Everyone is Hypnotized: Artists Dérive the Bay Area, is a group exhibition of works by 11 Bay Area artists that draw from the experience of wandering about the Bay Area’s rich and varied landscapes. This exhibition was curated by the Oakland-based team Gipe + Tell as part of Pro Arts’ Curators in Residence program. Exhibiting artists include Sebastian Alvarez, Brian Dean, Joanne Easton, Marshall Elliott, Jon Gourley, Jon Kuzmich, Leora Lutz, Andréanne Michon, Maria Porges, Michal Wisniowski and Minoosh Zomorodinia.
The exhibition is inspired by Guy Debord’s “Theory of the Dérive,” a dérive being an unplanned journey in which participants ‘let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.’ Curators, Gipe + Tell began with the question, “What steps can artists take to engage in intellectual investigation, creative growth, and critical interrogation while navigating the urban environment?” They asked the artists to engage in dérive as a template for exploration, with the artwork being a visual manifestation of their experience. The resulting artwork highlights the possibility for engagement, detachment or both.
Stairwell’s Mini-Field Trips
Common Grounds Arts Festival Family Day
San Francisco Chronicle Parking Lot (5th & Natoma), SOMA
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11am – 4pm ***
Join Stairwell’s at the Common Grounds Arts Festival Family Day, hosted by Intersection for the Arts, for hands-on activities and two newly-crafted mini-Field Trips! Each of these FREE one-hour walking tours will be led by Stairwell’s Co-Director Carey Lin in collaboration with guest Field Trip leaders Raheleh Minoosh Zomorodinia and Gabriel Gilder.
Explore the SOMA neighborhood, write (and decode) secret messages, play interactive games and much more! Field Trips depart at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm but we expect the spots to fill up fast, so stop by the festival early to sign-up if you’d like to come along. Curious about what happens on a Stairwell’s Field Trip? Check out photos of some of our past walks.