Dr. Skids is a remarkable Pataphysician whose background in Anthropological Astronomy with the Mind Shaft Society has lead Dr. Skids to explore the essence of the Garuda in relation to ‘Pataphisics. In this video, Dr. Skids explains his research to colleagues at the Pataphysical Studios.
Priscilla ~ Queen of the Desert, is an astutely keen researcher who studies the details of adventurous historical odysseys. Priscilla has embarked upon the study of Alfred Jarry and ‘Pataphysics at the Pataphysical Studios. The intro of the top video is by the Magnificent Dr. Fabio, Pataphysician and Renowned French Anthropologist. In the bottom video, Priscilla reads about the Pataphyscial Calendar as her esteemed colleagues prepare art for the Pataphysical Slot Machine.
This video by KJ and Stephen Spins sums up Burning Man’s 2011 spirit very nicely.
Amon Tobin is among my favorite DJs. Funki Porcini, aka James Braddell is from England, and has been making amazing music and film too since the mid 90’s and according to some sources, was a major influence on Amon Tobin. This video appeared on Amon Tobin’s web page recently and it is really so good that I want to share it here. Make sure you turn up your sound and “if you ain’t got riddum, you can’t dance widdum”.
Here is another excellent video from Roy Two Thousand. This video showcases Bliss Dance by artist Marco Cochrane and the Bliss Dance Team. Bliss Dance is a figurative sculpture celebrating women’s empowerment, created for and first installed at Burning Man in 2010. This installation is on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay and is a project of the Black Rock Arts Foundation for which I serve as president of the board of directors. Bliss Dance is the first work of art to be installed on Treasure Island since it was created in 1936 and 1937 for the Golden Gate International Exposition.
The Pataphysical Slot Machine is a conceptual hallucination created and fabricated by Dr. Rheinbrain ~ Extraterrestrial Anthropologist, Dr. Fabio ~ Renowned French Anthropologist, and Dr. Really? ~ Chief Anthropologist. They are all Esteemed Pataphysicists! Pataphysics is to Metaphysics, as Metaphysics is to Physics. The Pataphysical Slot Machine was conceived during the winter of 2010. It is an artistic antidote for civilization.
An Expedition over the Sierra revealed the Black Rock Arts Foundation Civic Arts Committee placed Spire of Fire next to the RiverWalk in downtown Reno. Spire of Fire, by local Reno artists Steve Atkins and Eric Smith, is BRAF’s fourth installation at the Foundation’s public art venue in Reno, Nevada. Black Rock Arts Foundation Advisory Board member Maria Partridge and Richard Johnson along with BRAF & Burner volunteers spearheaded a tremendous effort once again to bring Burning Man art & culture into the default world.