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Cyanovisions - Initial Studies was a series of living and non-living art works by Tiare Ribeaux and Dasha Ortenberg that considered our relationship to our changing environment, ecosystems and microorganisms. These works focus on the global environmental phenomenon of harmful algal blooms of cyanobacteria as intertwined with human development and waste, our technological fetishes, and the increasingly biotechnological landscape of earth. As the science of one age is often the mythology of the next, Cyanovisions aims to blur the lines between science fact and fiction, and to imagine more symbiotic and multi-species futures.

Softwar(e)  - May 12 - June 16, 2018

Softwar(e) was a group exhibition with Leily Khatibi, Roya Ebtehaj, Yi Liu, Fan Feng, Cleia Dantas with support from Andrew Blanton and Rhonda Holberton. It looked poetically at the authoritarian control of information for people enduring geographical predetermination or exploitation by opaque, algorithm-driven societies. Softwar(e) addresses the ways we engage and access information. It is a call to action for the development of alternative methods to circumvent the immense global influence and power.

VITAL HYBRIDS - November 17 - December 15, 2017

VITAL HYBRIDS was a showcase of collaborative works by local Bay Area and LA based women and queer artists bridging visual arts, performance, and technology culminating as both a month-long exhibition and a night of performances. These works tackled important national and global issues such as women’s and transgender rights, visibility, and safety, fighting actively against xenophobia, processing trauma, and more  —  by exploring post-digital and post-gender identity, safety online and offline, anti-harassment, sousveillance, and more.

 

Liss LaFleur - New Frontiers - October 13 - November 10, 2017

Visiting artist Liss LaFleur’s work focused on the question of what queer deconstruction and demystification can do, and how to use it responsibly. In her collection of video, photography, and writing, she proposed that queerness, like dye, runs through the family line and is sometimes undeniable. Gelatin molds — relics from our past and windows into cultural ideas of female objectification — are reworked in “New Frontiers” using 3D scanning technologies in virtual space. Her provocative and complex work offered a timely response to our current political climate through a powerful repositioning of the female body.

 

Lubricated Substrates - Earth Infrastructure, Light and the Oil Ontology - Elia Vargas, June 30 - July 29, 2017

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 through video, photo, 3D prints, sculpture, and collaborative performance works. 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

Believe the Hype was an expansive group exhibition curated by Elle Aviv Newton and 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. Believe the Hype sought to engage the "Fake News" crisis directly with tentacular, multimedia methods of exploration, inquiry, and healing. It asked: What is the essence of propaganda in the internet age? 

 

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

Visible was a solo exhibition featuring artist, technologist and scholar Patricia Robison. She 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 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

Var Poetics = Function {EML} was the launch of Poets Reading The News, an innovative digital media project that bridges journalism and poetry and presented a multi-dimensional event which explored the electric borders of poetics, activism, and technology. This event 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

BodyShift was the fourth and final performance segment for Transgress - 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 pop-up 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 through 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 and Dublin-based Jennifer Mehigan presented a series of works that explored 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 printed poetry, new prints on fabric and videos. Jennifer Mehigan joined us for a panel via Skype from Singapore on the opening night, which you can find a segment of here.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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

Bay Area based artists Camilla Carper, Heather Minter, Hah Holton, 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, and re-focusing attention on the positive aspects 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 and Tiare Ribeaux with styling and stage design by Hah Holton. The gallery and work studios were taken over for 2 levels of immersive interactive installations and performances interspersed throughout a night of innovative performance and gender-bending. 

 

 

Toxic Waste Face - Performance + Multimedia Salon - February 28th, 2015

Toxic Waste Face curated a night of diverse performances by PseudaCucci Binaca (Seattle),Tyler HolmesBebe Huxley, and VAINHEIN.  The world premiere of Oakland based musician and performance artist Vain Hein's Music Video for "Gag Order: Tyler Holmes Remix" was also featured. 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.