FRICTION / FUNCTION is a multidisciplinary collaboration - between ASG and dance artist and curator Jesse Hewit - that is experimenting with making art works into subject/object for the creation of other artworks; in this case, across discipline from visual/new media to performance. In creating and curating this program, we are interested in the perpetuation and re-experiencing of art works without pushing them into a buying/selling economy, but instead by making them material for more art.

F / F Performance Series Curator Jesse Hewit

Jesse Hewit is an American performance and dance artist, currently based in San Francisco. Jesse’s work is an attempt to synthesize unlikely contexts into a singular experience that unsettles dominant ideas about power, narrative, safety, and beauty.

He attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied with Annie B Parson, Steve Wangh, Raina Von Waldenburg, Karen Finley, KJ Holmes, and Mary Overlie. In 2005, Jesse moved from New York to San Francisco to pursue graduate study in cross-disciplinary sociology, and upon graduating in 2007, began making work under the moniker Strong Behavior. Since 2007, five longer works and many shorter works have been created, and over time, Jesse has collaborated on the making of multiple works with Keith Hennessy, and with Sara Shelton Mann, among others. He has also, taught, written about, and curated dance and performance practices extensively up and down the U.S. West Coast and throughout Western Europe.

Support for the Friction / Function Performance series generously provided by Kenneth Rainin Foundation.