CJ_Dada at Sea Sketch 2

by Claudia Jacques

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San Francisco Dada World's Fair
[email protected]

Linus Lancaster and Frederick Young (with Peter Maravelis, SF DADA WORLD FAIR director.)

Project Description: [email protected]

[email protected] is one of the central projects planned for the Dada World's Fair sponsored by City Lights Bookstore, in conjunction with the San Francisco Art Institute, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Goethe Institute SF, the MIT Press, and Swissnex as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of DADA. The Fair will be an international event featuring installations, lectures, roundtables, and performances across the San Francisco cityscape from November 3 to November 12, 2016.

[email protected] will be an interactive floating installation created by Linus Lancaster and Frederick Young with the assistance of art students from Healdsburg High School, University of California Merced, and the San Francisco Art Institute. The structure is comprised of sculptures, radio transmitters, miniature galleries, and Wilhelm Reich’s Orgone accumulators. Its location is as virtual as it is literal. Its objective is a critique of Twenty First Century consumer culture, the Silicon Valley Tech industry, and the effects of capitalism on the human and animal conditions. Throughout the course of Dada World Fair the Dada at Sea Project will host several events upon the high seas.

The installation will incorporate a radio station (from a previous installation entitled Radio Free Benjamin http://www.hauntedreflections.net/) built mostly with straw bales, in reference to the Bay's early sailing barges such as the Alma ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_(1891)). It will also function as a display space for a variety of sculptural, hand-built radios. Additionally the project will include a 16' Banks dory from the SF Maritime Museum's Boat Building Education Program, which will be finished by HHS students and converted to a Dada-esque vehicle. The third component is planned as an installation on the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco, or the Marconi Marine Radio Station in Point Reyes, California.


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