Our art collective, Pataphysical Studios, presented a special exhibit on the Pataphysics of Dada at the Canessa Gallery in San Francisco, from November 3 to 12, 2016. It was part of the Dada World Fair, organized by City Lights to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dada art movement.
This video covers our opening night presentation on Thursday, November 3rd, at 7pm. This half-hour show was hosted by Mark Petrakis (a.k.a. Dr. Zboon) and featured:
• "Attention Earthlings" by Howard Rheingold (a.k.a. Dr. Rindbrain)
• "What is ‘Pataphysics?", a talk by Priscilla Ann Wheeler (a.k.a. Queen of the Desert), with slides by Phyllis Uppman Florin (a.k.a. Dr. Phylora)
• "The Pataphysical Slot Machine", a demonstration by Fabrice Florin (a.k.a. Dr. Fabio)
• "The Pataphysical Slot Machine", a poem by Natalie (a.k.a. Dr. Canard)
• “Bicycle Built for Two” by Jean Bolte (a.k.a. Dr. Figurine) on theremin, with Dr. Canard on didgeridoo
• "Ubu’s Dreams", a shadow puppet show created by Dr. Zboon and Dr. Fabio, with Edward Janne (Dr. Mechano) and Dan Cantrell (Dr. Bellowhead)
• "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" Sing-along, led by Marshall Smith (a.k.a. Dr. Skidz).
We also hosted three more shows called Pata Dada Ha Ha! on November 5 and 12. Those were special evenings of art, dance, music and theater, with additional performances of Ubu's Dreams. You can watch videos of these shows in our Pataphysical album:
Many thanks to Stephanie Levene (Dr. Truly), Freddy Hahne (Dr. Really) for organizing this exhibit, with the help of all of our friends at Pataphysical Studios.
We have been truly inspired by the warm response from our many visitors -- and are very grateful to our gracious hosts, Dr. Zack Stewart and Prof. Pete Maravellis, for inviting us to present our work in the very special Canessa Gallery. This has been an incredibly uplifting experience for all of us, like a beacon of light and culture -- in striking contrast to the darkness of our times.
This footage from our main camera was shot by Tim Pozar (a.k.a. Dr. Heatshrink) -- stay tuned for an edited video of this event.
Vive la ‘pataphysique!
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