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2016 Art Labs

Special Curated Projects

Dive into our 2016 Art San Diego Art Labs. We have a great itinerary planned for this year’s show.
Take a look now and don’t miss a minute of the action!

2016 Theme [THRESHOLD]

[THRESHOLD]: Standing at the precipice of what’s yet to come. Perched on the brink of something extraordinary, expansive, and ever evolving.

Art Lab 1: Open Walls Project

Artist Andrea Bowers, "Education Not Deportation" | Cabina Exuro

Throughout San Diego beginning October 17 & special installation at ASD

Curated by: Marcos Ramirez ERRE and Ann Berchtold
Sponsored by: Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show and OUTFRONT Media

This year marks the third Open Walls Project, an Art Lab created in partnership with OUTFRONT Media and designed to engage leading contemporary artists in transforming commercial billboards throughout San Diego into works of public art. Staged just before the U.S. presidential election, the 10 billboards will feature works that engage viewers on current political issues and cultural topics such as deportation, immigration, and police brutality. Billboard locations will span from the Tijuana/San Isidro border up throughout downtown and North Park.

The selection of internationally collected artists for this year’s Open Walls Project includes Marcos Ramirez ERRE (featured at MCASD), Sam Durant (Blum & Poe/Los Angeles), Rigo23 (Anglim Gilbert Gallery/San Francisco), Andrea Bowers (Susanne Vielmetter/Los Angeles), and Daniel Guzman (Kurimanzutto/Mexico).

Art Lab 2: Heroic Procession

Saturday, November 5, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Art Talk Area
Featured Artists: Hugo Crosthwaite, Marilu Salinas, and Theresa Magario

Heroic Procession is a collaborative exploration of migration and movement through visual art, dance, and sound that includes Tijuana visual artist Hugo Crosthwaite, violinist Marilu Salinas and Japanese Butoh dancer Theresa Magario.

This unique, experiential Art Lab encompasses an improvised 30-minute production that seeks to trace the emotional and physical journey of America’s immigrants, particularly the procession between leaving home and setting foot on American soil. The production takes place in this interstitial space, between man and nation, between nation and nation, and between graphite, dance, and sound. In this live creativity process, the audience will have an immersive experience as they watch the artwork unfold before them, surrounded by music and dance.

Featured Artists: Hugo Crosthwaite, Marilu Salinas, and Theresa Magario

Art Lab 3: Cabina Exuro

Center Court
Design Lead: Ramiro Martinez, Jr.;
Electronics: Navjeet Sarna;
Fabrication Lead: Paul McCarthy;
Photography/Prompts: Arash Afshar

Built by volunteers from the San Diego Burning Man family at CoLab San Diego

Cabina Exuro offers the art patrons at ASD a glimpse into the Burning Man culture. An audio recording booth built to document the conversations that will shape the next chapter of humanity, Cabina Exuro is a gift the Burner Podcast crew built for Burning Man in 2016 in order to collect short stories that may be shared on future episodes of Burner Podcast or at

The structure is a 10′ x 10′ x 10′ geodesic dome, a triambic icosahedron shape made out of electrical conduit coupled with custom 3D printed parts. These components make up the exoskeleton for the structure, which was then paneled off with laser-cut panels. This shape was chosen because of its spherical characteristics, which have been proven to withstand the dust storms out in Black Rock City, a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada every year for Burning Man.

The interior of the the structure, on the right, will have a picture book of the culture and events that take place at Burning Man. In the center will be an audio recording interface where participants can record answers to question prompts displayed on the LCD display. On the left side of the structure will be a computer that plays recordings from Burning Man 2016.


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