Translating the feelings of being POC in white institutional spaces through textile based sculptures. If this feeling could manifest into an object, what would those feelings look like?
Robert Gonzales, 2018
21017 - ongoing
Cellphone whips is an ongoing project.
Made from everyday objects that have heavy cultural symbolism often referencing a time and place. The whips take apart the objects cultural significance, breaking free from former societal expectations.
Objects: Graduation Tassel, yarn, cell phones
Pt. 1: 仕方が無い “Shikata ga nai” / but it can be helped. is part of MACRO WAVE’s on-going video installation series exploring intergenerational experiences. The first part of this series focuses on the personal experiences of member Tina Kashiwagi, who is Yonsei (4th generation Japanese American), and her grandmother’s sister, Christine Umeda, who is Nisei and experienced internment herself. Through intimate conversations between the two, the question of how the trauma of internment is passed down through generations is posed, breaking the silence of “Shikata ga nai.”
Inspired by childhood memories and trauma of Catholic school, Catholic colonialism’s relationship with Filipino traditions, coming of age experiences, and gender roles in relation to the body.
Produced and created by Robin Birdd
BOOBIES OF CHRIST PT II:
Photos 1 - 8
CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA.
Performed by Robin Birdd, Tina Kashiwagi, Kimberly Lewis and Jeffrey Yip.
Shot by Alexander Lim and Thavin Rajanakhan
Edited By Alexander Lim
Music: Natureboy Flako - Shape of Things To Come
BOOBIES OF CHRIST PT II:
Photos 9 - 37
Merchants of Reality Gallery, San Francisco CA
Featuring: Kimberly Lewis, Hannah Beck, Maria Dawn, Tina Kashiwagi, Camilla Carper, and Jeffrey Yip.
Video by Adrian David
Photos by Gina Buckley
In collaboration with Macro Waves, NVM (never-mind) embarks on a journey into the uncharted realms of the human psyche. The phrase “Never Mind” denotes the “forget it” attitude which tends to be perpetuated when forced to address common mental health problems. The acronym “NVM” brings attention to modern-aged tech culture and the heavy reliance of abbreviations, creating a new culture of limited attention spans and unresponsive communication which impairs the mind’s ability to process thoughts and emotions.
Cortextual Voygaer 3000, is a geodesic healing dome centered around connecting with our subconscious mind. This interactive installation follows a narrative held in a distant utopian future where humans have reached a higher state of consciousness through meditation. Performance is then utilized as a vehicle for storytelling. Participants are welcomed by "subconscious guides" from the future to help viewers heal from the trauma of today's society.
By using biofeedback apparatuses, data is generated from the participants causing the space to react with light and sound. The participants are encouraged to calm themselves through meditation, and when the biosensors detect the ideal state for tranquility, the space itself becomes tranquil with the aid of light and binaural beats.
The Butterfly Snake is a mythological deity, that provides strength, power and empathy during times of need. The Snake is derived from the biblical serpent in the story of Adam and Eve. Making reference to the influence of Christianity and Catholicism’s affect on my upbringing, the butterfly and snake collided into one being as as a form of rebellion. In this series, feelings about current events and politics are explored through folkloric collaborative performances, digital projections and textile wearables.
A work in progress, Tactile Feels is an installation that focuses on sensory play as a form of healing.
Installation for the group show Gentrifried at the Luggage Store Gallery. February 2016
Oil on wood
Bambie is a character who is trying to escape reality