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Out of the Ashes in Oakland

Out of the Ashes in Oakland, Bay Area Arts Organizations Vow to Enhance Venue Safety and Support Community and Underground Art Spaces

San Francisco, Dec 9th, 2016 – For many Bay Area artists, Oakland’s terrible fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse is a call to action.

“This should be a time for grieving, but artists are already being evicted,” said Courtney King, a Board Member of the San Francisco Institute of Possibility (SFIOP), an arts and education non-profit. “The very community most affected by the loss of life is now facing the loss of its homes and livelihoods. The damage to individual lives and the vitality of the Bay Area art scene is worsening every day, and we must act now.”

In the wake of this tragedy, many of the Bay Area’s artists, musicians, performers, and leading community arts organizations are determined to ensure that the loss of life is not compounded by a loss of culture.

“Underground art spaces are integral to the unique character and success of the Bay Area. They are not a problem to be solved — they are part of the solution to the Bay Area’s affordability crisis,” said Colin Fahrion, SFIOP Board Member. “Safety does not need to come at the price of access to the arts for all people. We can have both, and it begins with community outreach.”

Nonprofit arts organizations in Oakland and San Francisco are now beginning to coordinate outreach and response efforts, including the SFIOP.  The SFIOP board has also formed a partnership with We the Artists of the Bay Area (WABA), a group of talented individuals that has recently joined together in response to this tragedy to help protect the Bay Area’s vital art culture. WABA’s quick growth has been impressive and it is now on track to be the largest self-organized groups of artists in the Bay Area.

The SFIOP is developing partnerships with these organizations to share expertise and create a joint program to reach as much of the community as possible. The goals of this program are to:

  • Connect a network of experienced event managers and place makers to the community and underground art scene in the Bay Area.
  • Offer free, confidential consultations on the state of current venues with an emphasis on safety. The network will offer assistance on everything from managing exits to upgrading electrical wiring.
  • Offer free classes on safe venue development and effective event management.
  • Help educate local governments on the value of these spaces, and the housing problems artists face in the current economy.
  • Serve as liaisons between underground venues and local governments, where appropriate.
  • Encourage regulatory agencies and property owners to work with these all important creative spaces and foster their growth, rather than shut them down.

“The Bay Area has an extensive community of artists who have been running daring but safe events, in all kinds of spaces, for decades,” said Tyler Hanson, cofounder of WABA. “We lead the world in our collective expertise on these issues. This is a tradition to be proud of and a vital resource not to be overlooked. And that is why we are organizing an alliance, to be artistic voice for this community”

Cofounder of WABA, Will Chase agreed. “Working with local agencies, we can make immediate strides in safety while supporting the Bay Area’s diverse art scene. The answer starts with open communication, and a message to artists that their contributions to our communities are valued.”

For more information, contact

Benjamin Wachs
Board Member of the San Francisco Institute of Possibility
benjamin@sfiop.org
(415) 862-4273

The San Francisco Institute of Possibility is a Bay Area based 501(c)3 arts and education non-profit dedicated to creating a sustainable ecology of art: enabling new and established artists, fostering community and civic engagement through art, and perpetuating an inclusive artistic community that lives the art it produces. Since 2013, the SFIOP has produced large and small scale interactive art events in the Bay Area, involving hundreds of local artists.


What Constitutions Can do for Arts Organizations – a public dissertation defence

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While many artists involved with the SFIOP already have their copies, the official release date for the forthcoming “Book of the UN” has been set for March 8, where a “dissertation defense” of the book’s thesis on art and culture will be held at the Booksmith in Berkeley.

Many of the theses in the book were initially tried and tested as art events in the San Francisco Bay Area, including SFIOP events such as Camp Tipsy, the All Worlds Fair, and especially The Fallen Cosmos, which has its own section in the book.  (And whose “Gifting Graphic” is displayed in the art above.)

You can stay tuned to this channel for more details about the dissertation defense and the book release, but in the interim it’s worth considering the fundamental thesis of the book, which proposes that arts organizations need to stop thinking in terms of organizational charts and start thinking in terms of citizenship:  arts organizations must develop constitutions, and think of themselves as constitutional cultures, in which rights, privileges, and responsibilities are made explicit rather than assumed.

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Thank You Volunteers, Participates And Donors!

You make art happen!

We wanted to sent a big thanks to all who have volunteered, participated, and donated to the SFIOP in the past year. It’s because of you and for you that we work to make this arts non-profit thing happen.

Extra thanks to all the recent donors!

We received a little over $1500 recently which helps go towards the production of new art and new projects. If you haven’t donated and wish to we encourage you to do so — remember all donations are tax deductible!

Donate Today!

Secret Symbology in Corporate Heraldry – part 2: The demonic hordes of Air BnB

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See Part 1 in this series – The Divine Right of Google – here.

The name of tech giant Air BnB is itself a direct challenge to the reader, since a lifetime of absorbing English words on the page does not prepare the recipient for the contradiction of three successive consonants.

Faced with such an anti-grammatical construction, studies out of Stanford University have shown that many English speakers subconsciously receive the second component of the name as Air “Bub,” instinctively transposing the lower-case N as an inverted U.  The appellation “Bub” is colloquially understood as a semi-jocular, quasi-hostile form of direct address made when the speaker does not know the identity of the addressee – a marker of anonymity.  In occult parlance, it is a reference to “Beelzebub,” a later Christian name for the demonic lord of Hell.

Thus the subconsciously inverted name of Air BnB is, in fact, “the unknown air demon.” (more…)


Secret Symbology in Corporate Heraldry – part 1: The Divine Right of Google

A Fallen Cosmos Exclusive

A Fallen Cosmos analysis of widely used corporate “logos” reveals a surprisingly close kinship between the digital revolution businesses that have become an ubiquitous part of the technology monoculture, and ancient and cryptic symbols like The Book of Thoth, and the Tarot deck.

It’s too widespread to be a coincidence.  The question is:  who knows about it, and why?

gWe who have become aware of the Fallen Cosmos and its implications for human development have begun the process of tracing the various elements of esoteric iconography, untangling these embedded threads to avoid, and protect ourselves from, the cumulative effect of whatever occult practices the tech giants are performing.

In this series, we examine some of the most frequently presented symbols of tech corporate dominance – and trace their occult histories back for you.

We begin with the dominant tech giant today: Google.

This ordinary-seeming logo, created by Sergey Brin, appears to be only an example of harmless typography, rendered more so by the bright and simple colors of the different letters comprising the name.

Nothing with bright colors could possibly be sinister!

The friendly-seeming “Google Doodles,” animated variations on this logo, serve a twofold purpose: first, to distract the viewer from any contemplation of the thing as an object in itself, and secondly to retain focus for a significant time on the image until subconscious imprinting has been achieved.

Close examination shows, however, that the descending loop of the second, lower-case G has affinities with a number of centuries-old glyphs, dating back to the occultist and condemned heretic Giordano Bruno. The Catholic Church attempted to destroy all these glyphs when it burned Bruno’s books, and Bruno himself, at the stake in 1600.  Some, however, survived into the present era as chalked, clandestine “hobo signs” indicating where the seeker can get a handout, free food and the like.

The glyphs, then, have always been used by people searching for something: is Google the successor to Bruno’s idea of a “memory palace” – a mental construct that human beings can learn and use to retain all knowledge?

In fact, the curvilinear, decorative enclosed space within Google’s logo suggests two alchemical-astrological ideograms, common to all nations: those of Taurus, the Bull, the sign of the Month of April, and the following symbol of Leo, the lion, whose demesne is July.

sbgThe inherent implication, besides the overall one that the company is as eternal and unstoppable as the progress of Time and the Seasons, lies in the symbolic identity of these two figures.

The Bull represents both virility and vigor, superhuman, unopposable power, while the Lion, the “King of Beasts,” has been thought since remotest antiquity to embody regal control over those subject to him, ruling his subordinate inferiors by Divine Right.

The symbology is clear: Google is fulfilling Bruno’s heretical vision by creating an infinite memory palace, over which it will claim the Divine Right of Kings. The crest of this new kingdom of the mind – the double-headed, curvilinear, “G” will indeed have two heads:  Larry and Sergey. Through their logo, they are linking themselves with an ancient heretic, claiming his mantel, and fulfilling his prophecies.

The question is:  when the have constructed the infinite memory palace, how will we all be stored?

If not for the emergence of The New Self, and The Fallen Cosmos, this made scheme will surely succeed. But now, Fallen Cosmos ticket holders will be empowered to make a choice.

Up next:  Air BnB


“Margaret” by Jason Webley and friends

Only 5 days left to support this amazing album by Jason Webley and friends based on the life and writings of Margaret Rucker, an Everett pioneer whose scrapbook was found in a dumpster in SanFrancisco by Chicken John.

On April 11th a bunch of my favorite songwriter friends and I put together an evening of music inspired by the unlikely resurfacing of a scrapbook documenting the life of Margaret Rucker – the daughter of one of the founders of my little hometown of Everett, WA. Each songwriter wrote original material based on her life and poetry – which were both beautiful and tragic.

With your help, I’d like to record an album of the music written for that night to be released this year on Margaret Rucker’s birthday – December 12th.

Support the Kickstarter


Camp Tipsy is shaping up to be awesome!

Word from Chicken and crew that are building Camp Tipsy…

It’s really beautiful up here. Serene. Tranquil. I love to camp. Get out in the great outdoors and set up my drill press and punch 1/2″ holes in steel to make a rudder for a paddleboat. There is nothing quite like the sound of a belt sander as a deer crosses the lake in the distance. We are moving piles and piles of bullshit into position so you can come up here and show those people at the Makers’ Faire they are just a bunch of show offs. Do you know what the most buoyant material known to man is? Bullshit. It floats. I can prove it to you, step by step. Today we are building the crew kitchen and the stage that will host the awesome musical acts we have.

Speaking of musical acts check out the schedule!

Tuesday — Crew Night

Members of the crew entertain the crowd

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Wednesday: Karaoke Katastrophe with Paul DeJong

KJ Paul strives to be the best Karaoke Host in San Francisco!SF Deco Lounge Costume Karaoke

Thursday: Goth Night!!! Eliza Rickman

Goth make overs with Polly Superstar and friends of Kinky Salon and the awesome “bummer pop” ™ sounds of Eliza Rickman. She plays a toy piano and sings like a siren.

Friday: Flamenco ALL NIGHT LONG with Trio Paz!!!!

(ok, maybe not all night…) This is the band we had last year. They are totally awesome!

Saturday: Boat Contest! Jason Webley! Petroljvic Blasting Company!

Boat contest is Saturday 2:00 pm this year, not Sunday. Come early. Sunday is clean up day. Take time off work, come up early in the week and hang out with us. You won’t be sorry.

Jason Webley, the awesome Accordion guy, yes. But his new show is more tender. He opens for Balkan greats the Petroljvic Blasting Company!!!!

All also week long…

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  • Artist Jeremy Burmeister is bringing to Camp Tipsy this year, his very rare and fully restored 1930’s Fully Automated Fortune Telling Booth.
  • Camp Titsy is building a “boat-in” movie theatre.
  • Peep is doing a real Hot Tub Boat.
  • There are dance drill teams.
  • International “Silver Booty” Space Camp
  • A moon boat.
  • Of course Paul da Plummers’ Ferris Wheel Boat (now with giant pontoons!!!!)
  • and so much more. I can’t even remember all of it…

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday there will be 2 baristas on site in the Ritual Spudnik trailer giving away FREE COFFEE from 8 to 11 in the mornings!!!!! See how much we love you?!?!?!

Camp Report

The camp is different this year because the lake is lower. Tons of flat spots. It’s not as cramped. It’s a good spot. It’s kinda rocky. Bring shoes of flip flops if you feet are tender.

The pile is totally out of control. It’s a mini landfill that we carry around with us. Please feel free to bring stuff to add to the pile. We are lacking in fabrics this year

There is a really good spot for kids to go in the water. Shallow for a good long way. Bring the shade right in the water. Boom.

Tickets for Camp Tipsy

The Sacramento Bee has listed Tipsy this year. They said it starts not he 14th. So we don’t have to worry about any of those people ruining our party.

The Bold Italic did an article on us.

Camp Tipsy is shaping up to be everything it could be for this year. I’m totally blissful about it…

– chicken john


It’s … it’s … LOST VEGAS!

 

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It’s like … wait … what’s happening here? Do we have this?

A story so incredible it couldn’t even be told once!

What happens there is so improbable that you couldn’t tell anyone even if you wanted to!

Don’t miss the life-changing thrills of … LOST VEGAS!

Here – and anywhere – for one night only!  Saturday, May 3, 9 p.m. – ???

Three blocks from the 16th and Mission BART stop!  (Details to be provided upon ticket purchase)

$10 advance, $20 at the door!

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lost-vegas-tickets-11380450233

What will you find at LOST VEGAS?  Well, you can win big.  Big!  BIG I TELL ‘YA!  We’ve got:
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Sleep (in the park) for your rights!

A new proposal before the Board of Supervisors would set uniform hours for all city parks AND allow the Director of Rec and Parks to close city parks in response to almost anything … including “unlawful assemblies.”  That is to say:  protests the city doesn’t like.

Wait a minute:  we like protests the city doesn’t like!  They’re our favorite kind!

We think that parks, as public land, ought to belong to the public.  We tell them how we want to use it, and when it’s open.

So does the Harvey Milk Club:  they’re sponsoring a “sleep in” in Dolores Park, this Monday night, in order to bring attention to the issue and protest the law.

Learn more here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/221142724727329/?ref=br_tf

This is an act of civil disobedience, possibly in violation of several city statutes.  It’s also an act of free speech and conscience.  One we believe in.

Who wants to go camping?

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Hack your Taste Buds with the SFIOP!

It's a miracle!

It’s a miracle!

Miracle Fruit is a berry. When you eat it, an enzyme is released in your mouth that bonds to your taste buds and changes the way things taste. For the next hour sour becomes sweet.

Imagine the possibilities.  How would you like to make lemonade – without adding sugar? Or taste the most aromatic, refined, 40-year-aged balsamic vinegar out of a $1.29 bottle of cooking vinegar from Safeway?

Suddenly everything you think you know about food is up for grabs.  Taste combinations that we think of as impossible are on the table.  What does a lemon taste like now?  What other limits can we test?

Let’s find out.

The San Francisco Institute of Possibility invites you to a Miracle Fruit party on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 7-9. It’s at Freespace, 1131 Mission Street @ 7th.

It’s completely free.

We’ll bring the Miracle Fruit, you bring foods to taste and share.