September 2 – October 7, 2020
Streaming for free on the “Museum From Home” page is a weekly rotating selection of SFMOMA video and performance commissions from the past decade.
September 2–9, 2020
Mike Mills: A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project
In 2013, Mike Mills interviewed twelve Silicon Valley children whose parents worked in technology about their use of computers, gaming, and mobile devices and how they envision the future. The matter-of-fact responses from these young digital natives aged nine to eleven perceptively suggest a dystopic view of the future of humanity and the environment.
September 9–16, 2020
Nicole Miller: To the Stars
Nicole Miller’s To the Stars (2019) is an immersive exploration of identity, voice, pain, and possibility. To create this work, Miller filmed interviews, performance rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes moments with prominent figures of color in the arts and sciences, including choreographer Alonzo King, opera singer J’Nai Bridges, violinist Jessica McJunkins, and NASA astronaut Yvonne Cagle, as well as youth in local schools.
Commissioned by SFMOMA as an ongoing feature of its Stage and Screen school visit program, Miller intended this new work for the museum’s Phyllis Wattis Theater; in installation form, the work combines video and sound elements with a dynamic laser-light display.
September 16–23, 2020
Rashaad Newsome: Shade Compositions (SFMOMA)
In the performance project Shade Compositions (2005–ongoing), Rashaad Newsome brings together an ensemble of local performers, using live video and sound mixing to synthesize their verbal and non-verbal expressions into improvised minimalist music. With hacked video game controllers in hand, the artist acts as a conductor shaping voices and gestures in real time. Newsome notes, “Through repetition and through technology, I’m taking the Black vernacular and turning it into contemporary music.”
September 23–30, 2020
Mika Tajima: Today Is Not a Dress Rehearsal (Judith Butler)
In 2009, Mika Tajima and New Humans transformed SFMOMA’s atrium space into a multimedia installation and open set incorporating live performance elements. This production-as-performance stage and film studio featured a collaboration with filmmaker Charles Atlas and various performers. Tajima’s edit, here, focuses on various configurations of rehearsal and performance, including an experimental lecture by philosopher Judith Butler.
September 30–October 7, 2020
Tanya Lukin Linklater: An amplification through many minds
Tanya Lukin Linklater visits Alutiiq and Unangan cultural belongings in the collection of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley. The artist developed a choreographic score with dancers for these displaced objects that explores temporal encounter as a form of repatriation and transcendence. This video features a private performance in the Hearst Museum’s collections storage and open rehearsals held at SFMOMA during the first weekend of SOFT POWER (2019).
For more information about the featured artists, consider the related materials below.