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Family Focused Programming

Sunday February 25, 2018

Still from Hallucinations © Lydia Greer

Connected: The Channel of Democracy: Womanhood, Power & Freedom in Video Art

Specially for family day, the Connected program has adapted its video lineup to include a new video titled Hallucinations, a hand-made ten-minute animation by Lydia Greer. In addition to the regular programming, this video, inspired by puppet theater, classical opera and stop-motion animation, provides the audience with a visually brilliant, brightly colored and emotionally exuberant experience. Accompanied by elegant and ethereal operatic vocals, this magical piece will hold the attention and inspire the imagination of youth and parents alike. Hallucinations will repeat between other videos by the “Connected artists” providing a recurring element of excitement and joy while counterposing it with the conceptual and experimental videos of Channels of Democracy. This will add content specifically aimed at attracting and retaining families and youth while still providing cutting edge contemporary video art for collectors and aficionados.

Lydia Greer is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work includes sculptural and video installation, single channel video, puppet theatre, live multimedia performance works and opera, hand-made animation and works on paper. She works with themes of allegory and euphemism in narrative structures exploring the languages of psychology and theatre. Greer is interested in the most elaborate forms of storytelling such as opera, film and puppet theatre as well as the narrative charge of everyday objects and how communication ceremonies play out in the personal, spiritual and historical/political arenas. Each narrative she works with is a misremembered, taboo or unreliable story inviting multi generational audience engagement in narrative construction and play. 

Justin Hoover | Curator 


More than a Selfie

More than a Selfie is a 2.5 hour photographic workshop for kids 8-16 years old. Participants will photograph aspects of their identity using Fuji instant cameras.  We will use the area in and around Fort Mason as our background and canvas for our self portraits. The workshop concludes with each participant making a hand-made accordion book to display their masterpieces.

The workshop is taught by Victoria Heilweil (MFA, California College of the Arts), assisted by Alana Rios (MFA candidate, San Jose State University). 

Victoria Heilweil is a photographic artist with over 20 years of teaching experience. She is the lead instructor of a photography summer camp formerly at at Rayko Photo Center and now at Bay Area Video Coalition, and has taught at institutions of higher learning including the San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts in the Bay Area, and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Victoria has exhibited at numerous venues including the de Young Museum and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.
IG: @victoriamaraheilweil

Alana Rios is a film photographer from Providence, RI who has been living in Oakland for ten years. She studied photography and printmaking at Bennington College in Vermont and is now pursuing her MFA in Photography at San Jose State University. While on the East Coast, she taught photography to children at the Nantucket Island School of Design, Quantum Leap and PAVE (Project Against Violent Encounters). She also interned at the New York Center for Book Arts and enjoys teaching bookmaking to children.
IG: @gum_bichromate