We invite you to join the first public unveiling of our ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine at the Mill Valley Library throughout October 2015.
If you are in the Bay Area, this is a rare opportunity to experience this fun and educational combination of art and technology. We encourage you to spread the word in your community!
Our art exhibit will be open every weekend in October, in the library’s downstairs conference room. Come see the Slot Machine during open hours: any Saturday or Sunday this month, from 1-5pm. Our team will be on hand to demo the slot machine, share what we’ve learned and show you how to build your own interactive art projects.
We are also hosting other educational programs, which you can sign up for online:
• ‘Pataphysics and the Real Alfred Jarry – Thursday, October 15, 7pm
An art lecture and group discussion on french poet Alfred Jarry, the founder of ‘Pataphysics — the art movement that inspired surrealism and dadaism. Online registration recommended.
• Create Your Own Art Wonderbox – Saturday, October 17, 2pm
This 2-hour workshop will show kids ages 8-12 (and their parents) how to make their own art ‘wonderbox’ — using simple electronics to bring characters to life with sound, lights and motion. Update: This workshop is now full.
• Arduino 101 Workshop – Saturday, October 24, 2pm
This 3-hour workshop will show adults and teens how to build simple interactive systems with the popular Arduino platform. You will learn to make lights blink, motors move, and sounds play. Update: This workshop is now full.
These free events will all take place at the Mill Valley Public Library:
375 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley CA 94941
415-389-4292 ext. 3
The ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine is a collaborative art project inspired by the maker culture — and ‘Pataphysics, the “science of imaginary solutions.” Our community-created poetic oracle invites you to face mysterious ‘cabinets of curiosity,’ ask about your future and get words of wisdom that will stretch your imagination. Open one of twenty “wonderboxes” for more inspiration: each “wonderbox” sparkles with lights, plays sounds, or spins surreal objects.
This unique art project was created by ‘Pataphysical Studios, a collective of artists, engineers, teachers and students based in Mill Valley. Our group includes veterans from a wide range of organizations: Apple Computer, Bill Graham Presents, Black Rock Arts, California College of the Arts, Industrial Light and Magic, Jim Henson Company, Rex Foundation, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Whole Earth Catalog, Wikimedia Foundation and Wired Magazine.
Update 1: Learn more about ‘Pataphysical Studios in this wonderful article from the Marin Independent Journal. This is the first press coverage of our project, and journalist Paul Liberatore wrote a great story about our art collective. It captures really well our vision for this project, and the passion we feel for it.
Update 2: The ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine was unveiled at the Mill Valley Library on Friday, October 2: it was a full house, attended by hundreds of community members, friends and neighbors. This first video shows the full 90 minute presentation, with unedited footage from just one of our video cameras (other camera angles can be found here). In coming weeks, we will edit a better version that includes other cameras, as well as shorter versions. The evening included a project history, live demonstrations, artists’ stories and a bit of theater. We all had a blast and the audience seemed completely engaged: thanks to all of you who joined us for this memorable occasion!
We hope to see you soon!