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Fishbon Event Lab (Dr. MegaVolt, Man Meets Lightning & Potluck)

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Fishbon Event Lab (Dr. MegaVolt, Man Meets Lightning & Potluck)

Time: June 13, 2012 from 7pm to 11pm
Location: Fishbon Pescadrome
Street: 101 S. Quarantina
City/Town: Santa Barbara
Phone: 805-453-5246
Event Type: event, lab
Organized By: Fishbon
Latest Activity: Jun 12, 2012

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This week we're in for an extra special treat. Burning Man legend Dr. Austin Richards (AKA Dr. MegaVolt) has performed in some of the iconic festival's most unforgettable moments. Fortunately he lives in Santa Barbara and his wife and collaborator Victoria Charters is working on a mega documentary about their work that she agreed to talk about this Wednesday. "Dr MegaVolt, Man Meets Lightning" is a documentary about Tesla coils and high-voltage phenomena from the point of view of Dr. Austin Richards, a Ph.D. in physics who has been performing in a metal Faraday suit with Tesla coils since March 1997. The film follows the journey of a young man who did what every mother tells her child not to do. He plays with electricity. Through this play he makes a discovery which delights his friends. He builds a giant Tesla Coil, then a Faraday suit and is able to interact with the high-voltage arcs unharmed. He is the first person in the world to achieve this. His friends encourage him to participate in the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, and a cult hero is born. The coil has been tested in the Pescadrome parking lot and was almost the centerpiece of our New Year's Eve event a few years ago, but got shut down by fearful neighbors. Come find out what all the fuss was about this Wednesday. Don't miss it.

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Fishbon’s Purpose:
Fishbon's purpose is to provide a forum, education and support for creative collaboration, mentorship and the visceral experience of visual, aural and performance-based art.  It is also to provide exhibition media for the artists and their art forms.

Fishbon’s Mission:
Fishbon's mission is to encourage collaboration between artists, technologists, writers, designers, performers and participants to create unique, real-time, compelling aesthetic experiences that speak to contemporary audiences.  Fishbon believes the synergy (sharings of perspectives and skills) made possible in a collaborative space creates a unique and special context for art.  By providing context, physical infrastructure, tools, mentoring support and encouragement for creative collaboration, Fishbon is an experiential incubator for emerging cooperative working models.  Much more about the process experience than final product, Fishbon creates a diverse "interactive" learning community that would be difficult to achieve in isolated individual working environments.

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