Ben lerchin, Sofía Córdova, tanya gayer
Tuesday, dec. 19th @7pm
Ben Lerchin is an Oakland-based artist, activist, and technologist working with experimental photographies, maps and language. Concerned with the power imbalances encoded by digital platforms, Ben develops interventions that position humans as empowered actors in global hyperspace.
Sofía Córdova. Born in 1985 in Carolina, Puerto Rico and currently based in Oakland, Sofía Córdova creates new media interventions that explore sci-fi, futurity, extinction and mutation, especially as they relate to human acceleration of climate change under the conditions of late capitalism and its technologies. She received her BFA from St. John’s University in conjunction with the International Center for Photography in 2006. She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2010. She has exhibited and performed at SFMOMA, the Berkeley Art Museum, and Southern Exposure as well as other venues internationally. She has participated in residencies at the BAVC in San Francisco, Arteles in Finland, Mills College Museum in Oakland, the ASU Museum’s International Artist residency in Phoenix which concluded with her solo exhibition, Where Thieves Go After Death. Most recently, she developed a new suite of performances, videos and sound compositions in Spain in an artist residency supported by Spanish embassy in Washington DC and the city of Málaga, Spain. Her work is part of Pier 24’s and The Whitney Museum’s permanent collections and was recently the subject of a First Look feature in Art in America.
Tanya Gayer is a curator and writer based in Oakland, CA. Her curatorial projects and research examine the state of the archive in mobile and web-based media, algorithmic manipulation of culture, and performance-based new media. Gayer received her dual masters degreein Curatorial Practice and Visual + Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and her BFA from University of Nevada, Reno. Her previous curatorial projects have been exhibited at Gray Area, San Francisco, CA; CTRL + SHFT Gallery, Oakland, CA; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA; Hayes Valley Art Works, San Francisco, CA; Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Some Thing Spacious, Oakland, CA; and Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA. She has been in residence at Picture Berlin, Berlin, Germany and Signal Culture, Owego, New York. Her writing has been published in Art Practical, in exhibition catalogs from CULT Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA; Holland Project, Reno, NV; Pro Arts, Oakland, CA, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, and co-produced a one-off audio podcast for a Living Room Light Exchange publication. Gayer has lectured at UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego. She is currently the Exhibitions Manager at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in Sonoma, California.