Thursday, April 28, 2005
Wednesday, April 27 was a three-part evening of madness beginning with Wireless Aerial Speakers flying overhead (the speakers were rigged for flight with a web of string, then swung aloft and programmed with vocals from a wireless mic fed through digital effects) and ending with propane-filled soap bubbles flaming in a home made Aluminum Foil Fire Slide. In between, Fishbon Event Lab operatives shared a smarmy moment with Fire Snakes, Accordions and Clickers. Attention span being what it is, the focus quickly changed to fire. A shallow plastic tray was found and filled with soapy water (try this at home, maybe not) propane was blown into the mix resulting in wicked propane bubbles. Agents then scooped the sudsy goop into their hands and held a lighter next to the bubbles. Presto..Fire Hands. All things considered, a typical Event Lab evening.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
The Instant Nomadic Chill Tent looked good and felt good but something was missing--entertainment of course. So Fishbon Event Lab agents and shadow puppet scientists in full stunt gear spent the evening April 20 creating characters, symbols and assorted weird objects that could be arranged on the roof of the tent. Puppeteers then lit the show from above and used bamboo sticks to arrange the puppets in a contiuous narrative.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
In a detour from the past few weeks' technical bravado, Wednesday, April 13 saw the first stage in the development of the Instant Nomadic Chill Tent. Armed with a bolt of white 4-way stretch fabric direct from LA's garment district, Fishbon Event Lab agents cut, sewed, stretched, poked, decorated and finally chilled in an instant lounge environment. There were technical snafus (how to join the pieces) and solutions (fingers and a pen knife, needles made out of aluminum, then copper wire). Then there was the problem of entertainment (you need to be entertained in a chill tent, of course). Rising to the challenge, Ronit arranged a saucy scene from positionable puppets and Steve invented a raucous courtship game with figure cutouts on the tent roof (it's spring after all). In the midst of the tent-building, Ethan photographed everyone's eyeball for his Eyeball Project video. This was an interesting experience that reminded the vision challenged of their first struggle with contact lenses. Finally, the Fire Snakes became Laser Snakes with the addition of tiny lasers and disco smoke. What's next?