Justin Hoover and
Secrets, Control, Power, Subverting Power, Dystopian future, technology, power exchange, subliminal messaging, brainwashing 'A live performance featuring two performers (m and f) wearing iphone eye-masks, moving through and engaging with the crowd
Justin Charles Hoover (胡智騰) is a Bay Area based time-based artist and a curator. As an artist, who is the son of a Russian/Chinese immigrant and an American Anglo-Saxon mutt, his work deals his cultural inheritance passed down to him after displacement from war, social strife, and tectonic governmental upheavals. As such, language failure, cultural disjuncture and other trans-location issues become recurring motifs expressed through performance, video, and installation. Poetic in intention, this work employs projected video, often depicting physical movement, shadow casting through hand-cut paper installations and spoken word either as performance or as a way to facilitate social story sharing moments with the public.
Hoover's curatorial practice comes out of his training as an artist, and specifically as a time-based artist. In this way he designs immersive viewership experiences with contemporary art, often employing a diversity of media simultaneously. His work draws much inspiration from the participatory and social essence of Fluxus, the humility yet relentlessness of Gutai, the time-frames of Allan Kaprow and the interactivity and sociability of Jon Rubin.
Rachel’s work has show at Wonderland Gallery, Secession Art & Design, Femina Potens, and Roll Up Gallery, and she has performed at San Francisco venues like the Rickshaw Stop, Dance Mission Theatre, The Box Factory, Mezzanine, 111 Minna, The Lab and at Yerba Buena Night Out- SFMoma New Media Lounge. Rachel is a most excellent high-kicker and is passionate about using art to build strong community and a culture of social activism. www.rachelzart.com