Boom: The Art of Resistance
A Diversity of Bay Area Anti-Displacement Tactics
A Diversity of Bay Area Anti-Displacement Tactics
On View through Sept. 10th at Random Parts, 1206 13th Ave, Oakland, CA
Thursday Aug. 4, 18, 25, Sept 1 and 10 from 4-7pm or by appointment.
This exhibit and online resource project was developed, designed and curated by anti-eviction organizer and artist Leslie Dreyer in consultation with OaklandAwake, Bay Area Society of Art and Activism and each featured anti-displacement project or initiative. Featuring:
Sogorea Te Land Trust with Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes
POOR Magazine's Homefulness Project and GentriFukation Tour
Qilombo’s Fight for Afrikatown Community Garden
Save the E12th Parcel for the People
Street Cred - Advertising for the People
House/Full of Black Women by Amara T. Smith and Ellen Sebastian Chang
San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project with Zeph Fishlyn
Eviction Free San Francisco
Heart of the City Collective
The Last 3 Percent
Coalition on Homelessness with Leslie Dreyer
And countless movement collaborators, participants and documentarians.
CommUNITY ALTAR organized by Casey Jones Bastiaans and Kin Folkz (Monica Anderson)
Take This Hammer exhibit
Installation in Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area, Yerba Buena Center the Arts, curated by Christian Frock.
(front) Gmuni: Free Luxury Free Market Free for All
Installation of ephemera and documentation from tactical performance/intervention Dreyer designed with Heart of the City Collective. Includes: Google-colored spandex suits, plastic glasses, fake Gmuni/Google bus pases, painted yoga balls and video documentation
Dimensions: Approximately 12’ x 6’ x 4’
(Above/back) Evictions, Deregulation, Entitlement, ... Love, Airbnb
Installation of balloon banner replicas (paper, paint, balsa wood, monofilament, helium balloons) and documentation from unsanctioned installation/intervention at Airbnb’s San Francisco headquarters. Dreyer designed and organized this intervention with Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, Coalition on Homelessness, Causa Justa/Just Cause, Plaza 16 Coalition, San Francisco Tenants Union, California Nurses Association, Jobs with Justice, St. James Infirmary, TGIJP, Brass Liberation Orchestra, Azin Seraj (cameraperson), Jadelynn Stahl and Zeph Fishlyn (production assistants).
Gmuni & Recliam Disrupt
Objects & documentation from Reclaim Disrupt performance/intervention
Berkeley Center for New Media
This fall, Leslie launched the project at Tech Crunch’s Disrupt conference, clad in server attire but vending quite unusual fare — bricks from a San Francisco demolition site. Each brick was etched with stories of individuals or establishments displaced during the current tech boom or with visions for a city in which people, regardless of race/class/gender, are able to live and participate.
By inviting viewers to consider other meanings of “disrupt”, the tech industry’s biggest buzzword, Leslie is attempting to redirect the conversation to those whose lives and livelihoods are being destroyed by “disruptive innovation.” The ongoing project will resurface at different locations around the Bay and its growing documentation and archive of collected stories will be on display at the Berkeley Center for New Media Commons.
Disrupt the Free Market Free for All
Relics, video and photographs from multiple public performance/interventions enacted with Heart of the City Collective
Real estate speculators are capitalizing on the influx of high-wage earners by evicting long-time residents to rent units at inflated rates, commanding up to twenty percent more around tech shuttle stops. Meanwhile our city officials are privileging the tech industry and giving away public assets despite the outcry. Heart of the City, along with the growing movement demanding a right to the city, will continue to fight to save our city refuge and neighborhoods and encourages others to do the same in their communities.
The Heart of the City is the People
Installation and Video
Archival materials from an anti-gentrification and displacement spectacle staged at the San Francisco Pride Parade.
The contingent included a parody of a “Google Bus”, slick, private buses shuttling tech workers to and from Silicon Valley, which spelled "G.E.T. OUT" on its side, and it rolled through the parade sandwiched between contingents from Google and Dropbox. The spectacle is an indictment of the Bay Area tech boom that has brought with it young, newly wealthy corporate employees interested in living in the SF/Bay Area rather than the South Bay where they work. This influx of tech workers has caused real estate and rental prices in San Francisco to skyrocket, displacing the populations that once constituted the "heart" of the city.
Para Los Fantasmas Del Rio
Mixed media installation
A project by Sarah Kornfeld at the California Academy of Sciences showing water dispensers full of plastic objects symbolizing the amount of plastic debris in the ocean from 1960, 2010, and what it's expected to be in 2030.
Fabrication by Leslie Dreyer and Klarissa Vassil