Archive for March, 2009

west oakland to the world


hugh livingston and his parabolic mic

Eight artists out at Middle Harbor today, a shimmering greyscale wind racing in our faces, steering the conversation to wind-based / wind-resistant art. With the Exploratorium launching its outdoor installations this week, we talked of interactive art that could deepen park visitors’ understanding of the natural and built worlds at Middle Harbor. And on the dancing about architecture tip: iLAND.

Tara Reinertson, the park’s naturalist, gave a free talk on the workings and history of the container shipping operation that surrounds the park, complete with a crash course in trade economics. We studied the Panamax cranes as they unloaded a ship from the Wan Hai lines, drawing the attention of a dock boss who glided over in a pick-up to confirm our good intentions through the chain-link fence.

Some more ideas for The Big Book of Creative Things To Do In Middle Harbor Shoreline Park:

  • Cinema Shuttle from West Oakland BART to Middle Harbor for the free, outdoor Bruce Lee Film Festival (piece of cake for Oaklandish!)
  • Giant game of Four Square in Teletubby Valley
  • Security Camera Inversion with dozens of mounted projectors shining imagery that makes us feel very much at ease. Pretty flowers. A bear hug. And for me: a big box of Cap’n Crunch.

charette | music[more than] in middle harbor

photo by michael zelnerTen folks out at Middle Harbor this morning, including Dyemark and his singing / seeing kite, filmmaker Alfonso Alvarez doing timelapse documentation of the west bay view, and a collection of artist and thinkers walking around the Port Arnold and Western Pacific Mole. Although I asked some leading questions about how sound art could integrate into MH’s landscape the discussion ranged over rich territory: aeolian structures, environmental justice, habitat restoration, shorebird sightings, UC geographer Dick Walker’s The Country in the City, and how crazy it feels to be up on one of those big cranes.

photo by michael zelnerSome ideas for The Big Book of Creative Things To Do In Middle Harbor Shoreline Park:

  • Have sfSound hold their Tape Music Festival in Teletubby Valley (an affectionate name for the oval green centered on the footprint of the former naval supply depot)
  • Podcasted sonic tours composed by local artists and oral history projects featuring MH’s dedicated park personnel, a wellspring of stories, expertise and love of the natural world.
  • Pedal power installations to deliver electricity to ad hoc performances

What else?

Photodocumentation pending on flickr. Try the tag “middle harbor


call for artists: middle harbor corridor

from original photo by graham thomasArtists are invited to participate in an upcoming Illuminated Corridor inspired by Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, California. This call is for

  • community input
  • sound art, field recordings, and
  • film and video for screening and live performance.

project description
about middle harbor shoreline park

background on illCorr artist calls

ways to get involved:

  • community art charettes
    attend gatherings of artists in Middle Harbor Shoreline park to discuss the park’s history, ecology and creative potential.
    deadline: ongoing through June 2009
    next one: saturday, march 7 11am
    learn more
  • port radio
    an open call for audio content destined for a webcast and broadcast series that juxtaposes the local experience of Middle Harbor Shoreline Park as a working shipping container facility with content from ports around the world, inviting listeners to discover commonalities and differences.
    deadline for submissions: may 1 2009
    learn more
  • subtidal goals
    an open call for original works of film and video (all formats) destined for a live cinema event that envisions life just below the surface of Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.
    deadline for submissions: april 1, 2009
    learn more
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