Using a digital microscope, gallery visitors investigate various materials in Petri dishes and draw and write their observations in the notebook provided.
The Ship of Fools originated from various explorations of the concept of hell. A couple of years ago a few of my projects dealt with a construction of a hell environment, modeling it on the formal organization of Dante’s Inferno. I was interested in developing several layers within this environment, including one of the outer […]
“Investigation” of Project Nike launch and control sites still visible around the Bay Area, imagining alternative narrative to their original purpose. Participant/contributor: Michael Goodier.
This project was done over three weeks at Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. Searching “fun vacation in Florida” on Google Image and reenacting the scenes in the photographic archive. Participants: Jane Claire, Bonnie Abner, Chase Star, Tom Smith, Aram Bartholl.
Investigation of ceremonies and public rituals that are intended to reaffirm collective identity. It looks at patterns, choreography and aesthetic traditions and formalities common to collective ritual and ceremonies done by communities such as the kibbutz movement where I grew up. Those composed celebrations generate a sense of community and power and can transform the […]
Interactive installation/performance of a fictitious water company providing custom-designed water concoctions. It is a hybrid between a juice bar and a custom- designed perfume boutique. Water experts dressed in company uniforms provide guidance and assist visitors in choosing their individual water mixtures. Experts mix the formulas from a large selection of “water compound” bottles, which […]
Investigating text in different context– new meanings are generated when tonality of voice, delivery and aesthetics change. Reading You Sexy Thing (I Believe In Miracles) by Errol Brown. Participants: Melissa Santala, Becky Lo Dolce and Paul Grayson.
Alternative Histories investigates archaeology as a political method by which myths and Israeli national identity are constructed. It is a social engagement project executed in 2013 in Israel. Some of the pivotal stories on which Israeli collective memory have been established, and on which archaeological investigations were constructed, such as the Masada narrative, have now been […]
This project consists of temporary informational booths installed in Bay Area urban locations. At these kiosks, visitors are introduced to the diverse population of cherub habitats in their communities. Two volunteers, dressed in cherub-watching uniforms serve as experts, providing guidance and educational materials to passers by. Material include field guides, pamphlets and checklists as well […]
Volunteers perform as scientists-in-residence at the Sarah Gray Research Headquarters lab, conducting a variety of experiments which they develop. The performers carry out those experiments during public events and visitors to the gallery engage with the performers and assist them with their “groundbreaking” experiments. This performance is a construction of a non-threatening, socio-dramatic space that […]
The Book of Genesis does not mention what type of species the Tree of Knowledge was, yet various texts, interpretations and misunderstandings produced a wide variety of possibilities. A quick Google search yielded seventeen species. This project is an attempt done by The Sarah Gray Research Headquarters to propagate the Tree of Knowledge from rootstocks […]
It was a large room. Full of people. All kinds. And they had all arrived at the same building at more or less the same time. And they were all free. And they were all asking themselves the same question: What is behind that curtain? (Laurie Anderson, Born Never Asked ) What Is Behind That […]