In conjunction with the YBCA Artist in Residency program, YBCA’s Room for Big Ideas series of exhibitions features a participatory installation and archive project by architectural designer Shalini Agrawal, director of the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts, and artist Chris Treggiari. The installation presents an ongoing exploration that illuminates and demystifies the Social Practice model. Through interviews with artists, designers, community partners, and community members, Chris and Shalini will conduct and examine research to identify the commonalities and differences in process and language used by a variety of practitioners in the Bay Area, in an effort to create accessibility and understanding for a larger audience. The exhibition invites viewers to become active participants and collaborators through an ongoing dialogue surrounding social practice.
Public Intimacy focuses on the ways that contemporary artists have explored interpersonal relationships, encounters, and exchange in everyday social life in South Africa. Initially formed from a consideration of South African photography in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art collection, the exhibition also includes works in painting, printmaking, sculpture, media art, graphic design, and performance, with an emphasis on 2008 to the present. Artists include David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, i-jusi (Garth Walker), William Kentridge, Billy Monk, Zanele Muholi, Lindeka Qampi, Jo Ractliffe, Ernest Cole, Nicholas Hlobo, Sabelo Mlangeni, Santu Mofokeng, Sello Pesa and Vaughn Sadie, Athi-Patra Ruga, Mikhael Subotzky (with Patrick Waterhouse), and Kemang Wa Lehulere, among others.
Los Angeles-based artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon works in sound, installation, and sculpture. Her work is often devised around audio and spatial feedback systems that manipulate the visitor’s awareness of sound and space, incorporating the physical and sonic qualities of surrounding architecture to engage the viewer’s senses. Gordon investigates sonic and architectural applications of cybernetic systems in the 20th and 21st centuries to technological design, from anechoic chambers to the military’s use of Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) speakers. Reverse engineering those implements of social control; the dissonant spaces she creates uncover how such systems regulate human subjectivity, mobility, and perception.
This exhibition is a part of Control: Technology in Culture, a new series of exhibitions in the Upstairs Galleries showcasing work by emerging and midcareer artists who examine the social, cultural, and experiential implications of technology.
(Trailer) A fascinating portrait of a young man who grew up imprisoned by dehumanizing violence, yet still found the will to escape. Born inside a North Korean prison camp as the child of political prisoners, Shin Dong-Huyk was raised in a world where all he knew was punishment, torture, and abuse. Weaving interviews with Shin, anecdotes from a former camp guard, and powerful animated scenes capturing key moments in his life, the film gives us a complex portrait of Shin's world. He finally escapes and becomes a human rights “celebrity,” but as we see, his life outside the camp is often just as challenging as it was inside it. (2012, 104 min, digital)