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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents

Public Square

Investigations of Labor & Ecology
April 16, 2016
Photo: Tommy Lau

Throughout time, a public square has served as an open place where people of all kinds have gathered to share new information, surface big questions, and enact change. As an art center and a citizen institution whose mission is to generate a culture that moves people, there is no better place for a modern-day public square than YBCA. As one of our pillar events, Public Square is an ongoing series designed to spur conversation through art-inspired investigation.

General Admission: $10
FREE for YBCA Members and YBCA:You

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Public Square is a campus-wide event taking place on April 16, 4 PM – 8 PM. See the schedule of the day's events below:

11 AM – 5 PM


Grisha Coleman

The interactive installation of Grisha Coleman’s echo::system — treadmill dreamtime, running in place is designed for active participation, giving the public access to treadmills that when activated display a digital simulation of a landscape, inviting audience members to reflect upon their own impact on the natural world.

The daytime interactive installation is available from 11 AM — 5 PM in the YBCA Forum.

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4 PM – 8 PM


Investigations of Labor & Ecology

Investigations of Labor & Ecology is designed to spur conversation through art–inspired investigation. Presented projects will explore how people feel, perceive, and experience labor, and systems of ecology from nature to neighborhoods. We’re inviting everyday citizens to explore their own relationship with these larger systems.

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*8 PM


echo::system — treadmill dreamtime, running in place

echo::system — treadmill dreamtime, running in place is a dynamic performance featuring a nomadic group exploring and experiencing a desert environment through blind faith in their machines (treadmills).

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*Separate admission is required for the 8 PM performances of treadmill dreamtime, running in place.