New Situationists: A Guided Audio Tour

by Benj Gerdes & Jennifer Hayashida

In tribute to the high-tech industries of the Bay Area, visitors can stream or download this free audio guide to the “smart” device of their choice (the kind of choice where we assume you already own one).


Exit Pro Arts Gallery and immediately turn left on Kahn’s Alley. Walk slowly across Frank H. Ogawa Plaza towards Oakland City Hall. Pause midway across the lawn and begin audio tour.

“For security reasons, please do not bring bags and limit what you bring to small, personal items like keys and cell phones. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners will not be allowed through security. Limited downtown public parking. Carpooling and taking public transit is strongly encouraged. Use BART 12th street Oakland City Center.”

About the Artists: 

Benj Gerdes is an artist, writer, and organizer working in film, video, and other public formats, individually as well as collaboratively. He is interested in intersections of radical politics, knowledge production, and popular imagination. His individual and collaborative work focuses on the affective and social consequences of economic and state regimes through historical research, dialogue, and participatory or aleatory formalizations. His work has been exhibited and screened at venues including the Centre Pompidou, National Gallery of Art, New Museum, REDCAT Gallery, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Tate Modern. Writings have been published in October, The Journal of Aesthetics + Protest, Incite! and Rethinking Marxism. Based in Brooklyn, NY, he is Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Long Island University.

Poet, translator and visual artist Jennifer Hayashida was born in Oakland, CA, and grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm and San Francisco. She received her B.A. in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed her M.F.A. in poetry from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She is the recipient of awards from, among others, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York Foundation for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is most recently the translator, from the Swedish, of Athena Farrokhzad’s White Blight (Argos Books, 2015), Ida Börjel’s Maximum Ca’Canny The Sabotage Manuals (Commune Editions, 2014), and Karl Larsson’s Form/Force (Black Square Editions, 2015). Previous work includes Fredrik Nyberg’s A Different Practice (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007), and Eva Sjödin’s Inner China (Litmus Press, 2005). Her poetry and translations have been published in journals such as The Asian American Literary Review, Salt Hill, Chicago Review, and Circumference, while her collaborations in film/video have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, including the Centre Pompidou, the Flaherty Film Seminar, the New Museum, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Fields of interest include representations of the welfare state and immigrant experience; cross-genre literature and film; translation; Asian American community activism.

Pro Arts’ The New Situationists project is made possible with a generous grant from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.