Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 8:00pm
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117
R. U. Sirius (aka Ken Goffman) StealThisSingularity.com
is an American writer, editor, occasional talk show host, musician and techno-counterculture iconoclast. He is best known as co-founder and original editor-in-chief of MONDO 2000 magazine from 1989 to 1993. Sirius was also chairman and candidate in the 2000 U.S. presidential election for the Revolution Party. The party's 20-point platform was a hybrid of leftism and libertarianism.
At one time, he was a regular columnist for Wired News and San Francisco Examiner, and contributing writer for Wired and Artforum International. Sirius has written several hundred articles and essays for mainstream and subculture publications and was Editor of H+ magazine from 2008 - 2010. He has authored or coauthored numerous books including Mondo 2000: A User’s Guide to the New Edge, Cyberpunk Handbook, How To Mutate & Take Over the World, Design For Dying (with Timothy Leary) and Counterculture Through The Ages. His next book is The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and The Singularity, written with Jay Cornell.
Sirius was a teenage Yippie activist in the early 1970s. He was the lead singer for Rochester, New York-based punk band Party Dogs from 1979 to 1981. He still hates onions.
At 8pm, these two films will screen, followed by the R.U. SIRIUS interview at 8:30pm-
JAM Z JAMMERZ: SEE, REAPPEAR & BREATHE (2007, 14 minutes) - As agitprop archaeologists, Mark X Farina & Gerry Fialka's provocative film probes how the 50's music/comedy icons John Cage (noise as music, side effects in silence), Korla Pandit (the Hammond Organ as drum, fake identity), Lenny Bruce (speech as jazz, grievance), Ernie Kovacs (visual effects as Surrealism, Mennipean tactic of the "fourth wall") and Lord Buckley (narrative as living organism, elevation not put-down) laid the groundwork for contemporary culture jammers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZINaKAfJwhs
EYE AM NOT A ROBOT (2009, 14 minutes) - Mark X Farina & Gerry Fialka's scintillating film probes the percept of technology "being alive" by evoking early Russian film and Constructivism. Cultural icons from James Joyce to Robby the Robot to Marilyn Monroe are your humanoid guides through new art technologies. http://vimeo.com/59500786
GERRY FIALKA - Artist, writer, filmmaker, curator, paramedia ecologist who studies how to cope with the hidden psychic effects of our inventions, and lectures worldwide on experimental film, avant-garde art & subversive social media.
Praised by the press as: "the multi-media Renaissance man, cultural
revolutionary, a meteor shower in the contemporary media arts discourse, one of Los Angeles' great celluloid underworld overlords, relentless cultural provocateur and filmmaker Fialka has been successfully bedeviling our popular consciousness since the late 20th century. A recognized artistic force since his early 1970's breakout as head shot-caller at the notorious Ann Arbor Film Co-op and renowned as the veteran curator of PXL THIS, Hollywood's second oldest film festival, any presentation of Fialka's work is guaranteed to rate as a mind-bending affair." (- los angeles times, craig baldwin, la weekly)
More info- http://www.laughtears.com/mess.html and http://www.laughtears.com/workshops6.html and http://www.laughtears.com/workshops_summary.html
Gerry's other Nov 2014 - SF events include http://laughtears.com/MoreHotLinks.html
Check his articles Will There Ever Be Silence" - Fialka's Canyon Cinemazine article June 2014 and http://www.laughtears.com/iwantmyRIA.html