San Francisco, CA 94103
Category: Performing Arts Venues
Region: South of Market
“Broadsides” were feather-thin sheets of paper printed on one side and plastered to walls. For 350 years they were the Western world’s premium form of public communication. Broadside ballads -- usually set with a woodcut, folded in four parts, and sold as chapbooks -- were gobbled up for a penny a page but, by the mid-19th century, printing had become cheap enough to produce newspapers. Today, there are only a few areas, like Brooklyn’s Boro Park, where you might find folks clustered together reading the writing on the wall. What was lost, beyond the artistry and verbomaniacal satisfaction, was the casual opportunity afforded street-corner debate and mutual admiration. “Broadside Attractions/Vanquished Terrains” brings it back, in practice as well as consequence. The intricate project, arranged by Comet Magazine founder Maw Shein Win, Clarion Alley Mural Project organizer Megan Wilson, and Intersection for the Arts’ program director Kevin Chen, pairs 12 visual artists and 12 writers. The artists offered their partners one piece of music, one movie, and one location to inspire 1,000 words of poetry or prose; receiving the text, they then created black-and-white graphic companion pieces to be printed alongside on a standard 15-by-22-inch sheet. Finally, each duo joined forces to reach a “non-traditional interpretation” of the resulting broadside. Join your fellows in a lively discourse over the outcome.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 11. Continues through May 26, 2012