Monday, August 13, 2007
On Wednesday, August 1, operatives from Fishbon Event Lab were on hand for the release of UCSB music professor Stephen's latest DVD. Ritual and Memory, the title of the piece is not so much a survey of Stephen Pope’s music as it is a reframing in an unfolding series of Sound and Visual Dreamscapes. This music invokes the greater self that communicates with us in dreams, as well as the rituals through which we communicate with that greater self. [...] Stephen’s music persists at the edge of a self-inventive technology featuring myriad new programming languages and sound synthesizers, but his engineering is a feat of bricolage that never loses its sense of human (and angelic) connection, whether through the voice in speech and song or the body in dance.
On Wednesday, July 25th Fishbon Event Lab operatives gathered at the Pescadrome for a review of Jeff's amazing images from a recent trip to Iran. It was a last minute opportunity offered by a former professor, and in today's politically charged environment certainly not to be missed. Since the 1970s, Iran has been off-limits to most Americans, so it was fascinating to learn how diverse the middle Eastern nation is, both geographically and ethnically.
Down to less than a month after the Crucible Fire Festival, Fishbon collaborating artists cranked into gear for the Fishbon Breathless event (3rd in a series of Pescadrome mainstage events). The Eros and Psyche myth cast began dance rehearsals and production crews began work on the 100 foot Catwalk, Magic Forest and Voyeur Lounge.
On July 18, Fishbon Event Lab agents were treated to pictures and video from the recent Crucible Fire Arts Festival in Oakland. The 4 day event, complete with an elaborated Fire Opera is the largest of its kind in the United States. Many of the fire sculptures were recent veterans of the Burning Man festival in Nevada and the effect of dozens of elaborate propane breathing Mechanical Fire Beasts was impressive. Fishbon contributed seven of Alan's sculptures to the event, the largest number by a single organization.
On Wednesday, July 11, Fishbon Event Lab operatives gathered for a briefing by Jon on his recent voyage by car from Plymouth, England to Banjul, Gambia. The Plymouth-Banjul Challenge pitted our intrepid hero and his ex-wife against the forces of nature, peccadilloes of mechanical devices and the win at all costs attitude that drove them on. Along the way there were countless adventures.
On Wednesday, July 4th undercover agents of Fishbon Event Lab surfaced briefly to celebrate the 4th of July holiday at the original Fishbon Studio on Helena Street. In addition to the usual rowdiness, agents sampled potluck treats and Bar-B-Que delicacies served with special aplomb by maestro Nathan and his crew. Following the libational period of the evening, all repaired to the roof of Richard's nearby habitation for Fireworks.