Science on Screen is a cool program that provides funding to theaters so that they can host events pairing movies with related, pop-culturey lectures by scientists. Think: Night of the Living Dead + the neurobiology of zombies.
The Science on Screen grant recipients were recently announced. If your local theater is on this list, rest assured, I envy you.
Boing Boing fave and pioneering cult artists Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) and beloved Other Half Lady Jaye (who passed away at 39 years old in 2007) are the subject of The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye. Director Marie Losier documents the loving relationship of the two soul mates and collaborators, focusing on their Pandrogyne project. As an expression of their love, the pair received simultaneous surgical procedures to merge into a third pandrogynous being. Update from Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: "It's really a love, LOVE letter to Jaye and all the casualties of the pain of bigotry and bias too many of us experience." [apologies for the inaccurate earlier description! -AJ]
Following the film, Thee Majesty will play a full set of their ambient soundscapes and spoken word, led by Genesis. This rare performance will blend poetry, performance with music improvisation, hypnotic loops and blistering noise. Sounds like a Boing Boing lullaby!
If you're in quick-traveling distance to Mass MOCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, you owe it to yourself to attend Wilco's Solid Sound Festival. The fest kicked off yesterday and continues through Sunday evening. Music, comedy, art, and experimental technology/audio explorations.
I've been meaning to report on the Los Angeles Boing Boing Meetup, but
weeks and weeks of travel have kept me busy. I'm at the airport
now, waiting to catch a plane, so I have a bit of time.
About 25 people came to the event, which was held by the kind folks Machine Project
in Echo Park (the photo above is of the early birds). The theme of the
evening was "Wonderful Things." We sat around two large tables
pushed together and took turns showing the objects we brought with us
and talking about them.
When I was in high school in Boulder Colorado, I loved going to the University of Colorado Trivia Bowl every year. I even started and hosted the Boulder High School Trivia Bowl. The winning team of the first Boulder High Trivia Bowl included Paul Bailey, who is now the producer of the Trivia Championships of North America, and Mitch O'Connell, who later went on to become a famous artist and collector of bizarre thrift store garbage.
I'm about to relive my youth at the Trivia Championships of North America, which will be held on July 8-10, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you are going, too, let me know!
For the first time, everyday trivia fans from across the continent will battle million-dollar minds -- and one another -- to answer the question: Who are the top trivia players of North America? Taking place in Las Vegas on July 8-10, the Trivia Championships of North America (TCONA) will recognize "mental medalists" who are both quick on the buzzer and full of facts.
Questions will be posed about popular culture (music, television, sports, film, and lifestyle) and academic topics (including fine arts, history, science, geography and technology). Answers will come in a variety of ways, from written tests to instant verbal responses for both individuals and teams.
While game show champions and pub quiz winners will be in abundance, this open event provides the opportunity for discovery of the next trivia mastermind, as those with previous accolades try to fend off the onslaught of knowledgeable but not yet as well-known contenders.
This event, the first of its kind in North America, will take place in Las Vegas on July 8-10, 2011, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. TCONA will also serve as a meeting of the Game Show Congress and as a sanctioned event of the International Quizzing Association, which presented the recent World Quizzing Championships.
The website, preliminary schedule, and link for application to compete can be found here
Michael Rosenthal Gallery [San Francisco] is thrilled to present Schema, Brooklyn-based artist Justin Amrhein’s first solo exhibition. In a series of intricate yet gracefully spare drawings and lightboxes, Amrhein plots and charts the inner workings of imaginary machines. Evoking patent diagrams, textbook illustrations or the work of an evil mastermind intent on destroying the world, the works capture the viewer’s curiosity on both an intellectual and technical level.
Immediately apparent is Amrhein’s spirited inquisition into his chosen subject matter, whether that be the terminally-elusive weapons of mass destruction or the bio-mechanical processes that allow insects to live. If an object is to be defined by the listing of its attributes, the combination of Amrhein’s labeled parts creates complicated, purpose-driven and often humorous machines. In parallel, the separate works in Schema combine to implicate the fine-tuned machinations hiding just under the surface of all organizations, objects and systems we take for cohesive wholes.
A Sacramento native, Amrhein completed his MFA at San Jose State University in 2006 and moved to New York the following year. He has exhibited widely in group and juried shows on both coasts. Most recently, his work was part of a three-person show at Lesley Heller Workspace on the Lower East Side. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
Don't forget: Tonight is the International Boing Boing Meetup Day! The theme is "Wonderful Things." The goal is for happy mutants in cities around the world to self-organize various cabinets of curiosities.
It's easy to participate: Start by visiting the Meetup page to join or start a "Wonderful Things" Meetup in your city. Bring your favorite significant object, coveted curiosity, conversation piece, or mysterious item to the Meetup (Don't bring something that has a lot of intrinsic value). Then tell the other happy mutants about it!
While you're at the Meetup, share your thoughts on the items that you see, and if you are so inclined, offer up a swap! Don't forget to tweet your photos, videos, and details on any exciting swaps using hashtag #BoingBoingMUP.
Boing Boing's Wonderful Things Meetup day is 7 June 2011
Apparently, while I wasn't paying attention, Minneapolis plunged into a heat wave. (I suspect this says something about the temperature-control powers of my 1920s stucco house. That, and my husband's practice of opening the house and turning on fans over night, and then closing all the windows in the morning. ) We hit a new record high—97 degrees F—yesterday afternoon, and more of the same is expected today.
I'll be at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this morning for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, and will be live-blogging photos and tweets from the event on the Boing Boing Liveblog.The keynote is scheduled to start at 10am Pacific time (1pm ET, or GMT-7) today Monday, June 6, 2011.
Blue Microphones' Yeti Pro adds XLR sockets, and the promise of pro-quality results, to the USB-only original. It has three capsules, with settings for stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional recording; a built-in headphone amplifier for latency-free monitoring; and dials to control gain and headphone volume. There's also a mute button.
The most striking thing about the $250, 24bit/192kHz Yeti Pro is its huge size compared to most mics: it's as big as a beercan and weighs 3 1/2 pounds when attached to the bundled desk stand. It's pretty, though, and looks and feels extremely sturdy.
The quality is far better than inexpensive audio-jack mics, and audibly so compared to USB models I've used such as M-Audio's Producer. It is more expensive, however, and the differences will be most clear to musicians rather than, say, casual podcasters. Indeed, unless you're already planning to wed it to studio gear for one reason or another, the XLR outputs (which require 48v phantom power from a pre-amp) will only sit there encouraging you to buy some so that you may.
It worked on Windows and OSX without any faffing around, though on the Mac, the monitoring jack also worked as a 24bit/192kHz audio output for the computer, which is nice.
The only problem I had was it recording too quiet at first, even with the gain up. The fix was to turn the mic gain and headphone volume to zero and cycle the mute button. Since then, it's been fine.
Are you planning your San Diego comics excursion this summer? There's something new and unique being planned by a host of comics, film, and illustration artists including Mike Mignola, Mike Allred, Craig Thompson, Paul Pope, Brian McDonald, and more.
TR!CKSTER is a huge, free-to-enter pop-up store event that's equal parts retail shop/fine art gallery/and symposium space. Spearheaded by Scott Morse and Ted Mathot, TR!CKSTER just might be the world's first creator-owned venue of its kind, spotlighting an armada of artists and writers that are the heart and soul of popular storytelling, daring enough to retain the rights to their own work. Featuring limited run small press books and wares, original art in a gallery setting, a full bar, live music and more, TR!CKSTER seeks to be a haven for creators and audiences to gather in a classy, comfortable atmosphere. With no booths, creators will be free to relax and interact more casually with their audience, have a cocktail, and share their creative processes more readily. A series of Symposia will we featured, focusing on honing craft, technique, method, and theory concerning writing and art making. As a crash-course in creative sharing and collaboration, the Symposia will be limited seating with tickets on sale soon.
Open Tuesday, July 19th, through Sunday, July 24th, and located DIRECTLY across from the San Diego Convention Center, TR!CKSTER just might be the most talked-about event this summer for art makers and storytellers!
We are excited to announce Boing Boing's 1st International Meetup Day!
The theme is "Wonderful Things." The goal is for happy mutants in cities around the world to self-organize various cabinets of curiosities.
It's easy to participate: Start by visiting the Meetup page to join or start a "Wonderful Things" Meetup in your city. On June 7, bring your favorite significant object, coveted curiosity, conversation piece, or mysterious item to the Meetup (Don't bring something that has a lot of intrinsic value). Then tell the other happy mutants about it!
While you're at the Meetup, share your thoughts on the items that you see, and if you are so inclined, offer up a swap! Don't forget to tweet your photos, videos, and details on any exciting swaps using hashtag #BoingBoingMUP.
If you're in NYC on Sunday, April 17th, check out the latest edition of the live improv/storytelling/puppetry/comedy/burlesque show "And I Am Not Lying," put together by BB pal Jeff Simmermon. Starts 8PM at the Kraine theater: 85 East Fourth Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue. More info here, video trailer here, flyer here.
The Space Exploration Advertisement Competition will award a 4-day tour of Moscow, Russia, including a microgravity flight in an Ilyushin-76 aircraft, to an artist, designer or creative individual who creates a print ad which best captures the wonder of space and demonstrates the potential to best inspire the public. The winner will be judged by a celebrity panel of space notables, but entries will also be eligible for a fan-voted People's Choice Award with another exciting set of prizes.
Machine Project in Los Angeles is hosting a lecture and book launch event with author Joshua Foer on Sunday, March 27th, 2011 at 8pm. It sounds great!
On average, people squander 40 days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget: in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.
Moonwalking with Einstein draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of memory, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human remembering. Under the tutelage of top "mental athletes," he learns ancient techniques once employed by Cicero to memorize his speeches and by medieval scholars to memorize entire books. Using methods that have been largely forgotten, Foer discovers that we can all dramatically improve our memories.
At a time when electronic devices have all but rendered our individual memories obsolete, Foer's bid to resurrect the forgotten art of remembering becomes an urgent quest. Moonwalking with Einstein brings Joshua Foer to the apex of the U.S. Memory Championship, and brings readers to a profound appreciation of a gift that we all possess, but that too often slips our minds.
If you live around Columbus, OH, I'll be giving the keynote talk at Digital Media in a Social World at 9am on April 1. Admission is free. Details here. Later that day, I'll show 15 people how to make a candolin (also free). Sign up here. I hope to see you there!
The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York is presenting "R. Crumb: Lines Drawn On Paper," a retrospective of the world's greatest living illustrator.
This 90-piece exhibit showcases rare and seminal examples of original art including covers and interior pages from ZAP, San Francisco Comic Book, Head Comix, Bijou Funnies, The East Village Other, Snatch Comics, Motor City Comics, Your Hytone Comix, Big Ass Comics, The People's Comics, Despair, Black & White Comics, Arcade, Hup and Weirdo. This exhibit features such counter-culture icons as Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, Shuman the Human, Bo Bo Bolinski, Lenore Goldberg and Her Girl Commandos, Horny Harriet Hotpants, Boingy Baxter, Angelfood McSpade and a special guest appearance by the ol' pooperoo himself -- R. Crumb. Works will be on display for six weeks, beginning March 23rd through April 30th in the Museum's galleries in New York City's Upper East Side.
Robert Crumb (b. 1943) is considered the premiere underground comix artist of his generation. Beginning with the launch of Zap Comics in 1967, Crumb deconstructed the American comic book, revolutionizing the form forever. Over four decades later, his impact continues to be felt worldwide.
In 2006 corporate futurologist Derek Woodgate and I flashed on the idea of an future-focused think tank that would produce experiential events, what Derek has come to call "sense events." Since then we've produced several of these science-friction extravaganzas during SXSW Interactive, and last year we formed a future-focused events and entertainment company, Plutopia Productions, with visionary producer Maggie Duval, and logistics wizard Bon Davis. Plutopia is a mashup of "pluralist utopias" - in a world of digital convergence, maker cultures, and DIY domiciles, you can customize your perfect slice of the known universe.
Plutopia 2011 is an official evening event during SXSW Interactive, which means that Interactive, Gold, and Platinum badgeholders get in free. Our pals at bOING bOING are media sponsors of the event. Plutopia is a great alternative to the usual "booze and schmooze" conference mixers; this should be a highlight of SXSW Interactive week!
TED2011 is about to officially kick off, and I'm excited to be here to write about it for Boing Boing. When I walked into the Long Beach Performing Arts Center I was greeted by this 20-foot sea creature made from balloons. I'm going to try to track down the artist and interview him/her about it.
Photo of Vanalden Cave. See my other photos of the Vanalden Cave.
The inimitable Chris Nichols of Los Angeles magazine interviewed me about some of my favorite places in Los Angeles. I told him about the Vanalden Cave, the Norton Simon Museum, Ramen Jinya, Meltdown Comics, Machine Project, and other places.
Cru: I'm not a vegan or a raw food eater exclusively but I like this raw food vegan restaurant in Silver Lake. You think of raw vegan food as chewing fiber until your jaw falls off from exhaustion, but they have this really good ravioli made with thinly shaved slices of jicama and filled with nuts and spices. You won't walk out thinking, now let's go to the Argentinian restaurant.
San Vicente Mountain Park:
L.A. used to have a bunch of Nike Ajax supersonic missile launch sites. The one on Mulholland Drive is now a park and the view is beautiful. It has these really cool looking structures that used to be a radar system with metal platforms. There's even a sign posted about the cold war with Kruschev's famous line "We will bury you."
My pal and Make magazine contributing artist Tim Lillis participated in a project called Fun-a-Day. Every day in January, he illustrated word that had some role in something that he did that day.
Fun-a-Day is an annual art show held by Artclash and exhibited at RPS Collective in Oakland. The show opens tonight, February 4, from 6 PM to 9 PM. "It coincides with Oakland's Art Murmur where tons of galleries in the same neighborhood have openings," says Tim.
Dozens of teachers, students, and curriculum developers will join in these discussions to explore how movies, television programs, and video and computer games could be used in the classroom. The summit will include breakout sessions and a group exercise to encourage interaction and brainstorming among participants.
Millions of people will flock to the Skinner Auditorium at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA to watch Jim Woodring use Nibbus Maximus, his giant pen.
Seattle cartoonist Jim Woodring, author Frank Comics and the acclaimed Weathercraft, has built a seven-foot-long pen-and-penholder, a giant version of the steel dip pen nib and wooden handle used by artists and calligraphers. The pen will make its debut in the Skinner Auditorium of Gage Academy of Art on Sunday, January 9 from 1pm to 4pm.
The nib is sixteen inches long and made of brass-pated, hand-engraved cold-rolled steel. The handle is lathe-turned poplar, painted with black lacquer. The ink is a specially formulated acrylic blend. A vase functions as an inkwell.
When this project was announced earlier this year it was met with heavy skepticism. Many felt a pen this size could not function because the relationship between scale and fluid dynamics. Woodring was convinced it could be done and the nib has performed well in tests with prototypes. This will be the first public demonstration of the finished product.
Woodring will be making large ink drawings (up to 4 x 6 feet) on a specially built drawing board and conversing with the audience as he works. Regulation pen-and-ink supplies will be on hand for interested audience members to use; members of Seattle's Friends of the Nib will provide instruction for beginners.
The Giant Pen was built with finds raised through United States Artists Special Projects, 2010. Free paper, pen and ink supplies provided by D
Nibbus Maximus Sunday, January 9 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location Skinner Auditorium, Gage Academy of Art
1501 10th Avenue East
Tonight, at 8PM, the Los Angeles hackerspace CRASH Space (of which I'm a member) will be hosting the first WikiLeaks Wednesday. This will be part symposium, part round table discussion, part open forum. Anyone interested in this topic who wants to talk about it or ask questions about it in person, to others who are also interested and possibly more familiar with some aspects of the issues, should come out. If you think Wikipedia is the same thing as WikiLeaks and they both hate Mastercard and the guy behind it all is already in jail for it, then you should definitely come out. This event is open to the public, but space is limited so if you want a seat inside (away from the rain), get there early. It may be live streamed as well, stay tuned to the space's twitter stream for updates.
CRASH Space is located at 10526 Venice Blvd, in Culver City, CA 90232. Admission is free but donations of $10 are encouraged as CRASH Space is entirely membership/donation funded and relies on the support of visitors to keep the doors open.
Attention New York! BB Quizmaster David Israel has a QR Code Scavenger Hunt going on, in which you can win a car: "The hunt begins at four different locations -- the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and in the East and West Villages -- starting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21. Both @neatorama and @mental_floss will tweet the precise starting locations from their Twitter handles at 10:30 a.m. that day."
My friends at Feral House and Process Books are throwing a book launch party at La Luz de Jesus Gallery (4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles) on December 9 from 6-9pm. It looks like fun!
Join us to celebrate the end of the dark days and the sun's rebirth. Tip back some mead or bicycle-powered vegan smoothies, listen to tunes by the master Hogmanay, check out our latest Process and Feral House books and have them personally inscribed to your friends and family by our authors.
Last night was the opening event of Roböxotica Festival in Vienna, Austria. Roböxotica is a celebration of the underappreciated art of cocktail robotics. Held annually for the last 12 years, the festival includes an exhibition of robots, gadgets, gizmos, installations and heavy machinery built with to get people drunk. There are also talks and performances, presentations and symposiums as well as a published wrap-up and a closing event in which awards are presented in categories such as "Best use of fire."
Co-organized by monochrom and shifz, it's traditionally been held at Vienna's prestigious Musieumsquartier but due to increased attendance was moved to Mo.ë, a larger venue / warehouse space that is rumored to have at one time been a factory that produced medals of honor for the Nazis. At last night's opening there were over 1000 attendees packed in, making it the largest Roböxotica ever.
I didn't get as many opening night photos as I'd hoped since weather and delayed flights conspired to make me the sole operator of CRASH Space's entry, "The Exciterator" which is a frightful intermingling of three ancient, outdated and basically fraudulent technologies (a 1940's weightloss ass shaker, a 1960's Relaxicizer home shock treatment unit, and a 1970's door to door salesman's oil filter kit) which have taken on new life making the crappiest Gin & Tonic's known to man. But I did get a few shots, which follow. Roböxotica runs through Sunday, December 5th. If you happen to find yourself near Vienna, it's well worth a visit.
Here's The Exciterator in all its functioning glory: