Cabbie DJ night: Idling At Dusk

This video documents the event I produced.

Event description: I synced cab sound systems to play music that cab drivers themselves DJ alongside local legendary club music DJs. Cab drivers are primarily middle aged Muslim immigrants with a variety of musical tastes. The project aims to celebrate those who occupy the plaza daily, combat Islamophobia, connect different musicians and local people/businesses while activating the plaza.

The first image (for the video) is a flyer I made with a local graphic designer using contextualized visual language to elevate our event, and to make it fun. In other words, we used imagery that looks like a flyer you’d find on your windshield for a party at a club but it is made of images from the plaza. The large figure on both sides is the sculpture in the plaza and the typography uses cab imagery.

Idling At Dusk, 2014. Baltimore Penn Station.
Extra-long soldered wires, laptops, various ipods and phones, mixers, portable generator, participating cab drivers, DJs and restaurants contributions

Under the pen name Living Station Nights, I put on an event series I called Idling At Dusk at Baltimore’s Penn Station Plaza. Asked to activate the plaza as a contracted artist for Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Inc., I noticed the cab drivers social presence idling around the station chatting and listening to music. Gathering drivers, local DJs and restaurants and proposed to them this event series where I would connect the cabs sound systems to play the cab drivers music alongside professional local DJs, offering commuters local food and offering passerbys a fun way to enjoy the evening. This video documents one of these events.

Music sampled in video:

  1. Artist Unknown, untitled track from Mali Album
  2. Blaqstarr, track untitled
  3. Mohammad Rafi, Aaj Mausam Bada
    Video Clip 2 min