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Artist-Investigators Announced
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The Artist-Investigator project seeks to support artists from a variety of disciplines—theater, dance, performance and visual art, multidisciplinary artists, and those exploring social practice—who are curious about what the performances of the future may look like.

The ten selected projects present a wide range of topics explored in various mediums, from a QR-code based, choose-your-own adventure play, to multiple responses to the ongoing problem of violence in Bay Area cities, to a crowd-sourced video of hundreds of people performing the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. Each Artist-Investigator will receive a $3,000 stipend, plus $1,000 for project expenses.

This site will feature an in-depth look at each project over the next few months and more information about how to connect with the different projects as they evolve.

You can read the RFP here.

The ten selected Artist-Investigator experiments are:

Chris Black

Black is collaborating with students from Marshall Elementary School in San Francisco to develop a dance-based, site-specific performance exploring the students’ relationships to the school’s physical and cultural environment.

Arielle Julia Brown

The Love Balm Project will curate a series of site-specific performances—based on the play Love Balm for My SpiritChild—throughout Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose featuring testimonies from Bay Area mothers who have lost children to systemic violence.

Desdemona Chiang

Chiang will create a short (30-minute) interactive “play” engaging individual audience members in a choose-your-adventure structure via mobile technology and QR code.

Debby Kajiyama and José Navarrete

The Anastasio Project is a mobile, multidisciplinary street performance work using the stories of Rodney King and Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas as inspiration to investigate race relations with East Oakland youth.

Jo Kreiter

Kreiter is launching a site-specific performance project in partnership with Quesada Gardens Initiative, College Track, and 10 young women ages 14–18. The project responds to the transformation of one street in the Bayview District of San Francisco, where neighbors have radically remade their block from a junkie paradise to an inspired greenway that encompasses several community gardens. She will be assisted by dance artist Jennifer Chien. As part of the project, the public can attend aerial dance performances by youth on July 13 at 12 and 2pm in Quesada Gardens.

Susie Lundy

Sky Burial is a publicly installed, community-processional project composed of 131 hand-crafted, mixed-media wings exhibited throughout Oakland at each homicide site, commemorating individual murder victims of 2012. The wings will be on display at La Peña Cultural Center in April and May 2013 before they are installed throughout the city in June. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit at La Peña on April 20 from 5-7pm.

Kegan Marling

With a whiskey-ginger in hand, choreographer Marling inhabits two local queer pubs to listen to stories of bartenders and regulars about gay role models and growing up during the AIDS epidemic—all the while mining for performance structures relevant to how each community absorbs art.

David Szlasa

Full Balcony is a crowd-sourced video performance of the balcony scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Michelle Wilson

In Carbon Corpus, artist Wilson sells the animal-based carbon credits of her body in order to scrutinize and critique environmental issues, food systems, and alternate economies.

Dan Wolf

Corner Collisions will be sounds, songs, and scenes collected from and performed on nine street corners in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Posted on February 26, 2013
Categories: Artist-Investigator Project