About IA

From flaming food, to propane-fueled performance, to fireproof dancing madness, Interpretive Arson has spent the last four years finding innovative ways to bring fire and you together.

Interpretive Arson is a collective of industrial artists based in Oakland, California. Our focus is on innovative, interactive fire art. Some things we like:

  • Bringing fire and people as close together as safely possible
  • Interesting interfaces for proven flame-effects technologies
  • Electronics and software control systems
  • Wearable propane toys
  • Artistic collaboration
  • Sharing skills and teaching
  • These fine people
  • Cake

IA started with Morley, Matt, Jonathan and Ian renting a container in a West Oakland warehouse, having outgrown the work shop space in their residences. Matt had recently finished The Dogslicer, a computer-controlled whirling flamethrower. Morley and Ian had recently completed 1:2.7 Billion, an installation at Burning Man 2004.

In November, 2004 they came up with the idea for Dance Dance Immolation, and Interpretive Arson was born. Four years later, IA has grown to nearly 50 people with a remarkably diverse skillset and a rather complete workshop.

Performance History

Every place an IA project has been run.


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