The flexible arms of the PowerSquid, which have varying lengths of six, eight and ten inches, allow each outlet to be readily positioned for convenient use. The contemporary design of the PowerSquid features a black hub and yellow receptacles. The unit also incorporates a yellow lighted master on/off switch which indicates that the unit is operational. A built-in 15-Amp circuit breaker adds safety for attached equipment, while a four-foot 14/3 power cord provides additional flexibility of movement for users.
1) The Albion Castle will be sold to the highest bidder on June 11th, 2005. Here’s more information on the auction. There will be an open house on May 28th and 29th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. The owner is charging $10.00 per person to view the Albion Castle. Hey, when we had our party we let you see if for free.
3) On Monday, May 23rd The San Francisco Examiner published an article on The Albion Castle written by Justin Jouvena: “Finally, a home fit for a king in San Francisco”. This article mentions a “modern kitchen”. Lori wants to know how a 70’s style kitchen, which appears to been put together from Home Depot, can be considered modern. Then again, I guess that it is modern compaired to a 135 year-old castle.
4) An auction pamphlet was mailed out that conviently failed to mention that The Albion Castle is located in Hunter’s Point, right under the projects. Here’s how they describe it:
“Albion Castle, located directly in the center of the up and coming waterfront community of Inda Basin, has exellent potential for the creative buyer”.
UPDATE: The Albion Castle sold for 2.1 million and the new owner plans on turning it back into a brewery, bottling water from the natural springs and eventually opening up a restaurant. The San Francisco Examiner has the full story.
Tomorrow (Friday, May 27th) is the closing of Attaboy’s art installation “The Fungus” at Buzz Gallery in Oakland. This special event will feature live performances by Attaboy and Burke, KRK Ryden on the Theremin and Alegra the Hissing CockRoach Wrangler Show.
Attaboy’s bulging glob forms rendered in sepias seem even more uneasy and uncertain without their sophisticated color palette “skin” they’ve grown accustomed to. The series also delves deeper into Attaboy’s current fascination with the paranoid and drooling worker bee. Through “The Fungus” he explores the bee’s misplaced yet unquestioning obligation, his neuroticism and a manic obsessive compulsion.
The piece, “Rathyatra,” is conceptualized as a giant spiked wheel big enough to roll over more than 50 percent of Black Rock City in one pass, lives up to a fine Burning Man tradition of overweening excess and practical near-impossibility, as well as touching casually and clearly as an afterthought on many themes central to the event’s heart
“The juggernaut is a concept derived from a non-western religion, which I understand these people at Burning Man like,” says artist Seth Maxwell Malice. “As for the psyche, the brain, and consciousness, this year’s Burning Man art theme, well, the brain is one of many organs that will be changed forever by its encounter with this work.
“Also, I’m sure I can line the thing with blinking lights of some sort before it’s all over.”
“This work,” borg9 officials said in announcing there granting of their entire art budget of $500,000 to the piece, “lives up to our dearest hopes for more impactful art on the playa. It will deeply effect every single citizen of Black Rock City. It’s interactivity is severe and inescapable and profound.”
photo by Scott Beale
Mark Perez will be running his amazing Life Size Game of Mouse Trap tomorrow, Saturday, May 21st down at his barn in San Francisco (702 Earl Street). There will be 3 shows which will take place 4:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:30pm, as well as DJ’s and live music by Esmerelda Strange and One Man Banjo. All for $5.
The LIFE SIZE MOUSETRAP is a fantastically hand crafted, 16 piece 50,000-lb. interactive KINETIC SCULPTURE set atop a 6,500-square-foot, 2,000-lb GAME BOARD. This giant Rube Goldberg style contraption comes complete with a VAUDEVILLIAN style carnival show, original MUSICAL SCORE, CAN-CAN DANCERS, acrobatic HIJINKS, and other Spectacularly scripted SCENARIOS dedicated to the bending of reality!
This show is in conjunction with Mark’s bid to win an art grant from BORG2 so that he can take the Mouse Trap back out to Burning Man this year (the last time he took it out there was back in 1996). You can register to vote at borg.org and in order to vote for the Mouse Trap or any other art proposal, you’ll need to register by May 26th.
Here’s Mark Perez’s BORG2 proposal:
If this MONSTROSITY is properly supported, it will DISPEL your average DESERT experience. I plan to place the MOUSETRAP and its BURLESQUE dripping sideshow inside a BIZZARE CARNIVAL atmosphere. Where lucky contestants can PICK EACH OTHER’S POCKETS, lift a 350-lb CAST-IRON BATHTUB 12 feet into the air, turn impossibly huge GEARS, load SPRINGS, and light a 13-foot TALL FLAME-THROWING LAMP POST all in a SUPREME effort to CRUSH a TRINKET of MEANING (say, a BIRTHDAY CAKE or a thought provoking EFFIGY) u0nder a FALLING 2 TON BANK SAFE! Be it an enormous construct of CRAZY STAIRS, careening FLAMING BOWLING BALLS, or the unique HAND-BUILT, 30-foot-tall CRANE, the MOUSETRAP can deliver SPECTACLE by the TRUCK LOAD! For a sacrificial sum of $9,000 +/- the voters will know that they brought the MOUSETRAP to the desert. Due to THEMATIC limitations twice the Burning Man ORG. has REJECTED this project. It’s now up to YOU to show the blind how to see!
Chuck Palahniuk is in the Bay Area this week to promote his new book “Haunted”. We first met Chuck back in 1996 during the Portland Santacon event. This was before “Fight Club”, his most popular book, came out and at the time he was writing an article for Harpers about the whole Santarchy thing. It turns out that Chuck, who lives in Portland, had been hanging out with the Portland Cacophony Society (our hosts for that year’s Santacon). When “Fight Club” the book and later the film came out, there were obvious tribuets to The Cacohpony Society. Later on in “Fugitives And Refugees”, his book about Portland, Chuck mentions the Portland Santacon event and a photo from it was even used as the book’s cover. Because of this, Chuck has had a close association with The Cacophony Society and Santarchy. Sometimes when he does a book reading, members of the local Cacophony lodge will show up and try to “prank” him. Gary Singh wrote about all of this yesterday in “Chuck Amuck”, a piece he did for the Metro.
Chuck is scheduled to appear at the following Bay Area book stores:
photo: Chris Saunders