OTHER Futures Artist Talk + Panel
June 15th, 7 - 10pm
Featuring Miao Jing + Jason Hou, Qianqian Ye, Harvey Moon + Don Hanson
Moderated by Xiaowei Wang
$5-10 Sliding Scale
Inspired by creation myths, archeology, and simulation theory, the live performance 初·ZPTPJ unveils the rise and fall of a simulated civilization that reflects our own reality on Earth. Chinese artist duo Miao Jing (visual artist, animator) and Jason Hou (composer, sound designer) perform this story as two archivists of records. Join us on June 15th as they discuss their own work, followed by a panel discussion with other Bay Area artists Harvey Moon, Don Hanson and Qianqian Ye on alternative futures, diasporas, technological singularities and the importance of history, moderated by Xiaowei Wang.
7:00 - Doors
7:30 - 8:30 Artist Talk
8:45 - 9:45 Panel
$5-10 sliding scale at the door or online:
Xiaowei Wang - Moderator
Xiaowei Wang is a designer, engineer and researcher. Their work focuses on landscape and ecology in a digital world, building inquiry and community through public art, data visualization and writing. Their work has exhibited at a range of venues including Taipei Design City Exhibition and they have co-founded a number of award-winning design projects, including FLOAT Beijing, an air quality sensing kite initiative, which was an INDEX Design to Improve Life Finalist. Their current research focus is technology use in rural China, Sinofuturism and the intersection of food systems and technology. They serve as Creative Director of Logic Magazine and co-run the Tech + Ecology Writer's Workshop at b4bel4b gallery, Oakland.
Miao Jing is a visual artist and animation director who lives and works in Shanghai. His art explores spatial experience and cultural identities through immersive moving images. Miao Jing is the co-founder of Hibanana Studio, an art & tech studio focused on creating immersive audiovisual installations. His works have been commissioned frequently by individuals and art organizations.
fb.me/miaojinghibanana // @hibanana_miao
Jason Hou is a Beijing-based music producer, composer and sound designer. Jason is known for his iconic style of live performance utilizing the innovative MIDI controller AlphaSphere. Jason's musical style incorporates a wide variety of sonic inspirations while maintaining a strong sense of continuity. Jason is a founding member of 2nd Sense Audio, an audio software company in Beijing that developed the synthesizer plug-in WIGGLE, which received Innovation and Performance Awards from Computer Music magazine. He has most recently performed at Berghain in Berlin during the 19th CTM festival and at BMW Welt in Munich.
Qianqian Ye is a Chinese born and raised artist/designer based in the Bay Area. Emerging from an architecture background, she explores the complexities of human interaction in various media including installation, performance, and ink. Qianqian cofounded ONiON Collective, focusing on the US-China Art and Tech exchange.
Harvey Moon is a new media artist and a creator of tools and machines. His work centers around the ways technology mediates our perception of the world. Technology has always been used to extend our abilities beyond our human potential. With this inspiration, Moon creates custom software, electronics or kinetic systems to produce new and unique works of art.
Harvey Moon received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited internationally including the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and the Nuit Blanche Festival in Toronto. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA
Donald Hanson is a new media artist working between technology, design and creative coding. His work explores interactive aesthetics, live projection, internet technology, glitch art and parameterizing chaos.
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Cyanovisions Screening + Fundraiser
June 2nd, 7-10pm
$10 Suggested Donation
Join us for a screening of the short film Cyanovisions, co-directed by Tiare Ribeaux and Jody Stillwater which was icubated and filmed in various locations around the Bay Area with the artist community here. Join us for an in-progress screening of this film and a celebration, as the final version will be shown in the Special Exhibition at ISEA (the International Symposium on Electronic Arts) in late June at the Asia Cultural Center in Gwanju, South Korea. As a Celebration and Fundraising Event to help with the last push of post-production and travel, there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door or online.
Support the project’s growth at: gofundme.com/cyanovisions-short-film
More info about the project at: tiareribeaux.com/cyanovisions
REFRACT is an exhibition that explores art’s ability to transform conceptions of truth. The selected works experiment with self definition, subject hood, and stereotype to challenge viewers to discern between what they’re been taught is true and what they perceive about Blackness. It is an exercise in reflection.
REFRACT’s featured artists include: Adetutu Kafilat Sadiq, Blessing James, Ifechukwu Okeke, Kahalla Penelope Penny Bandy-Pasibe, Menat El Attma, Nneomma Nwosu, Saaleha Bey, Shelby Mayes, and zaynab abdulqadir-morris, and is curated by zaynab abdulqadir-morris, Nneomma Nwosu, and Saaleha Bey (members of blak drank)
Diluvianalia, A Speculative Holiday
Presented by Klanghaus and curator Dani Robison
April 26th, 2019
6:00 - 10:00pm
$5-10 Sliding Scale
Join us for this unique ritual celebration featuring live performance and interactive installations which imagines a future where holidays and rituals are re-positioned around survival and coping with trauma related to major climate catastrophes of the past and present. Through performative storytelling and installation from various artists and collaborative projects, Diluvianalia presents alternatives for living in harmony with our ecosystems, other species, and each other in precarious times.
Featuring performances and artworks by: Oracle Plus, Finn Kupel, Indigo Jackson, Dani Robison, Sapphire Lung, Revae Hitt, Will Caldwell and Others TBA
Curator/artist Dani Robison has been generating objects using adaptive stained glass techniques since 2009 and has distributed over one thousand alchemical baubles across the United States, California, Europe and Uganda. A collection of her prints was recently published by La Deleuziana.
Klanghaus is a monthly performance art house party. Each month, through use of fabrics, lighting, sound, and the imagination, Klanghaus creates an immersive world of wonder. Artists of all mediums are invited to present, perform, or display their work in an intimate and immersive setting.
Argot Magazine West Coast Launch Party
Sunday September 30th
3:00pm - 7:00pm
B4BEL4B is thrilled to host the West Coast launch party for Argot Magazine! The launch event will feature DJ Jalila Sparks, a performance/reading from a selection of writers, featuring: Vernon Keeve, Rohan Da Costa, Paradise, Kelechi Ubozoh, Tessa Stevens, Susana Praver-Perez, and Liz Matus; and a in-process installation from Joty Dhaliwal.
Argot Magazine is a non-profit magazine that spans the worlds of queer culture, the feminine narrative, and marginalized experiences. Most magazine-format websites still center on those with relative privilege; corporate and independent sites alike tend to focus on a narrow realm of perspective. The content out there for LGBTQ people and especially people at the margins - disabled folx of color, poor trans women - is even more limited.
C Y A N O V I S I O N S Fundraising Party
September 1st, 6-10pm
We're creating an immersive exhibition and hosting performances to welcome you into the world of Cyanovisions - a body of new work and an upcoming short film led by Tiare Ribeaux with Jody Stillwater and other collaborators that explores our relationship to our changing environment. It will focus on microbial life and blur the lines between science fact and fiction, speculating on more symbiotic futures.
We need your help raising funds for this short film - for entry, donate $15-20 or more to support the project:
(Donations will also be accepted at the door)
The fundraising party will feature:
- A Performance by Scorpion Warrior, Kitty Komforts, and Thee Hunty
- A Performance by Jillian Gnarling
- Cyano-hosts Jader and Pseuda
- An Immersive photobioreactor and other cyanobacteria exhibits
- 3D Prints and some costumes in-process for the film
- Slime party favors and more!
Cyanovisions is a collaborative project led by Tiare Ribeaux with filmmaker Jody Stillwater, and artists Jader, Pseuda, Voidplenum, Dasha Ortenberg, Kim Ip, Crystal Titus, and more. It's going to be elegant and mutant, thrilling and subversive, visually engaging, fashion forward, genre and gender bending!
More info at: https://cyanovisions.com
<An Experimental Audiovisual Experience>
August 22nd, 6-10pm
experimental sacred audio & video duo from NY, interspersing the ritualism of ancient spirituality and the secular iconography of the postmodern through intricate musical compositions, striking digital visuals, and captivating live performances
powerhouse noise duo Christopher Moore & Idhaz
one-man vibration maker, loop weaver, synth wrangler, avant guardian
Sea of Dogs
wild, wonderful & warped electronic experimentation