Community Sourced is a multi-media installation documenting the exploration of two Oakland neighborhoods: Santa Fe and Frank Ogawa Plaza. The installation will feature a tiered cityscape that includes video images, photographs, quotes from participants and an interconnecting map.
Content for the micro-portraits of each area are constructed from interactions and interviews with residents and businesses in a 5 block radius, resulting in a live pop-up variety show performed on a custom-built, public stage anchored to a portable flatbed trailer. Using a “hands-on” approach to community engagement, the shows are collaboratively developed with participants from the host neighborhoods. Each episode of the Community Sourced show celebrates the unique stories and talents of the community, connects neighbors, and addresses pertinent issues.
The first community event took place July 2017 in Santa Fe, hosted by Boonation Custom Cycles, a neighborhood bike shop operated by David Boone out of his street level garage.
The second episode will be created during a curatorial lab residency at Pro Arts Gallery, featuring bi-weekly public projects in Frank Ogawa Plaza between 12:00 – 1:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in September.
Inside Pro Arts, both episodes will air; one monitor featuring community members from the Santa Fe district, and the second highlighting individuals from the area surrounding Frank Ogawa Plaza. The second episode will be developing over the course of the exhibition, so be sure to return and see the work progress. To complement the two video installments, books featuring photographs and stories from each neighborhood will be on view.
Community Sourced is produced in partnership with The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
The Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) is a Bay Area artmaking and curatorial team founded in 2009 by Peter Foucualt and Chris Treggiari with the goal of creating mobile exhibition structures that engage the public. MAP creates an autonomous exhibition space, an artistic research lab where a cross pollination of mediums and genres can occur, be accessible to the public, and create strong bonds with partner communities. MAP events include video screenings, visual art installations, performance art, live music, interactive artworks, and culinary art. The collaborative duo build temporary, creative microcosms where community and creativity can intersect and flourish.
Victoria Mara Heilweil is a nationally exhibited fine art photographer. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the de Young Museum, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, California Academy of Sciences, Art Works Downtown, PHOTO Fine Art and Rayko Photo Gallery in the Bay Area. She has also created public and community based art works in conjunction with the ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose, CA and the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco, CA. In 2014, Heiweil was awarded a grant from the Puffin Foundation. In addition to her exhibition history, for the past 18 years Victoria has taught photography and design classes at colleges including San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, City College of San Francisco, Art Center College of Design and California State University, Fullerton. Heiweil received a Masters in Photography from California College of the Arts, and is a mom to a funny and inquisitive daughter.
ABOUT THE CIR:
The mission of The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is to engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy. Founded in 1977 as the nation’s first nonprofit investigative journalism organization, The Center For Investigative Reporting (CIR) celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Over those four decades, it has developed a reputation for being among the most innovative, credible and relevant media organizations in the country.
RELATED PUBLIC PROGRAM:
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Community Sourced exhibition is funded in part by generous grants from The Fleishhacker Foundation and The City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.