We actually never went anywhere, but, it’s been almost eight years since the two of us set off on different paths to spend more (or less) time with our families, and twenty years since we first made up our name because we needed to be an “entity” to work with the City of Chicago on our first project, which was a series of DJs in the Parks that we produced in the Summer of 2001 called “Spin Out” that was spun out of a collective effort by the Chicago music community that laid the groundwork for the past twenty years of groundbreaking music programming by the City of Chicago.
That same summer is when we first started working with Wilco, as they were finishing up work on their album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and we had begun helping them plan the release of the record for that fall and building what would become wilcoworld.net
From the beginning of 2000 until early 2011, we spent ten years working directly with the band and their management on establishing wilcoworld as a model for artist-run websites and digital businesses.
Wilco won a Rave Award from WIRED Magazine in the beginning of 2003 that would lead to a working relationship with WIRED that included a series of live webcasts including the launch of Creative Commons, helping produce WIRED NextFest at Navy Pier in Chicago in 2006, the Javits Center in New York City in 2007 and Millennium Park in Chicago in 2008, and were honored to get to be a part of their 25th Anniversary celebration WIRED 25 and the development of their new mobile app Get WIRED.
In 2005 we started working with an organization called The Growing Connection and worked with the leadership and partners including Google, Cisco, Whole Foods, General Motors and others on creating an online education platform to teach 10 to 15 year old kids around the world how to grow food.
After 5 years of helping the Growing Connection launch in Chicago (2005) and New York (2006) and helping build demonstration gardens including at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and on rooftops in Harlem, Queens and the South Bronx in New York City, we started a project called E.A.T. in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago that helped establish a program and state-certified curriculum for urban agriculture, and created a chain of healthy food outlets out of vacant news stands called e.a.t. spots in partnership with J.C. DeCaux and the Mayor’s Office.
For the past four years we’ve been working with the people at Isobar, initially on helping build out their Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality capabilties and team, and most recently their Innovation Services Practice. While working with Isobar we worked with Viacom NEXT and co-produced, “Aeronaut” a fully immersive Virtual Reality music video by William Patrick Corgan, that won the Grand Prix for Digital Craft at Cannes.
In 2020 we began taking on clients and projects again…