Third Strike: 100 Performances for the Hole: A Mini-Marathon of Artistic Moments

Third Strike: 100 Performances for the Hole

What: Third Strike: 100 Performances for The Hole

When: December 10, 2011, 5:58PM–midnight

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $10 suggested donation

Each performance lasts just two minutes and takes place in, around, in contradiction of, or is inspired by “The Hole,” a 100-year-old mechanics pit in the floor of the SOMArts Main Gallery.

Past performances have included the unorthodox usage of bodily orifices, a set from a heavy metal band, and ritualistic offerings. Who knows what may transpire this year when 100 brave and experimental performers take to the hole? Don’t miss San Francisco’s most punk rock performance art biennale!

~ Text Source: SOMArts Cultural Center Website

Third Strike: 100 Performances for the Hole: A Mini-Marathon of Artistic Moments

At the Intersection of Art and Technology – The Future of Music

Interactive media artist, researcher, and entrepreneur, Scott Snibbe’s latest work, Björk’s Biophilia App Album. Snibbe’s work not only speaks to the future of music that goes beyond listening, it showcases the possibilities of allowing the end-user to have a unique experience. Please view the video above and click here to learn more about the artist.

At the Intersection of Art and Technology – The Future of Music

Jacqueline Gordon, Artist

Sonami’s selected artist for the Spread exhibition was artist, Jacqueline Gordon. Yet another amazing artist that does incredible work exploring architecture and how sounds (whether from the outside coming into a designated space or synthesized sound) affects both the space and the listener. Hoping to see her featured on artist site, The Limner, soon. You can view her upcoming graduate show here.

Jacqueline Gordon, Artist

The Body as Art

I’m tired and quite frankly I want to go to sleep.

Now that I’ve got that thought out of the way, let me write a little something before I lay my head down. Who needs sleep anyway? I mean, really!

I was painting as a young artist and mostly I was painting these clouds and one day, sitting and painting looking in the sky, I saw twelve military planes passing by and they made these incredible drawings in the sky. I look at them and I said, God, you know, it’s ridiculous. I’m painting these paintings that are so two dimensional…So after that, I stopped painting…I can use any material I want. Fire, water, and the body. The moment I started using the body, there was an enormous satisfaction that I had. That I could communicate with the public…I could never go back to the seclusion of the studio…the only way of expression is to perform.

~Marina Abramovic, Excerpt from her MOMA interview regarding her piece, The Artist is Present

I think one of the many reasons I’m looking at Abramovic’s work, lately, is due to the fact that I’m trying to draw correlations between her and the work of Guillermo Gomez Pena and his performance troupe, La Postra Nostra. Both artists have travelled the world performing art (different from conceptual art, which deals more with materiality). Performance art deals, predominantly, with the body. Deep down inside, I’m a two dimensional artist but, recently, I have paid close attention to performance art because it does something that many art forms are unable to do – engage the public, physically. It calls for immediate presence and attention. It also draws the viewer into a unique experience that becomes a part of a moment versus something that can be relived (everyday) on a much more ocular level (i.e., paintings, sculptures, etc.). Performance art is not something you can collect, per se, but it is something that finds its way through our subconscious and provokes the mind to re-interpret life. It also gives you the option to participate, which is something I’ll touch upon when I gather my final thoughts about the Corpo Ilicito show.

Speaking of participatory art, for your reading pleasure, an interesting read about participatory art by Christine Wong Yap, Bay Area Artist. Enjoy!

The Body as Art