PROJECTS         EVENTS         ABOUT         CONTACT

History –

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

Ideas are born in context to their time. When Alex Nichols returned to San Francisco from a residency in Kyoto in 2015, artist studios were being turned into tech 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 intentional community. Recognizing that artists think through making and make through thinking and the critical need for space in San Francisico where an artist can think and make, collaboratively, she began toconceive the idea of a collective. There were Think Tanks everywhere but what about a Make Tank?

In October 2015 a chance meeting on the streets of San Francisco between Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James led to a full time collaboration. In January 2016 Alex and Mushi together founded the Think Make Tank. 

︎ Click on photos below to explore projects in detail.
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. She believes that, “making, deconstructing, rebuilding, testing, having the eye for random occurrences requires risk and openness to the unknown.  Mushi understands the essay, communicability, structuring ideas.

From these two processes Think Make Tank emerged." The Tank went through many shapes before it understood what it was and was not.

Three primary collaborative projects are  core to formation Think Make tanks vision and values: The Portable Studio with Alex Nichols & Mushi Wooseong James, valuing communication and connection; Q & A with  Alex Nichols & Qinmin Liu valuing the idea of experimentation and “just do it”; and Muttertier with Susann Volzer, building a space for ideas to be developed and tested. All these projects ask questions about identity and our context to the world around us.