Friday, November 28, 2008
To see more photos by Steve Rhodes: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ari/sets/72157610035643833/
Thursday, November 27, 2008
So let's celebrate BRAF's support of interactive installations and performances from our early years.
photo: Sherman and Mr. Peabody, from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show, entering the WABAC Machine, to check out a moment in history. The WABAC Machine was the inspiration for The Wayback Machine or Internet Archive.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
San Francisco, CA 94111
Pre-event Dinner tix start at $150 for sumptuous BANK-quet
Purchase tickets and get info: http://blackrockarts.org/21+ overJoin us in support of the Black Rock Arts Foundation's mission to inspire art, community and civic participation worldwide. Revel in the richness of human expression, generosity of spirit and camaraderie of artists and visionaries. An opulent gathering of tribes in celebration of our artistic treasures and vital community spirit awaits! Partake in an evening of abundant visual delights, auditory pleasures, beguiling libations, and a cornucopia of spectacular people, art and performances.
Black Rock City Ballet
Brass Menažeri - (Voted Best Internation Band in The 2008 SF Weekly Music Awards) http://www.brass.menazeri.com/
Chance's End - violin-electronica http://www.chancesend.com/
Clark Hamon (Deep End) www.myspace.com/clarkhamon
Copper Lantern Theater http://www.copperlantern.org/
Dex Stakker (Opulent Temple) http://dexstakker.com/
Erica Mulkey http://www.unwoman.com/
Fou Fou HA! http://www.foufouha.com/
Jeff Hobbs - sax, violin and stiltwalking
Laird (Get Freaky!) http://www.djlaird.org/
Lila Sklar http://www.lilasviolin.com/
Loyd Family Players - Samba Marching Band - Winners of Burning Man 2008
Marching Band MARCH-OFF! www.theloydfamilyplayers.com/
Majitope (Symbiosis/Lowpro) www.majitope.com/
Miranda Caroligne - Autumnal wearable art & designs http://www.mirandacaroligne.com/
Samantha and Angela Mae - Bellydance
Sweet Can Productions http://www.sweetcancircus.com/
Tamo (Angels of bAss) http://www.angelsofbass.com/
Vau De Vire Society (2008 Best of The Bay Circus Troupe Winners) http://www.vaudeviresociety.com/
SECRET special guest DJ (and his monkeysnake...shh!) and MANY MANY other amazing performers and artists!!!
Tribal Chill room with décor provided by Hookahdome/RuckusLab http://hookahdome.com/
Photo portraits by Nightshade http://www.theblight.net/
Photography Gallery - curated by Will Chase
Art Sculpture by Laura Kimpton & Celtic Forest http://www.laurakimpton.com/
Peter Hudson http://www.hudzo.com/
Mardi Storm and Others!
Raffle Prizes and More!Tickets:
To purchase tickets: http://www.blackrockarts.org/
Black Rock Arts is a 501(c)3 non-proﬁt; a portion of your ticket price is tax-deductible.
The MAIN EVENT, in the Grand Banker's Hall, Tribal Chill Room and Gallery:The Tribes & Treasures Celebration:9:00pm-2:00am, $20 presale online, $30 at the door Includes an evening of featured and roaming performances, DJs, dancing, raffle, photography sale and many happy surprises
The Special Pre-event Reception, Upstairs:The Bank-quet Dinner7:00pm-10:00pm, $150
Includes a sumptuous buffet dinner, silent auction, ambient performances, absinthe tasting, wine and dessert, presentations by celebrated BRAF artists and organizers; The Finch Mob-creators of the Panhandle Bandshell, Peter Hudson-creator of Homouroboros, and Crimson Rose, presenting the art of The Mangrove, and entry to the main event.
Alchemists' Hour and Bank-quet Dinner 6:00pm-10:00pm, $250 Includes private reception with the BRAF Board of Directors and special guests, with a hosted bar from 6:00pm-7:00pm + the Bank-quet Dinner + main event.
Christopher & Amber Bently;
Loren & Rachel Carpenter;
Harley K. Dubois;
Will Roger Peterson;
The Black Rock Arts Foundation supports interactive art projects worldwide, year-round. In our seven years of collaborating with innovative artists, visionaries and community groups, we've seen first hand how interactive art can inspire civic engagement and social participation. Our 2008 Grantee and Civic Art projects are inspiring examples of both groundbreaking works of art and new levels of community ownership and participation. Projects like The Temple of the American Dream in Detroit, MI, Peter Hudson's Homourboros in San Jose, CA, and The Mangrove in Reno, NV brought innovative works of art into the every day lives of the public, many of whom have little access to such large scale interactive works. All of these projects relied on the support of their communities, and hundreds of volunteers. Come celebrate our achievements as a community, and support the proliferation of interactive art!!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
I am writing to let you know that the Dedication will be:
November 23 at Dusk
Is that the same as sunset (4:54)? The SF Weekly lists the dedication time as 4pm. (Watch the sky, not the time.)
Hope to see you there.
digital illustration Brian Goggin
Thursday, November 13, 2008
It was a brisk day but we had a good crowd in the Mangrove, sipping coffee and eating soup, while enjoying three really fun bands. The afternoon started out with Freaks of Nurture featuring Doyle Stewart and Jill Snyder... these two met when their teenage cello playing kids, Emily and Gabe, were dating each other. Doyle and Jill realized that they shared an affinity for American folk music... started playing and came up with a list of over 25 songs they could play immediately... harmonies included.... WAY too much time spent with the record player in the 60s and 70s!
The Celtic band, 317 features Jill Snyder, a mom of three and a classically trained vocalist with lots of experience performing producing and recording, she has some Irish blood and an Irish soul. Gabriel Plank works in the Geology Dept at UNR and plays a wide variety of instruments including the accordion and the washtub bass. He has played in classical music organizations (viola and violin) but specializes in sea chanties!!!! AND Kevin Lyons, a real Irish tenor originally from Ireland, he owns a computer company by day and by night (and on the weekends!) and spreads his Irish charm and heritage through music. He has travelled all over the world sharing Irish music. Alan Lyons, Kevin's son, on violin, currently attends UNR,plays all kind of music but with two parents from across the pond, his Celtic roots are strong.
Alan and Daniel Lyon who along with Kent Irwin performed with their folk/punk band ³bo deens². This group featured three talented young men ages 15 - 18, playing guitar, violin and mandolin plus the traditional bodhran, a unique Irish hand held drum.
Great Sunday afternoon music!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Language of the Birds is one of BRAF's 2007 Grants-to-Artists recipients. It is a permanent site-specific public art installation on the threshold of North Beach and Chinatown in San Francisco, at a new public plaza where the NW corner of Broadway, Grant and Columbus Streets intersect.
'Language of the Birds’ is a sculpted, illuminated flock of twenty-three translucent, suspended open books positioned to give the impression of birds in flight. Phrases, taken from books written by neighborhood authors or written about the local communities, are scattered and embedded in the pavement as if the words had fallen from the books as they took flight. These suspended bird-books blink light patterns are modulated to interpret music gathered from the community. The lights are also intended to evoke flight, giving the flock the appearance of being in constant motion.
The Black Rock Arts Foundation is pleased to join the City of San Francisco, artists and local patrons in supporting this permanent art installation designed to unite area neighborhoods and impart some magic in ‘a language of birds’ (sometimes considered in antiquity to be the secret key to perfect knowledge) to all who encounter it.
Monday, November 03, 2008
This is what Janet Kagen, the vice-chair of the Public Art Network (PAN) of Americans for the Arts and a founding principal of the Percent for Art Collaborative has to say about public Art. “An average of 55 million viewers experience public art firsthand everyday, approximately 1,000 times the audience experiencing art galleries, museums, and theaters combined; artworks at airports and subways are seen everyday by over 5 million travelers. An average public art project provides 50 times the economic impact of arts events in traditional venues, yet the cost to the public for public art is less than 50-cents per taxpayer per year (based on the amount of public funding [in 2002] used to fund public art.) More money is spent cleaning up unwanted graffiti than is spent on all the public art in most major American cities. Public art receives ten times the media attention other art forms receive.”
So I have seen this in action. I remember when David Best and his crew built the Temple on Hayes' Green, as part of BRAF's Civic Arts Program. The community began to own the Temple, and write on the Temple about their losses and hopes and joys. I remember when a friend of mine talked about having a whole new point of view after the Temple came to her neighborhood.
So do you have a story about public art, and it's impact on us? We would love to hear from you!!
photo: Steve Williams
Sunday, November 02, 2008
During a short exhibition community members are encouraged to add mementos to the baskets through the addition of written thoughts, sentiments, or objects; in this way the sculpture becomes civic property, woven with personal relevance. Each project culminates when the community is invited to gather for a potluck dinner, artist talk, and performances; then at sundown, the torch is lit and the basket ignited. In an effort to serve her community Mavis has worked to draw together a wide cross section of participating groups and individuals. In Homer, Alaska, the Native Alaskan community includes the burning ritual as part of their Healing Alcoholism seminar, and local mental health services offer a workshop on ‘letting go’.