401 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102
Category: Art Galleries
Region: Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin
Long before online petitions, flash mobs, and hackers, there was the fax-bomb. A politician’s office could be flooded with letters that crippled productivity for hours. A corporation could be targeted with an all-black page, depleting expensive toner cartridges within minutes. But even more recently, when the Egyptian government shut down Internet and cell phone service, a group called We Re-Build set up ham radios in Europe to receive Morse code from Egypt, and hacker group Anonymous used common fax machines to relay information around the world. Tonight’s presentation and workshop, FAX(FACTS)BOMB, considers the more incendiary role of the humble fax machine, in congruence with the global exhibition "FAX". Launched in 2009, "FAX" began by Independent Curators International in New York. Artists were asked to view the fax machine as pen, paper, canvas, and printing press. The work was sent over phone lines accompanied, of course, by a cover sheet, and the resulting images -- ghostly and grainy but surprisingly diverse and arresting -- were gathered as a collection and sent on the road, picking up companion pieces as it traveled. Here, 22 local artists and four guest programmers reconsider the orphan technology. Adrienne Skye Roberts leads tonight's lively program on pre-digital culture jamming with the exhibition as backdrop, along with archival works that have been stored appropriately in office binders.
Sat., June 30, 5 p.m., 2012