- September 06, 2013 - January 20, 2014
Zarouhie Abdalian: Occasional Music
Date + TimeThrough January 20, 2014
Daily times vary; check schedule for details.
LocationFrank H. Ogawa PlazaVisitors are encouraged to go to the amphitheater.
Oakland, CA 94612 Map
For Occasional Music (2013), Zarouhie Abdalian's largest public commission to date, the artist programmed brass bells to simultaneously ring from rooftops radiating out from Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, at 14th Street and Broadway in downtown Oakland.
Activated for several minutes once a day at varying times, each bell plays a randomized rhythmic structure of accelerated and slowed tempos, causing them to sound different every time. The surrounding environment, consisting of natural and built elements, also ensures that the ringing is never heard the same way, as the bells articulate space in this downtown area and add to its layered textures. Created for the city where the artist lives, this experience-based work shifts our attention and awareness of this city center, a historic place associated with community gathering, performance, and protest.
Admission + Ticketing
Free and open to the public
Image: Zarouhie Abdalian, Downtown Oakland (production photograph for Occasional Music), 2013; Commissioned by SFMOMA, courtesy the artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco; with special thanks to the City of Oakland Public Art Program and Public Art Advisory Committee; Cultural Arts and Marketing Division, Department of Economic and Workforce Development for their generous assistance.; © Zarouhie Abdalian