Pro Arts Gallery is honored to present “Migrating Cultures”, link price an outdoor video projection mapping event. Artists Robin Lasser and G. Craig Hobbs team with Pro Arts and Jack London Square to connect regional experiences of immigration with stories from around the world.
The event will feature outdoor video mapped projections onto the wall of the Sunset Magazine building in Jack London Square. Imagery includes portraits of 15 immigration stories as told by Bay Area residents representing 12 different countries, including stories from Oakland residents. The work will combine these stories with imagery and sounds of species migrations to represent our shared global commons and the differences as well as universality of human movement and experience. The event will include time for the audience to share their own stories as part of the Migratory Cultures project
Craig Hobbs’ work addresses themes at the intersection of nature, culture, and technology in the mediums of digital video, sound, and interactive art. Hobbs produces large-scale public art projects, installations and films, and has collaborated with artists including AntiVJ, Natalie Jeremijenko, Usman Haque, Blast Theory, Andrea Polli, Robin Lasser, Yung-Ta Chang and fabric | ch. Hobbs received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts and his MFA from the Digital Arts and New Media program at University of California, Santa Cruz. Hobbs is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Media Art and Director of the CADRE Media Lab at San José State University.
Robin Lasser is a Professor of Art at San Jose State University. She produces photographs, video, site-specific installations and public art dealing with environmental issues and social justice. Lasser often works in a collaborative mode with other artists, writers, students, public agencies, community organizations, and international coalitions to produce public art and promote public dialogue. Recent international exhibitions include installations at museums such as: The Metenkov Museum of Photography, Yekaterinburg, Russia, The Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and The Caixa Cultural Center in Rio De Janeiro. Lasser also participates in international biennials such as ZERO1: Global Art on the Edge, San Jose, California, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada and the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China. Earlier national and international exhibitions include: Aronson Galleries – Parsons School of Design in New York City, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery in the Bronx, New York City, L.A. County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California, the De Young Museum and the Exploratorium Observation Gallery in San Francisco, the Osaka World Trade Center Museum in Japan and the Academy of Film in Prague, Czech Republic. Lasser is currently the US project lead and participating artist in a cross-cultural art exchanges between Russia, Iran, India and the U.S.