The Dissidents, the Displaced and the Outliers

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Curator: Dorothy Santos

Collaborating Organization: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Participating Artists: Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Eliza Barrios, COLL.EO, Leslie Dreyer, Tom Loughlin, and Elizabeth Travelslight.

Locations: Random Parts, 1206 13th Avenue, Oakland and Incline Gallery, 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco

Exhibition Dates: May 2 - June 19, 2015

Public Programming:

  • Random Parts Opening Reception: Saturday, May 2 • 4-8pm
  • Incline Gallery Opening Reception: Saturday, May 16 • 5-9pm
  • Outdoor Film Salon: Saturday, May 9, 7-9pm @ Random Parts
  • EFF Digital Privacy Workshop: Saturday, May 23, 2-4pm @ Random Parts
  • Closing Panel Discussion: Sunday, June 14, 4-6pm @ Incline Gallery

Curatorial Statement: From Saturday May 2nd to Friday, June 19th the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Random Parts, and Incline Gallery will present The Dissidents, the Displaced, and the Outliers, a transbay visual art exhibition about housing security and digital privacy at Random Parts in Oakland and Incline Gallery in San Francisco.

In The Dissidents, the Displaced, and the Outliers, Bay Area artists offer a collection of work about the convergence of privacy and gentrification unique to the Bay Area, in particular the impact of surveillance technology and the digital economy on housing security and how affluence secures both privacy and housing.

Historically, the artist has served as a figure who illuminates what is emblematic of the times serving as a luminary that provides the necessary historical, political, and cultural contexts that explains the significant shifts and changes within an environment. Since the emergence of dotcom businesses of the late 1990s, Bay Area residents have witnessed the rise and fall of the initial technology driven economy. The resurgence of online businesses and explosion of start-ups have resulted in exponential growth of the tech workforce across industry-leading companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

This two-city parallel exhibition aims to open conversation about these topics on both sides of the Bay and is supported by free, public programming, including an outdoor film salon, a panel discussion with organizational partners and artists, and a workshop on digital privacy. These free community events enable visitors to delve further into the exhibition themes and be in dialogue with artists and community leaders.



Sculpting Stories Workshop for All Ages

Prepared by Megan Leppla

Description: What does home look like to you? Inspired by The Dissidents, the Displaced, and the Outliers, a transbay visual art exhibition currently on display at Incline Gallery, we’ll be creating our own versions of home. Sketch, sculpt, and build a miniature that tells your story.

Understanding Goals:

  • What can you create with these tools and materials?
  • How will you tell the story of your home?
  • Where did you grow up?

Materials: Scrap paper, regular paper, markers, glue, scissors, masking tape, other odds and ends from Scrap

Techniques: Assemblage, sculpture, sketching, design

Connections: Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Eliza Barrios, COLL.EO, Leslie Dreyer, Tom Loughlin, Elizabeth Travelslight

Process: As they arrive, kids will be given a box with a prompt specific to one of the pieces in the show. Inside each box there will be a random set of tools and materials for the kids to respond to the prompt with.

Example Prompts:

  • Recreate something from your home that only you know about.
  • What do you think of when you see something that comes from a machine? How is it different when it’s made by a human? Try to create something that looks like it was made by a machine.
  • Build a home that you can take with you wherever you go.
  • Make an indestructible security blanket.