M.I.A., Mark, And More Party At Milk
Vice magazine can mobilize the hipster masses, but isn’t necessarily known for its ability to keep them organized. Interesting, then, that the mag teamed up with Intel to present 12 straight hours of movie screenings, digital art, and precisely scheduled musical acts at Milk Studios. Anyone with memories of Vice‘s chaotic Halloween party last year (or the riotous door situation at Milk’s recent Corduroy bash, for that matter) could be forgiven for thinking the so-called Creators Project might end up more madhouse than funhouse—especially considering all the free booze.
Miraculously, that wasn’t the case. From Saturday afternoon until early Sunday morning, crowds flowed easily in and out of Milk’s multilevel complex, and organizers even installed a bunch of silver bike racks along 15th Street as a courtesy to visitors, like Nate Lowman, who rode over. The audiovisual amusements were loud and varied, and anyone who thought Interpol’s show at the loading dock was too mainstream could go upstairs to see Die Antwoord, the unlikely South African rap sensation. Ryan McGinley, who shot M.I.A. (top) for the Times Magazine‘s controversial recent profile, was one of few fans not snapping photos of the pop star during her unannounced but not-so-secret performance, which had her on-stage team taking a moment to pour drinks for the front rows.
Mark Ronson (above), who served more or less as the event’s busy mascot, circulated in a white jacket, sipping from a carton of orange juice. After midnight, he set up his DJ station on the first floor. He’d already done a discussion panel and created a pop song in front of an audience. Now, he had Alexander Wang swaying to his tunes and his sister, Charlotte, proudly looking on. She’d missed the M.I.A. set and just about everything else, she said: “I came for him.”
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