Monday, November 10, 2003

V-1 Test

Testing of the new valve bank for the V-1 was successful.

Video clip (24mb mpg)

Thanks to Amacker for the footage

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Pranks! Festival - Dec 5-6

Re/Search at The LAB: The PRANKS! FESTIVAL
Saturday Dec 6th, 6-10 PM. THE LAB, 2948 16th St at Capp, S.F.
$5-$20 Sliding Scale (includes $5 coupon towards purchase of a Pranks book)

Fifteen years after it first hit shelves, PRANKS! remains one of the most important and relevant books ever to emerge from RE/Search's outré publishing house. In today's current surreal political landscape, a well-executed prank can do much more than yelling theater in a crowded fire! In that spirit, RE/Search and The Lab present The Pranks! Festival.

The Pranks! Festival will celebrate ten Bay Area artists who appeared in PRANKS! Through art exhibits, panel discussions, and chaotic socialization, we will fete the fearless Situationist spirit that San Francisco's pranksters embody. This is a rare opportunity to engage with prankster pioneers Mark Pauline of Survival Research Laboratories (SRL), Monte Cazazza, Bruce Conner, Paul Mavrides, Mark McCloud, Mal Sharpe (yes, of Coyle & Sharpe), Fluxus anti-artist Robert Delford Brown, John Trubee, tattoo guru Don Ed Hardy and Jello Biafra (tent.). These and other RE/Search luminaries, such as photographer Charles Gatewood, will autograph copies of PRANKS! and offer their rare CDs, art, posters, videos, and other wares for sale. Their artworks and products, along with titles from the RE/Search backlist, make great Christmas gifts while supporting San Francisco's counterculture community.

The Pranks! Festival exhibition will feature large images by Survival Research Laboratories, Billboard Liberation Front "improvements," and numerous artworks by participants. Also promised is a special holiday surprise from Survival Research Laboratories.

The evening will begin with a 6:00 PM Pranks! panel discussion moderated by Mal Sharpe, and a ouija board ritual summoning the Ghosts of Pranksters Past, conducted by the mysterious Madame Clairvoyant. A roving video team will capture your tales of pranks past and ideas for future pranks (for possible inclusion in a future RE/Search book, Pranks Vol.2). For your yuletide entertainment, we'll also be joined by the S.F. Cacophony Society Santa Clauses in full mufti. And that's just the beginning--everyone who has ever appeared in a RE/Search book is also invited to attend, adding to the mystery of what may occur...

Admission includes a $5 discount coupon good toward the purchase of a PRANKS! book. And if you buy a book, you get in free!

Musical Mayhem: A Night of Industrial Music
Featuring WINSTON TONG, FACTRIX members, Special Guests
Friday Dec 5th, 8:30-11 PM
$7-$20 Sliding Scale. Call The Lab for details.


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