Lubricated Substrates - Earth Infrastructure, Light and the Oil Ontology - Elia Vargas, June 30 - July 29

Lubricated Substates was a solo exhibition with Elia Vargas featuring his expansive body of work investigating light as material, earth infrastructures, oil materialities, earth energies, and global transmissions. Oil’s infrastructure and history inform new media formulation and this media materiality is ontological. Lubricated Substrates explored crude oil as a network of ideological formulation, enabling certain pathways of enunciation.

 

 

Believe the Hype: Propaganda, the Internet and New Activisms - May 27 - June 17, 2017

The paradigm of objective journalism is rapidly dissolving into a fractured cybersphere. In this acidified sea of data, something so pure and fabled as truth retreat into the depths. Believe the Hype sought to engage this crisis directly with tentacular, multimedia methods of exploration, inquiry, and healing. What is the essence of propaganda in the internet age? How do we discern real news from fake news? This expansive group exhibition curated by Elle Aviv Newton featured digital, visual and performance artists utilizing social media, digital art, new media, video, voices in conversation and ideas in movement to investigate and redefine the hunt for truth in the Trump era. 

 

Visible - Patricia Robinson, April 15 - May 6, 2017

Artist, technologist and scholar Patricia Robison elegantly unveiled opaque and often obfuscated data sets of relevant socio-economic issues and significant discrepancies in America such accessibility to arts and science programs on a national public scale; wage gaps in relation to gender and race; women’s health; and real time environmental health data. This work will was displayed as interactive projected works of data visualizations, 3D printed sculptures from generative art pieces, web-based art, and data sonification.

 

 

FELT B4E - Felt Zine, March 11 - April 7, 2017

FELT B4E was an exhibition of digital art projects produced by FELT Zine in collaboration with artists: Terrell Davis, Jeremy McKeehen, Ruby Gloom, Jawn Billetes, Simon Falk, Nicole Ruggiero, Jess Audrey, Kim Laughton, and more. Curated by Mark “Digital” Sabb, the exhibition featured new videos and gifs by Net Artists associated with FELT; virtual reality simulations within physical installations inspired by the Y2K aesthetic; live video streaming; and interactive digital art experiences.

 

 

Side Gig - Anxious to Make (Liat Berdugo and Emily Martinez), November 19th - December 15th, 2016

Side Gig was a multi-faceted showcase of new+old works from Anxious to Make, whose work focuses on the so-called "sharing economy" and its effects on our human lives and artistic practices. Side Gig activated the gallery in myriad forms and permutations, and included video works, pillows, a nap room for Uber drivers (and other workers of the sharing economy), an audio hypnosis track for creative practitioners, interactive surveys, selected items from the Archive of the Center for the Sharing Economy, as well as a section of the gallery roped off that could only be accessed by hiring a worker from the sharing economy to tour this area.

 

Birds and Spaces - curated by Stephanie Vidal, October 15th - November 15th, 2016

Birds and Spaces was produced almost entirely online with French curator Stephanie Vidal through video chats, emails, and file transfers. It featured artists Caroline Delieutraz, Enora Denis, Marie-Luce Nadal, and Géraud Soulhiol and explored the notion and the tension of borders at a time when we are feeling the pervasiveness of made-man boundaries (political, technological, sociological and otherwise) by revealing their materiality and questioning the phenomena of possession/dispossession they induce.

 

 

 

TLDR (Too Long, Didn't Read) - Group Exhibition curated by Joanna Cheung, September 2nd - October 2nd, 2016

TLDR (Too Long, Didn’t Read) was the culmination of an art exhibition, digital arts workshops and artist talks investigating the influence of digital culture on the evolution of language and text. The work presented in TLDR investigated how new forms and uses of languages, text and technologies are transforming common qualities of humanism such as emotions, mutual misunderstandings, and desires. The exhibition pointed at the role of machine processing in the formation of two practices of language: The first practice being instructive coding and the latter being semantics. Artistic authorship comes twofold – first in the process of creating and secondly in the process of conveying.

 

Var Poetics = Fuction {EML},  September 17th, 2016

Curators Elle Aviv + Jenna Spagnolo presented a multi-dimensional event which explored the electric borders of poetics, activism, and technology.  It was the launch of Poets Reading The News, an innovative digital media project that bridges journalism and poetry and and featured the artist collective Saito Group, an anonymous group of writers, designers and hackers in support of the right to the city, data rights and economic solidarity. They streamed their crowdsourced Twitter poems and gave an anonymous live Q&A with the curators.

 

 

BodyShift: Transgress - Zen Cohen, Zoey Vero, and Colton Long - May 7th, 2016

Transgress was a journey through the notions of perceived gender glitches and an evolution of identity in past, present, and future. By using live sound, cameras, and projections the piece explored the chaotic dissociation and experiential discomfort set against the expectations of a binary world based on representations, stereotypes, and ideals. BodyShift: Transgress took the form of a performance finale and exhibition. 

 

 

semigloss: SOUND - Sally Glass - April 16th - May 16th, 2016

semigloss. is a print release contemporary art publication that hosted the release of their "SOUND" issue accompanied by an installation through which visitors could experience the works contained on the record in real time. semigloss. SOUND explored sonic experiences through performance, spoken word, and music discussed within the context of contemporary art.

 

 

 

 

WYD - Adrian Clutario - March 19th - April 14th, 2016

WYD was a showcase of new and old works by Adrian Clutario which focused on the performative and intersectional aspects of LGBT social media. As a queer femme person of color, Clutario has created work in which reflect his experiences on this particular medium of digital interaction. His work demonstrates the encounters of objectification, racial fetishism, and internalized misogyny through paintings, sculpture, and performance.  

 

 

 

Socio Synthetic: Digital Failures - Devon Makoto Lei and Jennifer Mehigan

February 27th - March 25th, 2016

Oakland based artist Devon Makoto Lei presents a series of new works that explores the embodiment and disembodiment of our digital existences - our social media personalities, cyber aliases, and our myriad relationships with screens and the 4th Dimension. The work was shown via iPads and printed poetry. Ireland-based artist Jennifer Mehigan contributes new prints on fabric and videos and joined us for a panel via Skype from Singapore on opening night, February 27th, 2016 (video coming soon).

 

 

Archive Fever: Future Imaginings of Things Past - Morehshin Allahyari, Jenny Odell and Caroline Sinders, January 15th - February 16th, 2016

With the rise of social media, augmented reality, and 3D printing as new ways of archiving, slippages between animate and inanimate are significantly changing. This exhibition explores three artistic practices that span personal objects to cultural artifacts with deep historical and social significance. The curated series of objects comes from the archives of Morehshin AllahyariJenny Odell, and Caroline Sinders, curated by Dorothy Santos.

 

 

 

<gender> || <technology> - Jared Greundl - November 21st, 2015

<gender> || <technology> was our first Emergent Media Lab curated by Jared Gruendl and took the from of a group exhibition and performance salon that explored the boundaries of gender when intersected with phenomena such as disembodiment onto screens, AI, and the fragmenting of identity onto digital platforms.

 

 

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SPECTRUM III - Artist Residency with Colin Bowring, September 15th - December 10th, 2015

SPECTRUM III was a 3-month long artist residency culminating in an interactive multimedia exhibition by Bay Area based artist-scientist Colin Bowring. The gallery was transformed into a place to explore the possibilities of optics and art, a place of discovery and whimsy, and to experience new ways of seeing where Bowring worked with large adjustable mirrors, holographic gyroscopes, water prisms and an array of lenses. Bowring's art is about discovery, energy, color, and the transient visual experience.

 

 

SEKDEK - Prints by Brice Frillici, July 10th - August 13th, 2015

SEKDEK (spirit extraction kit // demon extraction kit) is a series of fantastically colorful, expressive & psychedelically gory sculptured head and torso images that were caught using an expressionistic painting / messy visual chaos technique that includes throwing, spreading and or spitting clay, acrylic paint, glitter, fake blood, wigs, fabrics and flour etc.. all over the body.  Opening Exhibition featured a collection of selected prints by artist Brice Frillici, video installation, and a live music set by Brice Frillici and Tenkai.

 

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Fashion Baptism (Laundromat Revival) - June 19th - July 10th, 2015

Bay Area based artists Camilla Carper, Heather Minter, and Marissa Patrice-Leitman presented a multimedia participatory opening event that involved the collective transformation of a garment addressing and exorcising problems with the fashion system (LUST – GLUTTONY – GREED – ENVY – PRIDE – WRATH – SLOTH), and re-focusing attention on the GOOD of fashion.  The performance involved live collage, a procession from the laundromat to the gallery, a video installation and live music performance.

 

FAUX REAL - Immersive Theater, April 5th, 2015

Faux Real was an annual Avant-Drag Masquerade co-curated by Najee Rene.  The entire gallery and work studios were taken over for 2 levels of immersive interactive installations, a VR station, and actors and performances interspersed throughout a night of innovative performance and gender-bending. 

 

 

VAIN HEIN - Music Video Premiere, February 28th, 2015

The world premiere of Oakland based musician and performance artist Vain Hein's Music Video for "Gag Order: Tyler Holmes Remix" which also featured a night of diverse performances by PseudaCucci Binaca (Seattle),Tyler HolmesBebe Huxley, and VAINHEIN.  Toxic Waste Face provided art direction and visuals for the night.  You can find a video of the performances here.

 

 

Over the Rainbow - New Works by Chris Ritson - November 14th, 2014 - January 10th, 2015

Honolulu based artist Chris Ritson presented a collection of new video works and bismuth sculptures. Creating works atop the tropical Mount Tantalus, Chris draws his materials from the natural detritus of his immediate surroundings and aims to reconfigure the most elemental substances into objects and phenomena that elicit unique temporal wonders.

You can find the full gallery here


 

Obsolete Technology - Group Exhibition; October 9th - November 9th, 2014

With computers and other technologies advancing so rapidly, yesterday’s amazing tools and toys are quickly discarded in favor of “better” ones before their full potential is explored. Obsolete Technology presented a group art show featuring a selection of creative new uses for supposedly obsolete technologies such as reinterpreting the selfie, digital archives of services offered by machines, glitched layers onto gaming experiences, and more.

 

 

Ephemeral Vessels - September 29, 2014

A Multimedia Group Exhibition in collaboration with CODAME

B4BEL4B + CODAME presented a multimedia group art show presenting 2 floors of audiovisual interactive art + interfaces, light sculptures, live 3D scanning, and live music performance for an "ephemeral" one night only art exhibition.  It featured 14 different artists from Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and included an artist-avatar.

You can find a video of the night here

 

Islands Of Flesh, A Living Sculpture Exhibition by Ben Phelps-Rohrs  - August 15, 2014

This show attempted to stage the confrontation between material objects and human bodies. The human tendency towards depersonalization (as in furniture bondage, sensory deprivation, and transcendental experiences) was explored in a two-story sculpture/performance installation at the gallery.

Video from the installation

 

 

 

MAS#ALLAH - Artist Residency - Hawa Arsala - July through August, 2014

B4BEL4B welcomes Oakland based interdisciplinary artist Hawa Arsala this July for its first artist residency. Titled “MAS#ALLAH," the project will serve as an incubator for dialogue about Middle Eastern cultural heritage, examining the ways traditions influence our identities as individuals and artists in the digital age, across national borders. Hawa intends to use the gallery not only to show her own work, but for collaborations among artists of Middle Eastern heritage from the Netherlands to Dubai.  

 

 

 

B☯Dƴ ° ☎ ° L☯BBƴ - June 4th - July 1st, 2014

An Australian Group Art Show featuring Loren KronemyerAlex Last, and Chloe Tine

Body Lobby was the result of a collaboration between artists Loren Kronemyer, Alex Last, and Chloe Tine. Concepts and images were designed over national and international borders using online drives, chat rooms and live video relay. Initial discussions highlighted a shared interest in contemporary notions of 'wellness' as they are defined and re-appropriated within competing culture-industries. They compiled a virtual library of audio, video and text-based documents derived from the aesthetic output of these industries and then, over the course of several weeks, used the contents of this library as the raw materials for a series of new works.  The work displayed included large-format digital prints, 2" buttons, and the creation of a Lobby within the gallery itself.

 

Cognitive Dissonance - A Systematic Derangement of the Senses, co-curated by Joey Casio

April 1st - June 1st, 2014

The goal of Cognitive Dissonance was to create a fully immersive sensory environment, each installation of which had involved the stimulation of one or more of each the 5 senses, e.g. sight, touch, taste, sound, and smell.  To accomplish this, we invited 8 different bay area based artists to be involved and assigned each artist one or more senses to focus on with the option of using the audience and themselves for experimentation.  The goal was to create an environment that would mimic synesthesia, where multiple senses crossed over or were experienced in entirely new ways.

You can find videos of the installation here