An evening with Mobile Arts Platform’s On The Road, supported by the Wattis Foundation.
On The Road
In 2016 the Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) and the Great Wall of Oakland will be partnering to create “On the Road”, a mobile video screening and interactive art-making project that will transform a classic 1963 Ford Falcon van into a community engagement tool that will travel throughout Oakland exploring the changes and migration patterns happening in this rapidly evolving city. We hope to provide a platform to chart this social change through free video screenings featuring films by artists exploring these themes as well as interactive art projects that will invite participants to share their community voice.
For our first installation in December 2016 at the Great Wall, and an annexed parking lot space near the corner of Telegraph and Grand Ave., we will be exploring the ever changing history of Oakland and will be screening films resonating with this theme from early PBA’s from the 1920’s – 1970’s in addition to contemporary pieces by video artists working in the city today.
Featuring work by: Michael Salu, Nelson Enriquez, students from Oakland School of the Arts, and Mobile Arts Platform.
Friday, December 2nd
Yesterday (Michael Salu, 2014) | Shot in a single unscripted take, Yesterday is a personal reflection on the hypersexualised and lucrative commodity of the black male image. Globally, yet most explicitly in America, the image or representation of the black male forms many of the building blocks of the economic infrastructure and gains of today’s consumer class. The ritual shown takes a flagellatory stance, questioning the codes of representation and ultimately the futility of chasing a visual representation of identity within an image culture the black male has little control of. 37 mins.
Ephemeral Significance (Nelson Enriquez, 2013) | This project encloses three particular matters- housing, politics and childhood. Using repetition as a way to make each of the captured moments “sublime,” the pieces combine the subjective and objective reality of these experiences by mixing photography and painting. This program includes: Pepe 1976 (building the socialism), Engravitar, and Cabala. 10 mins.
Rotoscope (Oakland School of the Arts, 2015) | A rotoscope film shot, edited, and animated by thirty seven digital media students from Oakland, CA. Students explore their relationship with spaces in Oakland, rotoscoping their bodies as they interact with the landscape. 3 mins.
Oakland Re:Construction (Mobile Arts Platform, 2016) | In this document of the Oakland Re:Construction project, MAP artists Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari travel under the guise of a faux construction team, setting up shop in front of existing construction sites throughout the city of Oakland, in highly gentrified areas where many residents are currently being displaced. Through a series of interactive strategies and interviews, MAP asks people to share their thoughts on the current transitory nature of the city and what lies ahead for its future. 10 mins.