Opening Reception: November 17th, 6:00pm - 10:00pm,
Exhibition Run: November 17th - December 15th
Exhibition Open Saturdays: November 25, Dec 2, Dec 9 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm; and by appointment
Closing Reception: December 15th, 7-10pm
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 opening November 17th at B4BEL4B Gallery and a night of performances on November 18th at Gray Area Theater.
These works, developed over 6 months or more, tackle 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.
Made possible through a generous grant from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s New & Experimental Works Program, Vital Hybrids was a very powerful coming together of women and non-binary artists from different backgrounds in movement, performance, programming, development, gaming, design, and more.
Anna Luisa Petrisko, Atley Loughridge, Brittany Newell, Cali Rose, Frank Forner, HORs (the Hackers of Resistance), Jaq H Dalziel, Jules Litman-Cleper, Kinetech Arts, Kim Ip, Laneya Billingsley, Lark V.C.R., Micaela Tobin, Mirabelle Jones, Porpentine Heartscape, Pseuda (Nicholas Navarro), Rose Huey, Silk Worm, Stephanie Hewett, and Tiffany Tonel
Anna Luisa Petrisko
Anna Luisa Petrisko is a sound, video, performance and visual artist. From 2008 to 2017, she performed under the moniker JEEPNEYS, after the iconic converted WWII army jeeps of the Philippines, which later evolved into a platform for artistic collaboration between Filipino/American artists and Diasporic research. Anna Luisa's art investigates the complexities of the colonized body while encompassing a multitude of experience of time, space, and self. Whether it is experimental opera or multimedia installation, her work is an otherworldly spectacle, exploring the space where future and ancient convene, invested as much in the sacred as in technological speculation. Petrisko's trademark hand-painted bodysuits are re-indigenized alien skin, an embodied research project and contemporary expression of pre-colonial tattooing practices of Pacific Ocean Peoples. With synthesized sounds, intuitive movement, and inter-dimensional imagery, she creates fresh mythological landscapes.
Atley is a game designer and programmer who wants to use VR to analyze the psychological systems we're embedded in. Atley programs networking for Gentle Manhands. She founded Code Camp, an initiative to teach programming by building tactile metaphors with everyday objects like jewelry and pipe cleaners. She and partner Allison Comrie are making Palimpsest: a rhythm-action VR game about fighting for the femme psyche in a hostile technological environment.
HORs - (the Hackers of Resistance)
HORs - an anonymous collaboration with fellow qwoc about a cyberfeminist hacktivist group that is working to use technology to embolden resistance movements in the face of fascism.
Jaq H Dalziel
Jaq is a trans agender Oakland-based artist, dancer, and choreographer. Using their privilege of being a visible trans agender artist, Jaq is committed to providing artists of all ages accessible and intentional spaces for non-gendered classes and workshops. They have been a teaching artist for almost a decade and have received training from University of Alaska, Anchorage (BFA) and Mills College (MFA).
Jules Litman-Cleper is a Spatial Media Artist and an enthusiast of evolutionary biology who recently graduated in Design & Computation. They are a bay area native and have been practicing multi-media performance through the music project Waxy Tomb since 2011. They have taught classes on Video and Augmented-Reality & Dance and have exhibited at Krowswork, Aggregate Space and New York Studio School with performances at Various Empty Car Dealerships, The Lab, ATA and CCRMA.
Kinetech Arts is a group of artists and scientists creating unique performances that combine dance and science with the newest interactive technology. Founded by Artistic Directors Weidong Yang and Daiane Lopes da Silva in January 2013, Kinetech Arts has performed at ODC theatre, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, KUNST-STOFF arts, L.A.S.T festival, Moscone Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi, De Young Museum, among others. They host DanceHack, an annual tech + dance event, in association with CounterPulse SF. Kinetech Arts was recognized by the SF WEEKLY as "Best Genre-Defying Sci-Artistic Collaboration of 2014"
Laneya Billingsley, a bay area native, is a video artist whose work comments on the inner and outer self/selves. Our desires. Our emptiness. our wholeness. Our awareness. Our slumber. A spiritual like navigation through the world(s) we live in.
Lark VCR works in video, installation, critical design, and performance—VCR stands for Virtually Conflicted Reality. Their work explores multiplicity of meaning and experience in an increasingly digitized world, nudging at the dissolving boundary between body and machine. Lark is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s MFA program, and has shown at Frameline, MIX NYC, Echo Park Film Center, ATA, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, and Schuwels Museum in Berlin.
Mirabelle Jones is a multimedia performance artist, writer, advocate, and visual artist from Oakland, CA whose works combine digital and analog processes with a focus on generating dialogues about safety, the body in public / private space, gender violence, and narratives of social justice. She is the founder and Chief Executive Artist at Art Against Assault: a grassroots arts organization which seeks to create public dialogue about sexual assault and domestic violence through survivor-directed creative projects.
Porpentine Charity Heartscape is a writer, game designer, and dead swamp milf in Oakland. Her work includes xenofemme scifi/fantasy, cursed videogames, and globe-spanning sentient slime molds. She has exhibited at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, EMP Museum, and the National Gallery of Denmark, been commissioned by Vice and Rhizome, and is a fellow with Sundance Institute, Creative Capital, and Tiptree.
Frances Fleetwood is an Australian curator, maker, and facilitator, of artworks, exhibitions, performances, and programs, currently based in Oakland, California. Frances curates and produces art that creates community and includes humans, as collaborators, performers, and participants. She is currently interested in exploring performance and performativity at various interdisciplinary intersections including fashion, identity, new media, and documentation. Recent projects include curating our selves at CTRL+SHFT Collective, co-curating and performing in Documents of the Future: invitation to edit and A Work in Progress, and co-producing FILF. Frances is also part of art collective Klanghaus, where she co-curates and co-produces monthly immersive art events across the Bay Area.
This series is made possible by a generous grant from thethe Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s New & Experimental Works Program