Watching the video:
"The Weird Turn Pro"
has been saved in the MPEG file format. You will need software to view
the video. If you don't already have the software on your computer (you
double clicked on the file and got an "Application Not Found"
warning), we suggest getting and using one of these programs:
Windows Media Player | Quicktime
| Real Player
(These links worked as of 11/23/2000)
Clink the link, download the software, follow the installation
instructions provided by the manufacturer, then open the video.
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1) Have a fast computer.
2) Have loads of RAM.
3) Copy the file onto your hard drive.
4) Make sure you have all the proper system extensions
*This disc was tested and worked on both the Mac and PCs. Hopefully it
works for you!
How this video came to be:
For the past three years, Pollo
Del Mar has been invited to play at the Examiner Bay To Breakers
Race in San Francisco. The race follows a course starting at the S.F. Bay,
travels across city streets, over hills, winds through Golden Gate Park
and ends up at Ocean Beach. About 80,000 runners participate in the race,
but really only the first 200 or so are there to compete. The rest dress
up in costume (or go naked), push baby strollers (or kegs of beer), and
dance to the bands along the race course. Pollo Del Mar has been honored
to hold down the first band location at the corner of Hayes and Larkin
at Market Street.
We'd give you a web link for more history on the race,
but The Examiner has been sold, and I think the new owners lost the rights
to all of the previous web pages. Here is a very brief page on the CNN
site about the 1997
Lord is a well known multi-media artist and
a Professor of Film and Video at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
He is a member of the Ant Farm artist collective (responsible for the world
Ranch" installation in Texas). Out of some kind of extreme cosmic
allignment, Chip had stationed himself at the corner of Larkin and Hayes
armed with his digital video camera, waiting to capture the energy and
outright looniness created by the participants of the race. The soundtrack
for his efforts? Naturally, the loud band playing next to him, there also
to catch the energy and feed it back to the runners.
Chip Lord, for capturing and editing this amazing moment.
Matt Kora, for recording our performance to DAT.
Peter Brown, for the digital sound editing.
Chris Bilham at Production City for putting it all together.
The City of San Francisco, for letting the weird turn pro.