Marble and Media is a 6-week creative laboratory utilizing new media to explore monuments and memorialization in public space.
Inspired by the work of artist Cheyenne Concepcion’s fictional municipal agency, New Monuments Taskforce, the lab will investigate and contribute to contemporary public discourse around past, present, and future monuments through the use of augmented reality (AR). The lab consists of creative workshops, peer-to-peer skill-sharing, discussions, and project development. It will culminate in the presentation of collaborative AR activations and responses to public monuments in San Francisco.
This city-wide pilot project, produced by Lava Mae (now known as LavaMaeˣ) and ZERO1 and created by contemporary artist John Craig Freeman and Sound Made Public, seeks to build a bridge of shared humanity between neighbors – housed and unhoused.
As San Francisco finds itself embodying both the best of human capacity and the worst, our unrelenting crisis around housing insecurity and the houseless has come to define us as sharply as our innovation and entrepreneurship.
Transgenesis is a short film made in collaboration with QTPOC artists that collectively re-imagines our relationship to the Bay Area, and what we consider family, our bodies, and the environment. The visual narrative of Transgenesis aims to present a metaphor for the digestion of marginalized people through a toxic societal system, following a transformational arc of healing and rising up from both environmental and systemic racism to find collective empowerment and transcendence.
This project was originally intended to be a site-specific, multimedia performance at Heron’s Head Park and the historic site of the former Hunter’s Point PG&E Power Plant, which for many years was powered by the burning of coal and fossil fuels, causing a large amount of pollution in the area. However, due to COVID-19 — the project was postponed and transformed into a short film, touching on the same themes outlined above.
Transgenesis is produced by ZERO1, co-presented by Gray Area, and made possible by the Rainin Foundation’s New and Experimental Works Grant. Special thanks to The EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park and the Bayview Hunters Point community members who supported the research and development of this work.