Jul
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

the estrangement principle / opening reception

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n/a celebrates the opening of ariel goldberg's durational project, the estrangement principle with a presentation of photographic slides and recited text. our first artist in residence, goldberg — who currently resides at the gallery — brings their research-intensive project to the east bay through an ongoing slideshow in the gallery, readings, and a serialized text.

the reception begins at 8 pm, and the presentation at 8:45 pm.

 

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Jul
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

my gaze / / / yr gaze _ hollywood babble on: house of harrington and andy warhol's heat

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n/a is excited for the premier screening in our queer film program, a selection of films by johnny ray huston : house of harrington and heat. the series is curated by irwin swirnoff.

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an overview of curtis harrington's strange and storied career, house of harrington braids a filmed interview with harrington with clips from his films — early experimental work, major studio films, and television fare such as killer bees, starring gloria swanson. 25 minutes.

the main feature will be andy warhol's heat, directed by paul morrissey. 102 minutes.

note, seating is limited. n/a is wheelchair accessible. 

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my gaze / / / yr gaze is a screening program that explores what cinema seen through a queer perspective can tell us about itself, ourselves, the worlds we live in, and the worlds we imagine. it is curated by irwin swirnoff.

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johnny ray huston (lives in san francisco) is a writer, artist, and zinemaker. he has written or edited for publications including cinema scope, interview, little joe, and the san francisco bay guardian, and currently contributes to SFMOMA's open space. 

in 2010, he showed collage work at [2nd floor projects], and made music for and acted in skye thorstenson's tourist trap, winner of a golden gate award at the SF international film festival. he has co-programmed film series' at artists television access, SF camerawork, and the yerba buena center for the arts, and most recently curated the unusual suspects at alley cat books gallery. current projects include claw laboratory, a monthly event at alley cat books, and the silver machine, a weekly program on kusf in exile / san francisco community radio.

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irwin swirnoff (b. pheonix 1977, lives in the bay area) received his mfa from the san francisco art institute, and teaches in the cinematic arts department at cal state university monterey bay. 

using film, photography, creative writing, and his background in zine & d.i.y. culture, he creates intimate work with a queer sensibility, exploring intimacy, longing, loss, desire, physicality, sexuality, and the constant struggle to remain in the here and now. a longtime dj, he's hosted the popular radio show, sleeves on hearts and served as the music director of kusf 90.3fm, in san francisco.

irwin's work has been shown throughout the united states and europe at festivals like outfest, the new york film fest, frameline, seattle queer film festival, toronto inside out, etcetera, and he's been featured in the new york times, sf weekly, maximum rock n roll, punk planet, and the bold italic.

 

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Jul
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

red element / a queer reading series

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please join us for readings by:

brittany billmeyer-finn
o. stevens
oki sogumi 

red element is a reading series that prioritizes queer, feminist and radical perspectives in contemporary writing. through the combination of numerous bay area milieus, red element aspires to foster affinities between artists, audiences and aesthetic sensibilities. it is curated by jackqueline frost.

note, seating is limited. n/a is wheelchair accessible. 

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brittany billmeyer-finn is a poet, educator and community organizer. she graduated from mills college MFA poetry program in 2012. she co-curates the monthly living room reading & performance series manifest. she is the curriculum development coordinator for the non-profit pushing margins, an LGBTQQIA youth art & creative writing summer camp, and a co-founder of the workshop burning pudding.

o. stevens is an educator, a poet and the founder of BLACK NOISE PRESS.  she received her BA in creative writing at mills college where she is also pursuing her MA and teaching credential. most recently o. received honorable mention in the mary merritt henry poetry contest and is working on self-publishing her second chapbook letters to my fathers.

oki sogumi (b. seoul, south korea, lives in oakland) watches k-dramas, *rolls eyes* at heterocispatriarchycapitalismocolonialbs and writes into small white boxes on the internet.

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jackqueline frost (lives in oakland) is the author of the antidote compline press, and you have the eyes of a martyr o'clock press. her poetry and essays have appeared, or are forthcoming in rethinking marxism, lana turner, the death and life of american cities, what is called violence, steamer, australia, hi zero UK, and lies: a journal of materialist feminism. with zoe tuck, jackqueline curated the east bay reading series condensery 2010 - 2011.  

 

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Jul
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

karl cronin and the americana orchestra, teddy rankin-parker, daniel pearce, grace pool

n/a is excited to announce the final event within christopher fülleman's installation — a late afternoon performance with four musical acts: soulful chamber pop musician karl cronin and the americana orchestra, cellist teddy rankin-parker and drummer daniel pearce; experimental dance musician grace pool — and a special guest dj.

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photograph by kristine eudey >

 
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Jun
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

poem talks / butterfly dissection sessions / farnoosh fathi & jocelyn saidenberg

why does the human body leave words on the page?

not a workshop nor a class nor a reading series, a poem talk is a presentation on a poem by its author. speakers will offer a somatic as well as theoretical discussion of their poem’s composition, culminating in a transfer of writerly embodiment: the listeners will, at the end of the talk, attempt to write the same poem, but from themselves (and therefore differently). each session will feature two poets, two poems, two talks, two chances to become someone else. curated by sophia dahlin.

sophia dahlin (b. 1986, lives in oakland) teaches poetry and translation to children through poetry inside out. her work can be found in fence, octopus, more places, and at her website >

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photograph by kristine eudey >

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Jun
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

poem talks / butterfly dissection sessions / brandon brown and evan kennedy

why does the human body leave words on the page?

not a workshop nor a class nor a reading series, a poem talk is a presentation on a poem by its author. speakers will offer a somatic as well as theoretical discussion of their poem’s composition, culminating in a transfer of writerly embodiment: the listeners will, at the end of the talk, attempt to write the same poem, but from themselves (and therefore differently). each session will feature two poets, two poems, two talks, two chances to become someone else.

sophia dahlin (b. 1986, lives in oakland) teaches poetry and translation to children through poetry inside out. her work can be found in fence, octopus, more places, and at her website >

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photograph by kristine eudey >

 
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Jun
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

poem talks / butterfly dissection sessions / lindsey boldt and dodie bellamy

why does the human body leave words on the page?

not a workshop nor a class nor a reading series, a poem talk is a presentation on a poem by its author. speakers will offer a somatic as well as theoretical discussion of their poem’s composition, culminating in a transfer of writerly embodiment: the listeners will, at the end of the talk, attempt to write the same poem, but from themselves (and therefore differently). each session will feature two poets, two poems, two talks, two chances to become someone else.

sophia dahlin (b. 1986, lives in oakland) teaches poetry and translation to children through poetry inside out. her work can be found in fence, octopus, more places, and at her website >

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photographs by kristine eudey >

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May
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

poem talks / butterfly dissection sessions / david brazil and maya weeks

why does the human body leave words on the page?

not a workshop nor a class nor a reading series, a poem talk is a presentation on a poem by its author. speakers will offer a somatic as well as theoretical discussion of their poem’s composition, culminating in a transfer of writerly embodiment: the listeners will, at the end of the talk, attempt to write the same poem, but from themselves (and therefore differently). each session will feature two poets, two poems, two talks, two chances to become someone else.

sophia dahlin (b. 1986, lives in oakland) teaches poetry and translation to children through poetry inside out. her work can be found in fence, octopus, more places, and at her website >

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photographs by kristine eudey  >

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May
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

your motion says you're in the mood / opening reception

christopher füllemann
your motion says you're in the mood 

opening reception may 25 8 - 11 pm

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n/a is delighted to present our inaugural show, your motion says you're in the mood, featuring the work of oakland sculptor, christopher füllemann, and taking inspiration from the life and work of arthur russell and its wild combinations of experimental and popular forms, joy and sadness, hesitation, cruelty, loss, hope, and love; a shimmery dancey dark utopianism. 

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christopher füllemann (b. 1983 lausanne, switzerland, lives in oakland) creates poetic assemblages that converse with spectators and cultivate dynamic relationships without formal or social limits. fascinated with the freedom of the sculptural gesture, he generates energy and emotion through sensual transformations that connect and celebrate the fragility and ephemerality of life. he received the 2013 gustave buchet award, showing  at the cantonal museum of fine arts in lausanne, graduated from sfai in 2012 with the outstanding award in sculpture, and in 2011 was awarded swiss art award at art basel  >

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photographs by kristine eudey   >

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