Thursday, March 26, 2015

Office Work: April 4-25, 2015

Did we put an office in the gallery, or a gallery in the office? Come see for yourself. Through events, interactive departments, and participatory archives, Office Work repurposes the vocabulary and technology of the office and contemporary art in order to facilitate encounters with the human side of work, the absurd side of labor, and the creative side of knowledge.

Office Work is a social practice project by Carrie Sinclair Katz, Jon Gourley, and The Big Conversation Space (Niki Korth and Clemence de Montgolfier) that recognizes the so-called Kulturkampf ongoing in the San Francisco Bay Area and aims to use the jargon of “work spaces” to forge a common understanding.

Sunday April 5, 1-5PM
Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Art & Bureaucracy

Learn how to edit Wikipedia and help improve articles about art, offices, bureaucracy, systems, art workers organizations, and public art.

Friday 10 April, 6-9PM
Open House/Office Party (Opening Reception!)
Come to the office to engage with our creative departments, review our files, share your stories, find what you’ve lost, land your dream job, or just enjoy a drink and have fun with our photo copier.

Friday 17 April, 6:30-8:30PM
Meeting about Nothing
After Samuel Beckett wrote "Nothing is more real than nothing,"(Malone Dies 1959), the (f)utility of modern office meetings has undergone a dramatic shift. Or has it? In efforts to analyze the current state of Nothing, an emergency meeting has been called, which includes presentations by Daniel Yovino, Niki Korth, and other experts on Nothing. Your attendance at this meeting is neither required nor optional.

Wednesday 22 April 6-9PM

Office Birthday Party!
The offices of Gourley and Korth are both celebrating their birthdays, and you’re invited to the office party! Come enjoy the sheet cake and mingling around the water cooler. All departments will remain open for consultation during the event.

Office Hours
Wednesday-Friday: 12-5, Saturday: 1 - 7, Sunday: 12-5
We will also have Office Hours during our 4/10 and 4/22 events, and may add new hours. Please check the website for updates. If you’d like to schedule an appointment in advance, or request an appointment outside of our office hours, please email:

Images contain icons from Lance Hancock, Michael Loupos, Saman Bemel-Benrud, Dan Lowenstein, Edward Boatman, iconoci, Tuktuk Design, Chris Thoburn, Chiara Rossi, Krisada, Marco Galtarossa, and Ainsley Wagoner for The Noun Project

Plants provided by San Francisco Plant Company

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Creating Artifacts Drop-in Workshop and Closing Reception: Society of Submerged Culture

Creating Artifacts Drop-in Workshop and Closing Reception

Saturday, March 21, 2015
1 to 4pm

337 Shotwell Street, San Francisco

Come sculpt, paint, and craft your own artifact while commiserating with fellow society members. This workshop and reception will explore how artifacts create dialogue with the past. Supplies provided.

The workshop and reception are the final events presented by The Society of Submerged Culture, a month-long project at StoreFrontLab by Bay Area artist Lauren Hartman. The Society reveals the many layers of San Francisco's undersea history, ranging from sunken ships under the financial district to a coastline dotted with shipwrecks. StoreFrontLab serves as the Society headquarters offering maps nautical instruments, artifacts, and a library of submerged literature. Local experts in the field will host lectures, workshops, film screenings, and other events. 

For program updates throughout the month follow us on facebook.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Today at BIG SALE: Fortunes, Bargains and Exchanges!

Here’s what’s in store today at BIG SALE, a one-day event this Sunday, organized by San Francisco-based KIDmob. Family fun for all ages!

FORTUNE FACILITATOR. A magical psychic guides our customers through spiritually assisted problem solving using KIDmob's design process: The Wildcard, Define Challenge, Critical Observation, Implement, Build Skills, Develop Ideas, Evaluate, Communicate

LIFE GIVES YOU IDEAS. Life gives you lemons, what do you do with that? Come up with inventive ideas at our 'lemonade stand,’ where customers can purchase lemonade by paying with an invention involving a lemon.

THE FUN SALE - What's fun? BALLOONS! What is even more fun? SAN FRANCISCO! At our Fun Sale, customers can purchase balloons by contributing an idea towards how to make the immediate area (around StoreFrontLab) more fun, or by contributing an idea towards how to make San Francisco more fun. In a 'buy 2 get 1 free format', customers can contribute ideas at both scales and receive a balloon!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Upcoming Activities for Everyone

StoreFrontLab has a bunch of family-friendly activities coming up in the next few weeks, so rally your kids, friends, and neighbors and come on down.

Big Sale
Sunday, March 1, 2015

StoreFrontLab invites you to Big Sale, a one-day event on Sunday, organized by San Francisco-based KIDmob. Big Sale welcomes streetgoers of all ages to participate in a series of purposefully vague and mysterious transactions that adapt the familiar language of commercial advertising and consumer desire. KIDmob has reimagined this framework as a cashless transaction market that builds community, tests social and interaction-based art and designs through the exchange of not-your-average, store-bought goods.

With an eye towards celebrating all of the things that life characteristically provides free of charge through the context of clearance, Big Sale asks participants to engage in an atypical commerce, the kind where "the deal" is a shared glance or a new skill, and "buy three to get one free" is a waltz with a stranger or exchange of ideas and advice.

KIDmob is a mobile, kid-integrated design firm that believes design education is an opportunity for creative engagement and community empowerment. The Bay Area-based, fiscally sponsored not-for-profit brings an innovative approach in design thinking to local communities and schools around the world.

KIDmob workshops facilitate partner organizations in devising imaginative solutions for their community, by their community, to foster long-term local stewardship.

Upcoming Events with the Society of Submerged Culture:

Underwater Film Festival
Saturdays, February 28 and March 14
During open hours, 12-4PM
Including works by Jacques Cousteau, Jean Painlevé, and Irwin Allen.

The Submerged History and Secrets of Lands End

Monday, March 2, 6-9PM Registration recommended, just a few spots left!
Local historians and writers John Martini, Paul Judge, and Sierra Hartman discuss the shipwrecks, the tunnels and the Victorian-era endeavors of Adolph Sutro, which lie beneath and scattered among the rocky cliffs of Lands End. Moderated by Lauren Hartman.

General Hours
Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4PM
February 21-March 21