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Roll Call: Bay Area Arts and Culture
Sprawl I (Flatland): Arcade Fire
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Gil Scott-Heron
Dark Time In The Revolution: Laurie Anderson
Revolution: Mother Earth
Minister Of War: Joan Baez
Life During Wartime: Talking Heads
Masters Of War: The Long Ryders
Whatever Happened To New York: Ann Magnuson
Suburban War: Arcade Fire
Song For A Future Generation: Chicks On Speed
Cities: Talking Heads
My Country: tUnE-yArDs
Join DJ Margaret in conversation with artists CHERYL MEEKER, DAN SPENCER, ELIZA BARRIOS, and MEGAN WILSON about their individual practice and their ongoing collaborative project, Capitalism Is Over! If You Want It.
CHERYL MEEKER is a San Francisco-based artist and activist whose work ranges from 4x5 photographic installations to drawings, archives, interactive web projects and social sculpture often touching on the fundamentals of sustenance in a market dominated society. A founding member of Stretcher.org and one of the organizers of Capitalism Is Over! If You Want It, she frequently collaborates with artist Dan Spencer as the art team Dan and Cheryl, producing actions, panel simulations, performance and video. Her work with Mobilization for Climate Justice West, The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, Justice In Nigeria Now, and engagement with OccupySF inform her ongoing interest and participation in the key issues of our time; climate justice, rampant militarization through expansion of empire, resource extraction, use of depleted uranium and the exploitation of people and destruction of their environments in oil producing and refining communities around the world, and the world economic devastation brought about by deregulation and a class war on the 99%. Meeker’s work has been seen at the Performance Art Institute, Right Window, Southern Exposure, Mission 17, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
DAN SPENCER is a San Francisco-based artist and educator who works primarily in painting and fiber sculpture and who in recent years has expanded his practice to include performance. In collaboration with artist Cheryl Meeker, Spencer has organized events and has performed at such Bay Area venues as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Southern Exposure. In 2002 as chair of the Artists Committee at the San Francisco Art Institute, he co-organized a solo exhibition by photographer Connie Samaras. Trained in studio art at Wesleyan University and UC Davis, Spencer has held positions at Macalester College, the San Francisco Art Institute, and California College of the Arts.
ELIZA BARRIOS is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work ranges from installation, performative to new media art which draws from her background as a queer American Filipina. Barrios is inspired by her fervent curiosity regarding how ephemeral space is perceived in relation to systems of belief. Barrios’ work has been exhibited at museums, film festivals, and new media festivals internationally and domestically, including the Optica Festival (Gijón, Spain), New Forms Festival (Vancouver, Canada), International Turin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art (Oahu, Hawaii) and Mag:Net: Gallery - Katinpunan (Manila, Philippines). She received an Honorary Fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Barrios is currently the curator for the Luggage Store’s Projection Series (a series of public projections providing the audiences from all walks of life the experience of thoughtful, engaging and inspiring contemporary art for free), co-organizer of CIO (an on-going movement helping make the public aware, through art and interventions, of the current dysfunctional state of Capitalism and offering solutions ) and member of the Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. (a group of Filipina American artists engaged in an ongoing collaborative investigation of culture, race and gender).
MEGAN WILSON is a visual artist and community organizer based out of San Francisco. Wilson’s large-scale installations and public projects utilize a broad range of pop culture methodologies and aesthetics as a point of entry and engagement for the issues she addresses conceptually. In 2000 Wilson co-organized the performance/protest series Art Strikes Back in response to the unprecedented and unrestricted level of gentrification and displacement in San Francisco during the “dotcom boom.” In 2003 she curated and co-organized the international exchange Sama-sama/Together, a collaboration between community arts organizations and artists from San Francisco (USA) and Yogyakarta (Indonesia) designed to foster understanding of Muslim and non-Muslim cultures following 9/11. From 2004 – 2008 she transformed her 1,600 sq. ft. living space into an installation that explored and challenged the meanings of “home” and “homelessness.” Currently Wilson is a co-organizer of the Clarion Alley Mural Project and one of the organizers of CAPITALISM IS OVER! If You Want It. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
CAPITALISM IS OVER! If You Want It is an ongoing movement of interruptions/actions by artists from around the world in response to the need for a fundamental shift in our approach to Capitalism and the negative impact it has on the environment, health, and wellbeing of all. The status quo is not sustainable. The title of the project references John and Yoko’s “War is Over if You Want It” campaign of the late ’60s – in the spirit that capitalism is our war of today. The title also reflects how these phenomena are based in our minds and rely on our buy-in to function. Capitalism is not a law of nature. Humans created the system, it no longer works for the majority of the world, and it can be replaced. Through Capitalism Is Over! If You Want It our goal is to support and enact alternatives to Capitalism through creative channels. While making art in response to this runaway greed may seem an act of indulgence in itself, we as cultural workers are part of the community interrogating, creating and representing cultural shifts. At the very least we hope to leverage our creative capital to inspire constructive panalogue, network with others committed to the cause, and perhaps provide some fun and runaway thinking. We launched the movement on July 18, 2010 and to date over 100 artists have staged actions/performances in support of finding an alternative to the current Capitalist model. It has been inspiring and encouraging to be a part of the global revolution that has developed over the past year through the Arab Spring and Occupy Movements and watch as we are growing and gaining momentum and ultimately will manifest in long-term changes to the current status quo.
The organizers of CAPITALISM IS OVER! are Megan Wilson, Eliza Barrios, Cheryl Meeker, Amy Berk, Maw Shein Win, and Andy Cox.
For more on all four artist works and their projects visit:
CAPITALISM IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT!: capitalismisover.com
CHERYL MEEKER: cherylmeeker.blogspot.com
Depleted Selves: www.depletedselves.com
ELIZA BARRIOS: www.elizabarrios.com
Daily Slots (in collaboration with Paz de la Calzada)
Using news stands located along Market and Montgomery Street as “vehicles to deliver information”, artists Eliza Barrios and Paz De la Calzada sent bi/weekly messages through the windows of these structures. Altering the visual landscape of the pedestrian/urban environment, the messages are a mixture of iconography and slogans that call attention to the economy, consumerism, and un-sustainability of the capitalistic culture.
Luggage Store Projection Project (Projection Space + Mobile Projection Unit)
MEGAN WILSON: meganwilson.com
*News stand image courtesy of Michael Rauner.
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