One night only, Saturday, July 18, Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party blankets SOMArts Cultural Center in luminous art installations, including audiovisual performances and performative interventions by 30 artists, and digital and cinematic projections by 27 artists.
This year Night Light evolves in a new direction: as an homage to the Bay Area’s rabble-rousers, trouble-makers, independents and outliers, in conjunction with Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces (July 9–August 20). Making a Scene features more than 30 additional artists whose work can be seen during Night Light. That’s the work of almost 90 Bay Area artists, in just one night!
Now in its fifth year, Night Light utilizes SOMArts’ post-industrial indoor space and grounds, including the garden path, street-side loading bay, theater, Bay Gallery and Main Gallery to display a multitude of applications of light in art.
This year Night Light centers a series of robust, sometimes overlapping performances and site-specific art installations that activate SOMArts post-industrial space with the spirit of activism, embodying the idea of “making a scene” in opposition to the status quo and uniting communities in pursuit of social justice.
Check out these tweet-sized descriptions of the evening’s performances to learn a little more about what you might see!
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Rashad aka Soul Nubian leads “The Urban Masquerade Parade”. This ancient tradition of the Masquerade is found in many parts of the world as masked performance and spectacle. The parade will consist of dancers, live drum instrumentation and a DJ. This performative ritual will awaken the legacy of forgotten Bay Area performers, including Sylvester, Ed Mock, Marlon Riggs and other trailblazing artists.
In a durational performance, Alice Cunt embodies the role of a sex worker discovering the power of her body through dance, gesture and movement while flipping through channels of the prerecorded past and live feeds of the present. Perspectives of struggle and survival, the power of sex and the threat of violence, particularly violence against sex workers, women, trans people and queers, will be illuminated.
Tooth, filmmaker, and Sophia Wang, movement artist and writer, collaborate on a performance/installation, circling around the works of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and the material and immaterial residue of language. Fragments and concepts from Cha’s experiments with text, performance, and film serve both as source material and point of departure for a movement/expanded cinema piece made with the techniques of “cinema povera,” which include using discarded industrial film stripped of the original images and printed over with a direct animation method using xerox copy machines. The result is a new image with elements of both immediacy and impermanence.
Frida Ibarra offers “Our Home is On Fire,” a song performed live that features her vocals, synth and other electronic sounds. Inspired by the recent apartment fires in the Mission District of San Francisco, which rendered many families and individuals of color homeless, this performance expresses the oppression shared throughout multiple communities and identities in the Bay Area.
Pr3ssPlay Poets [sic], an all-female poetry, spoken word and theatrical performance collective and production organization, performs “The State of Black Bodies,” directed by Mona Webb, as an exploration of issues regarding the current state of Blackness in America, and traces the shifting nature of Blackness throughout history. In addition, it explores the intersections of the “Black body” as a target, and as triumph, the conditioning of Black male, female, and queer bodies in service of white supremacy, and the collective desire to be freed from its talons.
Karen Seneferu exhibits “Black Lives Matter: From Fruitvale to Ferguson,” video documentation in tribute to Oscar Grant, Treyvon Martin, Andy Lopez, Alejandro Nieto, Renisha McBride, Akai Gurley, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamar Rice, and hundreds of people of color who have been killed by police officers, security guards, and vigilantes. Seneferu said, “The video challenges the idea of gazing out and into the eyes of others who refuse to recognize the genocide occurring in these communities by the judicial system.”
Black Salt Collective projects an animation made by the collective alongside with abstract footage of sunsets, landscapes, and textures taken from their experimental narrative film titled, “The Initiation.” The Collective will also showcase a collaborative, self-standing painted and collaged sculpture made of plaster, wood, and fabric. With the idea of performance and ritual in mind, the installation will serve as a living, breathing archive, and a preview of what audiences will see in their SOMArts Commons Curatorial Residency exhibition, Visions into Infinite Archives, on view at SOMArts in January 2016.
Night Light veteran Andy Puls offers an immersive sound and video installation piece inside a tent that provides an immersive experience of live-synchronized, responsive light and sound. When the viewer enters the tent, video and music is generated in a live feedback loop.
Night Light Exhibiting Artists:
AAU B.Architecture Studio
Black Salt Collective
Justin Clifford Rhody
Sarah Rosalena Brady
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
The Living Room Project
Night Light Performing Artists:
Anthony Julius Williams
Big Gay Warehouse
Black Magic Arts Collective
Chelsea (Che) Elisabeth
Kolmel W Love
The Urban Masquerade Parade
Wreath of Flowers
SOMArts’ exhibition programs are generously supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and The San Francisco Foundation, and are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts. Making a Scene is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Pictured: “I Gave Myself Space to Come Back” (2014), cropped, courtesy Yetunde Olagbaju; Agglab, courtesy of the artist AAU B.Architecture Studio; Image courtesy of the artist Sunru, pictured; Image courtesy of Diosa; Animation Still from Scenarios of Breaking Down a Wall courtesy of Zeina Barakeh; Image courtesy of the artist NIGHTSHADE
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