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.
On November 5th, we hosted “Pata Dada Ha Ha!”, an evening of art, theater, music and poetry, with a wondrous array of special guests -- including “Ubu’s Dreams”, our shadow puppet show. So many people came to this small venue that we had to give two half-hour shows, at 6:30 and 7:30pm - and a third show on closing night, November 12th. This unedited video covers the first show only.
Our first 20-min. presentation was hosted by Dr. Zboon, and featured these artists:
• Mary March (DadaDeck of Cards)
• Allison Lovejoy (Accordion)
• Deborah Sciales (Fashion Statements)
• Erik Davis (PataDada Rap)
• Drs. Figurine and Canard (Theremin + Didgeridoo)
• Ernesto Sanchez (Mask Dance)
• Ubu’s Dreams (Shadow Puppet Show by Drs. Zboon, Fabio, Mechano -- and Dan Cantrell, a.k.a Dr. Bellowhead)
• Beth Custer (Clarinet)
• Stephen Kent (Didgeridoo)
Between shows, we greeted our guests with a shot of absinthe -- and introduced as a new collection of patadada paintings, sculptures and mobiles. We also invited them to sit down and interact with the Pataphysical Slot Machine, our poetic oracle (see exhibit links below).
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 our friend Michael Fasman, with a wide shot from Dr. Fabio's GoPro camera for the first half -- stay tuned for an edited video of this event.
Vive la ‘pataphysique!
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