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Think Make Tank’s projects are like interruptions.

Our base is in San Francisco at 151 Potrero Ave and much of the experiences that we create are housed and launched here. The projects also extend beyond these walls to the streets and other countries.

Think Make Tanks focus is playful inquiry.

We invite artists and audiences to question their perceptions through experiences. We want to examine the multiple truths of reality as a way of knowing ourselves — how we inhabit our lives and connect to others.


Code & Canvas Gallery, SF, CA
Opening April 25th, 2019



︎ Download PDF of Open Call

THINK MAKE TANK has been under pressure of eviction for the last couple of months. We are excited to say that we have gained time…for now. As we wait, we are preparing a collaborative group exhibit with the theme WHILE I’M WAITING.

People wait.

Some waiting is caused by borders that cannot be crossed.
Some wait to become mothers.
Some wait for their amazon boxes to arrive home.
Some wait for a sun patch to arrive at the right place in the room.

Time moves, keeps moving and we wait. In that delay or pause some part of us is still. 

How does waiting impact our psyche and our daily lives?
What do we wait for?
How do we experience waiting?

THINK MAKE TANK invites artists of all disciplines to submit proposals to convey the idea “WHILE I’M WAITING…” Proposals can take on various interpretations of the phrase that touch on the notions of time, emotions, perceptions, experiences, and actions.

Open to artists in all media ranging from: visual, sound, installation, photograph, performance, video, and writing practicing in San Francisco, Bay Area, and Internationally responding to the concept — “WHILE I’M WAITING…”

Submit projects to: 
In one PDF please include (PDF must be less than 15MB):
-Written statement regarding your proposal in relation to the concept — While I’m Waiting (300 Words)
-Images, up to 10 in JPEG
-Video, up to 3, links can also be included (no more than 5 minutes will be reviewed per video)

*If you have problems sending PDF please contact us at

*If file load is too heavy please send us your submission using WeTransfer.

$10 donation to be submitted via Venmo to @thinkmaketank. This helps us go through each submission, organize the opening, prepare the gallery space, administration, etc.

*Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by March 15th, 2019 for the submission to be considered.

Artists will be notified by March 25th, 2019

April 15th, 2019 — April 22nd, 2019

*Shipped work has to arrive by April 18th, 2019

For artists shipping the work it needs to be hang-ready with clear guidelines.

Artists need to be ready to hang or install the work if the pieces are not hang-ready, site-specific, or installation based.

April 25th, 2019 — June 6th, 2019

Thursday, April 25th 2019, 7-9PM

THINK MAKE TANK Artist Collective, San Francisco, CA
The tank is made up of four core members -- Alex Nichols, Magali Charmot, Mushi Wooseong James, Jorge Bachmann -- We are an art tank, an artist collective, a lab, for creating experiences. The tank’s aim is to transform any idea or concept into an accessible experience. Our goal is to incite dialogue and conversation around how we perceive the world.

March 15th, 2019, 11:59PM PST

Email with any questions. If you would like to talk to us by phone, please include your phone number in your email.



Space 151 Gallery, SF, CA
Opening September 13, 2018


THINK MAKE TANK invites people to exchange stories, playfully, humorously as we retell, repeat, regurgitate what we find painful, strange, inevitable and hopeful.

ORIGINS is an experiential exhibit featuring a collection of installation art built and produced by the art tank and collective, THINK MAKE TANK, its core members Alex Nichols, Magali Charmot, Mushi Wooseong James, resident artist Susann Volzer with contributing artist Kevin Corcoran and participant Amir Hossein Arabkheradmand.

This exhibit explores the paradox and absurdity of human beings’ endless quest for answers, purpose, and meaning. Moving through six installations, visitors are invited to pause, think and experience how we deal with our ‘self’ and ‘others’.

This singular production begins with visual and auditory installations. In this initial Echoing Chamber Of Nothingness, various natural elements (soil, water, air) are brought to the forefront of the experience focusing on the non-anthropocentric perspective of life’s origins. Nature helps re-contextualize human insignificance: we are nothing more than biological cells. Two videos also fill the space introducing time as a cyclical and infinite measure. An interactive piece shows ghostly silhouettes fading away, akin to the notion that we all share one destiny: we are born, we die, and it begins again.

It is this continuum that guides the visitors through the rest of their immersive and participatory experience. People are asked to contribute to Mindless Chatter, sharing dreadful thoughts that occupy our conscious minds. Visitors enter Primal Catastrophe, a singular immersive experience plunging individuals in absolute pitch darkness for a moment of personal introspection. Facing ourselves, alone, in total visual deprivation is a rare and unique moment in the modern lives we live.

ORIGINS attempts to reconcile the existential paradox we face, occasionally or often, through humour. We are more connected than ever, but ever so lonely. Our most profound human desire is still to be known and to be loved. Particularly in the age of individualization, the age of simulated instagrammable lives, we seem to endlessly ask “I am here, do you hear me?”

︎ Dinner Series



Space 151, SF, CA
May 18th, 2018


3 Solo Performances

Think Make Tank Artist Collective and 23five present Jason Kahn from Switzerland and Bay Area artists Kanoko Nishi-Smith and Kevin Corcoran in an evening of solo performances followed by a tea exploring the connection between body and instrument. 

About the artists:

Jason KahnBorn 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. Re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zurich, where he is active as a musician, artist and writer. Concerts and exhibitions throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa In 2011 started the Editions label to publish his books and records.

Kevin Corcoran
KEVIN works with an open interest in sound as medium as it moves through contexts of art, music, ecology, and communication in performance and fixed media pieces. As a percussionist he is most interested in techniques which extend the sonic possibilities of the instrument emphasizing textural sound, friction, sympathetic vibration, sustained tones and the use of found objects. He works also with environmental recordings, both observing and interacting with sites, and electronic sound through feedback systems, computer software and cassette tapes. Based in San Francisco, he has performed improvised and composed work throughout the US, Europe, Japan and Taiwan and collaborates with artists working in multiple fields.

Kanoko Nishi-Smith
KANOKO is a performer currently based in SF/Bay Area. Though classically trained on piano, receiving a BA in Classical Music Performance from Mills College, her recent interest has primarily been in performing 20th century and contemporary musical compositions for piano as well as for koto (Japanese 13-string zither), and free-improvisation in various different contexts, with musicians, as well as dancers, poets, and visual artists.


Space 151, SF, CA
March 3rd, 2018


︎ Download sound from Blindfold


Think Make Tank is excited to present: Blindfold — a sound experience led by Jorge Bachmann. The audience is invited to a sensorial soundscape while resting blindfolded. Sound samples of field recordings in nature and urban settings come together to elicit senses and emotions triggered by selected sound waves and rhythm.