San Francisco-based artist and activist, Elizabeth Travelslight (DANM '10) formed the organization, Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, in 2014. The Bay Area Society for Art & Activism (BASAA) focuses on the Bay Area's legacy as a hub for art activism and social justice organizing.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has included the BASAA in the exhibition, TAKE THIS HAMMER Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area. The exhbition asks, Who is an activist? What role does art play in social change?
Performance, visual art, and technology offer a new kind of toolkit for today’s activism, allowing for a broad range of participation in change-making. At the same time, social media offers an unprecedented platform for increased visibility and public dialog. Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area explores these possibilities through the recent work of artists, activists, and technologists addressing the most pressing issues of our time.
For TAKE THIS HAMMER, BASAA selected a series of short films, including archival works from KQED and the Bay Area Video Coalition. It has also produced a site-specific experimental timeline based on more than one hundred stories from the Bay Area's history of art and media activism.
March 11 - August 14, 2016 (11am-8pm)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103