What is your life purpose?

•November 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

What is your life purpose?
Why are you on the planet?
What is your life’s work?
“Much of life now is about instant reward. If you sacrifice and give you get a much richer reward and life purpose. Capitalism is about the individual getting a…”
I have done 1000 interviews. Literally. Most are so mundane you want to stop doing them. Where were you born? Why do you make art? What is your art about? And on and on the same questions over and over for decades. Jason and Charlotte and I had a nice convo. the other week. These folks did their homework and cut to the chase, we did this interview in like 15 minutes. True professionals and yet fun and enlightening folks. They waltzed into my studio glowing with an undeniable life force and shone it upon me.
Sometimes it takes three to get there.



I am a BASTARD!!

•November 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment






•October 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment



Day 10

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Bastard Children of Dada: Happenings, Fluxus, Mail Art, Punk, and beyond..
Location:  Latino Room, Main Branch, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St. San Francisco, Admission Free
with Emily Hage, John Law, Winston Smith, Kal Spelletich, and V. Vale, moderated by Peter Maravelis (City Lights) Dada’s influence upon the 20th century avante-garde has been immeasurable. It’s political and aesthetic stance, as well as its confrontational approach to the art world and bourgeois sensibilities, has spread widely amongst artists, musicians, writers, poets, and performers. From the Beat Generation to Punk and beyond, Dada’s “bastard children” are with us to this day.  Five voices that are firmly embedded in the theory, history, and practice of the avante garde will explore the artistic movements that followed Dada into the 21st century.
Day 11

Friday, November 11, 2016, Doors 8:30 p.m. to midnight, performance ongoing.
The Kal Spelletich Experience
Location: Undisclosed and secret. Ticket availability, method of acquisition, and admission charge information to be announced 11/1, in this listing.
Master machine artist Kal Spelletich presents an evening of revery exposing his inner dada-ist. A variety of devices will be displayed and in motion for your viewing pleasure.
Day 13

Sunday, November 13, 2016, Doors 3:00 p.m.
Location: Undisclosed and secret. Ticket availability, method of acquisition, and admission charge information to be announced 11/1, in this listing.
An afternoon with Matt Heckert and Kal Spelletich, moderated by Peter Maravelis
A dismemberment of the carcasses of Futurist, Dada, and 20th Century Avante-Garde tendencies.
Sponsored by the Catharine Clark Gallery





Marie Osmond doing Hugo Ball

Performed by Hanna Aurbacher, Teophil Maier, Ewald Liska (known as Trio Exvoco)
From the LP Futura Poesia Sonora.
Lyrics :
jolifanto bambla o falli bambla
großiga m’pfa habla horem
egiga goramen
higo bloiko russula huju
hollaka hollala
anlogo bung
blago bung blago bung
bosso fataka
ü üü ü
schampa wulla wussa olobo
hej tatta gorem
eschige zunbada
wulubu ssubudu uluwu ssubudu
tumba ba-umf
kusa gauma
ba – umf

city lights dada show

We, Kal and Matt,  propose an installation of Interactive machines and robots operated by the audience. The robots will have sensors (medical data harvesting), EEG split brain duo robots, and interfaces the audience can operate. The robots are controlled by the audience via biofeedback sensors, think of it as a form of future state bio-metric surveillance entertainment.

Some of the robots will be death defying. They all will have a voice (make sounds), sometimes lots of sounds, funny and scary at the same time. Think Arthur Craven machine (drunken rants and gunshots) and Duchamp’s light, space and time machines amplified.
Sonic chest thumping robot noise to sublime whispers, robots that hug and grab and lift you. Other robots will be sublime. Some will copulate.

The robots will be installed as installations with video projections and dioramas. Live video cameras will be on some robots, with audiences projected into the mix.

something like this;

or this;

The installation room will have dramatic lighting.
There will be a route one can take from machine to robot to mad scientist invention.
There will be amplified sounds from the robots.
There will be live cam footage of the audience from the robots view with a view of the audience as well, a sort of self with a robot..
There will be video projections of writers reading science fiction recorded opening night.
There will be fog, steam and scents.
The audience will trigger the robots and machines via interactive interfaces.
One could think of it as the audience operating an opera or funhouse of death defying robots.

Arthur Craven vs Jack Johnson

the author of The Surrealist Manifesto (1924), André Breton (books by this author), born in Tinchebray, France (1896).

As a young man, Breton was interested in mental illness and Freud’s theory of the unconscious. Breton studied to become a doctor but never qualified, and in World War I served in a neurological ward for the wounded. After the war ended, Breton joined the Dada movement, an anti-war art movement that rejected convention and emphasized the illogic and absurd, but he was disturbed by Dada’s negativity and wanted instead to figure out if man could be reconciled with the world.

In 1924, Breton wrote The First Surrealist Manifesto, recommending mankind put aside inhibition and prejudice and adopt a new state of being where dream and fantasy are joined to the everyday world. The manifesto was meant to be a revolutionary document and was signed by a number of French artists and writers.




A friend of mine and I, over beers, decided the only thing that was shocking anymore was sincerity. And i say this with out a shred of irony.

•July 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment



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5th dimensional morphing space-time machine


Art making isn’t like dancing or modeling; it’s not something where — if you missed it by age 19 — you’re finished. It’s never too late. You will only get better as you get older and wiser. If you make something beautiful and important, and the right person somehow discovers it, they will look at it and/or go see it— at any age. At least try.



A Russian documentary on Kal Spelletich from the mid 1990’s.

Warriors Canal

•May 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Happy Spring!

Last year a ditch was dug in the future Warriors lot at Illinois and 3rd. Streets, near my studio. It is on my commute line, so i often pass it once or twice a day.

Sept. 5, 2016

The ditch has dried out a bit over the summer, but still holds water! This week I spotted what I believe are egrets in it. A first time siting. The ducks, geese and red wing Blackbirds seem to have moved on.



The ditch is fairly deep about 15 feet below the street level. After the rains started in the fall, it has been filled, then an algae bloom happened.
The past few weeks there have been ducks, geese and their goslings living in what has essentially become an estuary, it must be deep enough for bay/fresh water to keep it filled….. There are Red Winged Black Birds Heron and a few other birds living off of it too. Green growth all around it.


Anyways, i have been dumbstruck with it’s beauty, and nature’s ease of reclaiming a fenced in inaccessible landfill lot in the middle of massive redevelopment. And, the original nature of most of SF’s original waterfront.

I have watched a lot of changes out in this neighborhood since 1985, but this is one of the most hopeful and beautiful.

A wonderful metaphor that all entities may return to their “Original Nature”. One’s purest state. Applicable both personally, locally and globally.



And Go Warriors!
all hugs,


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3 Art Things happening this month of May, 2016

•May 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment


I have three Art Things happening this month.

photos©barbara_traub 6


1. Saturday, MAY14,  2016. 7-11 P.M.
Spelletich, Kadyk: small sculptures, sound and moving parts

2. Sunday May 15, 2016.
Catharine Clark Gallery 25th Anniversary.
11 A.M.-3 P.M.

3. Paris, Berlin, Nice/Monaco May 16-May 31.
I will be on the European continent if anyone is there as well, has suggestions for these cities and or wants to have a cup of coffee, tea, beer, wine or champagne.

1. Saturday, MAY14, 7-11 P.M.
Spelletich, Kadyk: small sculptures, sound and moving parts
Home made guitars and sound machinerobots.
The Lost Door 1828 Illinois St., S.F., Ca.
Free Art Food while it lasts. This is one of the best venues in SF if not anywhere, hands down and will be a very special night.
Art by Kal Spelletich and Patrick Kadyk with music by Ruby Howl, Tom Greenwood, and The J&L.  Free, BBQ and kids welcome. Doors 7, music 9.

2. Sunday May 15, 2016.
One Day Only.
Catharine Clark Gallery 25th Anniversary

3. Paris, Berlin, Nice/Monaco May 16-May 31.
I will be on the european continent if anyone is there as well, has suggestions for these cities and or wants to have a cup of coffee, tea, beer, wine or champagne. Thanks to the Jules Maeght Gallery http://julesmaeghtgallery.com/ and the Foundation Maeght. http://www.fondation-maeght.com/en/

A Dada Centennial Celebration

•April 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment



This is an event this Wednesday at Stanford I am running some ridiculous robots at. Truly an historic lineup.  A Dada Centennial Celebration.

13 april 2016

Where: Li Ka Shing LK130

* composer Luciano Chessa,
* philosopher Jonathon Keats,
* cellist and composer Theresa Wong,
* Burning Man festival’s cofounder John Law,
* kinetic sculptor Kal Spelletich,
* art/science collective “The L.A.S.T. Ensemble”,
* avantgarde historian Cosana Eram,
* Maria Makela and Thomas Haakenson of the California College of the Arts,
* technofinancial analyst Jinxia Niu (Zheshang magazine, China),
* cultural revolutionary Fabrice Florin,
* art historian Boris Magrini (live from Zurich’s Cabaret Voltaire)
* Stanford’s CCRMA,
* plus Dada videos, poems and documents

Details, directions, parking, links at http://scaruffi.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f40a892b53aac91f16340752d&id=d07e1b019b&e=0801aef174

You can watch it live on your mobile device by using
periscope @lasertalks
or twitter @lasertalks
You can watch it live on your personal computer by using

And you can tweet questions.

Free and open to the public.
No RSVP required.
Thanks and don’ mess it up this time+