The Pataphysical Slot Machine

Behold The Pataphysical Slot Machine, our community-created poetic oracle.

Seekers are invited to get “instructions from the future” from our guide Ubu, then open a “wonderbox” for more inspiration. This project is inspired by Alfred Jarry, founder of ‘Pataphysics, the “science of imaginary solutions.”

Here’s a short video of the Pataphysical Slot Machine in action.

We’re creating this collaborative art project as a labor of love, with pals Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold), Freddy Hahne (@arewereally), Stephanie LeveneDonald DayTim Pozar and other pataphysicians. Meet our crew in this ‘day in the life’ video.

We get together every Saturday afternoon to build the Pataphysical Slot Machine, using a variety of materials: wood, clay, paints, LEDs, sound chips, motors — and Arduino, the interactive platform which holds it all together. See our interactive specs.

We’re often joined by friends and family, who are helping make more wonderboxes for this free knowledge accumulator. New practitioners are welcome: all that’s needed is a shared vision, some art or electronics experience, and a commitment to get things done in our lifetime. Pataphysics is the art of not taking yourself too seriously … :)

Collaborative art is a wonderful thing. Find out for yourself on our Flickr photo-stream.

P.S.: We’re looking for an art venue for our poetic oracle in the Bay Area this fall. Please contact us if you have any leads.

Video, photos and narration by Fabrice Florin. Recorded at the Rheingold Room in Mill Valley, California, in February 2014. Music by Erik Satie and others.