A series of wearables that aspire to dress the human body outside of cultural appearance expectations. By dressing the body in the “other”, the wearables challenge gender, conformity, and addresses how we are taught from early childhood development to perform a manufactured identity.
Photos by Alexander Lim
Photos by Sarah Kim
Holograms, Feelings and Portals: An Advertisement is a projection animation series in response to the dramatic escalation of digital advertisements and its impact on human society and our mental health. As our world becomes increasingly digitized, how is the rise in digital technology impacting our overall well-being? Inspired by sci-fi motion pictures and anime, this series utilizes hologram, and futuristic advertisement aesthetics as a way to process feelings in-relation to the interwebs. Rather than projecting on flat surfaces like walls, these animations are designed to be projected onto fabric and moving objects as a way to articulate the complexity related to human emotions and technology.
TFOBBIWIS is an ongoing series that translates the feelings of being a person of color in white institutional spaces through object and digital work. If these feelings could manifest into an object, what would those feelings look and sound like?
Robert Gonzales, 2018
Robert Gonzales is the first of the series and a culmination of the past 7 years working in art institutional spaces.
Reorienting the Imaginaries
November 29–January 24, 2019
SOMArts, 934 Brannan St.
Reorienting the Imaginaries presents a controversial study of the racialized and gendered form, insomuch that understanding the complexities of confronting one’s own (mis)representations becomes catalysts for subversion and creation of autonomous futures.
This multidisciplinary exhibit brings together artists of color who are connected by complex histories, identity and power to disrupt the unwarranted representations imposed upon them by the Western gaze. We define the colonial imaginary as a romanticism of exotic places and people that through time and again have been used to justify the mechanisms of subjugation. Yet, when these processes become reclaimed as a platform of resistance, this imaginary lens is reoriented as method for creating new futures and narratives.
Sara Emsaki, Cathy Lu and Christopher Martin intertwine a bittersweet tale of nostalgia within double-consciousness. Jeffrey Cheung, Gina M. Contreras, and Jamil Hellu channel playful yet sinister undertones attached with observations of the queer and brown body. Sofía Córdova, Việt Lê, Diana Li and Nina Reyes Rosenberg draw on performing the ‘Other’ as method for recoding power within stereotypes. Anum Awan procures light into a somatic experience of self-reflection, while Shirin Towfiq and Kalahati emphasize the power of the people through collective action. Together these artists materialize a satirical deconstruction of archetypal caricatures, critical discourse against media hegemony, and negotiations of ancestral lineage and home to reorient the imaginaries.
REORIENTING THE IMAGINARIES
Gina M. Contreras
Việt Lê with Jamie Maxtone-Graham
Nina Reyes Rosenberg
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
"仕方が無い “Shikata ga nai” / but it can be helped" is a MACRO WAVES on-going video installation series exploring intergenerational experiences in the context of a persons' bedroom. 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. 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.”
This installation utilizes immersive interview techniques, allowing viewers to interact with the interview. In the bedroom, the interview is sprinkled throughout various mediums of technology: projection mapped furniture, cellphone selfies, cassette player audio interviews, laptop video interviews, and single slide projector family photos. This type of immersive experience allows the viewer to explore the intergenerational experiences on their own terms.
Boobies of Christ is a performance based installation 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 modular interactive geodesic dome that follows a narrative held in a distant utopian future where humans have reached a higher state of consciousness through meditation and technology. By utilizing interactive sculpture, projection mapping, and performative storytelling, the "subconscious guides" of Cortextual Voyager traveled back in time from the future, to invite participants to heal from the trauma of today’s society through futuristic methods of meditation. With the use of biofeedback apparatuses, participants are immersed in audio-visual experience generated from data is generated from their meditated state. The participants are encouraged to calm themselves through meditation, and when the biosensors detect the ideal state for tranquility, the dome becomes tranquil with the aid of light and binaural beats.
The ButterflySnake 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, while the the butterfly is a symbol of growth and change. Making reference to the influence of Catholic allegories affect on my upbringing, the butterfly and snake collided into one creature, manifesting as as a form of rebellion and confusion. 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.
Googoogagaaa is an interactive installation exploring coming of age experiences in relation to colonialism, family history, and childhood development through the use of play. Viewers are invited to play in a similar fashion as a children’s play pin.
Oil on wood