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How to Destroy the Universe
Extreme Art, Music, Bands and Performance Festival Series

Advance Tickets available here



"We intend to Destroy all dogmatic verbal systems..."


--William S. Burroughs RE/Search interview

 

 

 

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Artist: How to Destroy the Universe Festival - Part 3 TICKETS
A 3 day festival targeting the BEST in Extreme art, music, performance and culture.
Title:

TUE Sept 14 - THUR Sept 16
NYC and Brooklyn

Release Date: SEPT 2004


Price:

$5-$10 Sliding Scale per night.

We also are offering an online option of getting the new F-SPACE Preliminary Impact CD for $7.98 (wholesale) when you purchase any online ticket to the festival.



$7 TUE SEPT 14 Lit Lounge


$14.98 TUE SEPT 14 Lit Lounge plus F-SPACE Preliminary Impact Report CD

$7 WED SEPT 15 Brooklyn


$14.98 WED SEPT 15 Brooklyn
plus F-SPACE Preliminary Impact Report CD



$7 THUR SEPT 16 NYC


$14.98 WED SEPT 15 Brooklyn
plus F-SPACE Preliminary Impact Report CD


$20 3 day Festival Pass
plus F-SPACE Preliminary Impact Report CD

Format: Will Call Ticket. Please provide us with the name for each ticket as a Comment when you purchase your ticket in the comments section. Print out your Pay Pal confirmation as your receipt.

(Proceeds support F-SPACE on their attempted coup of Europe)

Limited Space: This event is expected to sell out quickly

*Note: no one turned away due to lack of funds. Please email us in advance if you require a sponsored admission, or if you'd like to volunteer for the event.
Email: "imbroke [at] mobilization.com"

A three day festival targeting the best in Extreme art, music, performance and culture.

TUE Sept 14(7 pm - 12 am)
Lit Lounge, NYC
Advanced Ticket: $7

WED Sept 15(7 pm - 12 am)
(TBA) Brooklyn
Advanced Ticket: $7

THUR Sept 16(7 pm - 2 am)
Continental Club, NYC
Advanced Ticket: $7

Festival Pass plus F-SPACE CD: $20


TUE Sept 14(7 pm - 12 am)

Live Stimulation
Bands, Performances, Burning Art

    • F-SPACE - Frenetic Pyro Post Punk
    • Wharton Tiers Ensamble
    • Jason Trachtenburg
    • More TBA

Virtual Stimulation
Video Projections and Presentations:

    • The Bone Tree- Bridges Slide Show (illicite urban infrastructure documentation obtained at death defying heights)
    • Ron Athey- Grown-up Videos and Naughty Bits
    • CIAbnormalArts.com & ShayeSaintJohn.com - Ultra Creepy "Triggers" and Oddities
    • More TBA

Mixed Stimulation
Tiki and Post-Punk Throbbing DJs

    • Lit Lounge

     

    Free Ear Plugs.

LIMITED SPACE. $5-$15 sliding scale

WED Sept 15(7 pm - 12 am)

Live Stimulation
Bands, Performances, Burning Art

    • F-SPACE - Frenetic Pyro Post Punk
    • Jason Trachtenburg
    • More TBA

Virtual Stimulation
Video Projections and Presentations:

    • The Bone Tree- Bridges Slide Show (illicite urban infrastructure documentation obtained at death defying heights)
    • Ron Athey- Grown-up Videos and Naughty Bits
    • CIAbnormalArts.com & ShayeSaintJohn.com - Ultra Creepy "Triggers" and Oddities
    • More TBA

Mixed Stimulation
Tiki and Post-Punk Throbbing DJs

THUR Sept 16(7 pm - 2 am)
Continental Club, NYC

Live Stimulation
Bands, Performances, Burning Art

    • F-SPACE - Frenetic Pyro Post Punk
    • Torch Job
    • The Fakes
    • Marching Band
    • Jason Trachtenburg
    • More TBA

Virtual Stimulation
Video Projections and Presentations:

    • The Bone Tree- Bridges Slide Show (illicite urban infrastructure documentation obtained at death defying heights)
    • Ron Athey- Grown-up Videos and Naughty Bits
    • CIAbnormalArts.com & ShayeSaintJohn.com - Ultra Creepy "Triggers" and Oddities
    • More TBA

Mixed Stimulation
Tiki and Post-Punk Throbbing DJs

    • (TBA)

 

 

 

     


 

 

 

ALL AGES! Free Ear Plugs provided by HearNet.com

San Francisco Bay Guardian - 8 Days a Week:

EXTREME TIMES WARRANT extreme measures. At least that seems to be the philosophy behind 'How to Destroy the Universe: Part 2,' product of the evil-genius ruminations of Mobilization.com's seminal, deliciously idiosyncratic Ethan Port and Scot Jenerik. If you're looking for a medium for the collective release of fury and psychosis, and want to have a kick-ass good time while you're at it, then head to the Shipyard in Berkeley for this two-day festival of extreme art and music – slated, appropriately enough, to coincide with Hiroshima Day. Imagine an industrial version of Burning Man sans the yuppies and dippy rave music. This time around, subject yourself to F-Space's homicidal trance-inducing wall of pyro-post punk noise, heightened by a Butoh-influenced collaborative performance by Collapsing Silence's Indra Lowenstein (Fri/6 only). Suffer the wrath of Black Ice, the Sixteens, and Binky – broads who'd just as soon spit on you as look at you (no cutesy bullshit here, thanks be). Take a moment to ponder the absurdist performance art of Berlin's Indra and Deedee Lux. Feast your eyes and ears on Kiki's three-story fountain of weeping fire Egeria, Shipyard manager Jim Mason's two-ton, sonic ice sculpture, and explosive fire art by Charlie Gadeken. Surrender to the Aesthetic Meat Front's corporate deprogramming ritual. And regale in the visual stimulations of extreme video and the aural pleasures of independent DJs. Proceeds go to keeping extreme art and music alive; but if you're really broke, just e-mail imbroke@mobilization.com and see what you can work out. Fri/6-Sat/7, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Shipyard, 1010 Murray, Berk. www.mobilization.com. $10-$20 sliding scale. (Camille T. Taiara)

Note: We are encouraging friends of the Shipyard and Mobilization to please purchase advanced tickets. This helps us cover the cost of obtaining the permits for the festival and the travel and fuel expenses for the artists to get them to the festival, and to ignite their art pieces. Also, the Shipyard has relatively limited space so the event may sell out. .

How to Destroy the UniverseII- Part 2

Extreme Music/Performance/Art Festival

Friday Aug 6, and Saturday Aug 7, 2004 - Berkeley (San Francisco)
All AGES. 7 pm - 2 am
At the Shipyard, 1010 Murray Street, in Berkeley, California.
Benefit for the artists and the Shipyard.
Co-presented by KFJC 89.7 fm, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Laughing Squid, RE/Search Publications
Free ear plugs provided by HearNet.com

Advance Tickets available here
*Note: no one turned away due to lack of funds. Please email us in advance if you require a sponsored admission, or if you'd like to volunteer for the event. Email: "imbroke [at] mobilization.com"

 

Directions

The SHIPYARD 1010 Murray St Berkeley http://www.theshipyard.org
Ashby exit off the 880 Merge onto ASHBY AVE/CA-13. 0.4 miles.
Turn RIGHT onto 7TH ST. <0.1 mi. Turn LEFT onto MURRAY ST. 0.1 mi

SHOW INFORMATION

Part 2 highlights several bands with non-cutesy over-the-top rockin' women, and other transgressive
performers and video artists that break fundamental rules of humanity and the universe.

*Note: no one turned away due to lack of funds. Please email us in advance if you require a sponsored admission, or if you'd like to volunteer for the event. Email: "imbroke [at] mobilization.com"

A weekend festival targeting the best in Extreme art, music, performance and culture.

MOBILIZATION is honored to bring the festival to this location: friendly, casual, intelligent, open minded and Flame Resistant!

FRIDAY August Sixth (Hiroshima Day)

Live Stimulation
Bands, Performances, Burning Art
ALL AGES! Free Ear Plugs provided by HearNet.com

LIMITED SPACE. $10-$20 sliding scale.
Advance Tickets available here

No one turned away due to lack of funds. Email "Imbroke 'at' mobilization.com" if you require sponsored admission and/or you would like to volunteer.

SATURDAY August 7th

    Live Stimulation
    Bands, Performances, Burning and Melting Art
    • Aesthetic Meat Front - "Blood Sun Rising - A Public Deprogramming Ritual"
      Ritual against disintegration of mind. (Los Angleles/Long Beach)
    • F-SPACE - Frenetic Pyro Post Punk - with Full Flame Effects and Butoh Dancing
    • Egeria- Kiki's weeping waterfall of fire (burningideas.com)
    • BINKY- carnival death-metal by females (members of Typhoon)
    • THE TURKS - stabbing with bloodcurdling iridescent lurking poetics
    • CAT FIVE- Cut ups from "The Atomic Bomb Movie" and other visual mayhem
    • Jim Mason- The Body of Bolts - A chaotic sound generator of human decay (John Cage inspired super human sized temporal sonic ice sculpture)
    • Charlie Gadekan - Fire art BurningArt.com
    • The F*CK Machine and The EYE ARCHWAY - Ryon Gesink's Mad Max style rolling fire and cutup noise spewing beast and the return of the glorious steel EYE arch
    • John Law- Reading an apocalyptic story to his: Bridges Slide Show (illicit urban infrastructure documentation obtained at death defying heights)


      Virtual Stimulation
      Video Projections and Presentations:

    • OTTER BRUN PRODUCTIONS - stark post-nuclear projected visuals (with John Law)
    • THE KIPPER KIDS- 33 years of exaggerated extreme scatological Cartoon-like slapstick
    • Ron Athey- Extreme grown-up topics and Naughty Bits
    • CIAbnormalArts.com & ShayeSaintJohn.com - Ultra Creepy "Triggers" and Oddities
    • Kaosmic Kitty(featuring the BONE TREE)- Mark McGothigan and Kaosmic Kitty: extreme performances and transcendent industrial soundtrack. Includes video of Dana Alabany's roving bone sculpture.

      Mixed Stimulation
      Tiki and Post-Punk Throbbing DJs
    • TikiNews.com- Otto Von Stroheim
    • Post-Punk.com - Rick A Mortis
    • KFJC 89.7 fm

LIMITED SPACE. $10-$20 sliding scale.
Advance Tickets available here

 

No one turned away due to lack of funds. Email "Imbroke 'at' mobilization.com" if you require sponsored admission and/or you would like to volunteer.

 

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION by co-sponsored by:
Lise Swenson - MissionMovie.org

FUTURE (Tentative, not confirmed. This is our current Wish List)

  • How to Destroy the Universe - Part 4, Thee Second Couming.
    November 2004 in LA, SF and Phoenix
    Presented by MOBILIZATION.COM and SUBCUTANEOUS.ORG

     


DESTROY PART 2 DESCRIPTION:

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DETAILS ON THE FESTIVAL - PART 2:
How to Destroy the Universe is an ambitious curatted extreme music/art/performance festival series dedicated to presenting fiercely individual and independent artists to the community. The festival is roughly grounded in the "post punk" tradition, but is open to any new and innovative ideas. The festivals are inherently grass-roots and community based, focused on promoting and supporting alternative arts culture both locally and globally.

Destroy-Part 2 takes place on Hiroshima day, book-ending the hugely successful first festival last DEC 7, 2004 (Pearl Harbor Day) at Studioz in San Francisco. Inspired by the historic date, the performers and artists have been picked with perhaps a darker or more somber slant, while all still being quite explosive and transgressive in their own individual way. The festival is organized by members of the bay area pyro post-punk group "F-SPACE" (members of SAVAGE REPUBLIC and CHROME, and noise artist SCOT JENERIK), who combine homemade incendiary percussion instruments with hypnotic alternately tuned guitars and runaway locomotive drums. F-SPACE takes their name from the art space Los Angeles artist Chris Burden and colleges used to present their essential and extreme physical artwork that was otherwise banned at any other gallery, and it is this tradition that inspires the How to Destroy the Universe Festival.

The Shipyard's outdoor location for this festival is compatible with large scale fire art and sculptures. Bay area artist Kiki will bring her 3 story water fountain "Egeria" to the space (featured at the recent Burning Man Fire Arts Festival), configuring it to weep tears of fire during the F-SPACE performance. Indra Lowenstein from "Collapsing Silence" will also accompany F-SPACE at this performance with a special Butoh style dance dedicated to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Jim Mason (manager of the shipyard and known at Burningman for his fire canons that spew 100+ foot columns of burning diesel fuel) has volunteered to create a massive John Cage inspired super-human sized ice sculpture porous enough to allow flames to pass through. The result will be a cacophonous and chaotic sound generation machine driven by the slow devolution of human body to water and industrial bones.

Ryon Gesink's is pulling out all the stops with his rolling F*CK MACHINE and giant EYE ARCHWAY, backed by Mark McGothigan and Kaosmi Kitty's "BONE TREE Soundtrack", including sweeping epic industrial audio that accompanied Dana Alabany's roving bone sculpture at Burningman 2001.

This event also highlights many bands and artists with women in non-traditional roles, such as bands like "BLACK ICE", "THE SIXTEENS" and "BINKY" with women taking dominant and aggressive roles that are traditionally identified as more masculine. Videos by legendary Los Angeles performance artist RON ATHEY deal with transgressions of societal assumptions of gender, orientation, power,control, and "grown-up" topics such as sexual and social deviation with depth and grace.

Performance artists "The Indra and DeeDee Lux" use dada-ist sarcasm and extreme elaborate costumes to emphasize and critique female roles and sexual assumptions. The Aesthetic Meat Front close out the festival with a bang via their public "Deprogramming ritual" aimed at transforming themselves and the audience to an alternate state of reality beyond our commercially controlled corporate universe.

Other extreme visual artists featured at this Destroy 2 event also focus on other transgressive themes. Archive footage from the astounding and confounding KIPPER KIDS, whose Cartoon-like scatological physical slapstick predate JackAss by 30 years, but also contain actual "Content" rather than a shallow made for TV "Template". JOHN LAW demonstrates physical urban transgression with documentation of how his secret clan illicitly scale large public buildings and bridges around the world and holding and carry out random DaDa-ist events, often to the confusion of enforcement officials. The CIAbnormalArts and SHAYE SAINT JOHN take an urban approach to psychological transgression using a "Trigger" style to produce rapid video clips whose central character is a disfigured paraplegic dressed and controlled as a life sized marionette and her disfigured doll Kiki.

Oakland spinners CAT 5 will be projecting a mix of Atomic Bomb oriented video.

DJs from TIKINEWS.com, POST-PUNK.com and KFJC 89.7fm keep the juice flowing spinning an wide range of extreme music around the Video projections and BBQ area.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS AND TICKETS go to:
http://www.mobilization.com/destroy.html


  • Aesthetic Meat Front (http://www.a-m-f.org)
    "Blood Sun Rising - A Public Deprogramming Ritual"

    Ritual against disintegration of mind. (Los Angleles/Long Beach)
    Performers:
    • Members:
      • Louis Fleischauer - Ritual Design, Body-Sonics, Voices
      • JayJ - Drums
      • Bonny - Hooked Angel
      • Serina Lilith - Glass, Audience assault
      • Tiffany Trenda - Fire, Audience assault
      • Slave Dave - Additional Body Mods, Audience assault

    The focus of this ritual is to traumatize the participants (performers and audience alike) into a state of rapture and use this energy as a catalyst for de-programming from a consumer friendly reality, spiked with fears and anxieties. By invoking the primal instinct we are releasing our inner powers, thus reaching a state of true Self-awareness. These moments are the keys to realize that there is more to life than what we have been programmed to believe.

  • F-SPACE
    F-SPACE (Scot Jenerik, Aleph Kali, Ethan Port)An extreme experimental pyro-industrial art-punk rock-band project by
    Mobilization.com founders Scot Jenerik (23five.org) and Ethan Port
    (Savage Republic), with Aleph Kali (Chrome) drumming with the ferocity
    of a runaway locomotive. The result conjures an apocalyptic, feral,
    destructive trance state implying a catastrophic act of nature, a march
    through the desert on the path to war, or an offender's mental state
    during a crime of passion. Scot Jenerik adds insult to injury by pummeling
    on "Volatile", a self made instrument of steel, springs and piano strings that belts
    out 15 foot fireballs like an angry dragon setting the record straight.


  • F-Space
    Preliminary Impact Report
    BY ANTHONY REYNAGA
    East Bay Express

    From ages sixteen to eighteen, I had a recurring dream about Armageddon, standing unafraid as buildings toppled down around me and finally right on top of me. Preliminary Impact Report, the first disc from this East Bay experimental art-rock collective, recalls those images. Comprising ex-Savage Republic guitarist Ethan Port, local experimental artist Scot Jenerik, and former Chrome Reunion drummer Aleph Kali, F-Space immediately challenges your ears with a bass-heavy stereo gurgle -- rooted in the eviscerating atmospherics of experimental icon Keiji Haino -- accompanied by chugging drums and mild ambient flourishes. One of the more intriguing textures layered atop comes from a hollow percussive instrument that seemingly spits fire when struck.
    Within this aural molten mass there are quieter, mellower sections, carrying the album in waves from one mostly instrumental piece to the next. But what really stands out is Port's Middle Eastern-tinged guitar sensibilities, a crucial element of Savage Republic's seminal ProtoIndustrialPunk sound. Some view PIR as the statement Savage Republic never made: a vivid portrayal of destruction, beauty, and simplicity. As stale as instrumental music's gotten lately, F-Space offers something to look forward to. Even if it's Armageddon.

    eastbayexpress.com | originally published: August 4, 2004


    This special Hiroshima performance will include Butoh Dancing by Indra Lowenstein of COLLAPSING SILENCE.


    1-page press sheet



    with Indra Lowenstein of Collapsing Silence:






  • Egeria

ARTIST STATEMENTS:

Naphtha is thought to be "Greek Fire" -- this was a weapon the Greeks would
squirt onto the Roman ships, and couldnt' be put out with water [as we all
know!] It had the same effect on their socienty that the Atomic Bomb had
on ours -- they felt it was the Ultimate Weapon, and that society would
collapse.

I have a personal interest in this show, BTW. I watch a lot of anime,
particularly drama, and I've seen a number of true stories about children
who lived through the war -- very poignant stories, not in-your-face
antiwar stories. Just true life stories written by adults who were
children at the time. *This* is the face of war to me. Particularly
"Barefoot Gen", who's father opposed the war and was persecuted for
it. Even in such sweet films as My Neighbor Totoro, the giant tree growing
so fast, spread like an image of a mushroom cloud. The Bomb is a living
memory to the Japanese. They have not forgotten.

War puts the citizens into an irrational frenzy of justification for
horrific acts that otherwise would be inexcusable...even now, we pat
ourselves on the back all to quickly over the use of the Atomic Bomb in
WWII -- we are not able to question it. I'm starting to take a hard look
at our "justifications" for our actions in that war. What prevents us from
an honest assessment of our own actions? Esp. since those actions were so
very devastating and far reaching?

To me, war is an infection that ravages us with horrible symptoms. It is a
religious fever that refuses reason. War is for profit, and I have yet to
find an example where it is not -- profit in money, land, converted souls,
whatever, but it is for profit. Worse, it is for profit at *others'*
expense. Those who gain always walk away untried.

I am not against violence. And I'm not even against war -- because
sometimes you are attacked with force, and there is no other option. But I
*am* against war, except in the most extreme of circumstances, and I've
been against this war from the very beginning, and I'm a bit disgusted by
those who are suddenly against war now that we're losing. It's easy to be
against a losing war, but harder to be against a winning war. It's as if
losing suddenly takes the blinders off to the destruction and horror and
atrocities...as if losing stops the frenzy and regains sanity. Abu Graibe
seems to have shocked some people, but Abu Graibe was *exactly* the reason
I opposed the war from the beginning -- I knew the sickness that would
infect our soldiers and our citizens. The sickness of war.

I am fascinated by war, like watching a train wreck. My favorite movie is
Lawrence of Arabia. One of my favorite books is Making of the Atomic Bomb
[an *excellent* book that had me gripped through all 800 pages!] I have
not personally been in a war, but I have a very clear idea of what war is
about -- both the good and bad, both the suffering and the thrill, both the
hunger and the repulsion, both the leaders and the victims, both the guilty
and the innocent, both the truth and the lies. I oppose war with open
eyes, and even a taste for patriotism/revenge/blood myself. Is there
further madness in store from our own beloved country? America dropped the
Bomb once before...

I hope this show opens your eyes and reminds you of Hiroshima.



THE MCs at the End of the Universe:

  • The Indra and DeeDee Luxe (Double Process)
    http://www.theindra.com, http://www.deeDeeLuxe.com, http://doubleprocess.com
    Ubsurd Dada-ist Performance Art straight from the bunkers of Berlin. Featuring Helga and Zelda of Double Process.

    Performers:

  • The Indra: Chanteuse. Clown. Chanteuse.
  • DeeDee Luxe - Double Process: The communist manifesto with tits. Sort of.

Singing Cabaret songs originally sung by Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker, and Edith Piaff with nutty stage action and drastic mood swings, The Indra, does bizarre erotic song and dance numbers with a comedic twist. For more information please go to: http://www.theindra.com

Double Process: The Indra and DeeDee Luxe partner in the newly formed dynamic duo, “Double Process”. Acting as incredibly misguided but sincere German performance artists, Helga and Zelda, the act can best be described as Lucille Ball and Phyllis Diller meet Marlene Dietrich in a suitcase full of monkeys and laughing gas and the sobering effects of politics. Irreverent, irritating, sexy and occasionally socially relevant the two actor, dancer, performance artists pose as performance artist mental patients from Germany on tour in the US... Indefinitely...


 

  • BINKY
    http://www.BINKY.tv


    Members:

    • Klara Lux
    • Erin Luther
    • Tijanna Eaton
    • Windy Wild

BINKY is an organized sound pandemonium manifesting as a sort of punk/speedmetal-art/thrash act, with both coldly clinical & compassionately fascistic esthetic overtones. Everyone in this unit vocalizes (drummer does most lead), there's the first ever heavy metal trumpet played by Erin Luther, scathing punk/thrash guitar of Klara Lux.Drummer Windy Wild could eat Slayer's Dave Lombardo for breakfast (while singing) and an awesome tight-clean bass guitar comes from "screaming" Tijanna Eaton. The whole band dresses in post nuclear white vinyl uniforms. Banners & standards are displayed. Police strobes & security staff have been spotted on stage during shows. Several audience members have been observed to be crying.

 

Press Release:
http://www.sonicbids.com/BINKY


 

 

 




  • The SIXTEENS

  • Veuve Paulì, Kristo-Ball, Nicolaì Gancheff

    DARK WAVE======FLUXXING FOR NEW EXISTENCE

     

    (Review from Post-Punk.com)
    Imagine if you will, Alice falling out of Wonderland and into the world of Liquid Sky. A bleak, neon, urban wasteland. Populated by spastic, twitching creatures, gyrating on a broken disco floor, under black lights. Now imagine the soundtrack to this world. A little Tuxedomoon perhaps? Some Gary Numan, a little Fad Gadget, just a hint of Kraftwerk, and a lot of Sixteens. San Francisco's "Sixteens" create the throbbing electronic noises to accompany such a landscape. Repetetive squealing synth lines that stab you in the brain and don't let go. Tracks like "First Place", and "Bed of Nails" pound rhythms, and melodies into your skull, and you love every second of it. While pieces like "Community People" and "Working For You" roll along in a more minimal, seductively sinister style. The Sixteens can't easily be categorized either. This is music that reminds the listener of late 70s analouge synth experimentations, but with a decidedly modern feel. Casio is quite possibly the most infective piece of electronic noise released this year.
    5/5
    http://www.realgone.org/sixteens




BLACK-ICE

 

Miss Kel, Melanie X, Mister Brown, Stevenson Sedgwick, Skot B

Stevenson Sedgwick (The Phantom Limbs, Factory of Angst) and Sköt B (Anal Kitties, The Phantom Limbs) formed Black Ice in 1999. Black Ice concentrated on making music with acoustic instruments, samples, and found sounds that they then tweaked and twisted through a myriad of studio effects.Their early music was primarily instrumental and was often used in the service of art performances in and around the SF Bay Area at places such as Cell Space in San Francisco and Mungasotropolis in Oakland. 2001 saw the inclusion of the Black Ice track "Departure" on the "Charm" Motion Picture Soundtrack (5 Rue Christine). 2001 also saw the addition of Miss Kel (Sister Mary Shoelace) on vocals. The band, now a three piece, set to work on a four song demo that was released last year. The demo prompted a demand to see Black Ice live, and the trio enlisted the aid of Mister Brown (the Freaks, Sister Mary Shoelace) and Melanie X (Teeth) to assist them. Reaction to the band live was similarly enthusiastic and the band now balances its time between the stage and the studio, with Mister Brown and Melanie X aboard as permanent members. Their debut record, "Eve EP," A 6 Song 10" on Atakra Records, was released in 2003 to positive reviews. Black Ice has since appeared on several compilations and are working on a full length record to be released late 2004.

REVIEWS: For those who like it nice and dark. . . Stevenson Sedgwick and Skot B revel in the gloom, making music with piano wire, samples, broken organ, wineglasses and other screwy objects.- Kimberly Chun, SFGate.com.Truly foreboding … the seductive drone of Miss Kel's voice hovers over vibrating piano wire, trilling wineglasses, pouring water, echoing pipes, broken organs, friendless violins, and brooding bass guitars.- Silke Tudor, SF WeeklyBlack Ice create a slow and spacious deathrock sound not unlike those experimental moments at the opening of "Bela Lugoi's Dead." Evocative and patient, Black Ice are in league with the monsters under your bed. They entrance you. They misplace your car keys. They steal your socks.- Professor Jef, Starvox.netLike a childs nightmare, Black Ice conjures images of creepy little things that live in your attic, under your bed, and in your head. It's an atmosphere of discomfort. All four songs work in cohesion, and Miss Kel's vocals come at you like that of a forsaken porcelain doll that's been rotting away in your basement covered in cobwebs for the past 50 years.- Rick A. Mortis, DeathRockNation


Jim Mason: The Body of Bolts - A Chaotic Sound Generator of Human Decay

http://www.theshipyard.org

The Body of Bolts
A chaotic sound generator of human devolution

A fire/ice/sound installation involving a super-human-size body of ice
held in aerial suspended animation about 20 feet above a lattice of
steel pipes, pans, plates and other acoustically interesting industrial
discards. Frozen inside the ice body will be an assortment of nuts,
bolts, pulleys, gears, chains and other mechanical devices- debris which
with randomly cascade down through the steel lattice as the body melts
over the duration of the show. The result will be a cacophonous and
chaotic sound generation machine driven by the slow devolution of human
body to water and industrial bones.

The ice body will be porous so flammables can pass through and around
it, internally illuminating the ice, as well as speeding the melting
process. An array of buttons and knobs will allow for audience control
of the propagation of Flammables through the body and the resulting fire
fall through the steel lattice to the hydraulic oil soaked asphalt
below.


 

Charlie Gadeken - BurningArt.com


Mike Kennan - The Rotating Speaker Experiment: A charminginvestigation into the high velocity delivery of synthesized tones with the intention of producing a sickening array of standing waves and catastropic reflective activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Ron Athey


 


The EYE Archway and the FUCK Machine

"SF's newest brutal noise rock terrorists, The Turks, conjure up the
halcyon days in the early 90's of Touch & Go and AmRep's finest artists.
Growling, mechanized bass driven madness is coupled with the shrieking
guitar of Alice Donut's Richard Marshall, which are in turn stabbed in the
gut by bloodcurdling iridescent poetics lurking deep in the cogs of this
violent machine."

"The Fuck Machine, created by Ryon Gesink, is an 8' diameter one man
rolling dual hemisphere desert vehicle, designed to offer maximum mind
scrambling and reorganizing potential from amateur and somewhat drunken
engineering. Armed with a flamethrowing device on the right weapon pod,
and a loudspeaker blasting everything from NWA to Conet Transmissions to
hypnotic sitar drones, "Sister Ray" and mad cutup noise on the left weapon
pod, it rolls quietly along on electric motors to sneak up and shock the
hell out of you from behind. And yes, it does 360's. Majestically."

" 'Nazar, Eye of the Sun' is a 40' wide archway holding a horned 5' steel
eye 25' in the air. Built at the Shipyard by Ryon Gesink and a crew of
metalworkers, it stands as a personal metaphorical device to enlarge,
widen, and focus perception, while providing a fiery psychological portal
to parts of the mind unknown. Nazar is a Turkish term for "the Evil Eye",
a superstition in middle eastern and mediterranean regions, referring to
eye shaped amulets meant to ward off the cold and withering glares of
others, thought to cause sickness and death. This sculpture may
inadvertently be the largest one ever created. It speaks to the inherent
mystery of eyes and eye symbols in general, such as the Eye of Horus, the
third eye, the inner eye, the Eye of Sauron, The Residents and what have
you. Enjoy at your peril."


Barbara Kruse- 2 headed fire breathing robot bird


 

The Kipper Kids


 

The Bone Tree



Kaosmic Kitty



Otto von Stroheim of Tiki News (http://www.tikinews.com)

Tribal Exotica from past and present vinyl

DJ Otto von Stroheim has been offering fine Exotica to the masses for
over ten years. From backyard parties to lectures, live club dates to
television and radio appearances, website and emails to award-winning
photocopied zines, no medium is beyond employment. He has opened as
DJ for Don Ho, Sergio Mendes, and Savage Republic and played venues
such as the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas' pool and the ballroom of the
Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco.



CAT FIVE

 

h


 

Shaye Saint John

This girl has a lot of problems

 

 

CIAbnormal Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CIAbnormalArts.com

 


John Law


 


 

ARTIST Descriptions and Statements:

 

Aesthetic Meat Front
"Blood Sun Rising - A Public Deprogramming Ritual"

Ignorance is Strength!
Disobedience is Terrorism!
Freedom is Slavery!


Featuring:

New sound devises that are connected to the flesh via
hooks, needles and rings, thus transforming the agony
and euphoria experienced on stage into sonique energy.
Live Body Modification + Audience Participation + Fire
+ Bio Hazards

We live in bad dream written by George Orwell. The
book of prophecy is called 1984. Newspeak slowly
becomes the dominant language. The reality of war has
been reduced to the sterility of a PG 13 video game.
It is now, more than ever, crucial to not resign or
dwell in apathy. The army of hopelessness has no pity
for its soldiers. The time has come to wake up. Keep
passion alive!

The focus of this ritual is to traumatize the
participants (performers and audience alike) into a
state of rapture and use this energy as a catalyst for
deprogramming from a consumer friendly reality,
spiked with fears and anxieties. By invoking the
primal instinct we are releasing our inner powers,
thus reaching a state of true Self-awareness. These
moments are the keys to realize that there is more to
life than what we have been programmed to believe.

Can you feel your deep desire burning,
Are you afraid of your temple of flesh,
Are you afraid to lose your mind in the abyss of
ecstasy,
Look around you, are you fulfilled living in this
reality,
Is you PC flesh satisfied,
Does your media brain need an upgrade,
Thank you for being a valuable part of the economic
food chain,
Every human is a potential threat to our security,

Consume terrorists everywhere,
Sleeper cells that will never awaken, for they've died
long ago,
Feed your innermost flame,
Cut open your flesh, inflame your mind, re-open your
wounds,
This moment only is true,
Spirit cleansed in pain, burned in pleasure and reborn
in blood,

Temple of Flesh set my soul on fire!

- Louis Fleischauer

=====

-Louis Fleischauer

http://a-m-f.org

new release:
Psychonaut 75/Aesthetic Meat Front
Split CD on Old Europa Cafe

 

 


 



PAST:

How to Destroy the Universe - Part 1 Sunday Dec 7, 2003 at Studioz

Photos from How to Destroy the Universe - Part 1 at Studioz, SUNDAY DEC 7, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN - 8 Days a Week Mention:

Dec. 7

Sunday

Destroy! It's no accident that Mobilization Recordings, Laughing Squid, and KFJC, 89.7 FM, chose Pearl Harbor Day to launch 'How to Destroy the Universe Festival – Part I.' By creating mass fear, the attack on Pearl Harbor not only pulled the United States into war but also ushered in a backlash against civil liberties facilitated by an oversimplified – and misguided – concept of security. What better way to raze today's false safety net than with fire, steel, and sound manipulated by veteran masters of extreme music and art? Dr. Howland Owll of the Church of the SubGenius MCs the event, which features psycho-surf-core by the Mermen, pyro-industrial post-punk mantras by F-Space (including Scot Jenerik and former members of Savage Republic and Chrome), gothic cabaret by Neither Neither World, psychotic episodes by the Serotonins, and classical covers of '80s hardcore hits by the Punk Rock Orchestra. Burning Man artist Charles Gadeken and We're Desperate early L.A.-S.F. punk-scene photographer Jim Jocoy provide added visual stimulation, and DJs Fernando (Thunderdrome, DeathGuild, Assimilate) and KFJC's MC Christ confer their special sonic touches. 5 p.m., StudioZ.tv, 314 11th St., S.F. $10. (415) 252-7666. (Camille T. Taiara)

 


BANDS (first to last):
Neither Neither World - dark pop cabaret
Punk Rock Orchestra - 40 piece orchestra perform Punk classics
F-SPACE- Industrial pyro post-punk mantras (members of Savage Republic, Chrome, and Scot Jenerik)
The Mermen - Psychadelic surf
The Serotonins - Wacky performance-art Rock

Guest Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Howland Owll (Church of the SubGenius)


DJs:
Fernando - Thunderdome/DeathGuild/Assimilate
M.C. Christ- KFJC


ARTISTS:
Charlie Gadeken - BurningArt.com artist
Jim Jocoy - "We're Desperate" Early LA/SF Punk Photography slide show

Pot-Luck Dinner

Advanced tickets available from
http://www.mobilization.com/destroy.html

or http://www.ticketweb.com

 

Posters and recordings from the bands are available at:

The complete Mobilization Catalog
and Online Store:

Local Li

'How to Destroy the Universe Festival, Part I'
StudioZ.tv, Dec. 7
MORE THAN 20 years ago – well before Burning Man's first death by fire on Baker Beach – rumor spread of a Los Angeles-based experimental band that would fill an old school bus with generators, a P.A. system, and a load of friends and head out to the middle of the Mojave Desert to play with fire and make some serious noise. Their instruments: pipes, chains, an empty petroleum barrel, a drum set, and close to half a dozen guitars. Their name was Savage Republic, and they fused our most primal instincts, punk rock's appetite for destruction, and the urban sounds of industry.

I instantly became a fan.

So when I heard that Savage Republic member Ethan Port (now living in the Bay Area) had gotten together with local pyro-noise artist Scot Jenerik and Chrome drummer Aleph Kali to form F-Space, I knew I had to check them out.

I got my chance at the "How to Destroy the Universe Festival, Part I," an eight-hour affair that, as it turned out, was the brainchild of lifelong DIYers Port and Jenerik themselves. The bill included multiple 16mm projections, slides by We're Desperate photographer Jim Jocoy, a few DJs, and live music by Neither Neither World, the Punk Rock Orchestra, the Mermen, and the Serotonins (the latter from L.A.).

The crowd was a blend of aging – though still disaffected – Reagan youth, artsy brainiacs, and thirtysomething occultish types.

We arrived in time to catch the Punk Rock Orchestra, a 20-plus-member ensemble of mostly female classical musicians that covers old favorites by the Avengers, Joy Division, and others. The PRO was led by a tyrannical, Mohawked conductor in black coattails who, given a different look, could easily double as a World Wrestling Entertainment referee. And they did a decent cover of Dead Kennedys' "California über Alles" – even adapting some of the lyrics in honor of Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the end, though, the act boiled down to a kind of theatrical "name that '80s cover" trivia game that could get a bit tedious after a few numbers.

Next, a corpulent, middle-aged white guy took the stage donning a red velvet Masonic hat emblazoned with a single, blue eye: not a particularly reassuring image. MC Howland Owll soon won us over, though, with a masterfully executed, deadpan soliloquy on the causal relationship between Annie Oakley, World War II, and the advent of punk rock.

On his heels, DJ MC Christ set himself to spinning 45s of obscure indie music from the Devo years. Collaborators threw up as many as six projections at a time onto StudioZ's walls: Jocoy's portraits of early-'80s punks in San Francisco and LA, '60s car crash test footage, a nature film on carnivorous frogs.

Then came the moment I'd been waiting for. F-Space battered the unsuspecting audience with a wall of noise. Port's instrumentation on an electric 12-string maintained the breakneck speed and ominous tones of early Savage Republic. He'd loop a string of notes into a mixer, then switch guitars, or forsake them for a homemade instrument created out of two thick metal springs stretched along the length of a four-foot-long segment of pipe, which he alternately beat on and picked up and let drop to the floor.

Jenerik used drumsticks and even a violin bow to elicit the most raw and, at times, excruciating sounds from a similar instrument propped on a metal sawhorse. Kali added the energy of a runaway locomotive on drums.

The result was apocalyptic: the music summoned a feral, destructive trance state that implied a catastrophic act of nature, a march through the desert on the path to war, or the offender's mental state during a crime of passion.

The Mermen followed with a set of hypnotic soundscapes rounded out with a honky-tonk surf song – all deftly crafted but a bit too low-key after F-Space's ferocity.

The last band, the Serotonins – albeit possessing a great name – came off a bit like an inside joke that, well, just wasn't all that original. We called it a night after two songs.

Altogether, though, the evening was a promising start for what Port and Jenerik hope to build into an ongoing noncommercial, multidisciplinary series, with shows every other month or so at random nontraditional spaces.

The Reagan years that inspired the heyday of California's original punk counterculture certainly have a lot in common with today's political environment. With the neocons back in power and well on their way in their project to overtake the world, something like "How to Destroy" is more necessary than ever. For information on "How to Destroy the Universe," go to www.mobilization.com.

(Camille T. Taiara)


Press Release
****************************************************************************
*****************************FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***********************
HOW TO DESTROY THE UNIVERSE - PART 2 OF RARE EXTREME MUSIC/ART/PERFORMANCE
FESTIVAL
TO TAKE PLACE IN SAN FRANCISCO ON HIROSHIMA DAY!

(PLEASE Pass this onto any relevant sites, email lists, tribes, etc. )

JULY 8, 2004

Contact: Lisette Sutherland - Lighthouse Promotions
destroy2 "at" mobilization.com
http://www.mobilization.com/destroy.html
(650) 619-3695

MOBILIZATION.com is quite happy to announce the second festival in the
series:
How to Destroy the Universe - Part 2
An ongoing currated festival series dedicated to promoting and supporting
fiercely independent "extreme" artists.

*************************************************************************
*****BASIC FACTS********************************************************
*************************************************************************
How to Destroy the Universe - Part 2
Extreme Music/Performance/Art Festival
Co-Presented by: KFJC 89.7 fm, LaughingSquid.com

Friday Aug 6, and Saturday Aug 7, 2004 - Berkeley (San Francisco)
At the Shipyard, 1010 Murray Street, in Berkeley, California.
All Ages. 8pm - 1am. Benefit for the artists and the Shipyard
Directions
Part 2 highlights several bands with non-cutesy over-the-top rockin' women,
and other transgressive
performers and video artists that break fundamental rules of humanity and
the universe.

*Note: no one turned away due to lack of funds. Please email us in advance
if you require a sponsored admission, or if you'd like to volunteer for the
event. Email: "imbroke [at] mobilization.com"


A weekend festival targeting the best in Extreme art, music, performance and
culture.

*************************************************************************
*****WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL ABOUT?**************************************
*************************************************************************
MOBILIZATION is honored to bring the festival to this location: friendly,
casual, intelligent, open minded and Flame Resistant!
How to Destroy the Universe is a curatted extreme music/art/performance
festival series dedicated to presenting fiercely individual and independent
artists to the community. The festival is roughly grounded in the "post
punk" tradition, but is open to any new and innovative ideas. The festivals
are inherently community based, focused on promoting and supporting a cruelly
alternative arts culture both locally and globally.

Destroy-Part 2 takes place on Hiroshima day, book-ending the first festival
last DEC 7, 2004 (Pearl Harbor Day) at Studioz in San Francisco. Inspired by
the historic date, the performers and artists have been picked with perhaps a
darker or more somber slant, while all still being quite explosive and
transgressive in their own individual way. The festival is organized by
members of the bay area pyro post-punk group "F-SPACE" (members of Savage
Republic and Chrome, and noise artist Scot Jenerik), who combine homemade
incendiary percussion instruments with hypnotic alternately tuned guitars
and runaway locomotive drums. F-SPACE takes their name from the art space
Los Angeles artist Chris Burden and friends used to present their extreme
physical artwork that was banned at any other galleries, and it is this
tradition that inspires the How to Destroy the Universe Festival.

The Shipyard's outdoor location for this festival is compatible with large
scale fire art and sculptures. Bay area artist Kiki will bring her 3 story
water fountain "Egeria" to the space, configuring it to weep tears of fire
during the F-SPACE performance. Indra Lowenstein from "Collapsing Silence"
will be accompanying F-SPACE on Friday at this performance with a special
Butoh style dance dedicated to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Jim Mason (manager of
the shipyard and known at Burningman for his fire canons that spew 100+ foot
columns of burning diesel fule) has volunteered to create "The Body of Bolts -
A chaotic sound generator of human devolution". This fire/ice/sound installation
involving
a super-human-size body of ice held in aerial suspended animation about
20 feet above a lattice of steel pipes, pans, plates and other acoustically interesting industrial
discards. Frozen inside the ice body will be an assortment of nuts,
bolts, pulleys, gears, chains and other mechanical devices- debris which
with randomly cascade down through the steel lattice as the body melts
over the duration of the show. The result will be a cacophonous and
chaotic sound generation machine driven by the slow devolution of human
body to water and industrial bones.
The ice body will be porous so flammables
can pass through and around it, internally illuminating the ice, as well as speeding the melting
process. An array of buttons and knobs will allow for audience control
of the propagation of flammables through the body and the resulting fire
fall through the steel lattice to the hydraulic oil soaked asphalt
below.

This event also highlights many bands and artists with women in
nontraditional roles, such as bands like "Black Ice", "The Sixteens" and
"BINKY" with women taking dominant and aggressive roles that are
traditionally identified in a more masculine way. We also feature extreme
video artists who transgress traditional societal views of gender and
orientation, such as Ron Athey, Shaye Saint John. Performance artists "The
Indra and DeeDee lux" use subtle sarcasm and extreme elaborate costumes to
emphasize and critique female roles and sexual assumptions. The Aesthetic
Meat Front close out the festival with a bang through their public
"Deprogramming ritual" aimed at transforming themselves and the audience to
an alternate state of reality beyond our commercially controlled corporate
universe.

*************************************************************************
*****DETAILS ABOUT THE UPCOMING FESTIVAL****************************
*************************************************************************
FRIDAY August SIXth (Hiroshima Day)
ALL AGES! Free Ear Plugs.
LIMITED SPACE. $10-$20 sliding scale.
Advance Tickets available here

No one turned away due to lack of funds. Email "Imbroke 'at'
mobilization.com" if you require sponsored admission and/or you would like
to volunteer.

Live Stimulation
Bands, Performances, Burning Art
**F-SPACE - Frenetic Pyro Post Punk - with Full Flame Effects
**Egeria- Kiki's weeping waterfall of fire
**Black Ice - Haunting vocals with a wide range of conventional and
unconventional instruments

**The SIXteens - Infectious synth post-punk. Alice falling out of Wonderland
and into the world of Liquid Sky
**The Indra and DeeDee lux - Ubsurd Dadaist Performance Art straight from
the bunkers of Berlin.
Featuring Helga and Zelda of Double Process!
**Charlie Gadekan - Fire art BurningArt.com

**Jim Mason - "The Body of Bolts" A chaotic sound generator of human decay. A massive super-human John Cage inspired flamible ice sculpture.

Virtual Stimulation
Video Projections and Presentations:


**John Law- Bridges Slide Show (allocate urban infrastructure documentation
obtained at death defying heights)
**Ron Athey- Grown-up Videos and Naughty Bits
**CIAbnormalArts.com & ShayeSaintJohn.com - Ultra Creepy "Triggers" and
Oddities


Mixed Stimulation
Tiki and Post-Punk Throbbing DJs
**TikiNews.com- Otto Von Stroheim
**Post-Punk.com - Rick A Mortis
**KFJC DJs

-------------------------------------

SATURDAY August 7th
ALL AGES! Free Ear Plugs.
LIMITED SPACE. $10-$20 sliding scale.
Advance Tickets available here

No one turned away due to lack of funds. Email "Imbroke 'at'
mobilization.com" if you require sponsored admission and/or you would like
to volunteer.


Live Stimulation
Bands, Performances, Burning and Melting Art
**Aesthetic Meat Front - "Blood Sun Rising - A Public Deprogramming Ritual"
Ritual against disintegration of mind. (Los Angleles/Long Beach)
**F-SPACE - Frenetic Pyro Post Punk - with Full Flame Effects
**Egeria- Kiki's weeping waterfall of fire
**BINKY- carnival death-metal by females (members of Typhoon)
**
Jim Mason - "The Body of Bolts" A chaotic sound generator of human decay. 2 ton John Cage inspired flamible ice sculpture
**Charlie Gadekan - Fire art BurningArt.com


Virtual Stimulation
Video Projections and Presentations:


**Ron Athey- Grown-up Videos and Naughty Bits
**John Law- Bridges Slide Show (allocate urban infrastructure documentation
obtained at death defying heights)
**CIAbnormalArts.com & ShayeSaintJohn.com - Ultra Creepy "Triggers" and
Oddities

Mixed Stimulation
Tiki and Post-Punk Throbbing DJs
**TikiNews.com- Otto Von Stroheim
**Post-Punk.com - Rick A Mortis
**KFJC DJs

ALL AGES! Free Ear Plugs.
LIMITED SPACE. $10-$20 sliding scale.
Advance Tickets available here

No one turned away due to lack of funds. Email "Imbroke 'at'
mobilization.com" if you require sponsored admission and/or you would like
to volunteer.


No one turned away due to lack of funds. Email "Imbroke 'at'
mobilization.com" with your excuse for sponsored admission.

*************************************************************************
*****REVIEWS OF THE LAST FESTIVAL****************************************
*************************************************************************
SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN - 8 Days a Week Mention:
Dec. 7, 2003

Destroy! It's no accident that Mobilization Recordings, Laughing Squid, and
KFJC, 89.7 FM, chose Pearl Harbor Day to launch 'How to Destroy the Universe
Festival – Part I.' By creating mass fear, the attack on Pearl Harbor not
only pulled the United States into war but also ushered in a backlash
against civil liberties facilitated by an oversimplified – and misguided –
concept of security. What better way to raze today's false safety net than
with fire, steel, and sound manipulated by veteran masters of extreme music
and art? Dr. Howland Owll of the Church of the SubGenius MCs the event,
which features psycho-surf-core by the Mermen, pyro-industrial post-punk
mantras by F-Space (including Scot Jenerik and former members of Savage
Republic and Chrome), gothic cabaret by Neither Neither World, psychotic
episodes by the Serotonins, and classical covers of '80s hardcore hits by
the Punk Rock Orchestra. Burning Man artist Charles Gadeken and We're
Desperate early L.A.-S.F. Punk-scene photographer Jim Jocoy provide added
visual stimulation, and DJs Fernando (Thunderdrome, DeathGuild, Assimilate)
and KFJC's MC Christ confer their special sonic touches. . (Camille T.
Taiara)

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN - Local Live

'How to Destroy the Universe Festival, Part I'
StudioZ.tv, Dec. 7
MORE THAN 20 years ago – well before Burning Man's first death by fire on
Baker Beach – rumor spread of a Los Angeles-based experimental band that
would fill an old school bus with generators, a P.A. system, and a load of
friends and head out to the middle of the Mojave Desert to play with fire
and make some serious noise. Their instruments: pipes, chains, an empty
petroleum barrel, a drum set, and close to half a dozen guitars. Their name
was Savage Republic, and they fused our most primal instincts, punk rock's
appetite for destruction, and the urban sounds of industry.

I instantly became a fan.

So when I heard that Savage Republic member Ethan Port (now living in the
Bay Area) had gotten together with local pyro-noise artist Scot Jenerik and
Chrome drummer Aleph Kali to form F-Space, I knew I had to check them out.

I got my chance at the "How to Destroy the Universe Festival, Part I," an
eight-hour affair that, as it turned out, was the brainchild of lifelong
DIYers Port and Jenerik themselves. The bill included multiple 16mm
projections, slides by We're Desperate photographer Jim Jocoy, a few DJs,
and live music by Neither Neither World, the Punk Rock Orchestra, the
Mermen, and the Serotonins (the latter from LA).

The crowd was a blend of aging – though still disaffected – Reagan youth,
artsy brainiacs, and thirtysomething occultish types.

We arrived in time to catch the Punk Rock Orchestra, a 20-plus-member
ensemble of mostly female classical musicians that covers old favorites by
the Avengers, Joy Division, and others. The PRO was led by a tyrannical,
Mohawked conductor in black coattails who, given a different look, could
easily double as a World Wrestling Entertainment referee. And they did a
decent cover of Dead Kennedys' "California über Alles" – even adapting some
of the lyrics in honor of Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the end, though, the act
boiled down to a kind of theatrical "name that '80s cover" trivia game that
could get a bit tedious after a few numbers.

Next, a corpulent, middle-aged white guy took the stage donning a red velvet
Masonic hat emblazoned with a single, blue eye: not a particularly
reassuring image. MC Howland Owll soon won us over, though, with a
masterfully executed, deadpan soliloquy on the causal relationship between
Annie Oakley, World War II, and the advent of punk rock.

On his heels, DJ MC Christ set himself to spinning 45s of obscure indie
music from the Devo years. Collaborators threw up as many as six projections
at a time onto StudioZ's walls: Jocoy's portraits of early-'80s punks in San
Francisco and LA, '60s car crash test footage, a nature film on
carnivorous frogs.

Then came the moment I'd been waiting for. F-Space battered the unsuspecting
audience with a wall of noise. Port's instrumentation on an electric
12-string maintained the breakneck speed and ominous tones of early Savage
Republic. He'd loop a string of notes into a mixer, then switch guitars, or
forsake them for a homemade instrument created out of two thick metal
springs stretched along the length of a four-foot-long segment of pipe,
which he alternately beat on and picked up and let drop to the floor.

Jenerik used drumsticks and even a violin bow to elicit the most raw and, at
times, excruciating sounds from a similar instrument propped on a metal
sawhorse. Kali added the energy of a runaway locomotive on drums.

The result was apocalyptic: the music summoned a feral, destructive trance
state that implied a catastrophic act of nature, a march through the desert
on the path to war, or the offender's mental state during a crime of
passion.

The Mermen followed with a set of hypnotic soundscapes rounded out with a
honky-tonk surf song – all deftly crafted but a bit too low-key after
F-Space's ferocity.

The last band, the Serotonins – albeit possessing a great name – came off a
bit like an inside joke that, well, just wasn't all that original. We called
it a night after two songs.

Altogether, though, the evening was a promising start for what Port and
Jenerik hope to build into an ongoing noncommercial, multidisciplinary
series, with shows every other month or so at random nontraditional spaces.

The Reagan years that inspired the heyday of California's original punk
counterculture certainly have a lot in common with today's political
environment. With the neocons back in power and well on their way in their
project to overtake the world, something like "How to Destroy" is more
necessary than ever. For information on "How to Destroy the Universe," go to
www.mobilization.com.

(Camille T. Taiara)

*************************************************************************
*****ARTIST STATEMENTS*************************************************
*************************************************************************

Aesthetic Meat Front (http://www.a-m-f.org)
"Blood Sun Rising - A Public Deprogramming Ritual"
Ritual against disintegration of mind. (Los Angleles/Long Beach) Performers:

Members:
Louis Fleischauer - Ritual Design, Body-Sonics, Voices

JayJ - Drums
Bonny - Hooked Angel
Serina Lilith - Glass, Audience assault
Tiffany Trenda - Fire, Audience assault
Slave Dave - Additional Body Mods, Audience assault

The focus of this ritual is to traumatize the participants (performers and
audience alike) into a state of rapture and use this energy as a catalyst
for deprogramming from a consumer friendly reality, spiked with fears and
anxieties. By invoking the primal instinct we are releasing our inner
powers, thus reaching a state of true Self-awareness. These moments are the
keys to realize that there is more to life than what we have been programmed
to believe.

F-SPACE
F-SPACE (Scot Jenerik, Aleph Kali, Ethan Port)
An extreme experimental pyro-industrial art-punk rock-band project by
Mobilization.com founders Scot Jenerik (23five.org) and Ethan Port
(Savage Republic), with Aleph Kali (Chrome) drumming with the ferocity
of a runaway locomotive. The result conjures an apocalyptic, feral,
destructive trance state implying a catastrophic act of nature, a march
through the desert on the path to war, or an offender's mental state
during a crime of passion. Scot Jenerik adds insult to injury by pummeling
on "Volatile", a self made instrument of steel, springs and piano strings that belts
out 15 foot fireballs like an angry dragon setting the record straight.


The Indra and DeeDee lux (Double Process)
http://www.theindra.com, http://www.deedeelux.com, http://doubleprocess.com
Ubsurd Dadaist Performance Art straight from the bunkers of Berlin.
Featuring Helga and Zelda of Double Process.
Performers:

The Indra: Chanteuse. Clown. Chanteuse.

Double Process: The communist manifesto with tits. Sort of.

Singing Cabaret songs originally sung by Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker,
and Edith Piaff with nutty stage action and drastic mood swings, The Indra,
does bizarre erotic song and dance numbers with a comedic twist. For more
information please go to: http://www.theindra.com

Double Process: The Indra and DeeDee Lux partner in the newly formed
dynamic duo, “Double Process”. Acting as incredibly misguided but sincere
German performance artists, Helga and Zelda, the act can best be described
as Lucille Ball and Phyllis Diller meet Marlene Dietrich in a suitcase full
of monkeys and laughing gas and the sobering effects of politics.
Irreverent, irritating, sexy and occasionally socially relevant the two
actor, dancer, performance artists pose as performance artist mental
patients from Germany on tour in the US... Indefinitely...

BINKY
http://www.BINKY.tv

Members:
Klara Lux
Erin Luther
Tijanna Eaton
Windy Wild


BINKY is an organized sound pandemonium manifesting as a sort of
punk/speedmetal-art/thrash act, with both coldly clinical & compassionately
fascistic esthetic overtones. Everyone in this unit vocalizes (drummer does
most lead), there's the first ever heavy metal trumpet played by Erin
Luther, scathing punk/thrash guitar of Klara Lux. Drummer Windy Wild could
eat Slayer's Dave Lombardo for breakfast (while singing) and an awesome
tight-clean bass guitar comes from "screaming" Tijanna Eaton. The whole band
dresses in post nuclear white vinyl uniforms. Banners & standards are
displayed. Police strobes & security staff have been spotted on stage during
shows. Several audience members have been observed to be crying.

Press Release:
http://www.sonicbids.com/BINKY

ARTIST Descriptions and Statements:

F-SPACE
F-SPACE (Scot Jenerik, Aleph Kali, Ethan Port)
An extreme experimental pyro-industrial art-punk rock-band project by
Mobilization.com founders Scot Jenerik (23five.org) and Ethan Port
(Savage Republic), with Aleph Kali (Chrome) drumming with the ferocity
of a runaway locomotive. The result conjures an apocalyptic, feral,
destructive trance state implying a catastrophic act of nature, a march
through the desert on the path to war, or an offender's mental state
during a crime of passion. Scot Jenerik adds insult to injury by pummeling
on "Volatile", a self made instrument of steel, springs and piano strings that belts
out 15 foot fireballs like an angry dragon setting the record straight.


http://www.F-SPACE.com/artists/fspace

 

Aesthetic Meat Front
"Blood Sun Rising - A Public Deprogramming Ritual"


Ignorance is Strength!
Disobedience is Terrorism!
Freedom is Slavery!


Featuring:

New sound devises that are connected to the flesh via
hooks, needles and rings, thus transforming the agony
and euphoria experienced on stage into sonique energy.
Live Body Modification + Audience Participation + Fire
+ Bio Hazards

We live in bad dream written by George Orwell. The
book of prophecy is called 1984. Newspeak slowly
becomes the dominant language. The reality of war has
been reduced to the sterility of a PG 13 video game.
It is now, more than ever, crucial to not resign or
dwell in apathy. The army of hopelessness has no pity
for its soldiers. The time has come to wake up. Keep
passion alive!

The focus of this ritual is to traumatize the
participants (performers and audience alike) into a
state of rapture and use this energy as a catalyst for
deprogramming from a consumer friendly reality,
spiked with fears and anxieties. By invoking the
primal instinct we are releasing our inner powers,
thus reaching a state of true Self-awareness. These
moments are the keys to realize that there is more to
life than what we have been programmed to believe.

Can you feel your deep desire burning,
Are you afraid of your temple of flesh,
Are you afraid to lose your mind in the abyss of
ecstasy,
Look around you, are you fulfilled living in this
reality,
Is you PC flesh satisfied,
Does your media brain need an upgrade,
Thank you for being a valuable part of the economic
food chain,
Every human is a potential threat to our security,
Consume terrorists everywhere,
Sleeper cells that will never awaken, for they've died
long ago,
Feed your innermost flame,
Cut open your flesh, inflame your mind, reopen your
wounds,
This moment only is true,
Spirit cleansed in pain, burned in pleasure and reborn
in blood,

Temple of Flesh set my soul on fire!

- Louis Fleischauer

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-Louis Fleischauer

http://a-m-f.org

new release:
Psychonaut 75/Aesthetic Meat Front
Split CD on Old Europa Cafe

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More information on the
How to Destroy the Universe Festival,
and application for submitting artists into the festival
http://www.mobilization.com/destroy.html

SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN - 8 Days a Week Mention of last festival
Dec. 7, 2003

Destroy! It's no accident that Mobilization Recordings, Laughing Squid, and KFJC, 89.7 FM, chose Pearl Harbor Day to launch 'How to Destroy the Universe Festival – Part I.' By creating mass fear, the attack on Pearl Harbor not only pulled the United States into war but also ushered in a backlash against civil liberties facilitated by an oversimplified – and misguided – concept of security. What better way to raze today's false safety net than with fire, steel, and sound manipulated by veteran masters of extreme music and art?

SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN - Local Live Review

'How to Destroy the Universe Festival, Part I'
StudioZ.tv, Dec. 7
MORE THAN 20 years ago – well before Burning Man's first death by fire on Baker Beach – rumor spread of a Los Angeles-based experimental band that would fill an old school bus with generators, a P.A. system, and a load of friends and head out to the middle of the Mojave Desert to play with fire and make some serious noise. Their instruments: pipes, chains, an empty petroleum barrel, a drum set, and close to half a dozen guitars. Their name was Savage Republic, and they fused our most primal instincts, punk rock's appetite for destruction, and the urban sounds of industry.

I instantly became a fan.

So when I heard that Savage Republic member Ethan Port (now living in the Bay Area) had gotten together with local pyro-noise artist Scot Jenerik and Chrome drummer Aleph Kali to form F-Space, I knew I had to check them out.

I got my chance at the "How to Destroy the Universe Festival, Part I," an eight-hour affair that, as it turned out, was the brainchild of lifelong DIYers Port and Jenerik themselves. The bill included multiple 16mm projections, slides by We're Desperate photographer Jim Jocoy, a few DJs, and live music by Neither Neither World, the Punk Rock Orchestra, the Mermen, and the Serotonins (the latter from LA).

The crowd was a blend of aging – though still disaffected – Reagan youth, artsy brainiacs, and thirtysomething occultish types.

Then came the moment I'd been waiting for. F-Space battered the unsuspecting audience with a wall of noise. Port's instrumentation on an electric 12-string maintained the breakneck speed and ominous tones of early Savage Republic. He'd loop a string of notes into a mixer, then switch guitars, or forsake them for a homemade instrument created out of two thick metal springs stretched along the length of a four-foot-long segment of pipe, which he alternately beat on and picked up and let drop to the floor.

Jenerik used drumsticks and even a violin bow to elicit the most raw and, at times, excruciating sounds from a similar instrument propped on a metal sawhorse. Kali added the energy of a runaway locomotive on drums.

The result was apocalyptic: the music summoned a feral, destructive trance state that implied a catastrophic act of nature, a march through the desert on the path to war, or the offender's mental state during a crime of passion.

. (Camille T. Taiara)

 

 

 

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