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July 26th 2019

Press Release: Rebooting the Future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Dara Katrina Del Rosario
Communications & Partnerships Manager
415-863-1414 x103, [email protected]

SOMArts Cultural Center presents

REBOOTING THE FUTURE
Friday, August 16–Saturday, August 17, 7:00–10:30pm
Doors open at 7:00pm
Performances start at 7:30-10:30pm

July 25, 2019, San Francisco, CA–Rebooting the Future: Multimedia & Performance Arts Festival, is a free, all ages two day festival presented by SOMArts Cultural Center, curated by Sian Morson and Kolmel W. Love. The festival brings together Bay Area artists who leverage technology and new media in order to access the imagination, Futurity, and the Divine.  

Morson and Love add nuance to our relationship with high and low technologies, affirming that they can facilitate meaningful connection to the self and community, as well as the possibilities of time and space. “As a technologist and artist, I’ve been fascinated by the ways in which technology enables the creative process. Rebooting the Future allows me to extend that curiosity in a real and tangible way; to see how other artists are thinking about technology and its effects on our world and their process,” says Morson.

Rebooting the Future kicks off with a total space activation and visual arts opening reception on Friday, August 16 with performances by Imani Sims, Stephanie Hewett with Ainsley Tharp, Tina Kashiwagi and Jeffrey Yip, R.L. Muas as 4orplay,  and Sharmi Basu and Titania Kumeh. 

Alongside the performances are interactive works by Anum Awan and Robin Birdd, Camila Magrane, James Proctor, Kristina Williams, and Gel Pen Collective.

On Saturday, August 17, legendary drag queen and activist Per Sia will host an evening of queer performance. Kevin Seaman’s #femmemasculine forges new archetypes of masculinity. Tobias Butlers blurs the boundaries between the spectator and stage, transforming participants into collaborators. Eddie and the Heartbeats, and psychedelic power pop duo OLOKUN round out the musical performances with a special premiere of OLOKUN’s latest single, “Whirled”.

East Bay darling J.A.D.E. (Just Another Disabled Entertainer) combines provocative thought with moving furniture. Astrologer, writer and creative ASTROSAGAS weaves together scientific and astrological inquiry as pathways toward decolonizing the mind and subverting colonial structures. 

Through interactive media works and performance, audience members will be placed in direct dialogue with curators, artists, and the creative community at large. As Love affirms, “I hope both robots and luddites walk away with a sense of curiosity, encouraged to imagine what the future might hold and what technological tools we might use, discard or redesign to get there.”

REBOOTING THE FUTURE
EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Anum Awan and Robin Birdd
Camila Magrane
Gel Pen Collective
James Proctor
Kristina Ashley Williams
Sharmi Basu and Titania Kumeh

EXHIBITING & PERFORMING ARTISTS, FRIDAY
Imani Sims
Stephanie Hewett and Ainsley Tharp
R.L. Muas as 4orplay
Tina Kashiwagi and Jeffrey Yip of MACROWAVES

PERFORMING ARTISTS, SATURDAY
ASTROSAGAS
Eddie and the Heartbeats
J.A.D.E.
Kevin Seaman
OLOKUN 
Per Sia

CURATORS
Kolmel W. Love
Sian Morson

CALENDAR LISTINGS
All calendar listings are free, all ages, and open to the public unless otherwise stated
 

Friday, August 16, 7:30–10:30pm
Opening reception and artist activations by Imani Sims, Stephanie Hewett and Ainsley Tharp, and Tina Kashiwagi and Jeffrey Yip. 

Saturday, August 17, 7:30–10:30pm
An evening of queer performance hosted by Per Sia 

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ABOUT SOMARTS CULTURAL CENTER

SOMArts Cultural Center, founded in 1979, cultivates access to the arts within the Bay Area by collaborating with community-focused artists and organizations. Together, we engage the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect and civic participation.

SOMArts plays a vital role in the arts ecosystem by helping activate the arts citywide. We do this by providing space and production support for non-profit events, as well as fairs and festivals throughout the Bay Area, and offering a robust program of art exhibitions, classes, events and performances that are affordable and accessible to all. SOMArts’ exhibition programs receive critical support from the San Francisco Arts Commission and The San Francisco Foundation, and are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts.

SOMArts is located at 934 Brannan Street—between 8th and 9th—within 2 blocks of 101, I-80, Muni lines and bike paths.

For public information call 415-863-1414 or visit somarts.org. Stay connected by following us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

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