Join us for Downtown Oakland Ambulation (DOA), an explorative walk through Oakland on the final day of Everyone is Hypnotized.

This guided walking performance will be lead by artist, Sebastian Alvarez.

Oakland’s material reality is the product of a web of resilient echoes of human and nonhuman forces that expand in space and time, moving between fact and fiction. DOA will be an audio-guided peripatetic reflection that moves through Downtown Oakland’s urban ecology and aims to sonify some of the neglected remnants of the past in order to hear new possibilities.

Using Pro Arts as a point of departure, participants will walk through a selection of under-examined places that thrive with the freedom of municipal disregard, as well as surveilled areas that decay through the pseudo concerns and sanitation of hyper-management.

This ambulation intends to both illuminate and obscure the explorers’ knowledge of Oakland’s rich natural and cultural history through a blend of fact and fiction as they move through the built environment.

To register: Please send your full name to by Tuesday, May 23, 2017. 

Registered participants  will be given a link to download the audio tour. Please bring a smart phone and pair of headphones.


Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Sebastian Alvarez is a Bay Area-based trans-disciplinary artist. His personal practice and collaborative projects highlight the interrelation of disparate infrastructures and the uncanniness of human-made systems. Alvarez’s research-based work manifests in the forms of still and moving allegorical images, video, infographics, performative lectures, sonic compositions, and walks. He is a member of an artist collective facilitating workshops and performances at San Quentin State Prison that collaborates with incarcerated artists to explore their own personal journeys, as well as systemic issues of inequality, violence, and incarceration. Alvarez is currently part of a sci-fi documentary film and transmedia project about the imaginative and material processes of building transcendent, utopian communities in Brasília, Brazil. He has performed, curated, and presented work internationally at such venues as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Whitney Biennial (NYC), Postgarage (Graz, Austria), Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, Egypt), the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art Bourges (Bourges, France), and Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria).