Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
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Friday, April 7, 2017 from noon-1pm
ReadyMaids explore the reclamation of the body in response to—and in resistance of—social expectation. The Situationists adopted the method of detournement “to hijack" a process of de-contextualizing known elements and re-contextualizing them in new orientations, locations, and formations to create new meanings—to make the familiar strange / to disrupt patterns of everyday life.
Friday, April 7, 2017 from 7-9pm
Artists Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari are part of a special exploration program called NASA, NorCal Artists Seeking America. Their mission, to seek out information and stories that will help illuminate this post-election county that has been turned on its ear.
Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 3-5pm
The BB-Q, often a ‘robotic cooking apparatus’ is a body of work Kal Spelletich started in 1986 in which he feeds audiences while sharing conversation, ideas, revolution and recipes. Machine artist, Kal Spelletich uses his work to provoke a response in his audience: wonder, awe and even fear.
Friday, April 21, 2017 from noon-2pm
This is a unique opportunity for residents of Oakland to interact with the new administration. We will make Frank Ogawa Plaza great again. The Department of Dreams, Hopes, and Fears will install a special outdoor, lunchtime office in the Plaza so that workers can submit their most personal inner thoughts and aspirations for official processing by our highly trained bureaucrat and his extreme-vetting techniques.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 1-4pm
A public, one-day event organized by Rochelle Spencer and AfroSurreal Writers Workshop. For this festival, the AfroSurreal Writers Workshop and 25 local writers will participate in a Read-In. Throughout the day, writers and artists will share poems and stories that explore nature and the urban landscape read aloud at Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 7-8pm
A special production of this neo Dadaist production, in which LM Bogad converts socioeconomic data into music and performs it with the help of the audience. The musical scores will be projected directly onto City Hall and the audience will sit on the plaza steps where the Occupy Village once held its meetings.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from noon-3pm
Inspired by Roy Ascott’s essay “Is there in the Telematic Embrace?”, Si-si Dance & Performance Art Project will perform a choreographed, flag-bearing walk and psychogeographical dance that begins at Pro Arts and ends at Uber Corporate Headquarters at 1955 Broadway, Oakland.
Friday, March 24, 2017 from 1-4pm
A U-haul truck is rented. A situation is created. A story is told. Something is revealed. We arrive in the now. The purpose is to design a situation that transforms consumers (of art, culture, commodities) into creators of the present moment’s truth.