B4BEL4B nurtures a diverse community of artists/designers, community organizers, creative technologists, writers and ecologists. Participants have access to the space, shared desks and the gallery to prototype works. Participants usually engage with B4BEL4B’s different groups and take some leadership in managing the space and programming. We are a small community of makers fiercely dedicated to improving and promoting each other’s work, as well as actively collaborating on and presenting works from the Oakland artist and activist community.
Community x Projects:
Tiare Ribeaux : Tiare Ribeaux is a Hawaiian-American new media artist whose work explores the entanglements of human technologies and infrastructures with mythologies, the environment, and non-human species. She is interested in living systems, deep/dark/media ecology, rhizomatic networks, speculative futures, multi-species and collaborative entanglements. She’s also grown algae to convert to biofuel in Kona, Hawaii, and studied harmful algal blooms off the coast of Puget Sound.
Delta Ark : Delta_Ark creates solarpunk installations for groups that adopt solidarity economy principles. Delta_Ark interviews group members and scrapes social data, then remixes this information into poetic prose that is displayed alongside a custom-built animated logo. These site-situated literature-heavy logos inform outsiders about the group's identity and values while also providing a description of what it is like to engage with their cutting edge social and political practices.
Joty Dhaliwal is an artist by nature, a philosopher by formal education, and a spatial creator by profession. She grew up on the west coast of Canada in connection with the natural world; from this background, she frequently draws upon natural forms and metaphors as curatorial frameworks. Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she utilizes various mediums to explore topics of identity, machine learning and the mind. In the past, she has largely worked with physical materials. In the present, with electricity, light and interaction.
Deniz Tortum : Deniz Tortum works in film and new media. He is a graduate of MIT Comparative Media Studies and has worked as a research assistant at the Open Documentary Lab. His first narrative film Zayiat (2013) premiered at SxSW. His latest film If Only There Were Peace (co-directed with Carmine Grimaldi, 2017) played at festivals including True/False FF and Sheffield Doc/Fest and awarded best short documentary at Dokufest. His virtual reality and video work has screened at Venice Film Festival and Sharjah Biennial Istanbul.
Xiaowei R. Wang : Xiaowei R. Wang is a designer, developer and dreamer. Currently: filming a sci-fi documentary on tech in China (working title Shenzhen2020), working on some Sinofuture food recipes, serve as the Creative Director at Logic Magazine, occasionally contribute to Radii China, and getting a PhD at UC Berkeley where I am part of the NSF's Environment and Society: Data Science for the 21st Century Research Traineeship.
Dasha Ortenberg believes deeply in design’s ability to stimulate critical thought, highlight the weirdness of individuals, and reveal uncanny overlaps of (sub-)cultures. Her cross-scalar and cross-media approach to space is the result of a perpetual fascination with modes of human communication, collaboration, and cohabitation. Having emigrated from the Soviet Union as a child, she is driven by a deep gratitude to the United States for having provided the opportunity to pursue her passions and understand her heritage, and works to promote and propagate such opportunities for others. Dasha holds degrees in Art History and Linguistics (UC Berkeley), and Architecture (Harvard Graduate School of Design).
Donald Hanson : Donald Hanson is a new media artist in Oakland, California working between technology, design and creative coding. His work explores interactive aesthetics, live projection, glitch art and internet technology.
Surabhi Saraf : Surabhi Saraf is a media artist, composer, and performer based in San Francisco. Surabhi has performed solo at Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Biennial, Greece, Currents International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, SF and Max Mueller Bhavan Goethe Institut, Mumbai & New Delhi among others. Her collaborative work has been performed at NETMAGE 10 International Live Media Festival, Bologna, Soundwave Biennial ((5)), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
Scorpion Warrior : Scorpion Warrior is a noise musician, and creates one of a kind fashion designs as Voidplenum.