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Living Room: Ishan Clemenco

2017-09-29T03:05:55+00:00

Ishan Clemenco. Photo by Charles Villyard. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/sfmomaopenspace/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/23130613/LR4-Clemenco.mp3 Artist Ishan Clemenco revisits two experiences on one day in 1999 that, for him, encapsulated a shift in the San Francisco art world: attending an open house at the California College of the Arts’ then-new Montgomery campus, and watching a downtown art dealer display his inventory online. Open [...]

Living Room: Ishan Clemenco 2017-09-29T03:05:55+00:00

Microtonal Concertape

2017-09-26T03:05:43+00:00

Vija Celmins, Untitled (Ocean), from the portfolio Untitled, 1975; lithograph, 12 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. (31.75 cm x 41.91 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase; © Vija Celmins. The balcony is cut swiftly falls as a drawbridge A secret two-story harp (exposed) (mangled)Marimba Eroicacold fog • I lay my hands on silver strings it’s no [...]

Microtonal Concertape 2017-09-26T03:05:43+00:00

An elegy for geometric relations

2017-09-23T03:05:34+00:00

“The distance between two points is measured in memories,” is the title of a book by Newfoundlander artist and poet Marlene Creates. We spent a day together in May, hunting for icebergs on a boat the size of a taxi, circling bergs as big as a high-school gymnasium. 10,000-year-old fresh water chunks, with their chalky [...]

An elegy for geometric relations 2017-09-23T03:05:34+00:00

Living Room: George Chen

2017-09-22T03:06:15+00:00

George Chen. Photo by Laura Flippen.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/sfmomaopenspace/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/23103714/LR3-Chen.mp3 Comedian, writer, and musician George Chen remembers the days around Y2K, when he was working at a dot-com and booking local shows for bands like Lightning Bolt. He says that before everything was on the Internet, “finding out about these bands was like a part-time job.” Open Space Go [...]

Living Room: George Chen 2017-09-22T03:06:15+00:00

The Drone and the Specter

2017-09-20T03:05:50+00:00

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/sfmomaopenspace/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/14001659/Specter-Drone-Mastr.mp3 I arrived after the ice had melted and the cool water slid down into the valleys. I now stood above an engorged river. The gushing water was a fruitful conductor for sound. It reflected the whispering of the mountains. A low humming emanated from the distance.  The restoration of the Earth base has been [...]

The Drone and the Specter 2017-09-20T03:05:50+00:00

Does It Absolutely Have to Be in Paris?

2017-09-19T03:06:11+00:00

A while ago, well before I could designate a crisis “midlife,” I sent a letter to Sophie Calle asking her if I could grieve in her bed in Paris. I was in my lateish twenties and though I had just been “released from a long-term relationship,” I maintained enough idealism to think that somehow my [...]

Does It Absolutely Have to Be in Paris? 2017-09-19T03:06:11+00:00

(gratitude for 60 million and more hands)

2017-09-16T03:06:36+00:00

Adee Roberson • Ugly • Slash ‘Em Up • “Olympia’s Maid: Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity” by Lorraine O’Grady • “Brief Thoughts in Black Time — A Series of Non-linear Incompletions” by Cheikh Athj • “Pan African Indigeous Herbal Medicine — Technology Transfer” by Nakato E. Joel-Lewis and Kiwanuka R.G. Lewis • A brief clip from an interview with [...]

(gratitude for 60 million and more hands) 2017-09-16T03:06:36+00:00

Living Room: Nate Boyce

2017-09-15T03:07:05+00:00

(From left to right) Lucinda Barnes, Nate Boyce, Margaret Tedesco, George Chen. Photo by Laura Flippen. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/sfmomaopenspace/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/23102457/LR2-Boyce.mp3 Artist Nate Boyce talks about some of his introductory encounters with the San Francisco scene in the early 2000s, including a performance by experimental musician Maryanne Amacher at the “high-tech bunker” known as the Compound, and a revelatory [...]

Living Room: Nate Boyce 2017-09-15T03:07:05+00:00