Pro Arts is proud to present Community Sourced, a video installation by Studio Lab Artists in Residence, Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) and Victoria Mara Heilweil.

Community Sourced is a video and custom zines project, consisting of interviews and special events recorded and live-streamed in the form of site-specific installations and mobile interventions, taking place in various neighborhoods in Oakland and in partnership with art venues across the Bay Area. The content of each video segment is generated through recommendations by residents who live within a few blocks of each filming location.

Community Sourced is filmed on top of a portable flatbed trailer, creating a mobile, public stage. The first video segment will take place in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Oakland, which is deeply invested in grassroots organizing and is the historical epicenter of the Black Panther Party. The second episode will be filmed during MAP and Heilweil’s Studio Lab Artist Residency at Pro Arts in September 2017. To complement the time based aspect of the Community Sourced project, Heilweil will create a series of custom zines, thus expanding the project’s reach beyond the live audience and serving as a visual story, representing each site for this project.

Community Sourced video segments are 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 Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Fleishhacker Foundation and The City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.