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2016 Art Theme: Da Vinci’s Pawnshop!

2016 Theme: Da Vinci's PawnshopAway from the extravagant architecture lining the thoroughfares of the nobility class, whose finely appointed estates were adorned with master craftworks and oil paintings of great patronage, there existed a seedier, less celebrated pocket of Renaissance Florence. A different kind of place with its own distinct economy and a unique art culture. One which did not exist under the thumb of the tastemaker Medici family and their grand bank, nor the Church and the gaze of their pious supervision. A different kind of place for a more common class of artist and maker, but this place too was no less familiar to Leonardo da Vinci, for it was here that those missing and scarcely known pages of his now famous notebooks ended up. Here holds a trove of forgotten works and questionable ideas which couldn’t quite find a receptive audience among the Florencian upper crust, and were resigned to sit upon pawn shop shelves. Inspired from these humble corners of Florence we bring to you a Renaissance for the rest of us! A celebration of the rough drafts, half baked designs, unwonted artworks, ill-conceived contraptions and art for art’s sake. Where the truly ahead of their time inventions go straight from the workshop to the bargain bin of Da Vinci’s Pawnshop!

Pawnshops have always been a place where your wildest dreams could soar, reaching the lofty heights of the interest rate attached to the collaterally secured short-term loan you took out to fund them. In this day and age when many large scale art projects are primarily funded by either wealthy patrons, the crowd funding masses or both, each with their own ideas about value and return, what is put up as collateral, what debt is owed, what bargains are made to secure these dreams?

Inventors, traders, tinkerers, bargain hunters and deal makers alike take note: on Saturday, October 22nd we will collectively enter into the pawn shop game as Boston Decompression 2016 brings “Da Vinci’s Pawnshop” to life at The WorcShop makerspace in Worcester, Massachusetts! It will be a monumental undertaking to make this event happen, but just wait till you hear the rock-bottom deal we got: all we have to do is provide everything! A small ask for an all-volunteer event like ours! To that end an official call for participation for art, music, performance, volunteers and theme camps will be released very shortly, as well as an opportunity to receive grant funding for art, music and performance costs. More event details including ticket sales are forthcoming so keep your eyes on these channels for more updates!


2016 Boston Decompression Planning Committee

Written by: FiG Categories: Press and PR, Announcement


Thank You Boston Decompression 2015: Mimesis!

We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came out to Boston Decompression 2015: Mimesis and also thank everyone who was involved in making this event the huge success that it was! It was an incredible night filled with joy and laughter, music and art, creativity and community. So many people stepped up to contribute their art, share a performance and volunteer their time and energy to make Mimesis happen. All of that hard work was reflected back in one truly amazing night! Thank you all so so much!

As you can imagine, planning an event like this involves many different artists, various performers, contributors of all kinds, and volunteers; it takes a lot of time and organizing effort. Typically a group assembles anew in June to begin planning the Boston Decompression event, and those planning organizers work through the summer and fall, right up to the event date and beyond. A good number of creative and courageous people are involved in this planning effort. They are dedicated, hard working and eminently capable people who volunteer their time, energy and personal skill sets to make Boston Decompression happen. But as Boston Decompression grows in size and complexity there is always room for more planning help and fresh ideas. So if you think you’d be interested in stepping up to fill a planning role for the next Boston Decompression event, we would love to have you on the planning committee! Please fill out your name and email in this linked form and we will be sure to email you around June of next year to let you know when and where the first planning meeting will take place so that you can join and get involved from the start!

In the next week we will be sending out a link to a survey to gather more info on this year’s Decom, this will help us as we plan future events. Please respond when you you receive the email or see the link on Facebook. Your thoughts and opinions will help us immensely. 

Anyone that took photos or video at Mimesis that would like to share them with us and allow us to post some of them to our Decompression page on the Black Rock East website, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lastly, below is a list of “lost and found” items that were left at the venue. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on our Facebook page if any of the items belong to you. 

Ok, until next year, when we endeavor to do this all again!


2015 Boston Decompression Planning Committee 


Lost and Found items:

Black women’s (nautical styled) peacoat, and a scarf

Bracelet (please describe when responding)

Written by: FiG Categories: Press and PR, Announcement


New Boston Decompression "The Lost City" Logo

New Boston Decompression

This excellent logo for The Lost City was created by local artist Andrea Huber! Thanks Andrea!

Written by: FiG Categories: Press and PR, Art, Announcement