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11/15, Opening Reception: Postcommodity: The Point Of Final
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Nancy Tubbs

November 09, 2019    

San Francisco Art Institute presents:

Opening Reception: Postcommodity: The Point Of Final Collapse

Opening reception Friday, Nov 15, 5-8pm; On view November 15 - ongoing, San Francisco


The art collective Postcommodity presents The Point of Final Collapse, a sound installation and broadly conceptual work intended as a reprieve from the economic stresses and dangers of a city in the throes of radical social, cultural, architectural, and economic transformation.

The collective focuses its indigenous lens on San Francisco's sinking Millennium Tower as a metaphor for inequitable and irrational socio-economic systems that defy expectations of the land. Even more, the work highlights the cognitive dissonance of San Francisco's technocracy in relationship to the city's ongoing spiritual quest for restoration and self-care.

The installation uses computational algorithms that parse data representing the movement of the Tower. This movement data is then mapped to healing ASMR audio and soothing binaural beats, transforming the sonification of the sinking and tilting of the Millennium Tower into therapeutic and sacred sounds. Long Range Acoustic Devices, installed in the tower at SFAI's historic Chestnut Street Campus, will subtly broadcast this indeterminate and generative multichannel sound composition to North Beach and downtown San Francisco for short durational intervals each day, almost imperceptibly encouraging San Franciscans in search of comfort, security, and stability to relax.

Postcommodity is an indigenous art collective composed of SFAI Art + Technology Chair Cristobal Martinez and Kade L. Twist. Postcommodity's art functions as a shared indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence.

Opening reception Friday, Nov 15, 5-8pm; On view November 15 - ongoing

The Tower at SFAI-Chestnut Street Campus
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA, 94133


Phone: 415-771-7020

About San Francisco Art Institute:
Founded in 1871, San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is one of the nation?s oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. SFAI offers graduate and undergraduate degrees, as well as public exhibitions, education, and events.
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