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Abeyance (We Gon’ Be Alright) Episōdo 01, Yokohama Triennale 2020

A rotating set of banners unfurl off the side of a building in downtown Hong Kong as part of the Episōdo 01 Afterparty of the Episōdo Series: Deliberation for Discursive Justice, Yokohama Triennale 2020. Featuring both text and altered photographic imagery from another sea, and placed in an alternate port city, these banners provoke enigmatic, […]

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the horizon toward which we move always recedes before us

This new series of galaxial, architectural renderings take a global account of the importance of transnational student organizing squares. The project honors these locations of recent, more obscure activist sites to the internationally iconic. This method leans on long-term working relationships across the world with organizers, scholars, curators, and locals to identify each location. Sites are individually […]

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the horizon toward which we move always recedes before us

This new series of galaxial, architectural renderings take a global account of the importance of transnational student organizing squares. The project honors these locations of recent, more obscure activist sites to the internationally iconic. This method leans on long-term working relationships across the world with organizers, scholars, curators, and locals to identify each location. Sites are individually […]

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the horizon toward which we move always recedes before us

This new series of galaxial, architectural renderings take a global account of the importance of transnational student organizing squares. The project honors these locations of recent, more obscure activist sites to the internationally iconic. This method leans on long-term working relationships across the world with organizers, scholars, curators, and locals to identify each location. Sites are individually […]

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Abeyance (Draves y Robles y Vargas)

Extended label & text credits: https://www.ybca.org/abeyance-public-art Featuring both text and altered photographic imagery from San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, Abeyance honors three Bay Area natives by sharing their stories of migration, displacement, and resilience. The billboard is located in the SOMA neighborhood, a site that during the 1980s and 1990s underwent dramatic redevelopment, still in process […]

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Jose Antonio Vargas in conversation with Jerome Reyes

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room November 29, 2018 This featured project is part of the larger Abeyance Public Art Commission for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. This full conversation combines an artist talk of the Abeyance billboard, which uses a quote from a New York Times article written in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize […]

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WE LIVE HERE 2017

This 2017 iteration of the long-term collaboration South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN), focuses on a multi-platform political campaign that generates and circulates artwork throughout the neighborhood of downtown San Francisco, South of Market District. Materials created through the “We Live Here” project are from art workshops and campaigns focused on local issues that […]

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On Air: A live reading of landmark, gust, and Daly City

Artist Jerome Reyes’ larger solo museum project an incomplete caption is composed of a set of audio tapes that include fragments of interviews with Bay Area natives expounding on notions of migration, time and landscape. These testimonies are interwoven with field recordings, sounds from pertinent locations around the Bay Area. This event, On Air: A live reading of […]

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Indefinite Curfew

Here selected texts from Pulitzer Prize American winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas are juxtaposed with real and fictional architectural buildings. Here includes Alameda County Courthouse from San Francisco Bay Area, a site of political activism, Black Panther Party organizing, and peaceful mobilization. Others include King Friday’s castle from American children’s television show “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” […]

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Pharos (still a nice neighborhood)

This passage is re-ordered and altered, inspired from long-time San Francisco activist/writer Al Robles (1930-2009). Translated in Spanish and Tagalog with shifting groups that activate South of Market area of San Francisco, these projections alternate and appear and given times throughout the day. This lighting equipment staged outside a community center storefront projects multiple versions. […]

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SOMCAN Russ Street

(in collaboration with Alexa Drapiza) This amplifies SOMCAN member Alexa Drapiza’s recollection of the area near her former home. Written as a love note directly for the alley itself, she notes memories of the people who used this public space in the South of Market. Placed in front of buildings pertaining to her text and […]

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SOMCAN Food Drive

(In collaboration with Mary Claire Amable) San Francisco’s South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN) changes their storefront computer room into a temporary neighborhood food bank every Thursday morning. Here SOMCAN member Mary Claire Amable distributes a takeaway flyer in both Spanish and Tagalog, catering to SOMCAN’s local community. The flyer notes how her mother […]

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Contact Points: Field Notes towards Freedom

by tammy ko Robinson ϟ Jerome Reyes This exhibition highlights the larger Contact Points Archive Project housed at Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea through a configuration of seven taxonomies with contributions from the collection’s more than 40 individual and organizational donors and historical agents. Focused on the intertextual and affective relationships across objects and ideas […]

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Pharos (Chang y Turner)

This lighting equipment staged in a large square gallery projects two quotes in proximity, one from American cultural critic Jeff Chang, the other from late American socio-political cartoonist Morrie Turner. From Chang’s 2014 book “Who We Be: The Colorization of America,” the first text references the relentless instability of American identity. The second cites a […]

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Antennae (Will to Power/ Fight the Power/ The Power Cosmic)

These drawings use economical materials on architecture paper to suggest moments and potent materials within the urban landscape.

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Amid the Fog, Smoke, and Dust

Amid the Fog, Smoke, and Dust emerges from a lecture-performance that interwove three voices and three cities, simultaneously overlapping past realities, present happenings, and future speculations. This text, in its medium-specific iteration, renders the dialogue among the temporal and spatial coordinates of Delhi, Tokyo, and San Francisco, cities we three belong to and speak from. […]

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South of Market Community Action Network

Part of a larger long-term collaboration since 2012 with the South of Market Community Action Network/SOMCAN, this partnership with an active multi-service providing non-profit continues to produce a range of outcomes. This work led by organizational families include: community led exhibitions, media workshops, contemporary art courses, and cross-institutional neighborhood campaigns. SOMCAN’s mission is to highlight […]

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Seeing Difference Together: Notes on Visuals from Delhi – San Francisco – Tokyo

Video Link: https://www.sfmoma.org/watch/visual-activism-symposium-jerome-reyes-nine-yamamoto-masson-and-srinivas-aditya-mopidevi/ Presented for the International Association for Visual Culture & San Francisco Museum of Modern Art This performance lecture brings together three completely polar reference points of ‘activist’ visual cultural presences from Delhi, San Francisco and Tokyo staged as conversations between urban conflicts, global localities and post-war silences. A great amount of thinking […]

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Works for Prospect 3. Biennial

untitled (Carmelo Astilla interview and sounds of St. Malo) 2014 Audio from Louisiana by Jerome Reyes + William Cordova Custom vinyl LP, record player, headphones and shelf Duration: 9 minutes in our lifetime (Pantera Negra, Manilamen, Simon Bolivar…) 2011-2014 in collaboration with William Cordova and Monique Walton Single channel 16mm film digitized for video projection […]

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Cutscenes (Fight the Power/ Will to Power/ the Power Cosmic)

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Defibrillator

This video takes place on the actual Nike Hercules Missile lift at the Marin Headlands, California. The loop plays from the perspective of looking up at the blown out white sky. The image is accompanied by the audio of the nearby hydraulics that lift and descend the storied Cold War weapon that often came close […]

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For those who can’t sink or swim

This cues a centuries old tool known as the Shepard’s Crook, used to round up sheep, and ward off attackers and wild animals. This also hints at performative elements like a tap dancer’s cane and vaudeville hook used to literally pull unsuccessful acts off stage. The object even has several contemporary uses, from watersport safety to probing […]

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Cerebra (Frank and Oscar text their directions to the search engine)

This platform presents a locus of exploration, retrieval, departure, and congregation. Resembling the Marvel Comics X-Men’s Cerebro used to contact all mutant human beings on a discrete, alternate astral and psychological plane, the form also hints at the futuristic Star Trek transporter employed to transfer bodies and material to various planned coordinates. Both storylines embed […]

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Rappling for a blind jump into the heart of Chiba City

This project takes the utilitarian nylon cable tie to unexpected proportions. Hinting at the contemporary method of temporarily restraining captured assailants and organizing industrial materials, this extended form has the ability to enclose large bodies, crowds, and even structures. Given its new dimensions, the coil provides new considerations for what it will be employed for. […]

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Pharos (Anonymous)

This lighting equipment projects a fragment from an in-person conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pultizer Prize winning American journalist who revealed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times (2011). This text acts as a political and social barometer for our current moment and combines the ethos of this statement with the function of […]

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Indefinite Curfew

(Drawing suite, 7 total)

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Advanced Seating (Mission Afterviews)

Derived from pamphlets distributed during movie screenings and performances, these renderings depict modular configurations of various San Francisco Mission St. theater interiors.  Advanced Seating considers the complex architecture of these antiquated structures and fragments their potentials into a set of stage “blockings.” Borrowing terminology from scenography, each layout approaches these disparate spaces with new proposed functions, textures, and contemplative […]

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Only what you can carry

This investigates utilitarian structures and instruments of value in globalized, contemporary transport. These new renderings, sculptures, and documents consider finite, personalized moments with the materiality of analog drafting. This meditation on proximity and self-worth invite viewers inside familiar environments absent of figures and pregnant with possibility.

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Airbridge (plans and construction)

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Airbridge Drawings

This investigates utilitarian structures and instruments of value in globalized, contemporary transport. These new renderings, sculptures, and documents consider finite, personalized moments with the materiality of analog drafting. This meditation on proximity and self-worth invite viewers inside familiar environments absent of figures and pregnant with possibility.

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Atriums (Series 2)

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Flash Mab

This project looks at two historically related and vastly different sites in San Francisco, the Mabuhay Gardens Punk Rock Palace (known as the “FabMab”) on Broadway St. in North Beach and its previous incarnation as the Mabuhay restaurant on Kearny St. Researched from interviews and archival material, this piece focuses on the spectral qualities, social […]

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International Hotel Theatrical Reading

One timely event designed for the last two nights of the exhibition (Dec 3rd and 4th, 2010), involved the theatrical reading of Karen Tei Yamashita’s 2010 National Book Award nominated I Hotel performed on the physical site of the exhibition and larger project itself. Adapted and directed by San Francisco playwright and comedian Allan Manalo, […]

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