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Redline Redefined Launch party

Redline Redefined Launch party

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Thingamajigs presents a new project called Redline Redefined that explores the history of redlining through the lens of 8 East Bay artists to explore the discriminatory practices of redlining and their effects in our neighborhoods.

Thanks to the generous support of California Arts Council and Bill Graham Foundation. Admission is FREE to the sound walk and launch party.

Sunday, October 9th, 2022: 1PM
Shapeshifters Cinema, 567 5th St. Oakland, CA 94607
Admissions: Free

Thingamajigs presents Redline Redefined, a new multi-year project that investigates, narrates and celebrates our formally red-lined neighborhoods. Thingamajigs has curated a program of audio and visual pieces designed to transport audiences from their home to the streets of Oakland and Berkeley. Featuring eight of the East Bay's most exciting performing artists, events scheduled include soundwalks, live performances, video narratives, poetry readings and an online interactive map. A diverse group of local artists are participating in the project, including performance artist Theresa Wong, Oakland’s Poet Laureate Ayodele Nzinga, and instrument inventor Sudhu Tewari.

Redlining is the systematic practice of denying people financial and other services based on where they lived. In the 1930s, the federal government carved The East Bay into a series of puzzle pieces--imaginary lines were drawn down streets, dividing neighborhoods, families, and entire populations of residents. Redline Redefined project artists explore the balance between the past and present and encourages all of us to to take a second look at who is included and excluded from conversations about development in modern-day East Bay. Come join us in Oakland for an exciting in person launch of East Bay: Redline Redefined filled with live performances, premier film screenings, and artist talks happening through October.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

October 9th, 2022 1PM: Redline Redefined Launch party
Shapeshifters Cinema
567 5th St. Oakland, CA 94607

Artists include, Sudhu Tewari, Theresa Wong, Katy Luo, Ayodele Nzinga, Suki O’Kane, Gabby Wen, Maxi Himpe and Hallie Smith.

Further details can be found online at http://www.thingamajigs.org/redline-redefined

About our artists:

Ayodele ‘WordSlanger’ Nzinga, MFA, Ph.D. resides in Lower Bottoms of West Oakland. She is a multi-disciplined artist, community advocate, arts educator, and cultural architect invested in designing structures for cultural production. Ayodele Nzinga is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Oakland.

Gabby Wen lives in the Gaskill neighborhood of Oakland, and is an electroacoustic music composer and improviser, working with synthesizers, electronics, guqin, field recordings, and miscellaneous instruments and objects to create captivating auditory experiences and narratives.

Maxi Himpe and Hallie Smith both reside in Paradise Park in North Oakland. Maxi is a Bay Area-based interdisciplinary artist, working particularly in theater directing, costuming, queer cabaret, and documentary. Hallie Smith is a musician, composer, and DJ based in the Bay area. Her ambient electronic music is viscous and juicy, it finds home in sound and textile installations including soft circuits and sensors.

Suki O’Kane lives in Jingletown, Oakland and is a musician, composer, improviser and instigator. Suki’s work has been supported by the Creative Work Fund, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Oakland Stock, and New Music USA.

Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist and vocalist living in West Berkeley. She is active at the intersection of music, experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines.

Sudhu Tewari, a resident of South Berkeley, has been described as a bricoleur, junkyard maven, and audio-gadgeteer. He invents and builds musical instruments, kinetic and sound sculpture, interactive installations, audio electronics, and wearable sound art.

Katy Luo, pianist, originally from Oakland California, now lives in Honolulu where she is a lecturer in music at both the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the University of Hawai‘i at West O‘ahu. For the last 20 years, Katy has taught and performed extensively throughout the US, mostly in New York City, where she resided for 14 years.

About Thingamajigs
Thingamajigs is a genre-crossing arts organization that promotes music and other art forms created with made and found materials or alternate tuning systems. Our mission is to develop and nurture the exploration of alternate materials and methods of creating sound, as well as promote DIY and MAKER collaborative efforts between arts and local communities. Since 1998, we have presented world premiere works and performances by over 275 local, national, and international artists. Our diverse programs foster a larger curiosity about our world of music and culture throughout the Oakland and San Francisco Bay Area. We offer an annual music festival, in-school and after-school classes, and individual concerts and community workshops throughout the year. Community members of all ages have benefited from our programs by gaining knowledge and experience conceptualizing, designing and building instruments from everyday materials, and learning the value of reusing rather than discarding.

We are proud to have Commons Archive and the Golden Gate Branch Library as some of our partners for this project.

Event Info

  • Dates: October 9, 2022
  • Location: Shapeshifters Cinema
  • Address: 567 5th St., Oakland, CA 94607
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: FREE
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