To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dada art movement, ‘Pataphysical Studios is presenting a special exhibit on the ‘Pataphysics of Dada during the Dada World Fair, organized by City Lights in San Francisco in November 2016.
The ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine, our poetic oracle, will be on display for ten days at the Canessa Gallery in North Beach, San Francisco. We will also present a new collection of paintings, sculptures and mobiles — as well as premiere shadow puppet shows called Ubu’s Dreams .
Join our opening night presentation on November 3, 6-8pm — and our Pata Dada Ha Ha event with puppet show and special guests on November 5 (see below).
The ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine
The ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine is a community-created poetic oracle that invites you to face mysterious ‘cabinets of curiosity,’ ask about your future and get words of wisdom.
Open one of twenty “wonderboxes” for more inspiration: each box is a portal to another world, sparkling with lights, playing sounds, or spinning surreal objects. This collaborative art project is inspired by Combinatorial Poetics, Dada and Surrealism, and Maker-ism.
‘Pataphysics of Dada
Before Dada, there was ‘Pataphysics, the “science of imaginary solutions”. Many a dadaist has sung the praises of its founding force, French poet Alfred Jarry, best known for his farcical and revolutionary 1896 play Ubu Roi.
To celebrate the ‘Pataphysics of Dada, ‘Pataphysical Studios has created and curated a special exhibit for The Dada World’s Fair. The Canessa Gallery in North Beach will be our setting — adorned with our Pataphysical Slot Machine, plus assorted paintings, mobiles, kinetic sculptures, infographics about ‘Pataphysics, Alfred Jarry, Père Ubu (appearing in life-size form!) and the collective impact of Pataphysics on the future movement of Dadaism.
Pataphysical artists include: Howard Rheingold (Dr. Rindbrain), Fabrice Florin (Dr. Fabio), Freddy Hahne (Dr. Really?), Stephanie Levene (Dr. Truly!), Donald Day (Dr. Igor), Marshall Smith (Dr. Skidz), Tim Pozar (Dr. Heatshrink), Janey Fritsche (Dr. Tout d’ Suite), Mark Petrakis (Dr. Zboon), Justin Hall (Dr. Sane), Ilyse Iris Magy (Dr. EyeEye), Phyllis Florin (Dr. Phylora), Jean Bolte (Dr. Figurine), Natalina Frederick (Dr. Canard) & Priscilla Wheeler (Queen of the Desert).
Don’t miss the world premiere of Ubu’s Dreams, a set of original ‘pataphysical’ shadow plays. The plays star Père Ubu, along with many surreal characters from his unconscious: including big faces, talking ravens, exploding cows and other creatures from the wild ubu-beyond. Ubu’s Dreams explores new ways of telling stories with shadows, combining laser-cut wood figures, mechanical automata, a rich musical soundtrack as well as video and multimedia scenery.
We will present this show on two separate evenings at the Canessa Gallery:
• Thursday, November 3rd (6-8pm), as part of our Opening Night presentation
• Saturday, November 5th (6-8pm), as part of our PataDada Ha Ha! event (see below).
This experiment was created by Mark Petrakis (a.k.a. Dr. Zboon) and Fabrice Florin (a.k.a. Dr. Fabio). Special props to Edward Janne (Dr. Mekano) for his magical automation skills, to Dan Cantrell (Dr. Bellowhead) for his incredible musical compositions, to Phyllis Florin (Dr. Phylora) and Jean Bolte (Dr. Figurine) for their wonderful set decor — and to all our friends at Pataphysical Studios for their generous support.
PataDada Ha Ha!
On Saturday, November 5th, 6-8pm, in addition to the performance of Ubu’s Dreams, we will present PataDada Ha Ha!, an evening of patadada art, music, dance and fashion brought to us by a wondrous array of special guests. Here’s the lineup, curated for the evening by Dr. Zboon:
• Beth Custer (Clarinet)
• Steven Kent (Didgeridoo)
• Allison Lovejoy (Accordion)
• Ernesto Sanchez (Mask Dance)
• Erik Davis (PataDad Rap)
• Mary March (DadaDeck of Cards)
• Deborah Sciales (Fashion Statements)
• Doctors Figurine and Canard (Theremin and Digeridoo)
The Dada World Fair ‘Pataphysical exhibit will be at the Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111. It is at the foot of the Pointy Building in the formerly bohemian, yet still quite interesting, North Beach district. See Google Map.
Exhibit Hours / Showtimes
Here is our schedule for this free exhibit and special events:
|Opening Night Event / Ubu’s Dreams||Thu. Nov. 3rd – 6-8pm|
|‘Pataphysics of Dada Exhibit||Fri. Nov. 4th – 6-8pm|
|‘Pataphysics of Dada Exhibit||Sat. Nov. 5th – 1-4pm|
|PataDada Ha Ha! Event / Ubu’s Dreams & Special Guests||Sat. Nov. 5th – 6-8pm|
|‘Pataphysics of Dada Exhibit||Sun. Nov. 6th – 1-4pm|
|‘Pataphysics of Dada Exhibit||Fri. Nov. 11th – 4-7pm|
|Closing Night||Sat. Nov. 12th – 4-8pm|
We look forward to having you experience some of these events. Email us at info-at-pataphysics.us with any questions or comments.
Dada World Fair
This exhibit is part of the Dada World Fair, a series of lectures, roundtables, performances, film screenings, and art installations organized by City Lights and its partners in November 2016, to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the emergence of Dada.
We wish to thank organizer Dr. Peet Maravellis and Canessa Gallery owner Zach Stewart for so graciously inviting us to be part of this event.
Hope to see you there!