Brooklyn's Life Of Fire: Electro Hip Hop, Lady Circus, And Alternative Uses For A Swing Set

by MIGUELINA NUNEZ · August 2, 2010

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On Saturday night the month of July literally went up in flames! Whispers and speculation that three of Brooklyn's cavernous warehouses would play host to an unashamed end of July bash turned out to be true via Life of Fire at the 3rd Ward.  The forefathers of electro hip-hop, which included Afrika Bambaataa and the Egyptian Lover, shared a stage for the first time. Also in attendance: as many DJs as it took to keep a heavily tattooed crowd going for an exhilarating 12 hours!-

Life of Fire was essentially a three part event that began at a 117 year old former brewery, moved on to an ex-furniture factory, and culminated with a sunrise ceremony at an old garment factory. Besides glimpses of nudity typical of a summer in the city, attendees also enjoyed fire sculptures by Rosanna Scimeca, daredevil crowd surfing stunts courtesy of The Lady Circus, and four lofts dedicated to the best old school, jump-up techno and hip hop that the music industry has to offer.

Once the initial shock of heavily pierced and tattoed hipsters in indigenous clothing wore off, Life of Fire's riotous creators made sure that the crowd had several ways to keep themselves entertained for the 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM time slot reserved for the rave - because if bright lights, fire, techno, and nudity is not a rave, then what is??

While the Animus Arts Collective contributed several climbable sculptures, the festive summer crowd proved that there are indeed many different ways to get on a swing: