San Francisco Institute of Possiblity

Descent Into Madness

Photo Booth Photos From Descent Into Madness!

Decent into Madness was Magical!

If you missed the amazing Boschian parade of abominations you can relive some of the magic from that night by checking out the photos from the Garden of Earthly Delights Photo Booth!

Check out the Photo Booth photo gallery!

Thanks to SnapFiesta for setting up and taking the photos. Also thanks to everyone who marched in the Parade of Abominations and thanks to all the guests who came and took part. Some of you came dressed up in great outfits where it was hard to tell the performers from the audience which we loved. Also thanks to all of you who jumped at the chance to paintings from the walls at the end of the night!

Lee Van Laer’s Esoteric Analysis Gallery Tour!

Sign up for a Lee van Laer’s Esoteric Analysis Gallery Tour!

During the Decent into Madness event we have installed in the gallery Lee van Laer’s Esoteric Analysis: an in depth interpretation (of thousands of interpretations available on the painting) of Hieronymus Boschs’ iconic painting The Garden of Earthly Delights. The interpretation is so complex, you need a guide to take you through it and answer your questions!

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Sign up for a Esoteric Analysis Gallery Tour!

Descent Into Madness – THERE WILL BE A PARADE!

What have we learned about the power of art to not only change individual lives, but serve as an organizing principle of organizations?

Descent Into Madness, an event produced by the San Francisco Institute of Possibility, will provide the answer to that question in two forms:

  1.  A book
  2.  A parade

This may be the first time in history that a parade will be used as a pedagogical technique to answer questions about the principles of social organizing … or honestly just about anything else.

But we’re doing it, with concepts taken from decades of collective experience in art and community organizing, along with costumes from the SFIOP’s epic “Fallen Cosmos” event.

You’ll learn everything you need to know, in parade form.

The event is free for anyone who contributed to the “Book of the UN” Kickstarter.  Otherwise it’s $20 at the door, and you get a free advance copy of The Book of the UN, written by SFIOP executive director Chicken John Rinaldi, and edited by SFIOP Board Chairman Benjamin Wachs.

Here’s the details:

  • WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, beginning at 8 p.m. and running late
  • WHERE:  111 Minna Gallery, in San Franciso
  • WHAT:  Expect a street fair, gallery tours, bizzare happening, the pre-release of a book that will change your life, and – oh yeah – A PARADE!  DID WE TELL YOU ABOUT THE PARADE?


If you didn’t contribute to the Book of the UN Kickstarter, then, get your tickets here!

Descent Into Madness Parade

Be part of the Parade! Call to Artists & Doers

Okay, who wants to be in a parade?! We will dress you, feed you, get you drunk (and give you a book!) and you will be in such good company! We need 200 (or so) people to make our Descent into Madness parade come alive. We have more than half of the people we need, but we want to make this an epic spectacle and a great night for the people that come!

Book of the Un release party
Oct 1st 8pm (parade at 10, make up at 8:30!)
111 Minna gallery (we are doing a street closure on Minna betwixt 2nd and New Montgomery)
$20 admission … plus you get a book! (of course free to people in the show)

The whole night is an exploration of an interpretation of Bosh’s iconic painting The Garden of Earthly Delights as was presented in the Fallen Cosmos. If you came to the Fallen Cosmos, and would like to don your pink and blue outfit, now is the time!!!

Chicken John is releasing the long awaited volume 2 of his Book of the Is/Book of the Un series, and since the Un has a chapter on the Fallen Cosmos, we wanted to play with that idea one more time. We asked a few people and everyone we asked was super down. So we thought about it- we’ve got the whole street- what should we do with it? A Parade! So Johna is back to making costumes and there are racks and racks of them. We still have all the props and the gallery show that will hang on the walls of the gallery. We just need YOU!

Write us back and pick a day that you can come to our SF warehouse (in the bayview right off 101) for a fitting. or

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to other kindred spirits!

If you can’t be in the show, please save the date and still join us in celebrating on a beautiful October evening!

Help Support A Book All On Art And Other Messy Collaborations!

The messy world of collaboration

You may have heard that Chicken John is writing a new book. This book isn’t a technically project of the SFIOP but it does involve everything the SFIOP stands for. Much of the writing of this book is informed by the wonderful art events put on by the SFIOP including the All Worlds Fair and Fallen Cosmos. In fact the cover of the book is taken from the wonderful Fallen Cosmos Interactive Gifting Graphic created by Arnold Weidinger and Dustin Selman!

So I encourage you to support the writing of this book and get your own copy! The kickstarter has just now pasted the halfway point and new rewards have just been added:

  • Zoli will do an operatic singing telegram anywhere in the Bay Area!!!!
  • $100 coupons from Flora Grubb Gardens!!!!
  • Free admission to Tourettes without Regrets for a year!!!
  • Last Gasp shopping spree!!!!

Support the Kickstarter and get the book!