1. This piece is documentation of a performance that took place on February 16 and 17 at SAFEHouse Arts in San Francisco.

    Collective Action Studio is pleased to present: Peace Movements (Mudras), a collaborative project looking at how we embody peace. Featuring a group of Kung Fu martial artist, healers and a pole-dancing acrobat, this project looks at the ways that the body is a site for healing, nonviolence, and holistic consciousness. Together, the featured artists create a 40-minute performative installation intersecting live action with media projections.

    Peace Movements: Yield looks at the fundamental notion of giving space through yielding. This fundamental concept is essential to the martial arts, stemming from watching water flow while possessing enormous power. The project deconstructs martial arts movements to produce a space for reflection on how we build the practices of peace and compassion through our movements.

    Featured artist include

    LauraLynn Featherpistol
    Yunuen Rhi
    Justin Charles Hoover
    Choreography by Leigh Riley
    Media art projections by Fernanda D’Agostino
    Recorded music by Guillermo Galindo

    For additional information:

    safehousearts.org/event/cbe0afb3561a1a0d5a40fe87dd46fe97

    collectiveactionstudio.com/

    fernandadagostino.com/

    featherpistol.com/

    isuini.com/about-isuini/

    galindog.com/

    rileyproject.org/

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  2. This piece is documentation of a performance that took place on February 16 and 17 at SAFEHouse Arts in San Francisco.

    Collective Action Studio is pleased to present: Peace Movements (Mudras), a collaborative project looking at how we embody peace. Featuring a group of Kung Fu martial artist, healers and a pole-dancing acrobat, this project looks at the ways that the body is a site for healing, nonviolence, and holistic consciousness. Together, the featured artists create a 40-minute performative installation intersecting live action with media projections.

    Peace Movements: Yield looks at the fundamental notion of giving space through yielding. This fundamental concept is essential to the martial arts, stemming from watching water flow while possessing enormous power. The project deconstructs martial arts movements to produce a space for reflection on how we build the practices of peace and compassion through our movements.

    Featured artist include

    LauraLynn Featherpistol
    Yunuen Rhi
    Justin Charles Hoover
    Choreography by Leigh Riley
    Media art projections by Fernanda D’Agostino
    Recorded music by Guillermo Galindo

    For additional information:

    safehousearts.org/event/cbe0afb3561a1a0d5a40fe87dd46fe97

    collectiveactionstudio.com/

    fernandadagostino.com/

    featherpistol.com/

    isuini.com/about-isuini/

    galindog.com/

    rileyproject.org/

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  3. Video documentation of the process and results of Mary Carter Taub's work at the Bay Area Discovery Museum's 25th Anniversary celebration in August of 2016 at their wonderful site in Sausalito, California.

    For more info on BADM, please visit bayareadiscoverymuseum.org/

    To learn more abotu Mary Carter Taub's work, visit her site at marycartertaub.com/section/304153.html

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  4. This is a piece of documentation I photographed for artist Justin Hoover. Here is his description of the work:

    This video documents one immersive installation consisting of four parts. The name of the installation is Shells and Bones which is drawn from the name of the central sculpture piece consisting of lanterns, neon, LED and tungsten lighting.

    Installation elements (from left to right around the room)

    1. The Heart Sutra
    2015
    Projected video
    TRT: 21:00 minute loop

    2. Shells and Bones
    2014
    Found and altered lanterns, LED, Neon, tungsten spotlight
    8’ diameter circle of 150 hand-piled individual lanterns, site-specific installation

    3. Abstractions #2
    2014
    Site-specific projected video
    TRT: 39:02 minutes loop

    4. Meditation on Incense
    2014
    Video installation
    DVD player, audio
    TRT: 60:00 minute loop

    Exhibition Text
    Shells and Bones possesses a veil of tranquility masking roiling emotions. The room contains four pieces in video, sound, light and installation. The room overall references a mixture of spirituality, street graffiti, calligraphy, Chinese culture and underneath it all, inevitable loss or collapse. Elements are appear askew or unstable, incorporating the aesthetics of degradation, consumption and time. The works claim disorder as a material, as much as the constructed and produced elements.
    This work imparts what it means to be a mixed race American. By simultaneously occupying multiple vantage points, the work disentangles Chinese traditional culture, spirituality and religion from conventional meaning and form. It frees calligraphy from tradition and repositions brushwork in an abstract expressionistic context. It is both an outsider’s perspective, looking into a culture, and an insider’s perspective looking back out, in either case unsure where one belongs. Politically the work looks at what it means to have an immigrant heritage and what it feels like to have a culturally dislocated identity.

    First there is a video piece of a fire burning behind the endangered Tibetan language Amdo. This piece depicts a portion of the Heart Sutra, a fundamental Buddhist text on non-attachment. The text is angled drastically and a dancing blue fire peaks to orange behind the letters. The sides of the projection are likewise askew actively un-anchoring the projection.

    Next, moving through the room there is a 6' tall and 8' in diameter pile of dilapidated Chinese lanterns both glowing from within with the red light of LED's and custom neon, but also from without with a standing tungsten light. Approximately 150 lanterns are arranged loosely in one large pile, presented in various states of decomposition and aliveness. Some are open to their full spherical shape for hanging, some are collapsed, and some are stripped on their red silk wrapping, exposing just the metal and bamboo armature within. The pile makes a mountain, and the external light casts a shadow of the grouping upon the wall in proximity to the Tibetan language of the first projection. The light that casts the shadow is white, neutral colored light, but shuttered to create another set of angled lines on the wall. This works in parallel with the first projection to convey a sense of instability or un-balancedness, in direct opposition to the poise of the lantern pile itself.

    Traveling around the room there are two more pieces, a large black and white projection with subtle tones of purple and red, and a small portable DVD screen playing a video with sound filling the room. The first video projection takes up almost the entire back wall, sized to fit floor to ceiling and wall to wall. The wall itself is of note as it is a patchy, scaly wall of painted brick, pealing and disintegrating in a textural way. The video projection on the wall depicts Chinese calligraphy brushstrokes using sumi ink. The hand controlling the brush and the brush itself are invisible and all that is visible is a ghostly, painterly emergence of abstracted text. The work absorbs the wall into the texture of the brushwork and re-presents it to the viewer.

    Finally, to the viewer’s right is a small screen sitting flat on a tiny shelf the size of the player. This piece glows up the wall and in the picture are two bundles of incense burning on an ancient religious altar. The piece’s sound is a mixture of street sounds, construction, and religious or spiritual ceremonies including dozens of tiny bells blowing in the wind, a wooden clacker, honking and yelling in Chinese, and rhythmic machinery at work on construction or demolition. Shot on location in Shanghai, this work has a palpably foreign feel to it, yet generally cosmopolitan as well.

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