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Mechanics' Today: The New Mechanics -- Forging Art, Industry and Community

Old world skills and tools, high tech design, and public engagement are the essential elements of a makers' community creating artistic alchemy throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Hear from leaders of this movement including David Miller, Executive Director of The Crucible, Oakland's industrial arts and education center; Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu of HYBYCOZO, creators of illuminated geometric sculptures seen in Hayes Valley; and designers Jon Sarriugarte and Krysten Mate of Form and Reform, inventors of mythological art cars seen at Burning Man.

The Crucible, Oakland's massive 56,000 square ft. industrial arts center for craft traditions offers workshops in blacksmithing, glass blowing, woodworking, and other trade skills along with fire arts and community performances.

HYBYCOZO Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu combine science, sacred geometry, and lighting effects to create mandala-inspired sculptures of great beauty and illumination as seen in Patricia's Green on Octavia Street in Hayes Valley and at Burning Man.

Form and Reform — Jon Sarriugarte, a furniture and lighting designer, and Krysten Mate, a sound designer at Skywalker Ranch, use their talents to create fantastical mechanical cars with soundscapes such as the Golden Mean Snail Car featured at the inauguration of Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf, and other "automated" creatures seen at festivals and Burning Man.


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