Video Performance - Ritual
20' long wall drawing
In collaboration with Helena Producciones, Galeria de la Raza and SFMOMA
In spring of 2011 one of my public art murals got severely tagged. After repairing the mural with the help of the SFAC, I started getting anxious about the fact that the mural could get tagged again. I started having many conversations with local street artists about how it feels to have one of your public artworks being tagged and what could we do to feel better. After many ideas, and honoring my dedication and practice of ritual for many decades, I decided to design an action/ritual where I could be in peace and ease with the fact that I had been tagged.
Having the urban landscape of 24th street in the Mission District as a background, I contacted several known local taggers to collaborate with me in this sort of exorcism or magical healing ritual. During a few hours I drew the map of 24th St from Mission to Potrero and I asked the graffiti artists to tag me as much as they would like. The video sound offers several interviews I conducted with the taggers.
The artist collective Helena Producciones, based in Cali, Colombia, brought their ongoing television and video project, LOOP, to the Bay Area. In a four-day workshop and using the Galleria de La Raza as a lab, six Bay Area artists explored TV as an artistic medium. Each participant developed a video of approximately eight minutes addressing topics specifically related to the Mission District.