In the spirit of special exhibition Who is Oakland? OMCA screens an evocative film piece, A Hole in Space, which captures a unique form of dialogue between people in different neighborhoods of Oakland. In January 2015, artists Maya Gurantz and Ellen Sebastian Chang created video “portals” between distinct Oakland neighborhoods that are geographically close, but socially and economically worlds apart. Their efforts resulted in an exchange of mutual discovery, acknowledgment, and understanding, against a backdrop of the current gentrification and economic unrest in the city. Commissioned by the Great Wall of Oakland, the work is inspired by Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz’s seminal 1980 new media art project A Hole in Space.
This program in OMCA’s Lecture Hall features footage from the installation, followed by a Q&A about the Oakland-specific issues that arose from this unique form of neighborhood-to-neighborhood conversation. Panelists include:
- filmmakers Maya Gurantz and Ellen Sebastian Chang
- artist Chris Treggiari, whose work can be seen in special exhibition Who is Oakland?
- Michelle Clark, The Youth Employment Partnership, Inc.
- Meghann Farnsworth, The Center for Investigative Reporting
Before or after the screening, visit special exhibition Who is Oakland? in the Gallery of California Art.
Included with Museum admission. Admission is first come, first served, and seating is limited. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admission is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Admission for Members is always free.