Jess, Taleah, Neha, Ian, Amanda, Arthur and Sally. Sample sales and Y3. Comic book pull. Hannah and Matt having babies! Italian passport process. Ace Hotel. Reduced sugar cravings. Magic days. Vegan and paleo. Family crisis — a Shakespearean drama. Health steadily declining. Cholesterol, thinning and mini-strokes? Lack of side projects. Lack of community. Work volatility and stress. Trump. Apartment noise. Arthur leaving. Bike crash. Repeat experiences are less magical. Passion for adventure and exploring still strong. Fluctuate between highbrow and lowbrow. Williamsburg is over-gentrified. Over pop art. Love is a spectrum from comfort (fried chicken) to crazy highs (heroin) — both extremes are bad. Successful friends inspire. At my best when comfortable socially. Berlin after New York? Optionality by buying tickets to everything. No tips for takeaway coffee, $1 for cab. Tie dye is in. Varying interests, no commitment. Addicted to distraction. Away from the moment. Increased interest in investment. The polyamorous relationship between clubs, rich/famous guys, and attractive women. City is aging me both physically and mentally. Partying less. Privilege is paralyzed by shame. Most people lead many New York lives sequentially, I’m living them simultaneously. Agile relationships: iterate and retrospect. Adversity and struggle are good. Beauty is distracting. Casual dating is having your pussy and eating it too. Family is addicted to drama. A creature of un-habit. Dad is my source of strength and stability. Australia, the frontier nation. Need time alone to recharge. Only turn on notifications from real people. Occasionally leave the phone at home. Mind is clear and relaxed after getting fucked up. Sugar is my drug of choice. Loud public kissers are annoying. People don’t put down deep roots in New York. Crave boundaries and constraint. Awful Relationship Simulator™. Worst places in the city: Times Square, MetLife, Penn and Hell’s Kitchen. Gender-neutral bathrooms are discrimination towards women. Project manager at work. Shedding possessions is liberating. New York in the summer. Black youths fighting on the street for fun. Work all-nighter. Turned down a threesome. Want to travel to Nepal. Emotions get the first response. Maximum opportunities with minimal obligations. The brain loves narrative — what story am I feeding my brain? Thank you Nicki for setting me free, thank you Joe for paving the way.


art: 43 Clinton, Affordable Art Fair, Alexis (solo show), Brookfield Place (Canstruction), C24 (Mark Dargas: Transformation), Con Artists Collective (Art by the Inch), Empire State Building (projection), Fat Free Art (DAIN), Heritage Auctions (Collecting 101 w/ IVY), N1 (leather, Kira), New Museum (At It’s Core, The Keeper), Pop International (Dr. Seuss), Printed Matter (Realize Your Desires: Underground Press), Spring/Break, Storm King (Amelia and Julia), The Glass Room (Firefox, internet privacy), Think 1994 (Olsen Twins Hiding from the Paparazzi, Tonya Harding), Wallplay (RIPNDIP), Wintercheck (TOUCHING)

comedy: Comedy Cellar, Demitri Martin, Flight of the Conchords (Rumsey), PIT, Sarah Silverman (BAM), Stand Up For Heroes (Louis C.K., Seinfeld, Stewart, Colbert, Springstein), Tinder Live (Bell House)

event: Amateur Night (Apollo), ANZAC Day (Benson’s), Astor Alive, Bike Expo, Brooklyn Half Marathon, CoffeeCon, Comic Con (Javits), cruise (IVY), Disrupt NY, dragon boat races (Queens), Evil Twin (IVY), fashion show (backstage, IVY), Feast of San Gennaro, Governors Island (sunset), Gracie Mansion (tour), Halloween Dog Parade (Tompkins Square), Ice Festival, Kill Screen Festival, Le Corsair, life drawing (IVY), Macy’s Flower Show, Mermaid Parade, MoCCA Arts Festival (comics), MOTH Grand Slam (Music Hall of Williamsburg), NY Mag (Berghdorf Goodman), OZY Fusion Festival, PAX East (Boston), Pride march, SFV Invitational (Justin Wong), Sleepy Hollow (Halloween), SneakerCon (Javits), Stamp Expo (Javits), Summer Streets, The Big Quiet (One World Trade), Todd Wagner (IVY), viking ship, White House (tour), Winter Village (Bryant Park), Woolworth Building (tour), vintage trains (Christmas)

film: Addams Family (Alamo), Alien Covenant (Nitehawk), Barry Lyndon (orchestra, Kings Theatre), Batman: The Killing Joke (AMC), Beauty and the Beast (Alamo, snuck in), Brazil (Johnathan Price, Metrograph), Cafe Society (Angelika), Casablanca (Roxy), Dirty Dancing (Nitehawk), Get Out (Nitehawk), Ghost in the Shell (animated at Metrograph), Goodnight Brooklyn (ACMI), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (Nitehawk), Handmaiden (Alamo), Heavy Metal (Nitehawk), High Rise (Syndicated), House of Traps (Q&A, Metrograph), Jackie, Kicks (Tribeca), La La Land, Lost Arcade (Alamo), Manhattan (Rooftop Cinema), Multiple Maniacs (John Waters, Alamo), Neon Demon (Angelika), Nightmare on Elm St (Brooklyn Bazaar), Only Lovers Left Alive (Nitehawk), Reservoir Dogs (full cast, Beacon), Running Man (Nitehawk), Sing, Singin’ in the Rain (Roxy), The Godfather parts I+II (full cast, Radio City), The Grinch (Syndicated, Xmas), The King of New York (Metrograph), The Princess Bride (Syndicated), The Room (Tommy Wiseau, Sunshine), The Royal Tenanbaums (Metrograph), The Secret Life of Pets, The Warriors (HOY), Tickled (Can Factory roof), Transformers (animated, BAM), Wargames (Metrograph)

food: Arthur Ave (market, Bronx), Broadway Bites, dumpling eating competition, Easter egg hunt (Prospect Park), Eataly 10th Anniversary, IOOC (olive oil championships), Madison Square Eats, MOFAD (after party, City Winery), Momofuku Nishi (impossible burger), Museum of Ice-cream, New Beer’s Eve, Persian New Year, Pickle Festival, Smorgasberg (Prospect Park), Rolf’s (Xmas lights), speakeasies, Sunday roast (Breslin), Taste of Victoria (Flinders Lane), Thanksgiving dinner (Emily & Scott), TORST

misc: $500 jacket, Alamo opening, albums (Coloring Book, Life of Pablo, Wildflower), apps (Mapstr, SpeedETab), bathtub haircuts, books (Dark Knight, East of West, Farenheit 451, Ghost in the Shell, Renato Jones, Saga), “borrowed” hotel room, cat cafe, cat-sitting (Nala), Christmas in New York (sweaters, Rockefella Plaza, 5th Ave Windows, ice-skating, Rockettes, Rolf’s, The Grinch), crashed tv launch at Metrograph, E-3 visa, letters to Dad, Nintendo Switch, Punch-Out interview, Presidential cavalcade (Trump, annoying), robbed while trying on women’s clothing (Kirkey), Sea Glass carousel, Waldorf Astoria

museum: City Reliquary (knishes), Cloisters, Cooper Hewitt (cocktails), Dia:Beacon, Guggenheim (tour), Historical Society (tour), Intrepid (Star Trek, holograms, star gazing), Jewish (tour), MET (Ex Machina, Age of Empires, Bates Motel), Met Breuer (tour), Mmuseum, MoMA (quiet mornings, Picabia tour, Bruce Conner), MoMa PS1 (Night at the Museum), MoMath (Star Trek), MOMI (Arcade Classics, 2001: Space Odyssey), Museum Mile, Noguchi, NYPL Rose Reading Room, Park Armory (Manifesto), Rubin, Socrates Sculpture Park, Troll, Whitney

music: Beethoven symphony (intimate, Lincoln), Beirut (Rockefeller), Beyonce (Citi Field), Bob Dylan (Forrest Hills), Bob Moses (Output, Berlin), Bon Iver (Pioneer Works), Chet Faker, Cold War Kids (Samsung), Danny Howells (Secret Garden), Devendra Banhart (Webster Hall), Flight Facilities (Webster), Full Moon Festival (SBTRKT), Governors Ball, James Blake (Radio City), Jazz Night (Lincoln), Kanye (MSG), Neon Indian (Webster), Mac Demarco (crowdsurfing, Webster), Mammal Hands (Trans-pecos), RJD2 (Brooklyn Bowl), Tame Impala (Radio City), Temper Trap (Radio City), The Hood Internet (Brooklyn Bowl), The Meadows (Chance, Kanye walking out)

party: Amine Edge (Output), Anal House Meltdown, Analog BKNY, BLACK NYC, Babel (Sleep No More basement), Brooklyn Art Basel (Do Not Sit on the Furniture, Life and Death), Bazaar (opening), Cityfox, Conditioner, Daybreaker (boat), Dusk, Explorers Soiree (Carnegie Hall), Floating Points, House of Yes Turns One, housewarming (Meg), I FEEL, IVY Gala, karaoke, Kitsune, Masquerade Ball (NoMad), MATTE (Girl Called Rhonda), N+1, penthouse (Elew), PS122 (Ace Hotel), Red+White (Ace Hotel), Robot Heart (Halloween, Bronx), rooftops, Scotch Egg (live chickens), Summer Camp, Throwback (HOY), Tijuana Picnic, Tiki Disco, Unter (booties, mud), Up Late (High Line), Vans, Vivyn (rooftop), warehouses, WeWork, White Night, Zero (Masquerade, KaterBlau)

places: Berlin (clubs, Bob Moses, Biennial, Museum Island, Berlin Wall, vinyl), Boston (buried treasure, Oberon, Cheers, history walk, PAX East), DC (Smithsonian, Nima, Kennedy Center, memorials, Capitol Hill, White House, IVY white party), England (Brighton, Larri, London), Melbourne (clean, slow, smell of nature, new $5 note, shit WiFi, homeless problem, obligations, can’t please everyone, trying to do too much, visit Dad, look after Taleah, Frankie wedding, Lucas 30th, visa, Two Captains), Miami (Art Basel)

sport: ACC (basketball), AFL Grand Final (The Australian), Celtics vs Spurs (Boston), Copa America (final), Giants v Jets (MetLife), Globetrotters, IMAX cycling, Kobayashi (burgers), Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest, Nets (Barclays), NY City vs Red Bull, Red Hook Crit, Squash World Championships (Grand Central), Warriors 73–1, World Chess Championships, Yankees v Mets

talk: 100 Years of Genius (Frank Miller, SVA), AI (United Nations), Atlas Obscura (McNally Jackson), Bowery Boys Live (Bell House), Celebrating Chess (Chess Forum, Bobby Fisher, Kubrick, replica book), Ethics (Cooper Union), MAD (New York Academy), poetry reading (Kay), Pulitzer poetry (Cooper Union), Seinfeldia, Software for Artists (Pioneer Works), Tim Urban (Wait But Why, IVY), Vulture Festival (Mr. Robot, Kevin Bacon, Bodega Boys)

theatre: Drumpf (Pioneer Works), Jack Charles V The Crown, Joyce Theatre (IVY), Ketamine: The Musical (HOY), Kurious (Cirque de Solei), MET Opera (Times Square), Nutcracker Rouge (Company XIV), On the Eve (Shawn reading, Joe’s Pub), Parsons Dance (IVY), Privacy (The Public), Rockettes Christmas Spectacular (Christmas Eve), Rules of the Game (BAM), Terms & Conditions Live, The Great Comet of 1812, Then She Fell

tv: Broad City, Girls, Seinfeld (up to season 7)

wellness: Botanical Gardens (winter, conservatory), Five Boro Bike Tour (40th anniversary), Prospect Park (running), Russian bath house (Meg), Worlds Fair (Queens), Yoga to the People


Moved out of my East Village apartment to attempt a series of 1–2 month subleases across all five boroughs New York. New friends, new experiences, new perspectives, new adventures. Final night fittingly spent with the apartment to myself, sitting on the fire escape reflecting with a beer and Cuban cigar.

Some things I will miss about East Village: Bars (Proletariat, Drop Off Service, Standings, Good Beer), food (Momofuku, bagels), walking to work, close to the L, Tompkins Square park, local coffee shop (Three Seat), running along East River, all the little gardens, the vibrancy.

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