Magnetic Fields

Magnetic Fields

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Fold, Staple, Embrace: The Body Alive in the Archive by tamara suarez porras

Fold, Staple, Embrace: The Body Alive in the Archive

New Takes

Photographic objects and the subjects within them degrade over time, particularly when discarded through the sieve of archival practices. Do possibilities exist for the body to further live through the photograph? Can photographic objects invoke life over death?

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Magnetic Fields by Glen Helfand

Magnetic Fields

Living & Working

The Bay Area may be losing some of its soul, but there’s a tenacious spirit here that cannot be eradicated. Ultimately, things boil down to our sense of truth and empathy.

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Autumn Knight’s Sanity TV by Ana Tuazon

Autumn Knight’s Sanity TV


Autumn Knight's Sanity TV is a performative talk show negotiating the complex socio-policital dynamics of its audience.

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(un)making episode 33: Jesus Barraza by Weston Teruya

(un)making episode 33: Jesus Barraza


In this episode, Weston Teruya is in conversation with artist and educator, Jesus Barraza, whose work draws on a long and complex history of print, mural, and socially engaged practices within Indigenous and Xicanx communities.

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Support Structures by Jackie Im

Support Structures

Living & Working

What does the migration of people in creative fields away from the Bay Area mean for those who stay? What is needed to survive here?

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Chitra Ganesh & Sung Hwan Kim by Chitra Ganesh, Sung Hwan Kim

Chitra Ganesh & Sung Hwan Kim

Between You and Me

"There are structural affinities between preservation of American race and American art."

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