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.
FF#5 – Maurya Kerr
Maurya Kerr is a choreographer, educator, performer, and the artistic director of tinypistol. She is an ODC artist-in-residence (2015-18), and completed her MFA through Hollins University in 2016, writing her thesis on people of color and their access to, or prohibition from, wonderment. She most recently performed with BodyCartography Project, […]Read More
F/F #4 – DRAGGED – Dia Dear, Hollow Eve, Martha T. Lipton, and Meredeath!
Friction / Function 4: DRAGGED! F/F 4 was in response to the work of select video artists from ASG’s annual open call. The intersection of the pairings and the resulting performance created a visceral and visually fascinating experience. Dia Dear Dia Dear chose to perform with the work of Allison […]Read More
F/F #3 – CRAIN/LACHMAN/POLIAK
Abby Crain, Layton Lachman, and Mara Poliak are collaborators in dance and experimental performance who met in Oakland California, and have been making and touring work together in various configurations for over 6 years. They often source from non-human frameworks to detangle anthropocentric patterns of interaction from their surroundings, other […]Read More
F/F #2 Rashad Pridgen
Rashad Pridgen, dancer, performance artist, creative director and creator of The Global Street Dance Masquerade: a site specific dance ceremony presenting Afro-futurist masquerade suits in urban environments.Read More
F/F #1 – Marina Fukushima
Marina Fukushima, born in Tokyo, Japan, is a dancer and choreographer based in San Francisco. From a cross-cultural perspective, her current creative focus is on the themes of silence, family, and intergenerational relationships.Read More
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.