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Opening Reception: Everyone is Hypnotized
Pro Arts is proud to present Everyone is Hypnotized: Artists Dérive the Bay Area, a group exhibition curated by Oakland-based curatorial team, Gipe + Tell and as part of their Studio Lab Residency at Pro Arts. Participating artists include Sebastian Alvarez, Brian Dean, Joanne Easton, Marshall Elliott, Jon Gourley, Jon Kuzmich, Leora Lutz, Andréanne Michon, Maria Porges, Michal Wisniowski and Minoosh Zomorodinia. The concept of the dérive has its origins in the Letterist International, an avant-garde and Marxist collective based in Paris. The dérive was a critical tool for understanding and developing the theory of psychogeography, defined as the “specific effects of the geographical environment (whether consciously organized or not) on the emotions and behavior of individuals. Inspired by the concept of dérive and the theory of psychogeography, curatorial team Gipe + Tell posed a question to eleven artists, included in their exhibition Everyone is Hypnotized: Artists Dérive the Bay Area: What action steps can artists take today to engage in intellectual investigation, creative growth, and critical interrogation, while navigating the urban environment? The opening reception for Everyone is Hypnotized: Artists Dérive the Bay Area will take place on Friday, May 5th, from 6:00 - 9:00pm at Pro Arts. During the reception, there will be a performance by musician, Daniel Larlham, followed by a performance by exhibiting artist, Minoosh Zomorodinia. The closing reception will take place on Friday, May 26th from 6:00 - 8:00pm, which will feature a short talk by curator, Lawrence Gipe called The Impossible Exhibition, followed by an outdoor guided walk by exhibiting artist, Sebastian Alvarez. About Pro Arts: Pro Arts is an Oakland-based nonprofit arts organization that supports experimentation in the contemporary artistic process and practice through exhibitions, commissions, residency programs, research, satellite projects, digital platforms and publications. Annually we exhibit over 600 artists, conduct over 700 art education programs for youth, and reach an audience of over 20,000.