As part of their
residency at Yerba Buena
in San Francisco, Portland's Red 76 collective
is doing another one of their "How
To Create a Cultural District and Have it Vanish Into the Morning Mists of Dawn
projects in Oakland tonight. PORT reported on the
Portland version here
last summer. Once again, far
from being naïve
to the effects artistic activities have on the civic
fabric, they understand the catalytic effects such activities historically have
on neighborhoods and its their understanding of history that makes them relevant.
It's like developers have radio tracking collars on artists and Red 76 acknowledges
their role in the process in their statements. Their partial solution is to
be more ephemeral and will take place tonight (11:59PM - 3AM) around 2nd and
Franklin in Oakland, CA. They are also doing 2 laundry lectures tomorrow as
well. Call their hotline for more info: 1(888) 212-5652.
Of course this raises larger questions, for instance is the intentional ephemeral,
non commercial nature of these activities more or less easily co-opted by real-estate
moguls? Also, I'm not convinced all developers are bad, although San Francisco
certainly has been a massive cautionary tale that thankfully Portland has heeded
to some degree. Is it enough? Objects as artifacts can be empowering as stubborn reminders to be navigated as well
but Red 76 is just as bold about its ephemeral/communal approach. Also, does that ephemeral approach
place them slightly more the mercy of writers?... and possibly attractive for that same reason?
It's all good and I like Red 76's catalytic role, check em out.
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