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An art tank of experience, human perception, and awareness.

Our Belief:

We tend to forget that our perspective is only our own. We can only see and hear what we know.  The vision of Think Make Tank is to invite people to question and experience perception: our own and others’.  

We believe that there is a disconnect between us, the gaps are widening. How do we begin to bridge between each other’s worlds? This begins by stepping into each other’s shoes. We want to playfully engage people in alternate perspectives using art and experience as a mode of connection.

Why an art-tank?

We are artists conceptually thinking and making experiences around how we perceive.

As an art-tank it is our mission to find ways of exploring and inhabiting other perspectives. It is only through experience that we can begin to ask the questions that will help us shift our perspective. “An idea must be experienced to become one’s own”. 
Our Values:

Artistic Growth

For an intentional community collaboration is required. 
Collaboration involves hours of conversation, time to develop trust, openness to each other’s ideas, and the will and commitment to actualize them.

Think Make Tank’s process is to transform concepts into experiences that can be accessible, playful, and open.

Executive Members –

Jorge Bachmann
︎ @ruidobello

Jorge is our connector. He links people and ideas - finds references in seemingly unrelated thoughts and opinions. His belief and stories are infectious and his network is strong. As a community builder, he’s passionate about bringing balance to the vision - and various perspectives to the table. His attuned and refined senses are sure to keep us on our toes.

Alex Nichols
︎ @alexhnichols

Alex is our energizer. She makes the impossible happen. Her spark, imagination, and can-do attitude never fail to motivate. As an ingenious collaborator, a maker, she quickly knows how to turn new thoughts into real practices. She instills confidence into ideas and people. Her force and innate sense of fun keeps us going - when there is a will she knows there is a way.

Mushi Wooesong James
︎ @mushiwooesongjames

Mushi is our motivator. He pulls through with focus and perseverance. He’s the steady force of our team, setting the pace for the long-haul. As an idea distiller, he keeps pushing with tenacious belief and commitment. He contains us, effectively honing in on the details to make us more communicable. He’s the peaceful and soothing energy we rely on when things heat up.
Magali Charmot
︎ @mag_cha

Magali is our compass. She creates a path from vision and ideas to reality. Her finely tuned sense of direction enlightens us to never lose the way. As a question surgeon, she makes sure to listen to all perspectives, activating, and actualizing ideas for the team. She’s the trailblazer whose optimism and determination equal her sense of communicability and inclusion.

History –

“An idea must be experienced to become ones own.” Aida Mitsuo

Aida Mits
Founded in 2016 by Alex Nichols. The collective is based in San Francisco. Alex co-directs the collective with Mushi Wooseong James. Executive members Jorge Bachman and Magali Charmot joined the Tank in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Think Make Tank is an art tank, art lab, artist collective, building concepts and experiences around perception.

Working collaboratively, the core members and visiting artists create installations, experiences and  ask critical questions around perception. 

The Tank was first housed in Fort Mason supported through a residency program, it then moved to the Paint Factory in Potrero hill. 

Ideas are born in context to their time. When Alex Nichols returned to San Francisco from her work in Kyoto in 2015, artist studios were being turned into offices. She, along with 80 other artists, were evicted from their space in the Mission district.

Artists adapt, they take risks, so for Alex losing her space was the catalyst toward rethinking her practice and the need for portability, collaboration, and an intentional community.

︎ Click on photos below to explore projects in detail.

Think Make Tank’s openess, playfullness and infinite approach to holding space for ideas to be developed and tested is what makes it unique.

There is no path laid out, we forge our lives according to our nature and perspective. We use the tools we understand and wield most accurately. Alex knows art process; making, deconstructing, rebuilding, testing, and asking questions.  

Co-directors Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James bring their respective skills to the development of the Tank. Alex’s openness to the unknown,  infinite possibility and her intuitive sense of what needs to happen is complimented by Mushi ‘s understanding of the whole essay, how to maintain communicability and  structuring of ideas. Together with executive members Jorge Bachman and Magli Charmot Think Make Tank has established its vision and built a community for exploring and inhabiting other perspectives.

Instrumental to the Tanks vision are visiting artists Kevin Corcoran (Sound Artist based in SF) and Susann Volzer (Artist based in Cologne) .