Seamus Harte Re-imagines Use of Public Space Outside of SOMArts, September 21 & 22

What: Interactive installation for International Park(ing) Day on Friday, September 21st and other opportunities to see This Eight Feet by Seamus Harte and Elizabeth Rose.

When: Friday, September 21, 12–7pm, Saturday, September 22, 12pm–5pm

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

This creative film This Eight Feet looks into the burgeoning Park(ing) Day movement, an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.  This video by Elizabeth Rose and Seamus Harte, a currently exhibiting artists in The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts’ Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition explores how we intervene into the city one parking space at a time, and will be screened as one of nine films on the matinee program for the free event Makers, Mimosas & Matinees on Saturday, September 22nd. Matinees begin at 2pm.

This Eight Feet is accompanied by the artist’s own personal pop-up parking day installation which will be installed in front of SOMArts on Friday, September 21st (international Park(ing) Day) from 12pm–7pm and then again on Saturday the 22nd from 12pm–5pm. The group exhibition in SOMArts’ Main Gallery will also be open to visitors during these hours.

Harte’s installation will consist of one 4′x16′ low platform in a parking space just in front of SOMArts, and a set of three easels with writing boards that ask the public to answer the simple questions: What should the city continue doing? What should it stop doing? and What should it start doing?

This survey methodology sets the public in the drivers seat by providing a direct means of input to city planning.  The public is invited to come onto the platforms and write their comments, which will then be placed in individual envelopes and delivered via post to the San Francisco Planning Department for their edification.  The artist’s video This Eight Feet will also be on display at this temporary installation.

Seamus Harte attended Ex’pression College for Digital Arts where he earned a BAS in Sound Arts. This knowledge landed him a job on The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, where he developed into Senior Producer while traveling the country working with students, artists, teachers, executives, and politicians producing multimedia projects reflective of their own ideas and imaginations. While on the road Seamus learned to fuse student immersion with hidden curriculum to produce digitally documented interactive learning experiences, including – Detroit: A Motor City Experience, Honor Our Veterans, John Lennon: The NYC Years, and more. Seamus has also produced documentary work for many artists and organizations including Carney, Anberlin, The Black Eyed Peas, Yoko Ono, TED and PUBLIC.

Seamus now lives in San Francisco where he works for Digital Media Academy implementing the student immersion and hidden curriculum techniques he developed on the road. Seamus sees documentary as the crossroad of truth and imagination and believes this, in tandem with technology, is the art form that will allow him to positively affect the most amount of people.