Radiozine on 04/10/09
S.W. Conser speaks with John Law, co-founder of Burning Man and one of the legends of San Francisco's underground art scene. He will be at Powell's Books on Burnside tonight at 7:30 to read from "Space Between" a collection of three stories inspired by his lifelong obsession with bridges. Part dreamscapes, part adventure tales, these narratives take the reader on an exploration of bridges to inspire their contemplation on a structural as well as metaphysical level.
John Law was raised in the Midwest and dreamed about bridges from a very young age. He attended the first Suicide Club initiation a year after his arrival in San Francisco in 1976 and through his apprenticeship in that saturnalian cabal came to know many of the world's greatest bridge spans. It is his great good fortune to be affiliated with singular organizations such as Survival Research Labs, Dark Passage, Laughing Squid, the Cacophony Society, PeopleHater, Seemen, Circus Redickuless, S.F. Cyclecide, and The Madagascar Institute to name a few. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys a good cigar.
On Saturday April 11th there will be a screening of John Law's movie "Head Trip." It's a documentary film by John Law and Flecher Fleudujon. Here's one description..."An insane roller coaster of a ride during the opening salvos of the Iraq
war. See a bus-load of San Francisco characters careen across our nation on a quixotic journey to The Big Apple. They drop in on noteworthy American monuments and oddball artists along the way with their own "roadside attraction, three giant Dog Heads in tow!"