Eyes on Oakland / Mobile Arts Platform

Announcing our Fall Events!

We’re back this October with three great months of programming.

First, we welcome the Mobile Arts Platform and the Center for Investigative Reporting as well as last years commissioned artist, Maya Gurantz, for Eyes on Oakland.

Eyes on Oakland is a community-powered, art-meets-journalism initiative that seeks to inform and engage residents across Oakland about the different types of surveillance technology used by local police. A collaboration between the Mobile Arts Platform and The Center for Investigative Reporting, Eyes on Oakland featured two key venues: a participatory installation in the “Who Is Oakland?” exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California, and pop-up outings around Oakland with the Mobile Arts Platform, a classic Ford Falcon van retrofitted as a roving newsroom. The work was sourced by information from CIR’s reporting, and driven by creative insights gathered from Oakland residents. So far, Eyes on Oakland has directly incorporated attitudes on surveillance from hundreds of residents, and inspired a host of fact-based conversations on the balance between privacy and public safety in communities across the city and at the Oakland Museum.  

In November, artist Ann Schnake will present MobileInTent: Borderless Imaginary with performance by Carmen Serber and Bianca Cabrera, video projections by Ian Winters and Robert Gomez Hernandez, meal and social engagement by Binta Ayofemi, thanks to the support of the Fleishhacker Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

A wooden boat sails on the sea of unstable times with live performance, video projection, wooden puppets, post apocalyptic balls and hoop skirts, ethereal projections of soft walls onto hard walls, small actions made large; In this performance and installation, borders merge between mediums, ecological and economic stability, and questions of distribution. The durational performance will be punctuated by generous actions of artists, with a free 1 pot meal served at  an expandable table by Binta Ayofemi.

The first act will premiere on November 6th, then a week later the tables will be turned for Act II, with a video projection by Binta Ayofemi and a meal served by Ann Schnake  – so plan to return Friday November 13 for another generous act!

And finally, in December, check out WRIT LARGE, a celebration of text on screen!