- Civic Engagement
- Design Education
- Experience Design
- Film + Media
- Sound Design
- June 26th
- 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- 2413 Fourth St.
- Berkeley, CA 94710
GATHER ‘ROUND IT, curated by David Wilson and Mary Banas in collaboration with John McNeil Studio, is a one-time pop-up art and design experience, exploring community and collaboration as a means of inspiration. Design, craft, digital mediums and more will contribute to a shared creative experience. Join us for this experimental, hands-on event that includes an array of artists, craftspeople and designers.
The artists of GATHER ‘ROUND IT will lead attendees in the creation of a collaborative art piece through the experimentation of light, sound, projection, movement and an array of other media. The greater the diversity, the richer the outcome so step out of your comfort zone and come add your individual note to this artistic symphony. No artistic background needed.
Mary Banas is an artist, designer, writer, and person. She develops conceptual and informed designs for brands, institutions, and people with her independent creative practice YES IS MORE. Mary works collaboratively with artist Breanne Trammell under the moniker BMTMB—most recently as artists in residence at the University of Connecticut’s Counterproof Pressresulting in the edition Then & Now? Previously, BMTMB released LIFE IS A HIGHWAY at Colpa Books and Video in San Francisco and participated in: “For Freedoms: Art as Political Resistance”, DAAP Galleries at the University of Cincinnati. Mary has been teaching design since 2009, currently at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
David Wilson is an artist based in Oakland, CA. He creates observational drawings based in direct experiences with landscape and orchestrates site-based gatherings that draw together a wide net of artists, performers, filmmakers, chefs, and artisans into collaborative relationships. He organized the experimental exhibition The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and received the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s 2012 SECA Art Award. Currently has an ongoing project with BAMPFA, building community through a diverse range of programming, print projects, and mail correspondence.
Kristine Vejar is most happy when surrounded by plants, color made by plants, and textiles. She explores her local natural environment for sources of color in the forms of dye and paint, and teaches others how to do so. Therefore bringing a greater understanding or curiosity to our ever present living world. She encourages people to choose natural materials, and to implore design to accept, enhance, and engage with such materials. Limitation is her favorite creative conduit. She is the author of The Modern Natural Dyer and the owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm, a natural dyeing studio and raw-material textile shop in Oakland, California.
Stephanie Hewett is a choreographer, movement researcher, performer, and teacher from the Bronx, New York (Lenape territory). She is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts and has studied at the Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. She holds an MFA in Dance from Mills College and was recently on faculty at the College of San Mateo. Her movement-based performance work aims to highlight fluid identity and reimagines the future as a site of rebirth. Her current research entails navigating performance through injury, pleasure frequencies, and excavating ancestral vestiges in the body.
Aiano Nakagawa (she/they) is a queer femme dancer, writer, scholar, and educator. Their work lives at the intersection of the body, power, pleasure, and intuition. Aiano is dedicated to the liberation and prosperity of Queer/Trans/Black/Indigenous/Peoples of Color and works with people ranging from 0 – adulthood. Through embodiment education, dance, writing, and gatherings, Aiano supports people in entering the body to find their unique and individual, direct route to power, intuition, and deepest knowing. Once accessed, the potential for healing and transformation is infinite. You can find more about their work through Art for Ourselves.
Originally from Hawaii, Sueda has practiced design everywhere from Honolulu to Holland. After earning his MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts in 2002, he was invited to North Carolina State University to serve as a designer in residence, followed by an internship in the Netherlands with Studio Dumbar. In 2004, Sueda founded the design studio Stripe, which specializes in print and exhibition design for art and culture. He is also the co-editor of Task Newsletter, and the co-organizer of AtRandom events. In 2007, Sueda relocated to the San Francisco area where he served as Director of Design at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts for seven years, and is currently the Chair of the MFA Design program at California College of the Arts. Most recently he was selected as a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.
Chris Hamamoto is a designer, and educator based in Berkeley, CA. He holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is an assistant professor at California College of the Arts. In addition to teaching, he maintains an independent practice – pursuing his interest in how automation and algorithms effects social relationships and aesthetics – a topic he explores through graphic design and software design and production. He has shown work and lectured internationally, and has been recognized by institutions such as Printed Matter, STA Chicago, the Walker Art Center, Hongik University, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Andy Puls is a video artist, analog electronics designer, and composer/musician. He runs the experimental media production studio/workshop, “A Magic Pulsewave Esoteric Electronics” in Richmond, CA, where he produces audio and visual recordings and electronic audiovisual devices, including the recently launched “Melody Oracle” Musical Divination System. In his audiovisual performances, he uses video hardware processing, camera feedback loops, refracted light, and his own electronic audiovisual designs, to uncover the inner-world landscapes existing behind the scan-lines. His focus on live connection to the viewers, and his direct interaction with sound — working both solo, and in collaboration with other live sound artists — makes each performance entirely unique to circumstance.