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20x2 13.0: What Changed?

March 9, 2013

 

20x2 12.0: How Did I Get Here?

March 9, 2012

It might hard to believe we’ve been at this a dozen years, but the line around the block at our brand new venue, Skinny’s Ballroom in Austin, TX, made it clear that 20x2 12.0 was in high demand as we asked 20 of the most creative people we could find, “How Did You Get Here?” Chad Swiatecki spoke eloquently about letting go of grudges in order to move forward. Slava Rubin got to our stage through the desire to honor his father, and turning Cancer into Sunlight. Ashley Bischoff’s family took some convincing, but are well on their way to supporting her incredible journey as a transgendered woman. We learned there really IS no here via a liberally Scottish adaptation of “Who’s on First?” by Ewan Spence.

The musical talents of Glenda Bautista reminded us that sometimes you get where you are because you’d “rather die than lose.” Brooke VanPopellen pointed out things like Alcohol, Co-Dependence, the Internet and Cruise ships will often lead to you “the intersection of ‘How Did I Get Here?’ and ‘Fuck My Life.’” Cris Dias thought a lot about the original Trojan Horse, and getting where we are going in several layers. Andrew Huff’s theatrical reading of “Once in a Lifetime” was a laugh riot, same as it ever was. Chicago’s Scott Smith let us know that all those signs saying, “You must be THIS Tall to Ride” never stopped him from getting there. We learned that “Tequila, Chocolate Cake, and really, really good head” are your rewards for Getting Here by helping others, thanks to David Dylan Thomas.

Sam Lipman didn’t just get here, he brought his saxophone with him. It took flights of more than just fancy, but groundbreaking effort from Kent Brewster’s Grandfather, legendary aviator C.G. “Clancy” Mead Jr., to make sure Kent got here. It took overcoming “A Demerol induced haze” for Todd Henry to get to our stage, after licking his Air Jordan’s, and thus spending several days in the hospital. Matt Dessner got here all the way from Queens, NY via the iPhone Film festival, with a stop in a box of Lucky Charms® along the way. Doggedly working his way out of several circles of Hell, not the least of which was graduate school, helped Kevin Smokler understand that getting “here” comes from saying “yes” a lot, and by keeping the friends you make along the way.

It turned out to be damned funny, but Chris Cubas got here on the bus. Really. The tunes of Ethan Azarian brought him from Vermont to Texas, and we love him for it. Adam Garone realized that “getting here” meant bearing the weight of manhood on his upper lip, and encouraged the world to do the same. The fantastic confluence of Time Travel, Magnets, Foil Caps and heating tap water in the microwave for unknown purposes resulted in Steve Delahoyde getting into our line-up once again, with hilarious results. And just as the show was about to devolve into a rave, Southpaw Jones got here by building bridges, from Bruce Springsteen, across Steve Earle and Public Enemy, appropriately into Journey. Whew…

20x2 11.0: Why Did You Do It?

March 14, 2011

Amp Visual's Stephen Averill told an amazing tale of his adventures in rock and roll, and let us know why he'd never leave Dublin. Ethan Azarian looked at "Why Did You Do It?" the way many new parents do, desperately trying to explain the actions of a child. Kent Brewster's short film let David Lee Roth and John Lennon help tell us why he'd taken on new challenges. Michael Chaney laid down the fire and brimstone with the help of his students and their kazoos. That's right, Kazoos. Steve Delahoyde invested a tidy sum in curing disease, though why he'd need to cure "Bacon fingers" is beyond us.

The New Yorker's Drew Dernavich showed us why his woodcuts are mightier than the sword, and certainly funnier. Amanda French filled us in on why she sought higher education, and has the letters to prove it, for life. To understand why one does anything, it's important to do your research, as Ryan Gantz so ably showed. Laura Gray told us why she'd come to SXSW, and the tips we'd need to survive. Erin Ivey got the crowd into her rap, and Sam Lipman put forth some poetry of his own, to tell why he had fallen in love.

Cory Ryan's photos let us all know why the phrase "Clothing optional" is something best known upfront, so to speak. Ben Ward let us know that the why is sometimes a matter of circumstance, especially when it dictates where you end up. Neilyo asked "Why Did You Do It?" of himself, with fantastic results. Josh Kimell gave us original tunes about why, no matter what, everything's better with Bacon. Peter Murphy knew why it was best to use his time wisely. Neil Pollock was literally willing to stand on his head to let us know why he had done it. 20X2 vet Shane Bartell wasn't entirely sure why he chose to smoke bananas as a child, but was certain he'd never do so again. Southpaw Jones brought down the show, letting us know why he did it, with yodels. Ross Nover told us why with clearly marked Men's Rooms, comics, and good humor.

20x2 10.5: Who Knew?

September 17, 2010

Chicago. It’s a hell of a town, and the 20x2 gang toddled in on September 17th, 2010, once again taking the show on the road. With the help from the fine folks at Gapers Block, we gathered 20 of Chicago’s best and brightest and asked them, “Who Knew?”

We certainly got more than we were expecting. Martyrs Live was our host this time around, and Michael Tolva gave us quite a history lesson, starting with the city’s back story, and getting right down to the tale of the building itself, accompanied by plenty of alcohol. He was the first onstage, but not the first to have a cocktail and a good time that evening. Sarah VonderHaar wowed the crowd with her musical talents, belting out an acoustic ode to the glory of blonde hair that stuck in everyone’s head. Scott Smith reminded us that often we already know exactly what we thought we did, and that the word “Balls” is (almost) always funny. Returning presenter Jenny Prokopy wanted us to know that she’s not a pill, and certainly not a whole bag full, but we already knew that. Steve Delahoyde showed us that people who "read science journals or watch the Discovery Channel" know things that MOST of us don’t, especially about frogs.

Felix Jung did the math, proving that the answer to who knew is solved by finding twitter + flickr = X. (Plus, who knew that his random search managed to find former 3.0 and 10.0 20X2 veteran speaker Min Jung Kim, who's the lady in the Vader Mask?) Sandor Weisz seemed to know all about hidden treasure, or at least enough to get us all excited about searching for it. Ricky Carmona knew that the best way to bring the house down was to channel a little Cee-Lo Green, sings his lungs out, and tell us all off at the same time. None of Jennifer Luby's friends quite knew what was in her super secret ice cream. Turns out it was beets. BEETS! Veronica Arreola made sure we all knew some very important lessons about women's right to choose that made for a brave and inspiring 2 minutes. Claire Zulkey schooled us all on Who Knew by playing the card game WhooNu, then Laura Gray taught us all that it's important not to try and play word games like Catchphrase while you've got your foot in your mouth, and they both made us all laugh. Tim Morrow dazzled us with his movie making skill. Eamon Daly smiled through is beard, and though he didn't lift anything with it, he taught us all a thing or two about philanthropy. Paul Thomas reminded us something that Nostradamus knew long ago, but that we all seemed to have missed about our 16th President. (Hint: he wasn't TOTALLY honest with us.) Ernest Wilkins (and his super cool n.W.o t-shirt) laid some truth on us that we all should have known already, and John Greenfield sang for us about punk kids who think they know everything. Dan Polydoris told a great story about an awkward party experience. Who doesn't know what that feels like? Kyle Ryan was as funny in person as he is with the written word, surprise guest Matt Ryd spun us a yarn by song, and Adriene Conzolino reminded us of the things we never knew about art school.

As night fell, our first show in Chicago was a huge success! We made many new friends, put many new great ideas out there, and had a wonderful time. Who Knew? We did, quite frankly, and if you weren't there, you should have known better.

Join us again when we head back to Austin for 20x2 11.0, and keep you eyes open for future dates in cities around the country!

20x2 10.0: Who Loves Ya Baby?

March 15, 2010

Our Tenth Anniversary at SXSW was a big milestone for us, and thanks to support from Ask.com, it was a huge success. We rolled into The Ghost Room with tuxedos, 20 great speakers, and more than a little swagger. We were delighted to have a bevy of past favorites return to the stage, and the musical talents of Ethan Azarian and South Paw Jones showed us again why they're part of our greatest hits, and we love them. We also delighted in some brand new faces tackling the question, and tackle it they did. Amanda Eyre Ward used her insightful and moving voice to remember the folly of lost love.

We were also delighted to meet Chris Schultz and the loves of his life. We saw Jim Hutchison light up the night to remind us that not only does he LOVE light, Light loves us. It turns out that while a lot of the commercialist a-holes out there don't love you anymore, Spiderman, your dog, and The Ramones still do, if Kent Brewtser has anything to say about it. Ernie Hsuing might love the sound of his own voice on most days, but on this night his Mime skills (and a little love from Glenda B.) told us why family is where it's at. Meanwhile, holy CR@P! Jenni Prokopy loves a LOT of people, which is healing and healthy, and we were glad to spend 2 minutes meeting them all. Sameer Vasta laid down a little trumpet love, without a trumpet, and showed us that Jazz means loving your instrument, whatever it might be. Min Jung Kim made a highly anticipated return to 20x2, bringing a mother's love to the stage, and Amelia to all our hearts. Ruby Collins gave us all a heck of a laugh, reminding us that sometimes it's not necessarily better to have loved and lost, 'cuz those you've lost can be a little scary in post-game. Andy Langer, of course, reminded us that everyone loves him. EVERYONE! Jason Silverstein was glad to get the chance to tell us why he loves his sister, not to mention speaking on breast cancer awareness and looking great in pink. And Neilyo…well, Neilyo ROCKED our FACES right off, and we loved every minute of it!

Owen Egerton let us know that there was Love in the Word, and he was preachin', brothers and sisters...preachin'! Tim Thompson let everyone know how much we love asking questions, even if we don't ask all the ones we might like. Erin Ivey surprised us with the realization that the one true love in all our lives is really quite simple. It's Debbie Gibson, and afterwards, we just couldn't seem to shake it. Erik Wolf had a brief existential crisis, and attempted to answer both Who Loves Ya, Baby? AND Why am I Here?, and the answer turned out to be his Dad. The Top Ten People Who Will Love You was presented by Chris Kohler, and it included Mario and Yoshi, a variable number of porn stars (depending on whether or not you're Tiger Woods) and Nancy Pelosi. Go figure!

All in all it was a wonderful way to celebrate our 10th Anniversary at SXSW! Again, huge thanks go out to the Conference, The Ghost Room, Ask.com, and our twenty.

20x2 9.0: What's It Gonna Take?

March 16, 2009

Show recap coming soon.

Speakers from this show included Kent Brewster, Karen Chu, Baratunde Thurston, and Lindsey Simon.

20x2 8.0: What's the Difference?

March 17, 2008

In 20x2 8.0 we were determined to qualify differences: it was the difference between what, exactly, that would determine the context. Steve Basile kicked things off by suggesting that the difference isn't in the details...it is the details. Rusty Hodge asked us to ponder the difference between online music stations. Thomas Crenshaw overcame his penchant for procrastination to reference his friends in relation to censorship. George Kelly had a more optimistic take on the differences his friends provide. Rannie Turingan posed the relation between relations, or their similarities perhaps. Arin Crumley asked (musically, actually) what the difference was between You and Me (well, he and you really). Southpaw Jones explored the benefits (historically) of left-handedness.

Ron Pippin and company hypothesized the difference to be mostly chemical...and advertised. Jina Bolton asked us to ponder the difference between humans and robots. Jessica Reynolds wondered aloud about differences large and small, between love, lust, ignorance and more. Lux Nightmare celebrated the space between porn and erotica. Brian Zisk crafted the chasm between quality and less than that. Jake Cressman asked about the differences between demographics, and got some sassy answers (Sudoku? Who knew?). Jason Hoffmann became fascinated by the difference between life and death, things that matter and don't. Jeremy Ettinghausen hashed out the differences between 18 and 36, and being those ages, respectively. Jerm Pollet's grandma framed life's differences for him, mostly over the weekend. Simon Batistoni took his two minutes to discover that the difference is passion. For Ro Choy, the difference was politically inferenced, while Lila King found the difference to be mostly about capturing the moment. Andrew Huff found his difference a capella, and found it through the breaths we take.

Thomas Crenshaw answers "What's the Difference?"
George Kelly answers "What's the Difference?"
Rannie Turingan answers "What's the Difference?"
Ron Pippin Answers "What's the Difference?"
Arin Crumley answers "What's the Difference?"

20x2 7.0: What If?

March 12, 2007

For Version 7.0, 20X2 triumphantly returned to Austin, SXSW, and The Parish, a favorite venue of ours. With a sense of whimsy, we asked our 20 folks ,"What If?" For Evan Fleishcer, What If involved the "cootie catcher" and some a quirky fortune or eight.

Cindi Li wanted to be in lights, and put her friends on the Big Screen. It's a Mad, Mad Lib, baby, and Kevin Cheng wouldn't let us, or the audience, forget it. Betsy Aoki wondered what if things were Windows Live, in living color. SouthPaw Jones wondered musically "What if Dylan were a Neo-Conservative," and it turned out to be both priceless and funny. Alex Beauchamp pondered her life's options, and determined what, if anything, was enough. Michael Lopp took his life into his own hands for 2 minutes, or at least, his own thumbs, and tried to text all his last thoughts to loved ones. For Kevin Lawver's part, he wondered, What if we turned the whole thing over to a 7 year old named Max?

Rob Maigret had to let down his best friend easy, and see if he could get out of the ghetto-pop life, yo. Darin Murphy dreamt of great big ifs set to music. Paul Lloyd considered jumping a very large puddle, indeed, while Glenda Bautista considered a stepping out of a threshold and into a brave new world. Ron Pippin wondered, visually, if James Brown's Zombie and flying Pitbulls could change the world, among many other things. Amanda Congdon asked us considerably more questions than we asked her, and we're still working on the answers. If Oprah Winfrey is the basic building block of laughter PJ Raval showed us how to build a cathedral. And in blunt and brutal fashion, as is his way, Mark Zupan let us all know that when the question is put to you, it's not about what you lose, it's about what you gain and what you give back.

Glenda Bautista answers "What If?"
Kevin Lawver answers "What If?

20x2 6.5: Where Am I?

November 19, 2006

20x2 version 6.5 asked a question halfway around the world, this time at Madame Jojo's in Soho, London, UK with our most international question yet: "Where Am I?" For Allison Pickett, the where was New York, and the part of her heart that remains there. For Steve Day, where was many of the places he wasn't, actually. Jaye Joseph was at a place in her life where she wasn't defined by cancer, or the fact that she'd beaten it. Steve Marshall was the guy remaining standing. For Jon Burgerman, he was at the place where he spends most of his time, at the drawing board, this time in five twenty-second increments. D was at the place he calls Acerbia: in this case, flavored by a Howl-style rant.

For Sam Sethi, his place was more than the places he's been and the many things he's done. It was with his family, where the happiness lies. Jen Dixon was lots of places, and remembered some, from her grandmother's house to the UK, and several points between. Andy Gallety was in an interpretive locale, where dancing lights meet the meaning behind. Diego Brown and the Good Fairy were in the world of melody, until the kazoo came to play...and that made a Good Fairy even better. For Bobby Pathak, his place was London, where prejudice took a back seat to experience. James Edwards was, presumably, in his home town. Jon Roobottom was in the world of semantics, naming choices, and the consequences therein. Ann McMeekin was bold in moving forward to new places, while remembering past ones.

We asked and Buswell delivered two minutes of a place called harmony. If you ask Gia Milinovich, the world was, at times, a narrowing place, albeit one with infinite possibilities. Frances Berriman was in a place hoping, against stalking (per Frances, "cue hysteria"). Leisa Reichelt juxtaposed her online and offline realities, courtesy of a side of beef. Gavin Strange brought the art -- hard -- with two minutes of painting, on film, and under it. And not to be outdone, Foundry ripped line art a new angle, channeling a vibe that only grew more intricate.

As did, no doubt, our understanding.

Gavin Strange answers "Where Am I?"
Andy Galletly answers "Where Am I?"

20x2 6.0: What's the Secret?

March 13, 2006

20x2 version 6.0 asked participants to share a secret …specifically "What's the Secret?" And let me tell you, there were some doozies out there. People really love to let you into the dark.

Kevin Smokler had us all sharing secrets, or one in particular, via a game of "telephone." Matt the Electrician's "Dog Don't Bite," …or so he said. Jodi Jinks' secret was borne through pseudo-political-period-piece-nearly Vaudevillian comedy, in big shoes. Josh Benton's subjects said "if it works in IE, but not in Firefox … I don't care." Andrew Huff paved the way to his secret with lemon juice, matches, and a teeny fireball or few. Jory des Jardins suggested that teaching your nephew to say things like "can't complain" would help determine a legacy … yours. For Chris Messina, love and free will were secrets with staying power. So too with Josh Williams. But Andy Langer didn't see it that way.

Beth Wood's secret was about being quiet, being still. Lynn Isenberg's secret, which took us inside ourselves, did so in a moment of silence. And while Lowell Bartholomee's secret was a trick -- a ruse -- Toni Greaves' secret was everyone else's secret, actually, discovered. Ethan Azarian's secret was a surprise duet with 20x2 vet Jerm Pollet. Matt Bearden suggested, and I am paraphrasing here, that attempting to woo using the word "bitch" was, generally speaking, a bad idea. Scott Simon's secret was about being in the moment. Todd Van Horne's secret spawned the first ever 20x2 post-show tribute band. James W. Johnson's secret was a multi-media assault on the senses. Dawn Runner offered secrets via the slam.

And Jimmy Wales' Secret? Only the reason that there's Wikipedia.

No foolin'.

James W. Johnson answers "What's the Secret?"

20x2 5.0: What's the Word?

March 14, 2005

20x2 version 5.0 was held during SXSW at Tambaleo, our first anniversary show held in our mid-year mainstay. A packed house saw Ted Rheingold discover The Word in a bee costume. For Allison Pickett, The Word was her friend Dave's email password. Evan Horn's word involved a one-act play and a subsequent death. David Dylan Thomas' Word (well, there were several) was delivered via rhythym and powerpoint. The Late Train guys Word(s) were presented via "unique" Ziggy greeting cards. Chris Caddel's Word was both posterized and abstract. Nessim Higson's word was stylized, fast and loose, powerful yet refined. Michael Buffington's Word brought a time-lapse chicken. Jaxon Repp's Word was a stage at a time in relation to an old flame. Shaun Inman's Word was sung to and about the Web, or possibly, convergence. Andrew Baron's Word traveled around the room by cell phone, like gossip. Jennifer Eno's Word was Silence, and there was some. Nick Finck's word was SXSW, or phrase really...a retrospective and a look forward. Brad Graham's word might as well have been eloquence, but was more aptly amusing. So too from Matt Bearden, who reminded us that the word was "Nuclear." And that Louie Armstrong never walked on the moon. Viviane Vives presented her word through a stylistic world of celluloid, poetry and interpretation. And for Miles Zuniga? Grease is the word.

Take that, Travolta.

Michael Buffington answers "What's the Word?"
Nick Finck answers "What's the Word?"
Shaun Inman answers "What's the Word?"

20x2 4.5: What's The Story?

November 2004

20x2 continued the tradition with our second off-SXSW show, in November of 2004 at Tambaleo in Austin. Nicole Janson started things with a story of new beginnings and the songs you leave behind. Kevin Mason's story was of loss and remembrance. For Jaye Joseph, her two minute story was the last two minute story her father would tell. Robert Frye told his story by six-string. Carla Wilder told a story of love and appreciation. For Billy Hutchison, his story was yours...and mine. For Erica Hess, the story was a Mad Libs adventure. Tina Winslow's story was open about being personal. Joseph Fontinos told the story of why horror stories are the best stories. Ruaraidh MacPherson's story, told from Scotland, was brought with Cookies and Monsters. Ariel Quintans' story was about all the things that make him happy, and that includes the shaking of your ass, thank you. The Late Train gang told the story of a militia...without any weapons. Ethan Azarian's story was about falling in love with a dog...really. Jacob Villanueva's story was full of texture and visceral interpretation. David Hendler's story was about being a Jewish American. Roger Fort's story was about getting screwed and getting, well, even. Tim Thompson's story was about what happens when you combine the word 'blank' and your dirty, dirty mind. Andy Langer's story was about Snuffleupagus, and Sesame Street's role in making him jaded (Andy, not the puppet). Lance Myers' story was about being accosted onstage...or was it? Cinque Hicks' story was that reading between the lines can reveal the unexpected...and the unfortunate.

20x2 4.0: What's the Big Idea?

March 15, 2004

Monday March 15th, 2004 at La Zona Rosa, saw our take on a grand query. Tina Winslow bravely talked about love. Tara Hacker broke it down with a flip chart. For James McNally, the big idea was all about being small. Lisa Whiteman shared the Big Idea's potential...through urban lemonade sales. Mark Couvillion posed the Big Idea from halfway around the world, to varying degrees of innebriation. Ed Carter thought the Big Idea was best asked with an accent, or several. Genevieve Van Cleve let the Big Idea and all that stand in its way, well, really have it. Kevin and Jeff imagined the Big Idea as Cop Show, as Western. Jason Cross saw the Big Idea as a poster sale. Robert Brochu thought it more about poetry...and trucks. Jodi Jinks imagined the Big Idea as Tony Kushner might. For Dan Gillmor, the Big Idea was you, all about you. For Craig Newmark, it was the heavy lifting. Rannie Turingan imagined the Big Idea through his telephoto lens, altered and accentuated. For Mike Henry, the Big Idea was a Mike-on-Video-Mike slammoff. For Austin band Housewife, it was spoken beat syncopated with swirling guitar. For San Francisco band From Bubblegum to Sky, it was about the trip here, and how life is silly, and worthy. For Nicolai Nolan, it was about the absence of sound, but for your thought and silent scribblings. For Jerm Pollet, it was about being bolder, and funny. And for Pong? Orange jumpsuits and high fives. Could have seen that one coming, right?

Read the Austin Chronicle review of this show here.

20x2 3.5: Who Are You?

September 2003

20x2 version 3.5, the first to be held outside of SXSW, was performed in September 2003 and featured singer-songwriters like Matt the Electrician (he of the beer hat...don't ask), Jerm Pollet (he of Mr. Sinus Theater and a pair of ill-themed binoculars), web folk like Leia Scofield (who was, apparently, mostly the result of internet quizzes), Tim O. Thompson (who really would prefer if you didn't stand so close to him), Alison Headley (who recounted her bout with a life of crime and its corresponding state of undress), Mark Couvillion (who was, quite or not-so-quite simply, engaged), Marc English (who was a bandalero with a penchant for table-jumping), Jeff Rider (who was a poetic turn in San Francisco), Ari Brown (who was without a very dear friend), Jodi Jinks (who was art-as-theatrical movement), Erica Lucci (who was baring her soul in front of a loved one from New York), Sarah Bruner, who was new in so many cathartic ways, Melanie Haupt who was from the Austin Chronicle, but not *just of the Austin Chronicle*, Emily Fawcett who was someone who had a thing about shoes, Shane Bartell who was, briefly, Richard Simmons (who was not present) and Eric Anthamatten, who was the spoken word of the street.

20x2 3.0: What RU W8ing For?

March 10, 2003

The first 20x2 to deftly integrate numbers into the question found lots of waiting in two minute increments. As we noted at the show wrap-up, we waited, and boy, did they deliver.

To whit:

If you couldn't tell, Meryl Evans was waiting for the stork. Jeremy Kliendl was waiting for the waiting to get easier. Mark Couvillion was counting down. Josh Benton was waiting, seemingly, for several things that end in an "oh" sound. Kevin Smokler asked "when did I last wait for anything?" Instead of breaking into tears, Ryan Gantz broke into a Spontaneous Blues Explosion. Johnny Goudie Waited for "his man". Michael Griffith waited for his parents, and his kids waited for their parents. Warren Wilansky was as waiting with spoken word as we were with baited breath. Mena Trott was waiting for her heavy industrial "Lee Press-ons" to spring into action. Min Jung Kim waited for Dad to say "I Love You." Ernie Hsiung waited for his fever to break but mustered the energy to throw awards in the air. Ethan Azarian waited through a song he wrote especially for the occasion. Katherine Jones waited with time-honored prose. Carole Guevin was flashy and organic at once. Halley was waiting ethereally. David Weinberger was waiting for ISO 9000 compatability. Neal Pollock was waiting for a web spoof of Lynn Cheney. Darin Murphy was waiting for a wide variety of things, most all of them with a brush and a drum. And Andy Langer was waiting for the blues to pass.

Like they do when you play it back.

Josh Benton answers "What RU W8ing 4?"

20x2 2.0: What Is Real?

March 11, 2002

One of the ultimate questions during a time of uncertainty, the "What is Real?" show featured music (the blues, appropriately, by Michael Brown and "Reality, Reality" by Tim O. Thompson), short film (by Bottlerocket producer L.M. Kit Carson), and loads of storytelling, from the myriad of answers collaboratively assembled by Heather Champ to the interpretive stance taken by Alison Headley, who stood by idly as a videotaped Alison, well, stood by idly. Ryan Gantz had a major freakout involving a sprint to the bathroom.

Read the Austin Chronicle review of this show here.

20x2 1.0: What Is Interactive?

March 2001

The first 20x2 was held at South By Southwest (SXSW) in 2001 at the Four Seasons hotel. Participants included Bryan Pudder of GSD&M, who answered by batting balls with messages up into the air over the crowd, by Joe Silva of Olive Design who broke out a Twister game on the fly, by Sarah Bruner of syrup.org who taught the crowd how to hula by PowerPoint, by Austin band Seven Percent Solution who recorded the crowd before the show and played them back to themselves in song. Many of the others brought a variety of interesting answers to the show, including musician Shane Bartell who got the Meow Mix cat food song stuck in our heads and Andy Wang of Ironminds, who, when asked, answered "What Is Interactive? I'm just a journalist. I have no fucking idea."