New Humans: Today Is Not a Dress Rehearsal

May 10, 2009 to May 12, 2009
May 10 - May 12, 2009
11:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

The Schwab Room and Phyllis Wattis Theater

For three days, SFMOMA's Schwab Room will be transformed into an installation/film set by artist Mika Tajima (who often works collaboratively under the name New Humans), creating a live space for the exploration of performance, video, and sculpture. Tajima's set will consist of her objects (which double as scenery flats) and the accoutrements of film production, including lighting gear, dolly tracks, and sound equipment.

Simultaneously, award-winning filmmaker and videographer Charles Atlas will be shooting the event and creating live-edit works, which will be projected in real time in the museum's Phyllis Wattis Theater, as well as onto the surfaces of the installation itself.

Additional evening performances include a lecture by philosopher Judith Butler — known for her seminal work on gender performativity and subject construction — and a sound performance by noise band New Humans.


Mika Tajima/New Humans
Charles Atlas, filmmaker