Dial Collect Opening Reception

What: Opening reception for Dial Collect
Where: SOMArts Main Gallery 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th) San Francisco
When: Thursday, April 4th 2013 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
How Much: Free

SOMArts Cultural Center presents Dial Collect, a group exhibition of large-scale audience-interactive installations open April 5–26, 2013 bridging people and stories. Curated by 2012–2013 SOMArts’ Commons Curatorial Residency recipient Calcagno Cullen, works by thirteen exhibiting artists provide dynamic viewing opportunities that allow gallery visitors to interact with the art and with one another. Dial Collect is the antidote to society’s recent transition to communication through socially interactive technologies— an offline opportunity to share creatively and to relate to both friends and strangers in meaningful ways.

At the opening, participating artist Lori Gordon will conduct incognito research for her installation “Snippets,” which displays pieces of conversations as art, encouraging the viewer to actively consider and appreciate these moments out of context. Gordon invites friends and strangers to display these statements in their windows or in other public spaces, and exhibits the documentation of this display as photography alongside the textual declarations as vinyl and paper signage.  Gordon will collect snippets observationally during the opening reception on Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6–9pm, and through live interview sessions with gallery visitors at an event with Silent Karaoke on Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7–9pm; selected snippets will then become part of the installation until Dial Collect closes.

Dial Collect is one of four exhibition proposals selected to receive a 2012–13 Commons Curatorial Residency exhibition at SOMArts. Selected artists and curators receive curatorial stipends and a support package valued at over $20,000, as well as access to one of the largest and most beautiful gallery spaces in the heart of the city to expand their practice, engage the Bay Area’s cultural communities and turn vision into reality.

Above image: “Before I Die” by Candy Chang