Thursday, March 18, 2010

Making of a Music Video

On Wednesday, March 17th, 2010, Saint Patrick's Day revelers descended on the Fishbon Pescadrome for a guided tour of the fabulous Ok Go Rube Goldberg Music Video. Pehr, a member of the Syyn Labs that built it (, described the process. The requirements were that it had to be interesting, not "overbuilt" or too technology-heavy, and easy to follow. The machine also had to be built on a shoestring budget, synchronize with beats and lyrics in the music and end on time over a 3.5 minute song, play a part of the song, and be filmed in one shot. To make things more challenging still, the space chosen was divided into two floors and the machine would use both. one of this year's top Viral videos. Check it out below:

Later in the evening, Stepanie previewed her upcoming music video to be shot at the Pescadrome.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fetish Doll Theatre

On Wednesday, June 10th, Fishbon Event Lab operatives gathered at the Pescadrome for an evening of fetish madness. Not the kind you think, this was a celebration of objects anthropologists have identified as "fetish objects." By this they mean objects that their makers have imbued with special intention. Jill began the evening with an overview of dolls from traditional cultures that were crafted to carry emotional and spiritual content. For the rest of the evening, operatives used the supplied materials to create their own "fetish dolls." In two weeks, the dolls will become actors in spontaneous doll dramas to be incorporated in future events.
Fetish Doll Madness

Monday, February 09, 2009

Dance and Motion Technology

On Wednesday, February 4, 2009, secret Fishbon Event Lab operatives gathered at the Fishbon Pescadrome to witness a demonstration of the Isadora motion technology software. Marco began by showing the basic techniques and describing the multi-infrared camera setup. After an initial demo of the shadow and motion effects, Lora tested the infrared cameras with fire fingers. The results were amazing and left the assembled agents clamoring for the opportunity to play with the technology themselves. Later in the evening Alex updated the crowd on the Bill Conference (TED for the rest of us) and his Empowerment presentation.
Isadora madness

Josh dances with Isadora at the Pescadrome

More dancing with Isadora at the Pescadrome

Lora's fire fingers interact with infrared cameras and Isadora software for very cool effects

Monday, February 02, 2009

Shadow Puppets

On Wednesday, January 21, 2009, Fishbon Event Lab operatives descended on the Pescadrome for and evening of Shadow Puppet madness. Jill brought a collection of videos by San Francisco shadow puppet meisters, Shadowlight Theatre. Agents marvelled at the multidimensional productions of traditional and contemporary shadow plays with actors, puppeteers, musicians and dancers that are part of the company's repertoire. Later in the evening, Jill brought out paper, cardboard and agents created their own uniquely twisted experiments.
Shadow Puppet madness

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Creating Shoebox Edens

On Wednesday, January 13, 2009, Fishbon Event Lab operatives gathered in the spirit of hope and change to create their own visions of a future Eden in which all problems would be resolved and hope, excitement and love reign supreme, or at least things would be much more fun than they have been for the past 8 years. To do this, they used Shoeboxes as tiny theatres and cut images from magazines, added original art, three dimensional figures and other materials until they were satisfied.
Creating Eden

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Fire+Ice Fishbon New Year's Eve 2009

Fire+Ice was the second annual New Year's Eve extravaganza at the Fishbon Pescadrome. The totally immersive event featured the work of more than 32 artists working in a variety of mediums. On the entry level was the extensively redesigned Sensorium, Cave Grotto, and Temple of Dashed Hopes. On the stairway was the Magic Forest and Kaleidoscope Live Video Feed. The second floor hosted the Circus Bar, Flourescent Ice Cream Booth and Dance Palace. The stairway to the third floor hosted the Bamboo Ritual Tunnel. On the third floor was the New Hillaryland Lounge.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Ethan's video recap of Fire+Ice

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Fire+Ice Beauties

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Podcast Live From the Pescadrome

On Wednesday, September 17th, secret agents from Fishbon Event Lab were part a of live podcast on Meredith's Living Green series fromt the Personal Life Network distributed in the ITunes store. The show demonstrated how podcasts have become a powerful new medium for communicating asynchronously with diverse audiences. Meredith began the series a few years ago and now has thousands of weekly subscribers for her eco-minded programming. She plans to begin Fishbon related series soon. To check out the live show from the Fishbon Pescadrome, check out the link at:


On Wednesday, September 10th, Fishbon Event Lab operatives were treated to a presentation by Gesturetek rep Dean about new interface technologies that make projected images active and clickable. Using special software and a standard digital projector, the system can be used to provide computer input for a variety of applications.
Gesturetek Craziness

Burning Man Revisited

On Wednesday, September 3rd, Fishbon Event Lab special agents shared their experiences of the Burning Man Festival 2008 with photos, video and special fire performances. The evening began with the usual amazing Bar-B- Que by Nathan, and gave operatives the opportunity to share stories and swap photos.
Burning Man Revisited

Erotic Islands in Second Life

On Wednesday, August 2oth, Fishbon Event Lab agents were treated to a special briefing about the hidden exotic world of the Second Life virtual online world. Cora described the underground and illustrated with a realtime tour of her own creation, the Isle of Thera. With a variety of exotic experiences available, Thera represents scores of secret private islands where almost anything goes.
Erotic Isle of Thera

Burning Man Projects

On Wednesday, August 13th, Fishbon Event Lab operatives gathered for a showcase of Projects that local Santa Barbara artists were working on for Burning Man. The evening included and explanation and text drive of Darin's Foldable Chariot, John's Bicycle Flamethrower, and lots of other projects.
Burning Man Project Madness

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Fishbon Summer Movie Night

On Wednesday, July 3oth, Fishbon Event Lab operatives gathered for one of Nathan's famous Parking Lot Bar-B-Ques and a special Summer Movie Night jam packed with footage from Lust, Mystique, Breathless and early Event Lab evenings at Clay's Helena Street studio (the original Fishbon Studio location).

Family Video Night Clips

A medley of short videoclips from Fishbon Event Lab and Pescadrome events.

Art of Small Arms

On Wednesday, July 23rd, Fishbon Event Lab agents were treated to a briefing about the Art and Technology of Small Armaments. Austin brought a collection of different weapons to illustrate and provide hands-on opportunity for operatives to learn about types of small arms, how they operate and what makes them state of the art.
Austin's Armory