The symbol “x” can mean many different things to many different people. It can be a letterform, a destination, a crossroads or an answer. February 24th 2007, 88 and Flavored Layers brought the nation’s capital an event to honor the meaning of the symbol via an abundance of creativity through music, design, dance, fine art, and fashion.


The spirit and intention behind X was to cultivate, support and highlight DC’s creative community by bringing various aspects of it together in a LIVE-ART 21st century style happening.

Hosted at the new BeBar on 9th St, down by the Convention Center, the venue provided a relaxed, swank atmosphere for the collective. Via Live PA performances, we enjoyed the laidback chilled out beats provided by SHEN, and DC’s local favorites, Aligning Minds. Accompanying the music, we were mesmerized by the gothic gyrations of belly dancer, Mavi who silhouetted VJ Metaphreaq‘s projections for what seemed to be a total harmonious collaboration for all parties involved.


The highlight of the evening was the design competition, the three participating designers were Asha Ozbey, Heather Schmaedeke, and Omar Capers. They were given 4 hours to create a poster for ‘X’, using 3 words chosen by the night’s patrons as inspiration for their designs. The three words were Energy, Exuberance and Intensity.


The screen display of each Designer’s laptop was projected on the club’s projection and liquid plasma screens, revealing their individual approaches to the creative objective. At the end of the event, the audience selected Heather Schmaedeke’s piece as the design that most creatively fulfilled the objective. The chosen design will be leveraged for next promotional poster, flyer, and web site splash page. Additionally, all chosen designs will be part of a high end coffee table book that will be published on demand by supporters of the X movement.

Fresh from participating in POOL in Las Vegas, De*Nada Design brought their latest collection of t-shirts and handbags for the Spring season. De*Nada showed up strong and left behind a lot of happy customers that were able to go home with something to remember the night by. I should know, I left with a new wardrobe and an empty wallet.

And if you were thinking that X was merely a one-off, as I did initially looking over the sheer volume of people participating, 88 and Flavored Layers hope to make this a regular affair. X is definitely DC’s answer to the lack of creativity focused, community building events and in the spirit 88’s motto…they plan on pushing every DC artist, designer, musician forward. So far they’ve made a hell of a start.

For information about upcoming events, visit: www.myspace.com/XinDC.

Date:February 24th, 2007
Address:1318 9th St. NW, Washington, DC, USA

Text: Erin Holloway
Photos: Henrik Sundqvist and David Fogel

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