Art Observations

First Oakland Art Murmur 2013!

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By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, technology, race, and ethics. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. She received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Art in America, Ars Technica, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the Executive Director for the Processing Foundation.

4 replies on “First Oakland Art Murmur 2013!”

Nice close-up shots! I’m awestruck by how diverse and enormous Art Murmur has become. I was there in December, and it felt like the whole city was out. I remember when it was just a bunch of hipsters and a couple galleries around 24th. I often feel overwhelmed by the crowds, which sometimes make it hard to actually *see* anything. You do a nice job in this slideshow of honing in on some details.

Thanks so much, Molly! Since many of the galleries are on the numbered streets, the art folks have to work their way around the street vendors. It has become quite the interesting art event, to say the least. Like you, I remember when Telegraph wasn’t closed off and I was able to actually walk through and view the artwork. I think Johansson Projects and Rock Paper Scissors dominate the attention of the Art Murmur goers because they are actually on Telegraph. I’m thinking of going on Saturday Strolls versus First Fridays. We’ll see. I definitely would love to write more about the East Bay art scene.

I like the YES sign, the Grizzly Bear jacket, and the Ford Mustang the best (although I would be owning a different choice of car if Uncle Sam would let me drive).

I appreciate the close up of the Tea Bag comforter. I’m thinking there could be tea or some similar herbs embedded to repel bed bugs, etc.

All of the artworks are really nice. But you know me; I’m partial to the ones that make me think the least.

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