A Conversation on Life and Living

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Jacob Palmer and Arianne Gelardin

September 27 - October 22, 2016
Multi-Channel Video

A Conversation on Life and Living is a public survey on foundational human beliefs: What is your idea of earthly happiness? What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? The first iteration of interviews—which engages marginally-housed and homeless residents around the Bay Area, as well as those working in social services—are presented through a multi-channel video display. These monologues weave in and out of conversation with others, creating a community of ideas and personal convictions. StoreFrontLab curators Jacob Palmer and Arianne Gelardin regard the interviewees—the Public—as cultural contributors and living proof that Art is Life and Life is Art, with no distinction between the two.

StoreFrontLab
337 Shotwell Street
San Francisco, CA

Hubbell Street Galleries
California College of Art
161 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA

Climax

A project by Space Open, led by Robert Glass & Darryl Jones

We have arrived at a tenuous moment of global shift; a precipice of opposing sociopolitical values all vying for mainstream inclusion. As we approach this apex of change, we find ourselves grasping for connection and camaraderie; our physical intimacy has literally been torn apart by remote communication, culture wars, and economic disparity. CLIMAX, a collaborative project led by Space Open, embraces this moment of social and political upheaval. Through provocative, intimate, and performative events, CLIMAX carries us through to the other side.

In CLIMAX, the boundaries between self and other are tested as the audience becomes artists and actors over four Saturday nights of immersive experiences and euphoric reflection:

Agitate
Embrace
Release
Indulge

ABOUT SPACE OPEN
In 2011, Robert Glass and Darryl Jones organized a group of designers and artists in the Bay Area around an open salon. This initial gathering was meant to motivate the making and critiquing of our work, while providing a space for a conversation.  An ongoing monthly series of nomadic meetups followed with the intention of sharing our voices to expand techniques and insights.

We search for objectivity as a state of truth beyond an observer’s individual biases, interpretations, and feelings.  Figure drawing sessions, outdoor excursions, art shows, and live performances continue in various private and public venues as we scout for a more permanent collaborative place. CLIMAX presents their initial immersive art experience that turns the gallery into a canvas and audience in to artists.

Robert Glass
Robert is an artist, designer, and educator with interests in the intersection between people and places.  His artwork is sparked both by these gatherings where abstract figure drawings express a reinterpretation of form, and further excursions into the California landscape evoke plein air watercolor painting and poetry from the Haiku masters of Japan.  

Darryl Jones
Darryl Jones is an artist and filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. His lifelong quest is to unite his love of film with his love of landscape. This journey has taken him down many roads rich with watercolor sketches, haiku poetry, theatre performances, binge-watching, filmmaking and unguided walking tours.

Exercises in Style

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November 5th - December 3rd 2016

Enar de Dios Rodriguez
Ana Maria Montenegro

Exercises in Style is an experimental live fictional film created from streaming security camera feeds located in the Bay Area and available online. There will be four versions of the film. All of them will use the same camera feeds and will tell the same story (through text displayed on top of the images), but will vary in their style and form. Both the screenings and the edition of the films will happen live at StoreFrontLab.

Taking as a title and inspiration the famous work by Raymond Queneau, Exercises in Style is an experimental live film made out of footage from live security camera feeds located in the Bay Area and available online. Following the same story told in the form of subtitles and always using the same cameras, the form and style of the film will vary in each version, and will be subjected to the characteristic chance of our daily “now”, exclusively dictated by others’ live cameras and their owners personal framing purposes. Overall, this film reflects upon real time, variations, involuntary decisions and observation.

Malleable Monuments

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March 16 – April 6, 2017

StoreFrontLab is pleased to host Malleable Monuments, an exhibition and event series highlighting the work and ideas of emerging architectural design practice, The Open Workshop. The exhibition presents a grouping of transcalar design experiments that test how to empower the role of architecture within the transforming, evolving, fluctuating, and indeterminate conditions of the city, it’s public sphere, and it’s ecological context. Two large installations oscillate between lightness/ heaviness, figure/ field, territorial network/ local object, and the natural/ artificial. A series of taxonomy drawings classify the design experiments into four categories—Frameworks, Living Archives, Articulated Surfaces, and Rewiring States. These projects share a goal of reconciling and choreographing how the human and environmental subject, as well as their individual, transforming, ephemera and often contradictory characteristics, continuously recompose a permanent work.

THE OPEN WORKSHOP is a licensed architectural practice (OAA) founded by Neeraj Bhatia that examines the intersection of the politics of landscape, infrastructure, and urban design. Based in Toronto and San Francisco, the practice was founded in the conviction that new forms of landscape and urbanism are required to support the symbiotic rewiring of ecology, civic participation, and industrialization. The work of the office has been exhibited internationally and recognized in several com-petitions. In 2016, the office was awarded the prestigious Architectural League of New York Young Architects Prize and the Emerging Leaders Award from Design Intelligence. 

Project Team: 
Neeraj Bhatia, Hayfa Al-Gwaiz, Jared Clifton, Jeremy Jacinth, Shawn Komlos, Cesar Lopez, Bella Mang, Nicholas Scribner, and Laura Williams

Thursday, March 16: 6:30-8:30pm

OPENING RECEPTION

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30–8:00pm—Panel
LIVING ARCHIVE

Associated with an approach to experimental history, the concept of the Living Archive questions, critiques, and formats permanent forms of historical readings by inserting the contemporary subject into the making of the archive. 
          Introduction: Neeraj Bhatia (The Open Workshop)
          Presentations by: Jenny Odell (Digital Artist / Stanford University) and Rick Prelinger (UC Santa Cruz/ Prelinger Archives) 

Thursday, March 23, 6:30–8:00PM—Screening
REWIRING STATES

Rewiring States inserts architectural form in precise relationship to various states—time, temperature, materiality, form—of processes—logistical, industrial, and infrastructural. The aim is to ‘rewire’ these processes through leveraging how design can adapt, transform, and impact territorial organizations and add new socio-political actors to these systems.
          Introduction: Neeraj Bhatia (The Open Workshop)
          Film Screening of “Petropolis” by Peter Mettler (43 min)

Tuesday, April 4th, 6:30–8:00PM—Panel
FRAMEWORKS
Frameworks are structures that accommodate and engage indeterminate human and environmental factors. These fluctuating subjects are able to transform, adapt, or occupy these structures in novel ways. Frameworks unpacks the relationship between control and choice afforded by design.
          Introduction: Neeraj Bhatia (The Open Workshop)
          Presentations by: Neyran Turan (UC Berkeley/ NEME Studio) and Brian Price (CCA / Price Studio)