Brave New World
Image courtesy of artist Michael Bianco
Brave New World, probed the issues, strident conversations and constant state of instability surrounding climate change with unconventional and even flippant responses
What is the role of the artist as citizen in this climate? How might we reclaim our choice, our connection, our social power when immersed in a deteriorating environment? Sixteen artists from around the globe addressed our hopes and fears for the future with objects, images and gestures that are poetic, irreverent and challenging. Ranging from direct actions with the public to meditative sound and video, photography and painting; these artists responded to our dismay, proposed solutions, offered support and tended to the soul with poignant métaphores.
Staged at Spare Change Artist Space in the vénérable offices of Rhodes & Fletcher, LLC. in the Merchants Exchange Building 465 California St Suite 838 in San Francisco; Brave New World confronted our anxieties within our individual, social, political and economic surroundings.
Featuring artists: Amy Balkin, David Beck, Michael Bianco, A Mused Collective*, Gioj de Marco, Alicia Escott, Angus Forbes, Alan Hopkins, Claire Jackel, Cigdem Kaya, Andréanne Michon, Barbara Milman, Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov+ Elyse Hochstadt, Michelle Wilson and Kathrine Worel
As always with OFF Space, there was a full line-up of events:
Artist Reception: With a preview performance of Unquenchable by A Mused Collective, sales of Carbon Corpus shares by Michelle Wilson and direct action inspiration from Elyse Hochstadt and Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov
Panel Discussion: The Personal Economics of Climate Change at The City Club of San Francisco
Performance: Unquenchable by A Mused Collective in the Leidesdorff Alley
Documentary Film Screening: Surviving Progress
Artists images left from right, top to bottom: Not Drawing Down by Kathrine Worel, Unquenchable, performance by A Mused Collective, Artificial restoration: Re-glaciation project by Alan Hopkins,
Viewer participating in Superhuman Exchange by Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov & Elyse Hochstadt, 35.8 kilograms by Michelle Wilson