July 13, 2016This Monday an acrobatic performance troupe from Pittsburg put on a small spectacle in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. CatActTrophy – the name of the play – serves as a comment on pollution, population control, mass-media, love, bureaucracy, and of course, cats.[photo by Chloe Feng, text by Sean-Paul von Ancken]The play is both sincere and humorous, deep moments of societal reconciliation that are followed by mock advertisements for dystopio-futuristic products. The absurdity and whimsy of the experience clashed well with the raw and dignified conviction of the performers.[photo by Chloe Feng]To start, gigantic slugs, home-made out of fabrics, paper mache, and pipe cleaners slowly oozed their way on to the set, chomping on a few audience members along the way.[photo by Raymond Schwartz]The plot continued along, steadily orienting and then disorienting the audience until the performers suddenly engaged in some truly awe inspiring acrobatics. Aerial flips, catches, throws, and stalls were executed with strength, grace, and precision. We are honored to have had such avante guard performers come through our space, and wish them well on their tour.[photo by Chloe Feng]
(photos by Ali Gibbs, text by Shannon Mackenzie) March 7, 2018See the beginning of this process hereThe Arcosanti Foundry built a back up furnace recently. The Foundry works with one Furnace at the time, but it always have three potentially working furnaces. When one deteriorates, they move on the back up one. After building the form (see the previous post linked to at the beginning of this post), the refractory cement is poured. Refractory cement is a special dry-mix that chemically sets and dries brick hard and can withstand very high temperatures. Ali, Taylour, and Stephan worked together to pour the special cement into the built form. When the form is done and the concrete is poured we need to wait until three weeks before to be able to use the new furnace. If the concrete is not completely dry, with the high temperatures, the furnace could explode.