Pataphysics 2017
Here are recent pictures from Pataphysical Studios in 2017.

For earlier photos, check out our Best Pataphysical Photos of 2016, for a short selection of last year's highlights -- or visit our full 2016 archive.

We are now working on several art projects in parallel.

Our main project for 2017 is the Time Machine. Guests will be invited to step into our magic portal and travel to different time periods, which we will recreate as short scenes, through a variety of audio, video, maker art and mixed media. We’re now brainstorming and prototyping ideas for this interactive art project, which we plan to build collectively in coming years. You can track our progress in this photo album.

In 2017, several members of Pataphysical Studios created political art to resist Donald Trump's right-wing regime. We presented our Bamboodu Theater at the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade on June 4, 2017. This puppet theater on wheels stars Lady Liberty and Tiny Trump: each time Trump tweets fake news, Liberty bonks him on his thick bobble head. Learn more here.

Some of our members also teach Maker Art classes in local schools. This year, we created a first Time Machine with 4th and 5th graders at the Lycée Français. Learn more here.

Our last big project was the Pataphysical Slot Machine, a community-created poetic oracle. This interactive art exhibit invites you to sit in a giant throne, ask about your future and get whimsical answers from a chubby pinhead called Ubu — and a menagerie of animated characters that include singing flowers, alien invaders, red devils, and happy buddhas. To see the Pataphysical Slot Machine in action watch this video.

Pataphysical Studios is a collective of artists, engineers, teachers and students based in Mill Valley. It includes Howard Rheingold, Fabrice Florin, Freddy Hahne, Stephanie Lavene, Donald Day, Janey Fritsche, Tim Pozar, Jean Bolte, Natalina Frederick, Mark Petrakis, Justin Hall, Ilyse Magy, Marshall Smith, Priscilla Wheeler, Phyllis Florin -- and our extended community. Learn more on our site.

We used to build big theme art at Burning Man project, but decided to switch to a small art installation we could work on and exhibit year-round, collaborating with our friends, neighbors and family.

Playing together helps us reconnect with the life force within. It lifts our spirits, strengthens our bonds and keep us off the streets. Who could ask for more?

Stay tuned to this wavelength ...
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