Category Archives: Cacophony Events

Santasm (SantaCon, Santarchy, Kringle Klot, etc., ad nauseum)

SantaCon started in San Francisco in 1994 when Santa Chad Mulligan
listed the event in ROUGH DRAFT. Santa M2 & Santa Melmoth assisted.

Blind Walk

Exploring the unknown and experiencing the new is a core concept of Cacophony Society. One event that pushed peoples senses was by the removal of a sense – vision.

Meat Parade photos by Rusty Blazenhoff

John Solomon, owner of Café Venezia on University Ave. in Berkeley conceived of and ran the annual “How-Berkeley-Can-You-Be-Parade” 1996. He personally invited Cacophony to “do anything you want” in a phone call to Sebastian Melmoth before the first parade.

Melmoth & J.D. Boggman put out a call for “meat providers” such as Carrie White from the movie “Carrie” Leatherface of Texas Chainsaw fame and Kal Spellitech from the Industrial Art Ensemble SEEMEN. These and throngs of other meat crazed Cacophonists created the first Meat Parade featuring P.E.T.A. (People Eatin’ Them Animals) and their mandatory Berkeley counter protestors The Veget-Aryans” Cremating entrails on BBQ grills, tossing generic brand cigarettes to the hordes of families and old hippies lining the streets and chainsawing pigs heads for two more years, P.E.T.A. hung up the cleavers in 1998 and the event morphed into early Zombie attacks and other meat related parade floats over the years.

Meat Parade - Vanessa Kuemmerle (LL Fauntleroy)
Meat Parade – Vanessa Kuemmerle (LL Fauntleroy)

Meat Parade - Veget Aryans
Meat Parade – Veget Aryans

Meat Parade - John Law (Sebastian Melmoth)
Meat Parade – John Law (Sebastian Melmoth)

Meat Parade - Elizabeth, Vanessa & William
Meat Parade – Elizabeth, Vanessa & William

Meat Parade Tracey
Meat Parade Tracey

Desert Siteworks

This event was conceived of by William Binzen, assisted by Judy West and John Law, with the tactical support of the SF Cacophony Society and over fifteen individual artists. Taking place during Summer Solstice three years running, DSW conceived, crafted and implemented a philosophy of collaborative art as life. A huge area around Trego Hot Springs that had been a material storage for the railroad was repurposed (with the express intent of returning the area to its original condition) into a colossal art canvas containing over twenty earthworks and surface installations. Rituals, performances (for the participants only – there was no audience) and ongoing fabrication and modification of large-scale installations went on for ten days. These sessions in 1992 at Black Rock Springs, 1993 at Trego and 1994 at Frog Pond Springs at Garett Ranch pioneered the “Intentional Community” philosophy that informs and inspires the best components and participants of the Burning Man Festival to this day.