The Pataphysical Studios was busting with laughter while trying to record sound ambiance to accompany Dr.Skids and Priscilla’s wonderbox conveying the sentiments of Alfred Jarry, father of ‘Pataphysics.
This video exemplifies the beauty and power of the Temples created at Burning Man.
Dr. Really? provides a tutorial at the Mind Shaft Society camp at Burning Man 2011. This tutorial was inspired by Camp Narc next door who had been busted by the BLM Rangers. Following the bust and legal advice Mind Shaft Society members provided, Camp Narc put up a sign pointing to the Mind Shaft Society indicating that Free Cake was available. Whenever a Burning Newbie entered the Mind Shaft Society looking for Cake, Dr. Really? sat them down to watch this one minute tutuorial, then asked them to record their Write of Passage in the large Mind Shaft book. They were then given Creative License from the Bureua of Artistic development. Then they were redirected back to Camp Narc to inquire about the Free Bacon and Ice Cream.
The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) was the beneficiary of an event opening night at the Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco. The event was sponsored by ARTMarket who produced satellite expositions called ArtPad. It sounds convoluted but this is what happens in the creative artworld. ARTMarket was a wonderful attempt to showcase local and regional artists, art galleries, museums and all of the collaborative support system that goes along with it – convention for artists in many ways.
I serve as the president of the board of directors for the Black Rock Arts Foundation which means I have the privilege to attend these events.Jonesy Jones is a BRAF volunteer who commandeered a krewe of five accomplices who proceeded to “wrap” the entire Phoenix Hotel room assigned to the Black Rock Arts Foundation to promote our services. The “wrap” was a roll of butcher paper that adorned everything from the beds, chairs, lamps, kleenex box, bathroom towels, hair dryer, toilet paper, and all of the walls. Crayons and magic markers were spread around the room so attendees over three days could art up the room as they wished. Community based, interactive art is incorporated in the Mission of the Black Rock Arts Foundation. This video is the result of the three days of arting up. It was shot minutes before the room was “unwrapped”.
This is not the Fourth of July. It is the most thrilling thing you can possibly experience.
Make Magazine produces Maker Faires throughout the United States. Ground Zero is in Silicon Valley where the event occurs over three days each spring at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds in the northern Silicon Valley. The following video is an Expedition by the Mind Shaft Society to research technology to apply to the Pataphysical Slot Machine.
The Mind Shaft Society explored Black Rock City daily. This particular day, we encountered a Space Cadet while observing the Gothic Rocket.
The Crucible is an industrial arts learning and production facility in West Oakland, California. The Crucible provides classes in glass blowing, welding and fabricating, jewelry, bicycle repair and many aspects of the industrial arts. The Crucible provides wonderful community support for the youth residing in the surrounding community.
Our friend Howard Rheingold hosts the Church of Mt. Tam. Howard sends an email to his list a month in advance to assemble in his garden to prepare for a walk on the Church of Mt. Tam in Marin County, California. Howard has an eclectic group of friends who are fascinating to walk with for an hour or two. The exercise is genuine, the conversation is stimulating and the vistas are breathtaking!
West Marin County is at the edge of Point Reyes. It is a rural area with horse farms, cattle pastures, open space and redwood groves. California is called the Golden State because it stops raining around the beginning of April. By the end of June and the beginning of July, California turns a golden brown when the grasses dry out. The rainy season produces a plethora of green produced from chlorophyll found in all plants. This is what the Halleck Valley in West Marin looked like in the middle of March, at the end of the rainy season.