Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Flight delay

Flight delay
Originally uploaded by Nocturnal Bob
We continue to see gorgeous and different photos of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Visit BRAF at Burning Man

Our 2009 Presence at Burning Man

Visit the Black Rock Arts Foundation at Burning Man 2010! Each year, BRAF returns to our source of our inspiration, to that citywhere interactive art is everywhere you look: Black Rock City. We eagerly look forward to our stay on the playa as an opportunity to connect with our supporters, to inspire others to instigate interactive artworks in their hometown and to educate about our mission and our projects. Once again, the outreach groups of Burning Man (Burners Without Borders, The Black Rock Arts Foundation, Black Rock Solar and The Regional Network) have teamed up to create a unified presence on the playa: District Everywhere!

District Everywhere is housed under one large pavilion. This year, our interior space will take on the appearance of a large world map, with continents cut out of wood, set up at table height. With the assistance of our World Domination Team, guests will create miniature sculptures or flags to represent their off-playa projects and endeavors. Together, the outreach groups will also host interactive activities, art projects, events and gatherings, all geared toward kindling ideas and generating momentum for off-playa, after-Burning Man out reach efforts. Join us for daily BurnSide Chats, hosted lectures, salons and discussions about art, community and culture. Each outreach group will also be hosting cocktail parties and mixers specifically for their group at District Everywhere. Please visit BRAF any day of the week to learn more about recent projects and future endeavors, and to add to our community-created art installation. We will be lounging in the shade, sipping lemonade and conspiring to bring interactive art to communities beyond the playa.

BRAF at Burning Man
Monday, August 30, 2010 - Sunday, September 6, 2010
6:30 and Esplanade
Black Rock City, NV
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Burnside Chats
Monday, August 30, 2010 - Saturday, September 4, 2010
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, and 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Party Everywhere - opening reception for District Everywhere
Monday, August 30, 20105:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Annual BRAF Playa Cocktail Party
Thursday, September 2, 20104:00 pm - 6:00 pm
District Everywhere is located at 6:30 and Esplanade.

We'd love to see you!

photo: James aka extramatic

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

San Francisco Embraces the Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship!

We have been excited to see all the excitement about the Raygun Gothic RocketShip:

NBC – From Burning Man to the Embarcadero

SFGTV, San Francisco's Cable Channel 26

NBC –Ready to Blast Off

photo: Brandon Doran

Mayor Unveils Monumental Raygun Gothic Rocketship Sculpture

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) and the Port of San Francisco to celebrate the unveiling of Raygun Gothic Rocketship, a 40-foot-tall sculpture created by a team of Bay Area artists lead by Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, and David Shulman. The Rocketship, poised as if to board passengers for a typical run to a nearby stellar destination, will remain at the Pier 14 Tidal Plaza, at the base of Mission Street, on the Embarcadero for a 14-month temporary exhibition.

The 40-foot-tall artwork offers a retro-futuristic, highly-stylized vision of space travel circa 1930’s-1940’s science fiction and is the latest in a series of temporary public art exhibitions sponsored by BRAF to enliven and activate public spaces. The sculpture will be accompanied by a companion piece, the Rocket Stop designed by Alan Rorie, which tells the story of the Rocketship’s exploits, providing route, schedule and other information. The installation will be illuminated for nighttime viewing.

“We are very proud to have the work of local artists of this caliber represented along San Francisco’s iconic waterfront,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “Sean, Nathaniel, and David’s Raygun Gothic Rocketship is an important piece of our City’s strong temporary public art program that adds an important vibrancy and a vitality to our public spaces.”

“We at the Port are charged with creating opportunities for residents and visitors alike to connect with San Francisco’s spectacular waterfront,” said Port Executive Director Monique Moyer. “As the third in a series of large-scale sculptures to be installed temporarily at Pier 14, we are confident that this compelling piece will engage people and enhance their experience of the area. Pier 14 provides a fitting and fantastic backdrop for this whimsical work of art.”

See the Full Post on the official SF Gov Site

All posts regarding the Rocket Stop

photo: Josie Schimke

Monday, August 16, 2010

Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship

Everywhere I look there are photos and blog posts and media about the Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship on the Embarcadero. Here is a great little video montage by "The Other Martin Taylor" from flickr. How fun is this?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Storyline Transports: Shadow and Light Festival

One of our 2010 grant recipients, Storyline Transports: Shadow and Light Festival, is a traveling festival bringing hands-on shadow puppet and lantern makingworkshops, a shadow puppet performance stage, and curated videoscreenings to neighborhoods in the Chicago metropolitan area, during weekends this month.

In collaboration with architreasures, an arts-based community development organization, the festival targets children and adults of all ages in under-served communities throughout Chicago.

Festival Dates and Locations

Public Locations:
August 20th - Experimental Station (Hyde Park) 5-8pm

Community Locations (archi-treasures Sites):
August 10th - Barbara Jean Wright Courts 5-9pm
August 14th - Westhaven Park 4-9pm
August 24th - Germano Millgate Apartments 5-9pm

Storyline Transports is seeking Volunteers! Get involved with this great project! Come be a part of this exciting festival, learn shadow puppet-making skills and teach them to kids! The festival is needs of volunteers to help with running workshops and with set-up and tear down of the mobile festival. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, pleaseemail David Prince at

More information is also available at

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Hawthorne 100 at the PDX Bridge Festival

We got this little note last week and we wanted to share it with you "Thank you BRAF for supporting large-scale, interactive, public art in Portland with PDX Bridge Festival's Lift 100!!"

We are so happy when we hear from our grantees and we love to share it with you so here are a couple of videos from the Hawthorne 100 at the PDX Bridge Festival.

photo: Major Clanger

Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Pier 14 with the Crew

Originally uploaded by Nick Winterhalter

Rocketship Landing Out of this World!

The Rocket Stop by Alan Rorie
Mayor Gavin Newsom came out to cheer temporary public art in San Francisco
Tomas McCabe, Executive Director of the Black Rock Arts Foundation
Some of the crew
David Chiu, San Francisco Supervisor
Food prepared by the gastronaught
Michael Farrah, Mayor Gavin Newsom's senior policy advisor
(and the San Francisco Fire Boat Phoenix , in the background)
Artist Sean Orlando

The landing of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship on Pier 14 in San Francisco was a huge success, and here are some photos and blogs and media about the landing:

KTVU Video
San Francisco Sentinel
CBS Video
slideshow with commentary from KTVU
Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association
San Francisco Citizen
Live Soma

Watch this space for more about the Rocketship Landing
photos: Steve Rhodes

Friday, August 06, 2010


RENO, NV – Just in time before this year’s Burning Man event, The Knitting Factory is proud to host the official Burning Man Film Festival/Playa Launch Party on Thursday, August 19th from 4 -10pm.

Three award winning documentaries will exclusively be seen on several big screens from 4-8pm. The Burning Man Film Festival is offered in part as a fundraising effort to support the current art installation “Duel Nature” by Kate Raudenbush – currently on display on the Riverwalk in downtown Reno, Nevada. The Reno Burners LLC group will also benefit from proceeds from the film festival and related sales.

Full length features will be shown, including:
“Burning Man” (1991) by Larry Harvey
“Burning Man MCMXCVII” (1997) by Chuck Cirino
“Beyond Black Rock” (2002) by Mike Wilson & Damon Brown

The Playa Launch Party starts at 8pm, with dance music from DJ’s direct from the playa, electric poi spinner, hoopers, and an amazing line up of surprise guests, activities and entertainment not to be missed. Additional short films will be shown throughout the evening to welcome seasoned burners and “newbies” to the art and culture that is Burning Man.

Tickets to the festival are just $10 at the door for those in costume, and $15 without Burning Man costumes.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Black Rock Arts Foundation’s current installation in downtown Reno, as well as establishing an ongoing fund to develop more locally placed art installations, from Burning Man, throughout northern Nevada.

“This Film Festival and Pre-Playa Launch Party is a great way to experience the rich history and culture of Burning Man, for both loyal “Burners” and those who have never been to the event. With the Knitting Factory’s generous support, we are planning a great night of film, fun, and Burning Man culture,” said Maria Partridge, Reno project liaison for BRAF and Advisory Board member.

“We are proud to sponsor and host this cultural event just before Burning Man which happens the week before Labor Day.” said Dean Hanson, The Knitting Factory (Reno) General Manager. “Burning Man’s rich history and culture offer great art to northern Nevada, and we are eager to support the Black Rock Arts Foundation’s installations and future plans here in Reno”.

WHEN: Thursday, August 19th, 2010: 4pm to 10pm
WHERE: The Knitting Factory, 211 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV
WHAT: Burning Man Film Festival: benefiting the Black Rock Arts Foundation and Burning Man Reno. Knitting Factory bars will available for attendees 21+ years old.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Rocket Stop Assembly

I heard a rumor today that these might be photos of parts of the Rocket Stop that Alan Rorie is creating to accompany the Raygun Gothic Rocketship. So just in case we are not supposed to have seen them we will all act really cool when we see Alan on Friday, okay? Shhhh. Mums the word.

Flying Our Colors!!

photo: Tomas McCabe

Raygun Gothic Rocketship Rises in San Francisco

I went by Pier 14 in San Francisco this morning, and there was the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, and I was a little sad that I had missed the installation, although I am sure there are still details to attend to. But look what I found, a video of the installation. Does it make me nerdy that I love this stuff so much? Can you tell I am very excited?

And here is a little snippet from ABC News reporting on the video.

All posts regarding the Raygun Gothic Rocketship

video: MeKoUnites