848 Community Space

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848 Community Space (1991-2004) was a community-access, do-it-yourself space available to artists, activists, and community-makers for rehearsals, meetings, performances, public discussions, rituals, art exhibits, and educational events. We have done and will continue to do almost anything! Facilities included an urban gallery with an 1100 square foot open space, an office, kitchen and 2 bathrooms. [1]

848 Community Space merged with the [Bay Area Center for Art and Technology] to form [CounterPulse] in 2004. [2]

848 Community Space played a unique and significant role in the SF performance community since the early 90’s. No other single space has supported a comparable breadth of performance. 848 hosted the first performances or premieres of many of San Francisco's most exciting and successful dancers and choreographers. 848 also hosted San Francisco’s longest-running Contact Improvisation Jam, and has been a key site in the global network of improvised dance and somatic experimentation. With a special focus on women visual artists, 848 nurtured emerging and risk-taking art for over a decade, and has been a pioneering venue for experimentation. [3]


Original: 848 Divisadero Street, San Francisco 2004-Present as CounterPulse: 1310 Mission Street (at 9th), San Francisco


Hennessy, Todd Eugene, Michael "Med-O" Whitson

Dates of Operation

1991-2004, becomes CounterPulse 2004-present

Type of Space


Community Served

artists, activists, and community-makers

Additional Information and Resources

About this Article

This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.


  1. http://www.sfstation.com/848-community-space-b611, 6-24-15
  2. http://counterpulse.org/about-us/counterpulse-mission-and-history/, 6-24-15
  3. http://counterpulse.org/about-us/counterpulse-mission-and-history/, 6-24-15