All Worlds Fair

On February 22nd, 2013 I went to the All Worlds Fair in San Francisco’s Old Mint building as a part of Group Aichi (the first group). It was a wonderful night put together by a lot of talented people, so I am grateful that I got to go.

After waiting in line, everybody was herded into a tarp enclosure and given time to fill out a battery of forms which were promptly ignored and shredded.

Ironic bureaucracy: is it just as harmful as REAL bureaucracy? Filling out forms in Mint Plaza.

We were given an hour on floor 1, and then an hour on floor 2. The floor 1 exhibits were all interactive art exhibits which the attendees were expected to participate in, whereas the floor 2 exhibits were all performances which the attendees would passively watch.

This led to some troubles with many of the people in Group Aichi, since the interactive art was more time consuming, and so most of us only got to experience a tiny fraction of the first floor exhibits. Conversely, on the second floor we quickly saw all the exhibits and then had ample time to stand around checking out the architecture of the Mint’s bathrooms. However, I’ve heard that they quickly figured this out, so subsequent groups had more time on the 1st floor and less time on the 2nd floor.

Here are just a few examples of the amazing and often hilarious adventures I got to have:

Randall administered some medicinal electric therapy; in the same room there was another gentleman who would prescribe bitters for any ailment which came his way (first floor).
Doc was sentenced to hard labour by the Night Court. Hard labour amounted to pulling a cart around with his friends inside it (first floor).
On the second floor there were “automatons” which cost one cent to activate.



Author: Steen

Steen is a nerdy biologist who spends a lot of time trying to cultivate Chloroflexi, who also likes to draw comics, play video games, and climb.

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