The Raw Feed presents work from three artists who explore the issues of globalization and dislocation, focusing on the ways in which we are given sustenance. The project includes an interactive rice factory that examines the politics of grain production and world hunger; a multidisciplinary video installation that takes a critical look at the messages fed to us by the United Nations; and a pop-up café built on a bicycle chassis that connects food with personal narratives of dislocation through a collection of war-time recipes. The act of feeding ourselves has served as the basis of ritual, connection and artistry for as long as we've lived in societies, and The Raw Feed brings together these disparate strands of shared experience in an exploration of what sustenance means.
Super 8 is a collection of video art in multi-channel formats, selected by a peer-to-peer curatorial process. Eight artists from eight cities across the globe were invited to present their videos, and invited four other artists from their respective cities to join them.
Mark Bradford transforms found material – much of it paper from sources such as billboards and newspapers – into large-scale collages and installations. Included in YBCA’s presentation is the large-scale work Detail, an ark-like sculpture reconstructed from components of Mithra, a piece created in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Also on view at YBCA will be Bradford’s socially charged 2011 work, Rat Catcher of Hamelin, which is composed of components of 50 billboards collected from all around South-Central Los Angeles. This comprehensive survey of Bradford’s career to date is co-presented by YBCA and SFMOMA and will be on view at both venues. Please note that there are separate admission policies for each institution.
At the point where long-held beliefs fall into decline and once-esteemed notions crumble, questions arise about those belief systems. It is at this point that John-Mark Ikeda begins his exploration of the current economic climate. Ikeda deconstructs the iconic business suit — which he equates with the failed economy — stripping it down to its component parts and pinning it to the wall like a specimen, with accompanying business accessories, in an attempt to reconstitute it as a symbol of power.
Gina Osterloh’s new film project, Anonymous Front, is a visual essay on physical blindness and identity, created in collaboration with a vocational massage therapy school for the blind in the Philippines.
The rock band on the stage, the athlete on the soccer field, the politician at the podium — all command the attention of huge crowds, not to mention cameras. Audience as Subject, Part 2: Extra Large turns the lens back on the audience, exposing the dramatic and narrative potential of the crowd itself.
By Joonas Berghall & Mika Hotakainen
In the warmth of the sauna, naked Finnish men cleanse themselves both physically and mentally. We meet men of all walks of life in many different saunas, and hear their touching stories about love, death, birth and friendship. Steam of Life reveals the men's naked souls in an exceptionally personal and poetic way. We’re pleased to present the full and uncut version of this remarkable documentary. (2010, 84 min, digital)
Film & Video
Company C Contemporary Ballet
Feb 17, 2012 9:00pm Feb 18, 2012 7:30pm Feb 19, 2012 4:00pm
Company C Contemporary Ballet’s 10th Anniversary Season Winter Program bursts with versatility, wit and romance led by Peter Anastos, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo founder and frequent collaborator with Mikhail Baryshnikov, whose Footage will receive its Company premiere. Alexandre Proia’s World to Come is meditatively lush and visionary and David Grenke’s Vespers is a physically demanding, deeply emotional and beautiful duet by this former Paul Taylor dancer set to music by Tom Waits. Charles Anderson’s powerfully athletic Akimbo has its roots in neo-classicism and its apotheosis in contemporary style showing the full range and prowess of his decade-old company.
In celebration of its first decade, Company C Contemporary Ballet will hold a special Gala Celebration Saturday, February 18, 2012 beginning at 6:30 pm.