On May 5th, join the Blue Collar Green Water Art & Culture Collective, for an hour-long journey multi-media art experience! In addition to stunning views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, the evening will include readings, a short video screening, slideshow and animated video presentation on San Francisco waterfront history, presented by San Francisco Bay maritime working artists.
SF/Tiburon Multi-Media Art Experience is part of the Imagining Post-Capitalism Festival (May 1-6, 2018), produced by Pro Arts in collaboration with Shaping San Francisco.
May 5th, 2018
The San Francisco/Tiburon ferry will leave PIER 41 promptly at 8:20 p.m. and return to Pier 41 at 10:05 p.m.
Adult round-trip ferry ticket: $25 (No Host Bar)
- *Purchase your round trip ticket(s) online at: HERE
- *Choose Kiosk pick-up
- *Print voucher
- *Bring voucher with you to the boat for entry
Event Program includes:
On the 1st deck during the entire 1-hour voyage:
Eideyosy de la Vega Lezca
Eide will DJ a mix of Latino music with US music to show the fusion of Latinos in the Bay Area. This will show how Latino culture moves across borders and is multinational. It will symbolize our unity as a workforce through music.
Dj de la Vega was born in Cayo Hueso, Havana, Cuba. He grew up in an urban environment surrounded by music and started performing at a young age. He performed with Los Adversarios, a local hip hop group, at the Plaza de la Revolucion at the age of 17. He performed throughout Havana in community centers, public events and clubs. He spins electronic, trap, hip-hop, latin-fusion as well as swing and other eclectic styles. He is a deckhand at Blue and Gold Fleet and has been working in the maritime industry since immigrating to the US.
A short-looped video about the Labor Movements in the San Francisco Bay Area. Using old photographs or publications, Walter will share with a timeline of the main events related to the labor movements in the area, for example the 1934’s general strike.
Walter Cruz is a photographer and videographer, originally from Guatemala, now based in the Bay Area. A graduate of the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba, Walter has, for more than 20 years, been involved in documentary, news and film in various countries in Latin America. He currently teaches a Digital Video Arts class at Mission Valley ROP in Fremont, CA.
Displayed photographs of BCGW ferry workers, taken by Vincent Atos.
Vincent Atos immigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. in 1991. He worked for several years as a photojournalist for major newspapers and wire services in the Philippines. He also worked at Billy Graham Productions, boxing up concert merchandise. Eventually, Vincent found a bartending job on the ferries of Fisherman’s Wharf. After a short stint tending bar, Vincent became a deckhand with Blue & Gold Fleet. He now works as a deckhand on the Golden Gate Ferry. Vincent specializes in street photography and candid photography.
On the 2nd deck:
Samantha will offer a short presentation on ways in which maritime workers have historically responded to job loss, automation and workplace destabilization using creative expression and political action. Utilizing images, literature, photography and video, primarily created by maritime workers themselves, Samantha will present a nonlinear overview of SF waterfront history focusing on how we as blue-collar workers have both successfully and unsuccessfully resisted and/or collaborated with automation, globalization and mechanization of our jobs and worksites. The presentation will set the stage for a collaborative question and answer period where we will discuss and debate how automation, mechanization and attacks on unions (right to work, etc.) is currently affecting our work as mariners and ways we can respond both creatively and through political action in the present and future.
Duration: 15 minutes
Samantha Levens is a full-time deckhand at Blue and Gold Fleet. She has been working in the maritime industry since 2002 when she began her career working aboard historic tall ships. She has served on the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific’s executive board, as convention delegate, and shop steward. She has her BFA from Tyler School of Art/Temple University and is currently pursuing a MFA in Curatorial Studies.
April Sinclair & Sasha Wright
April will read an original, short piece related to the working life. Sasha will read a selection from her novel in progress. Their readings will be followed by a discussion, in the context of the readings, on what the future looks like, especially through a post-capitalism lens.
Duration: 20 minutes
April Sinclair is an author of three novels including the critically acclaimed, best seller, “Coffee Will Make You Black.” Received The Carl Sandburg Award in Literature from the “Friends of the Chicago Public Library” for “Coffee Will Make You Black.”
Sasha Wright is a writer, translator and activist from Oakland, CA. She is a MFA in creative writing candidate at San Francisco State University and her work has been published in Left Turn Magazine and War Times. She writes about gender, sexuality and family dynamics, and is currently working on a coming-of-age novel set during the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the late 1980s.
Erick will show his documentary, “Behind the Line,” which raises the question: is the American Dream achievable for immigrants living and working in San Francisco? The 10-minute film will be followed by a few minutes of discussion about the future for people like those interviewed in Erick’s video. Short discussion afterwards with BCGW artists, moderated by Shaping San Francisco/Pro Arts.
Duration: 15 minutes
Erick is originally from Peru, Lima. He has lived in San Francisco for 17 years. Growing up in The City, he became keenly aware of the lack of help given to certain minority groups in The City, mostly Latinos and African Americans. Ericks vision growing up was always to help his community in any way possible. It has always been foremost in his mind and heart to give back to the community. Education has always been important in his family. Erick’s mother was his support and foundation as he followed his educational path. Graduating from San Francisco State University in May 2017 was Erick’s dream come true. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts, with an emphasis in Video Production. Erick realizes the powerful tool documentaries, short films, movies and biographical films are for telling stories. Erick’s goal is to produce videos that focus on social problems, education and the environment.
Part of the Imagining Post-Capitalism Festival
SF/Tiburon Multi-Media Art Experience Curators/Organizers
Blue Collar Green Water Art & Culture Collective makes visible the creativity of the San Francisco Bay’s often unseen blue collar maritime worker. Transporting people and goods across the waters each day, we are the strong, dedicated force behind the productivity and industry of the San Francisco Bay. We are also artists, thinkers and leaders. We celebrate the strength of our wide diversity by supporting labor struggles and social justice crusades. Through art, we strive to build leadership within our membership, empower worker communities and enhance lives.
Blue & Gold Fleet is the premier provider of ferry and water excursion services on San Francisco Bay, offering the famous one-hour Bay Cruise Adventure, Escape from the Rock Cruise around Alcatraz Island and the ever-popular RocketBoat, the ultimate high-speed thrill ride along San Francisco’s waterfront. The company provides regular ferry service to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo, Alameda/Oakland, Harbor Bay, South San Francisco and AT&T Park on game days, as well as motorcoach tours to some of Northern California’s picturesque sites. Blue & Gold Fleet operates a fleet of 19 vessels.
About the Festival Organizers:
Pro Arts is a non-profit art institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, social practice, public art, and education. Founded in 1973, Pro Arts is one of the few remaining institutions in Oakland that is artist-centered and that continues to function as a platform for experimentation, supporting the freedom to create challenging, non-commercial work in critical art context.
Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. We are committed to defining a new kind of public space, specifically around a shared interest in our interrelated social histories.
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