Keep your eyes peeled in March and April for Immersive Arts Alliance’s Mobile Light Art Station, a giant light art pop-up outfitted with speakers and projectors to create ambitious light installations on street corners in SF and Oakland.
The free public displays come courtesy of local artists Zeina Barakeh, Elaine Buckholtz, Can Buyukberber, Davey Whitecraft, and Ian Winters. Their experimental cinematic work explores “a meeting point of the human enterprise and the natural world” with dynamic and dystopian themes.
Local groups and community partners will add their own flair to each stop with additional music, dance, and spoken-word performances.
”These artists are referencing the legacy of experimental cinema that is a vital part of San Francisco culture,” says Clark Suprynowicz, Executive Director of IAA. “In the place of a traditional narrative or character-driven stories, they are providing visual poetry that is in some cases whimsical and in other cases elegiac. The Mobile Light Art Station is the most direct way we’ve found to make a home for art and imagination in urban surroundings.”
When and where to see IAA’s Mobile Light Art Station
Friday, Mar. 3 (7-9pm) – “The Great Wall of Oakland”
415 West Grand, Oakland – See performances by Ayodele Nzinga, Oakland Poet Laureate; and Roberto Bedoya, author and Oakland Cultural Affairs Manager. Oakland School of the Arts will bring performances from its music and spoken word programs and a Hyphy-inspired hip hop dance.
Thursday, April 13 (8-9:30pm) – Boeddeker Park
Father Alfred E. Boeddeker Park at Jones and Eddy Streets, San Francisco – See additional performances from community art center CounterPulse and nonprofit 826 Valencia.
Friday, April 22 (8pm-12am) – Esther’s Orbit Room
1724 7th Street, Oakland – The Mobile Light Art Station will make its final stop at Esther’s Orbit Room, whose exterior will be lit up all night for an outdoor dance party.