We were honored to be invited by the Oakland Museum of California to create a memorial installation to honor the victims of the recent Ghost Ship warehouse fire. We send our deepest condolences to friends, families and loved ones affected by this tragedy. We invite you to come together again at the museum this Friday December 16th to continue adding wishes and sentiments, and to share in celebrating the creative lives that where lost.
A huge thanks to everyone who stopped by our Map installation “On the Road” at the Great Wall of Oakland! Here are some pics and info on our collaboration with the Great Wall. This project is made possible through a generous grant from the Watts Family Foundation.
In 2016-2017 the Mobile Arts Platform (Artists Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari)) is collaborating with Great Wall of Oakland (GWO) and Bay Area artist, curator and educator Victoria Heilweil to create On the Road, a project that invites Oakland residents to share their voice on topics about and related to resident migrations currently happening in Oakland.
This migration takes many forms, from long term residents being displaced from their neighborhoods to new residents filling the void left by these shifts. This project will explore how this current migration of residents affects the identity, culture, education, class disparity, and housing needs, of Oakland. In direct response to rents skyrocketing, new businesses and startups moving in, and many residents being displaced, we will provide a series of daytime/nighttime pop-up events which will map and archive this social migration through mobile nighttime projections and an on-line mapping platform that will be presented in Oakland neighborhoods. This project is made possible in part from a recent grant from the Wattis Family Foundation
First, On the Road will utilize video projections and a mobile video screening unit, along with digital and analog methods to amplify community voices. We will transform a classic 1963 Ford Falcon van into a community engagement tool that will travel throughout Oakland exploring the changes happening in this rapidly evolving city. A key component will be screening large-scale video projections at the Great Wall of Oakland, a 100’x100′ projection space on the side of a building near the intersection of Telegraph and Grand Avenue in Uptown Oakland. This will provide a platform to chart this social change and community voices through free video screenings featuring films by local artists exploring relevant themes. The van will be retrofitted to include a video projector mount on the roof, a portable sound system that folds out from the rear doors, work stations that emerge from the side of the van, and a recording booth created inside for collecting participant interviews and broadcasting the content via a podcast.
These crowd sourced interactions allow us to initiate an inclusive dialog with participants sparking conversations and creating archives based on Oakland’s complicated and changing landscape.
You can also interact with the piece through our online interactive map at:
Check out this article that Public Art Review published featuring our 49 Mile Scenic Drive Hiking project in SF!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the All Oakland Mini Film Festival on Saturday Sept. 17th! We put together a short documentary film about our Oakland Re:Construction project that was screened at 7:30pm. There were some amazing shorts by some super talented local film makers! Some pics of our project are below…
TITLE: All Oakland Mini Film Festival
DATES: Sep 17th
TIME: 12:30 pm – 10:00 pm
All Short Films. All About Oakland.
Interactive screenings, live guests, critical exploration, filmmaker conversation, and casual celebration of local life.
[tickets and schedule below]
Love, Loss, and the Local Landscape
12:30PM – New Parkway Theater
Outstanding short films look closely at Oakland’s evolving landscape. How do we see our city’s past and future? Join filmmakers, subjects, and neighbors[…]
Going Somewhere from Here
7:30PM – Classic Cars West
Open air screening featuring place-based films that examine local identity, growth, and the notion of home. From growing up in Oakland, to[…]
$10 Parkway ticket good for entry to opening and closing events.
Plus explore Short Films at other Art Murmur venues throughout the day.
See schedule here
Here is a link to a great East Bay Express write up on the Film Festival: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/oakland-week-and-the-all-oakland-mini-film-festival/Content?oid=4971873
Check out this article titled “Journalism and Art: Complementary and Collaborative Storytelling” in their Spring edition! A great overview of our “Eyes on Oakland” collaboration with Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).
If you only had five hours to present a work of sculpture in a public park, what would you create?
Montalvo asked that question of 60 international artists. We chose the most compelling responses. And this July, we invite the public to enjoy these astonishing projects at a fantastic, free, five-hour arts festival taking place all over our scenic grounds!
Presented for your active amazement, this Pop-Up Arts Festival will feature interactive engagements, temporary installations, participatory happenings, and spectacular intrusions where your voice can be heard.
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS WILL INCLUDE:
• Raising a 20-foot pop-up sculpture with Jason Lazarus. Help create this piece at a free Art-Making Workshop with Jason Lazarus July 17.
• Harvesting a field of whirling California Poppy pinwheels with Karrie Hovey.
• Sharing tall tales around a virtual campfire with Mobile Arts Platform(MAP)’s Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari.
• Making art in nature with the Art Escapists—including a giant hammock-like structure made from colored cord by Shawn HibmaCronan and impromptu site-specific sound installations with opera singer Zoltan DiBartolo and singer-songwriter Terese Taylor.
• Attending an animal-led political parade by Sasha Petrenko.
• Engaging in a living dance enactment of the Fibonacci Sequence with the Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble.
• Finding your way through a large-scale labyrinth made from carpet remnants with Paz de la Calzada.
• Witnessing Margaret Kemp in an endurance performance work exploring politics, place, and identity.
• Taking part in a barn-raising-like activity with Matthias Neumann as he installs an architectural structure made from 100 wooden 2x4s.
• Incrementally creating a rock sculpture based on the French lawn game of Pétanque with Mary Ijichi.
• Experiencing a ceremonial act envisioning communion between humankind and nature with Máximo González.
• Making your voice heard at the premiere of Taro Hattori’s installation “Rolling Counterpoint.”
• Exploring multidisciplinary student art produced at Montalvo’s summer camps and an academic year collaboration with Synapse School and Connect Community Charter School.
• Art Escapist Kija Lucas invites you to participate in her ongoing photography project “Objects to Remember You By: An Index of Sentiment.” Please bring one or more objects of sentimental value with you on July 22, share stories about the personal significance of your chosen object with Kija. The object will then be photographed and added to a growing archive.
Plus hands-on art-making, dancing, live music by Real Vocal String Quartet, gourmet food trucks (including Curveball Food Truck, Kona Ice South San Jose, Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile, Shark Bait Food Truck, and We Sushi), and more. Fun for all ages. Don’t miss it!
Here are some pics of our MAP “Urban Campfire Stories” installation. A HUGE THANKS to everyone who attended and participated in our interactive project. It was amazing how generous people were in sharing their ideas!
We invite you to stop by Classic Car West Garage in Oakland and check out “Transience”, an exhibition curated by Off Space. We have our project “Oakland Re:Construction” installed there throughout June and July.
From July 23rd – October 30th “Oakland Re:Construction” will be featured in the exhibition “Oakland I Want You to Know” at the Oakland Museum of California.
Info on the project and images are below.
The Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) is pleased to present Oakland Re:Construction. For this project MAP artists Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari will travel under the guise a faux construction team complete with a custom designed work van, safety cones, blueprints and coveralls. They will set up shop in front of existing construction sites throughout the city of Oakland in highly gentrified areas where many residents are currently being displaced. Through a series of interactive strategies and interviews MAP will ask people to share their thoughts on the current transitory nature of the city and what lies ahead for its future. Utilizing a virtual reality camera these stories will be captured in the neighborhood that they took place in and edited into a series of 3-D video clips. These community stories will be collected and installed inside of the van for the duration of the exhibition along with additional interactive projects, creating a “virtual viewing and sharing station”
Here are some responses from the public after our opening last Friday night!
Out on the street getting peoples opinions at a pop-up event at Farleys East. A huge thanks to the Great Wall of Oakland for inviting us!
Below is an image of our final installation at Classic Cars West and some pics of our installation at the Oakland Museum of California.