There is an exciting new art initiative taking place right in front of NEMA in honor of the City Hall’s centennial – it is called LIZ, or Living Innovation Zone. With support from the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, the San Francisco Planning Department’s (LIZ) Program (www.sfliz.com) and the SFAC, Studio 1 has been installed on the sidewalk directly fronting NEMA at 10th and Market. Studio 1 is a public art project, mobile work space and micro residency center. The 65-square-foot “off the grid” solar powered art studio was built with reclaimed materials on the back of a flatbed trailer.
Celebrate the second Living Innovation Zone on Market Street and the arts community of the Bay Area, catch an art installation during the six-week deployment of Studio 1. A series of artists will alternate short residencies in the Studio 1 through mid-July. Projects will include a new work by choreographer and media artist Sheldon Smith; a dance performance by inkboat honoring the work of legendary choreographer Anna Halprin; a series of durational practice sessions exploring faith by local choreographer Jesse Hewit; a “slow fashion project”, Make Thrift Mend, by artist Katrina Rodabaugh; a performance art piece by José Navarrete and a new collaborative work by Szlasa and Sara Shelton Mann exploring the video, written and print archives of Shelton Mann’s 40+ years of performance history.
Step outside and connect with each other and the community through innovative real-world demonstration. Here’s the line-up of events:
July 6-11 Jesse Hewit
Jesse Hewit is a dance and performance artist based in San Francisco. Through re-imagining sociological contexts of the body, his works attempt to unsettle dominant ideas about things like power, narrative, safety, and beauty. Visit strongbehavior.com
July 13-18 Katrina Rodabaugh
An artist and writer working across disciplines, Rodabaugh explores environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Visit katrinarodabaugh.com.
July 20-25 José Navarrete
José Navarrete is a native of México City where he was first exposed to theater and dance, choreographing and performing in parks, hospitals, and children’s parties as a clown and dancer. His company NAKA Dance Theater in collaboration with Debby Kajiyama creates interdisciplinary performance works using movement, theater, art installation, multimedia, and site-specific environments. The work is influenced by ritual, cultural studies, and the political and environmental concerns of the world in which we live.
Dates TBA David Szlasa and Sara Shelton Mann
Sara Shelton Mann has been a choreographer, performer, teacher since 1967. Visit sarasheltonmann.org.
While in residence at Studio 1, Shelton Mann and Szlasa will explore the video, written, and print archives of her 40+ years of performance history. The Studio will be transformed into a time capsule and platform for Shelton Mann to engage with passing audiences about her body of work – pinning materials to the walls and utilizing outward facing video screens.
The six-week deployment of Studio 1 was funded by The City and County of San Francisco, with additional support from Tenth and Market LLC (NEMA) and The Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Enjoy!
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