Thursday, July 31, 2008
The monkeys we love are named:
BEST STROBOSCOPIC ZOETROPER
Burning Man has inspired and elevated some amazing Bay Area artists over the years, but Peter Hudson, a.k.a. Hudzo, has become a star both on and off the playa using a unique medium: stroboscopic zoetropes. Hudzo is a San Francisco carpenter and stagehand who has designed sets for the San Francisco Opera, Kink.com porn flicks, and the upcoming Milk movie. His first piece for Burning Man, Playa Swimmers, used strobe lights and precise molds of the human form to give the appearance of figures swimming in the desert sands. He's returned every year with steadily more ambitious projects, which culminated last year in Homouroboros: a bicycle- and drum-powered carousel that conjured up the vision of a monkey swinging from limb to limb, then taking a bite from an apple delivered by a snake slithering down a vine. Installations in San Jose, Minneapolis, and other cities followed. Now Hudzo is busy putting together his next piece, Tantalus, working with a huge group of committed volunteers out of his SoMa home.
http://www.sfbg.com/bob/2008/city.php (You have to scroll down some)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Glowfur has been a generous contributer to our Black Rock Arts Foundation auctions and has generously created a GlowFur™ BRAF Bracelet. GlowFur is DONATING 100% of the net proceeds to BRAF, so check them out and do it soon because the Man burns in 37 days.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We told you last week about about the BRAF Grants-to-Artists recipient, Primal Source by Usman Haque at the Santa Monica Glow Festival.
Last night in Santa Monica, CA, from 7pm to about 7am, Glow 08 took over the piers. It was an art and music festival with a bunch of cool events and attractions, but the coolest looks to have been the "Primal Source," a gigantic fountain with projections on it built by Usman Haque. As the video shows, it looks like a gigantic drug-induced hallucination. Which is awesome. written by Adam Frucci
photo: Andrew Rollinger Creatve Commons - no commercial use
Monday, July 21, 2008
A buddy and Erik Davis having a drink at the Black Rock Arts Foundation cocktail fundraiser, thank for coming. Erik is on the Advisory Board of the Black Rock Arts Foundation.
Josie, Maggie Best and Tomas, BRAF's new Managing Director
The BRAF Pack
Thanks David for your very generous contribution to the Black Rock Arts Foundation auction at the cocktails fundraiser. http://www.glowfur.com/
Larry Harvey, JD Petras, owner of Cafe Flore who hosted the after party and one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence perhaps Monkey, Stardust and FireBoy at the afterparty at Cafe Flore
affinity representin' photo: Scott London
Here is some information about their exhibition:
Emergence is a summer exhibition of experimental and participatory art involving more than 30 artists/collectives, with a strong emphasis on audience and artist interaction.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS/COLLECTIVES:Anne Arden McDonald, artcodex, Asha Ganpat, Avant Car Guard, Barend de Wet - Douglas Gimberg - Christian Nerf , Chris Jordan, Casper Electronics, Damon Hamm, Erik Fabian, Eugenia Yu, Friendly Falcons & Their Friend the Snake, G-77, Jason Van Anden & Nat Hawks, John Krill, John Walter, Michael Alan, Monica Müller, Peripheral Media Projects, Pornj Diamond Cell, Sarah Phillips, Saviour Scraps, Tara Parsons, Tim & Martin Dockery, Triangle Project, and Urban Homesteading Project.
Emergence is curated by Johan Kritzinger, Joyce Manalo, Elke Dehner & Audrey Boguchwal.
EMERGENCE IS A PROJECT OF FIGMENT 2008. FIGMENT IS A PROJECT OF ACTION ARTS LEAGUE, AND IS PRODUCED BY A COALITION OF VOLUNTEERS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PURE PROJECT. FIGMENT IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART WITH PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE MANHATTAN COMMUNITY ARTS FUND, SUPPORTED BY THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND ADMINISTERED BY THE LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL. IN ADDITION, EMERGENCE IS SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
As hopeful recipients of the Black Rock Arts Foundation Grants-to-Artists Program, Rebecca Anders, Yasmin Mawaz-Khan and Charles Gadeken are creating San Francisco Ocean Beach Fire Pits and here they are to tell you more about it:
The experience of building a fire at the ocean’s edge is as old as human time, and a much-beloved ritual on the San Francisco coastline. Ocean Beach Fire Pits are locally made sculptural fire pits made from cast concrete and designed to succeed in the harsh and extreme beach environment. Taking the form of Sea Stars and Fire Blooms these beautifully crafted, unique objects provide a valuable and accessible site of public interaction and connection. Already a success among the San Francisco community, the intentional welcoming aspect of the fire pits draw people together and encourage engagement between a diverse cross-section of beach visitors and the surrounding landscape.
So come and support them by attending this fundraiser so they can meet their goal and receive a matching grant from the Black Rock Arts Foundation.
The event features live music, blazing drinks, fire performances, special custom Fire Blooms wearables, and a chance for you to help these unstoppable women of the Fire Blooms crew meet a generous matching grant offer from the Black Rock Arts Foundation!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor, takes his turn with the trowel
After 10 days of incredible action—sod removal, bed and ground preparation, installation of irrigation lines and fencing, the building of a fantastic soap box—the lawn in front of San Francisco’s City Hall was transformed into the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden. It was a perfect planting day as 150 volunteers helped moved nearly 4,000 plants into their new homes. Teams divided into zones with their leaders and peacefully planted lettuce, tomatoes, beans, herbs, flowers and so much more. Good thoughts and prayers (including those from the next-door religious meeting) were had by all. Together, we built a “garden of communities,” as Victory Garden Manager John Bela calls it.
Written By Naomi Starkman
photos: Scott Chernis
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The Detroit Hoopers are partnering with the Detroit Dream Project, Motor City Blight Busters and Society to Promote Art & Recreation in the Community (SPARC) to celebrate “World Hoop Day Detroit on August 8th, and host a hooping extravaganza at the Temple of the American Dream (in historic Old Redford). The event will include hooping lessons, prizes, a hoop jam and more.
We welcome your interest, donations, and partnership!
Donations: Doxie- email@example.com
Want to Volunteer? Faith- firstname.lastname@example.org
Link: Detroit Hoopers — Hoop Day Detroit: www.myspace.com/888hoopdaydetroit
The Temple of the American Dream is a public art park and temple pavilion, located in the Old Redford / Brightmoor area of Detroit (17363 Lahser Rd., Detroit, Michigan 48219) designed by artist David Best and built by the Detroit Dream Project team. SPARC is dedicated to directly improving the economy and community of Detroit by furthering the idea that the creation of art is an essential element of community life. For twenty years, Motor City Blight Busters has been committed to stabilizing, revitalizing and beautifying the City of Detroit.
Together, we can make this a hooping holiday to remember.
In the fall of 2005, along came the San Francisco Sneak Preview of Beyond Black Rock. I was the Wedding Coordinator for Burning Man at that time and one of "my" couples who had gotten married on the Playa the year before came to town from Texas, they were excited to be here and we were thrilled to see them in their Playaglam wear. The "Mighty" was packed and you could almost smell the playa dust in the room.
So, while you are gearing up for Burning Man this year, come have an off-playa taste of Burning Man. Come join us at the gorgeous, 1922 Castro Theatre where we will be viewing Voyage in Utopia. The website has clips of the movie, and commentary about the film, check it out.
This is what they're saying about the film:
“Voyage in Utopia is a remarkable piece of story telling. It does what our event is said to do : it evokes the inexpressible, it invites imagination to inhabit the unknown”.
Larry Harvey, founder of Burning Man
“Lovely interpretation of who we are !”
Artist David Best, temple builder
“ I watched your film last night and was very moved. The cinematography is superb and the editing very intelligent. You really capture the feeling of being on the playa, the emotional drama, and what we're really all about in terms of the community and our principles. Bravo! ”
Christine Kristen aka LadyBee, Art Curator of Burning Man
“One of the best films about Burning Man I’ve ever seen!”
Andie Grace aka Actiongrl, Communications Manager of Burning Man
"Forget John Ford or better yet Sergio Leone, Laurent Le Gall's “Voyage in Utopia” captures le coeur of the real Wild West : The Good, The Bad and The Otherwordly in the Black Rock Desert. Giddy-up!"
Jane Sullivan Director, Santa Cruz Film Festival
French Filmmaker, Laurent le Gall, and artist and Temple Builder, David Best, will be introducing the film and will be available for Q and A after the screening.
"Burning Man: Voyage in Utopia"
Castro Theatre in San Francisco (429 Castro Street)
Friday, July 18, at 8:00pm
There are three ticket options:
Film Premiere Screening and Discussion, 8pm - $10
with Film Maker Laurent le Gall & Artist David Best, 6-7:30pm in the theater mezzanine
Includes hosted bar, appetizers and reserved seating. Benefits the Black Rock Arts Foundation. - $75*
Host VIP Reception:
Includes all of the above plus premiere seating, Director & Artist-signed DVD, name ID at the venue) - $150*
*$50 of each VIP ticket sold benefits the Black Rock Arts Foundation and is tax deductible.
To see a review of the film:
After party at the Cafe Flore www.cafeflore.com/index.html
photo: Scott London
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Discreetly hidden microphones will pick up sounds from the crowd so that participants will generate realtime colorful animated light patterns and shapes on the water screen before them that react to the sound of the words, music and noises produced collectively by both individuals and groups. Their voices will give birth to primal creatures that emanate from the mirage becoming more and more ebullient, with colors flying in and out, and reflecting the ever-changing sounds.
A highly interactive and visually dazzling display, Primal Source is sure to leave you saying "Wow"!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
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See you on there!
Monday, July 07, 2008
City of Dreams Mini-Golf is a project of Figment, an annual celebration of participatory arts that takes place on Governors Island. FIGMENT is a free, non-profit, volunteer-planned public participatory art event.
Another recipient of our Grants to Artists program is City of Dreams Mini-Golf. The nine-hole mini golf course is located on Governors Island – FREE and open to the public Fridays through Sunday until October 5, 2008.
Nine different artists (or groups of artists) each designed and built one hole of the City of Dreams Mini-Golf. The project is an example of artists working separately, yet together creating a collaborative work of playable, interactive public art.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
So the first grantee we are going to tell you about is Emergence ...a summer exhibition of experimental and participatory art involving more than 30 artists/collectives, with a strong emphasis on audience and artist interaction. The exhibition opened on May 31st coinciding with the grand opening of Governors Island to visitors for the season and runs through July 26, 2008. Bex, our friend and blogger over at the Burning Blog, the Burning Man blog, visited Emergence and loved the experience of visiting the old Victorian House chock full of temporary interactive art, with over 30 individual installations and over 40 artists that have come together to create a temporary interactive art house for 9 weeks.
Check out this video, one of several on the Emergence website to hear more about the exhibition:
And here are photos of a couple of photos from the exhibition just to give you a taste of the variety of artists and installations.
The Friendly Falcons and Their Friend the Snake (Jeff Kurosaki & Tara Pelletier), a game show
Peripheral Media Projects (Garrison Buxton & Ray Cross), the participants can arrange the various hexagons 98° (Sarah Nicole Phillips), when participants touch the print, their body heat can make the image disappear
Saviour Scraps, partipants are invited to bring scraps of material to weave a fantastical environment
video: Hsuan-Yu Pan