January 5, 2007
This is not the post I expected to be writing right now.
By now most of you have heard about the fire at Pan-9. For those who don't know, For ten years Pan-9 has been an artist collective/performance space in a loft space, in a factory building in Allston (a section of Boston) MA.
At 3am, on morning of Friday, December 29, 2006 there was an electrical fire in the room Katrina Galore and I share.
Katrina awoke to find the room in flames. Everyone made it out alive but between fire and water damage most of the stuff in space is a total loss.
I was out at my folks place in central MA when the fire happened. I got the call from Katrina at about 4am and was back in Allston by 5am.
We spent most of the first week sorting through the rubble and trying to figure out where to sleep. Initially, I was the only Pan-9er to have a working phone and so I had the phone glued to my head nonstop making and fielding calls for about 48 hours.
S.N.A.F.U.'s work was all stored in my folks barn at the time of the fire, so none of it was damaged. Most of what I lost in the fire is easily replaceable, but many at Pan-9 lost years of irreplaceable artwork and personal effects.
As I write this, the future of the building that housed Pan-9 is uncertain, and everyone who inhabited it is currently homeless.
For more about Pan-9 and how the disaster is being dealt with, check out the following links.
posted by Stephen 3:04 PM