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April 20, 2011

MA Collaborative Project "Transit/Statis: Negotiating Movement in the City" Opens April 25, 2011

TRANSIT/STASIS: Negotiating Movement in the City is a project of the 2011 MA Collaborative featuring an exhibition, publication, and public programs about art and its intersection with urban modes of transit. The exhibition runs April 25-30, 2011 in the Diego Rivera Gallery on the 800 Chestnut Street Campus

In late 2010, the MA Collaborative sent out an open call encouraging artists to examine the space between transit and stasis as a productive territory for conceptual inquiry and physical interventions. After reviewing submissions from artists around the world, the MA Collaborative selected five proposals to commission. The resulting publication and exhibition feature documentation and ephemera from the enacted projects.


Although the participating artists are from varied locations, their projects all engage with the way people move through the urban core of San Francisco:

  • The anonymous members of Resonant City (Bay Area), responding to the functionality of the new Clipper Card, collected documentation from their travels along the transit lines that connect the Bay Area, and now propose a new, more efficient, and centralized transit system.
  • Nick Bastis (Chicago) organized an ambitious scavenger hunt, with international artists leading teams of San Francisco residents using only Google Maps and calling cards for directions.
  • Artist/curator Christen Sperry-Garcia (Los Angeles) recruited a crew of local dancers for Maps, Nodes and Networks, enacting a daylong performance in which participants arrived at a site via various forms of transit, and then recreated their routes with string in the condensed space.
  • Aram Bartholl (Berlin) continued his international project, Dead Drops, by installing USB drives across San Francisco to facilitate sharing through location-based digital interaction.
  • Julie Cloutier (San Francisco) heightened awareness of the sidewalks we tread by replacing rocks that she accumulated throughout San Francisco with pencil drawings of those rocks, deposited at the original collection site.

In addition to viewing the works exhibited in the Diego Rivera Gallery at SFAI's main campus, guests are invited to an artist panel discussion at 5:30 pm on April 27 in the Lecture Hall. This evening will also mark the release of the associated publication, which, along with artist posters, will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

San Francisco Art Institute MA Collaborative 2011: Allison Blomerth, Heatherly Born, Pam Campanaro, Frida Cano, Kim Cook, Melina De Hoyos, Emily Dippo, E. Maude Haak-Frendscho, Charlotte Miller, Casey Mouton, Karl Nelson, Ian Paul, Claudia Schidlow



Instructor: Meg Shiffler 



Participating Artists: Aram Bartholl, Nick Bastis, Julie Cloutier, Resonant City, Christen Sperry-Garcia

For more information, visit http://transit-stasis.com/.