Hello, Gasoline. First, the words. After them, some explanations.
1. Ars Urbandi
2. Ars Urbani
3. Ars Electra
4. Ars Pax
5. Ars Mega
6. Ars Ultra
7. Urbano Poe
8. Urbando Poe
9. Urban Doe
10. Urbano Pope
11. Urbano Pop
33. Megatronic Stuff
34. Megatronic Staff
First of all, I must tell you that Im a native Spanish speaker,
living in another country, far away from California. Thus, I may not
realize of certain connotations due to which my ideas may sound
meaningless or just stupid. Sorry about that. On the other hand, my
language distance encouraged me to accept the challenge, since it
might give me some mental freedom to play with the sounds and
meanings, which could lead me to interesting ideas.
Second, you will not find in my answer any link to websites, or any
other source of information, since I understood you didnt want a
research but a brainstorming to refresh your own thinking to find an
appropriate name for your arts group.
All that said, let me tell you a couple of comments about some of the
words of the list above.
As you probably expected, I started to play with the ideas you had
been working on.
The first series (Ars
) is an obvious Latin evoking use of the concept
of art related to some of the concepts youve been working on. I
didnt care about being accurate in the use of the actual Latin
grammar, theres some invention in it, privileging the way it sounds,
and also playing with the nonsensical.
The series beginning with words referring to the concept Urban, plays
with the idea of an abstract character with a name and a last name,
incarnating your artistic proposal. The reference to E. A. Poe (I like
his work, may be you dont, or dont think it fits your artistic line)
might bring up connotations of daring to advance in unexplored
creative fields. The reference to Doe obviously evokes the urban
anyone. Pope is like guru, and then derives to Pop that is another of
the concepts youd been working on.
Electrospin just came as a sound, and spin suggested me spiral, an
idea that may be interesting to explore: it holds the idea of space
(volume, sculpture) and also infinite, innovation, undetermined
The first idea I associated to mega was view. What I understand that
you produce is to be viewed. Then, always having in mind the
sculptural aspect you talked about, I though of a sphere (space,
volume). Here I remembered a tale by Jorge Luis Borges (an Argentine
writer, if you dont know him, I strongly recommend you to read him,
his complete work is available in English), El Zahir. The Zahir is
an object (say, a coin, a medal) that provokes in the unfortunate who
accidentally happens to get it, a gradually increasing obsession to
the thing. The person eventually cant think of anything else, up to
the point when h. mind develops a spherical viewpoint as if the eye
was the inner face of the sphere, and the zahir was in the center of
it, regarded from infinite spots converging to that center. This is
where sphereview, spherepoint and zahirview come from.
With the idea of infinity in my mind, electroinfinity showed up. From
electrobodies to electrosphere, the electronic and sculptural in
nature concept is what I tried to express. Electroshot is a may be
too obvious pun that came as a sound, I couldnt help it. Electroshot
triggered electrospot, and this one electropoint.
Innerpax, well, you had worked with pax, and the first I though of was
inner peace. I like paxplosion better, due to the oxymoron implied in
the obvious contraction of pax and explosion.
The mega series is not my favorite, but you might like it, I dont
know. I tried to associate it with the stuff you produce, and then the
staff you make with your group, and also combining it with the suffix
tronic. Megalon is like a private joke: it may sound kind of heroic,
but it just comes from leaving mega alone.
The stereo concept goes back to the idea of space and volume with
The skin idea is one I like. It involves body volume, sculpture, but
also sensitiveness. Particularly ultraskin, remarking ultra in its
sense of beyond. Beyond skin attracts me when thinking of
electronic sculptural, although Ive never seen what you actually
produce. All the ultra (beyond) concept, I find it attractive.
Well, thats it. I hope to have been helpful. Please feel free to ask
for any clarification you need. Thanks for this very stimulating
question, and good luck!