Factronauts at stARTup Art Fair


The Factronauts will be embarking on their latest mission at the stARTup Art Fair on Saturday April 28th at 6pm. Please stop by and check out their journey into a brave new world!

What if a low-budget version of the imagined future came back to analyze the present? Who would it send? It would send The Factronauts.

The Factronauts are intrepid explorers sent by their parent agency, Nor-cal Artists Seeking America into the unknown and unfamiliar world of the contemporary United States. Their mission is to collect, analyze and interpret the facts they encounter while maintaining their good humor and belief in the effectiveness of their process. A nation they no longer recognize as a familiar and safe landscape becomes other-worldly, a surreal and at times hostile place that is fractured by social, economic and politic divisions. They have become foreigners in their own backyards.

The Factronauts comprise a series of performances, docu-fiction hybrid videos that function simultaneously as documentation of the performances and part of the piece, photos and other ephemera. Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari most frequently wear the customized explorer suits while Vita and Bryan Hewitt work primarily on the media and documentation aspects.

Meet The Future. Two Feet In The Now. Eyes On The Horizon.


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Documentation of Factronauts at LAST Festival

We made it to the Moon!   3/23/2018



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Factronauts at LAST Festival, Stanford University

Please join us for the LAST Festival. The Factronauts will be exploring exciting new territory at 6:30pm on Friday March 24th and will have a multi-media installation set up on Saturday March 23rd. We Hope to see you there!


The Life Art Science Technology (LAST) Festival on March 23-24, presented by Stanford University in the futuristic setting of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to celebrate Frankenstein’s 200th birthday,  will combine a program of science talks and art installations to discuss how technology is changing the nature of humanity and what role Silicon Valley is playing: How far can biomedicine extend life? Can a machine make art? Can we hack consciousness? What will virtual worlds do to our real world?

Speakers include:
Stanford geneticist Michael Snyder;
Stanford nanotech scientist Jennifer Dionne;
Ken Goldberg, founding director of the Center for New Media at UC Berkeley;
Maya Ackerman, who teaches computational creativity at Santa Clara University;
Virtual/Augmented Reality evangelist Melissa Merencillo;
cultural historian and festival founder Piero Scaruffi;
Dave Deamer of UC Santa Cruz, a pioneer of research on the origins of life;
consciousness hacker Mikey Siegel;
UC Berkeley developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik, author of “The Philosophical Baby”;
Burning Man Festival cofounder John Law;
Steve Omohundro of the Institute for Blockchain Studies;
and theoretical neuroscientist Vivienne Ming.

Art installations by:
Amy Karle
Anja Ulfeldt
Tony Assi
Brian Reinbolt
Carlos Castellanos
Daniel Stefanescu
Gary Boodhoo
Jiaqi Zhang/Anton van Beek
Jonathon Keats
Kal Spelletich
Kathleen Deck
Lucy Solomon
Melanie Piech
Pantea Karimi
Peter Foucault/Chris Treggiari/Vita and Bryan Hewitt
Purin Phanichphant
Raphael Arar
Raul Altosaar
Scott Kildall
Steve Durie
Alexander Reben

Artists are from Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto and as far away as the Netherlands and Germany.
Curated by digital media art pioneer Joel Slayton.

Full program/schedule: http://www.lastfestival.org
Free tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-life-art-science-tech-last-festival-tickets-42748838928

Plenty of parking at SLAC.
You need to bring your ticket and a photo id to enter premises.

Sponsored by:
Medicine and the Muse, GES International Culture Exchange, China Thinkers Bureau, Stanford Continuing Studies, Office of the Vice President for the Arts, Office of Science Outreach, Dean of Engineering, Dean of Humanities & Sciences, Dean of Medicine, Dean of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

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Factronauts Press Conference at Root Division Saturday February 10th

We invite you to join the NASA (NorCal Artists Seeking America) Factronauts Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari for a special live press conference at Root Division at 8:15pm (PST) on Saturday February 10th. They will be discussing highlights of their Missions in 2017 and their current trajectory into the New Year. This Press Conference will be moderated by video artists Bryan and Vita Hewitt and is part of Root Divisions 15th Anniversary Evening of Performance.



Performance Event & Closing Reception: Saturday, February 10, 7-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: January 10 – February 10, 2018

Our anniversary celebration continues! This one-night event will feature performance work by 15 Root Division Studio Artist Alumni. Offering a rare opportunity to highlight our alumni and current studio artists working in this capacity, you don’t want to miss this lively evening of performances and interactive projects! On view in the gallery during the performance event will be our 15-Year Anniversary Exhibition.


Participating Artists (confirmed to date):

Greta Lynn Anderson*
Jeremiah Barber
Lizzy Brooks
Susa Cortez*
Mel Day
Hunter Franks*
Guta Galli*
Plinio Hernandez
Mike Krouse
Vreni Michelini Castillo
Raphael Noz
Surabhi Saraf
Chris Treggiari
Jessica Tully
Beatriz Vasquez*

* Current Studio Artist



Schedule of Performances 

Front Gallery:

7:00 – 9:30 Mike Krouse: Tiptoeing the line between Art and non-Art
7:00 – 10:00 Guta Gali: brid(g)e (a live stream of her performance from 5th/ Market St towards RD)
8:00 – 8:45 Raphael Noz: Double Portrait

First Level – Rear Area:  

7:00 – 9:00 Hunter Franks: Fear Doctor

Mezzanine Level:  

7:00 – 7:15 Jeremiah Barber: Horizon Waver *This performance contains nudity
8:40 – 8:55 Greta Anderson: quin·ce·a·ñe·ra ​*This performance contains nudity

Back Gallery Stage Area: 

7:15 – 7:25 Lizzy Brooks: All Our Mothers Are Mysteries
7:30 – 7:40 Beatriz Vasquez: Identity
7:45 – 8:00 Jessica Tully: Museum of Broken Relationships
8:15 – 8:30 Chris Treggiari, Peter Foucault, Bryan Hewitt & Vita Hewitt: Factranauts
8:30 – 8:40 Mel Day: Wall of Song
9:00 – 9:15 Suraabhi Saraf: Audio-Visual Performance
9:20 – 9:30 Plinio Hernandez: Tomorrow Already Came (2014 – Present)
9:35 – 9:45 Susa Cortez: Sueño Americano
9:45 – 10:00 Chhoti Maa (Vreni Michelini-Castillo): Mala Fama


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Ghost Ship and San Pablo Fires Altar at Oakland Museum of California


Hello Friends,

Please stop by the Oakland Museum and visit the memorial MAP artists Chris Treggiari and Peter Foucault built to honor their colleague Alex Ghassan and other victims of the tragic Ghost Ship and San Pablo Fires.

Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead
October 18, 2017–January 14, 2018
Days of the Dead Community Celebration
Sunday, October 22, 12:00–4:30 pm
Experience our annual celebration honoring Days of the Dead traditions with music, dance, food, hands-on activities, and more! Save up to $3 per entry when you purchase tickets early to this popular event.» learn more

This year, OMCA’s biennial Days of the Dead exhibition, curated by Guest Curator Evelyn Orantes, is inspired by the lifecycle of the Monarch Butterfly. Known for its mass migration each winter, this butterfly’s journey spans several generations, all of whom follow the same routes their ancestors took. In Mexico, the returning Monarchs also symbolize the returning souls of loved ones who have passed away.

In Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead, explore ofrendas and artworks inspired by the Monarch’s migration and themes of tradition and transformation. View rarely-seen butterfly specimens from OMCA’s collection alongside newly commissioned artworks. Artist Hung Liu honors her mother’s passing through a series of heartfelt paintings. Favianna Rodriguez ponders migration and immigration in a new way using her “Migration is Beautiful” butterfly imagery. Chris Treggiari and Peter Foucault honor colleague Alex Ghassan, who lost his life in the tragic Ghost Ship fire. A new mural by Jet Martinez welcomes visitors in the Oak Street Plaza. Fernando Escartiz’s giant papier maché sculpture depicts a traditional Día de los Muertos calavera. And, traditional Days of the Dead altars by Bea Carrillo Hocker and Rafael Jesús González, as well as installations by Oakland International High School with Sara Stillman and Thornhill Elementary School with Kathrine LaFleur, energize this communal space for reflection and empowerment in these turbulent times.

Don’t miss our 23rd Annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration on Sunday, October 22! Learn more.

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Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead is supported in part by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.

Here are some press articles featuring our Alter piece in this exhibition:




OAKLAND, CA — The Oakland Museum of California’s upcoming Day of the Dead exhibit will feature a large-scale sculpture installation dedicated to the …


The Oakland Museum of California’s upcoming Day of the Dead exhibit will feature a large-scale sculpture installation dedicated to the victims of the Ghost Ship fire, which killed 36 people …


Artists are paying tribute to those who died in the Ghost Ship fire at the Oakland Museum of California.
An art installation that pays touching tribute to the victims of the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire is almost ready to make its public debut after months in the making.


A memorial is being installed at the Oakland Museum Thursday to honor 36 people who lost their lives in the Ghost Ship Fire last December.


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Artists Chris Treggiari (L) and Peter Foucaulton (R) work on their “Ghost Ship” art installation at the Oakland Museum of California on September 21, 2017 in Oakland …


Jackie Ward reports on art installation memorializing Ghost Ship Fire victims nearing completion (9-21-2017)


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MAP’s Community Sourced at Pro Arts Gallery Project Space in October

Community Sourced is a multi-media installation documenting the exploration of two Oakland neighborhoods: Santa Fe and Frank Ogawa Plaza. The installation will feature a tiered cityscape that includes video images, photographs, quotes from participants and an interconnecting map.

Content for the micro-portraits of each area are constructed from interactions and interviews with residents and businesses in a 5 block radius, resulting in a live pop-up variety show performed on a custom-built, public stage anchored to a portable flatbed trailer. Using a “hands-on” approach to community engagement, the shows are collaboratively developed with participants from the host neighborhoods. Each episode of the Community Sourced show celebrates the unique stories and talents of the community, connects neighbors, and addresses pertinent issues.

The first community event took place July 2017 in Santa Fe, hosted by Boonation Custom Cycles, a neighborhood bike shop operated by David Boone out of his street level garage.

The second episode will be created during a curatorial lab residency at Pro Arts Gallery, featuring bi-weekly public projects in Frank Ogawa Plaza between 12:00 – 1:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in September.

Inside Pro Arts, both episodes will air; one monitor featuring community members from the Santa Fe district, and the second highlighting individuals from the area surrounding Frank Ogawa Plaza. The second episode will be developing over the course of the exhibition, so be sure to return and see the work progress.  To complement the two video installments, books featuring photographs and stories from each neighborhood will be on view.

Community Sourced is produced in partnership with The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).


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MAP Artist Residency at Pro Arts Gallery in September

Artists Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari (Mobile Arts Platform) in collaboration with photographer Victoria Mara Heilweil have begun their Studio Lab Residency at Pro Arts.

For their residency, they will be researching and producing the second episode of “Community Sourced,” which will feature a micro-portrait of the downtown Oakland neighborhood sourced from interviews and interactions with residents and businesses within a 5 block radius. Their initial outreach and scheduled interviews include Luan Stauss, the owner of Laurel Books; Annalee Allen, an Oakland historian; Jennifer Easton and Barbara Goldstein, talking about the BART art master plan; and the African American Museum and Archives on 14th Street. Each episode will result in a video and accompanying book, which will be exhibited at Pro Arts’ Project Space in October.

You can find Foucault, Treggiari and Heilweil conducting research, interviews and public engagements on Frank Ogawa plaza from 11:00am – 1:00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays in September.  If you would like to be interviewed, please email info@proartsgallery.org to set up an appointment.

Pro Arts is located in Downtown Oakland on the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, directly across from City Hall.

Address: Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland CA 94612

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Special Events Weekends (visit www.proartsgallery.org )

All Exhibitions are FREE and Open to the Public.


Phone: (510) 763-4361 | Email: info@proartsgallery.org


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