About the Artists

Voyage

proposed by Kristin Tieche
Voyage is a project about Louis Gourmeau, an octogenarian from Brittany, France, the artist’s dear family friend, and natural born storyteller. The work will celebrate how older generations unite us and keep family histories alive.  In January 2012, Tieche will travel to France to spend 10 days with Louis, filming as he recounts all of his stories at his home in the South of France. Recently devastated by the loss of his wife, Tieche truly feels that by retelling his stories, he will find joy again while reliving his happiest moments.

Kristin Tieche is a Northern California based independent producer and editor.  Tieche has also edited documentaries that include the Sundance 2008 Audience Award winning “Fuel,” and the 2009 PBS film, “Power Paths.”  Tieche is a producer of experimental dance film, including, “Forms of Identification,” an experimental dance film about identity crisis.  Tieche holds a Master of Arts in Television, Radio and Film from theS.I.NewhouseSchool of Public Communications atSyracuseUniversity.
www.kristintieche.com

Karen Voices
proposed by Martha Gorzycki
This experimental work titled “Karen Voices” is a montage of narratives from Elders and young Karen women who were forced to relocate from their villages for fear of persecution or death. Their testimonies reflect a multi-generational struggle for sovereignty and peace that began during World War II and continues today. Enduring over 60 years of ethnic oppression, many Karen wonder why the world has turned its back. “Karen Voices” is an exploration of history, identity and survival designed as an intimate collective conversation.

Since the mid 1980’s, Martha Gorzycki has worked as an animator and animation photographer for independent filmmakers in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is an award winning animator/filmmaker and media artist.  She is inspired by dreams, visual culture, identity and mythology.  Her short works are exhibited nationally and internationally in festivals, galleries, billboards and the web.  She teaches and coordinates the animation program at San FranciscoStateUniversity.
www.marthagorzycki.com

Home Stories proposed by Scott Kildall

“Home Stories” is a visual montage of found footage created by artist Scott Kilall in response to the discovery of a cache of his own family’s home movies. The work explores the separation between what we know to be true about our ancestry and what irrevocably remains unexplained. Including footage from strangers’ families, Kilall rewrites this material as a new narrative. Accompanying voice and music gives context to his chosen images. “Home Stories” inspires questions of identity, ownership and nostalgia, suggesting the phantasmagoria of the past and present.

Scott Kildall is cross-disciplinary artist working with video, installation, prints, sculpture and performance. He gathers material from the public realm to perform interventions into various concepts of space. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Philosophy from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago through the Art & Technology Studies Department. He has exhibited his work internationally in galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London and Hong Kong. He has received fellowships, awards and residencies from organizations including the Kala Art Institute, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Recology San Francisco , Turbulence.org and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. Scott is a founding member of Second Front — the first performance art group in Second Life. He currently resides in San Francisco.
http://kildall.com/

Body Triple proposed by Suzanne Girot

The video and photo installation by Suzanne Girot entitled “Body Triple” is an exploration of personal versus historical memory with a humorous edge. The subject of this piece is the historical Mechanics Statue in downtown San Francisco, a relic which survived the 1906 quake and fire. In addition to the artist’s grandmother, a number of families have claimed their ancestors to be the model for this Statue. Though the validity of these claims have long been lost, the pride and possession of such lore remains strong. Meanwhile, the functions of the Statue itself are diverse and ever-changing. “Body Triple” addresses the dynamic endurance of a San Francisco landmark through time.

With a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Latin-American Studies and an MFA from California College of the Arts, Suzanne Girot has based several of her award-winning films and video installations south of the border. The documentary, Havana Bienal, reviews the Cuban art scene; Girl Beat–Power of the Drum features a popular all-girl drumming group in Salvador, Brazil. Other films closer to home present the medical marijuana debate with Brownie Mary (Let Our People Grow); the art and science of dumpster diving (The Ultimate Dive); and the power of music to express a quadriplegic man’s passions (Mister Spazzman).
www.suzannegirot.com

Dreaming of the Dead proposed by Maggie Simpson Adams

“Dreaming of the Dead” is an immersive video installation by Maggie Simpson Adams inspired by the artist’s own experience with lucid dreaming during her own processing of grief. The work will present an environment through which one can enter into this dreamscape and will spark conversation around the potency of memory. A film will be experienced collectively in the intimacy of a vintage living room reminiscent of a film set. Though personal in material, “Dreaming of the Dead” speaks to universal experience and emotion.

Maggie Simpson Adams’ work illustrates concepts of memory and mortality. Through visually rich films and interactive environments she works to expand the boundaries between cinematic and tangible space. Her roots as a fifth generation Oakland native often play a role in her work. Simpson Adams is the director of Decomp Films company and recently received her MFA from California College of the Arts. Currently she is collaborating with artist Elizabeth Sher to explore the art of mourning in their documentary Rituals of Remembrance.
http://www.decompfilms.com/

Elizabeth Cabrera and Neil C. Freese are creating A Choose Your Own Adventure book handed out to all attendees at the door will serve as a guide through a living gallery of characters from the films Reunion and Fiji Time.

Frequencies created by Alexandra Lacey and Elana Levin

This collaborative installation designed and assembled by Alexandra Lacey and Elana Levin will be the literal and conceptual introduction into the Story Vault space. It is a testament to the oral histories from the Club’s Story Booth, a collection of dozens of short family stories from individuals attending Great-Grandfather Club events. Rather than a cut-and-dry presentation of these oral histories, this installation follows the experimentality behind the Great-Grandfather Club by reinterpreting the image and sound to reflect a core concept. This installation will be a geographical, cultural and aesthetic collage of the Story Booth collection, a presentation of souvenirs from these memories.