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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.


ORIGINS


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

EXHIBITION


THINK MAKE TANK is excited to invite 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 new 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?”

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SONIC SERIES #002


Space 151, SF, CA
May 18th, 2018

SOUND & TEA


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. 
http://jasonkahn.net/


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.
www.kevincorcoran.net


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.



SONIC SERIES #001


Space 151, SF, CA
March 3rd, 2018

EXPERIENCE


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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.


 



LE CORPS POÉTIQUE


Space 151 Gallery, SF, CA
January 2018

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EXHIBITION
Le Corps Poétique is a group exhibition and event presented by Think Make Tank. Thirteen local and international artists are asked to examine and interpret the title of the exhibition, a play-on-words that can be translated as Poetic Corpus, hinting at both the physical body and the oeuvre.

Questioning the role of the body in a world where we too often feel dissociated from it, Le Corps Poétique explores the constant oscillation between physical and non-physical states through varied practices that include language, photography, video, performance and installation.

The layout of the exhibition can be navigated much like the brain processes body parts as a series of topographic maps - each part separate, but together, forming a whole. Liminal spaces are explore between the conscious and unconscious, lucid or dreamlike, intimate or public, feminine and masculine, physical and metaphysical, disturbing and peaceful, life and death.



Threshold Experience, Installation by Susann Volzer, Magali Charmot, Alex Nichols, Mushi Wooseong James.

The introductory installation takes the body through a process. An invitation to feel. The first floor gallery welcomes the public and aims to move people through poetic-scapes reflecting Le Corps Poétique’s themes. Each process is a form of transformation. Visitors are invited to cross over the threshold in a guided experiential journey. This singular production celebrates experimentation by eliciting the senses through a series of performances and mediations.

Exhibiting Artists: Sholeh Asgary, Jorge Bachmann, Ema Chang, Magali Charmot, Alice Charmot, Eilish Cullen, Qinmin Liu, Daniel Lorenze, Michael A. Mersereau, Alex Nichols & Mushi Wooseong James, Jessica Resmond, Ignacio Valero.


A view of Jérôme (far left) by Jorge Bachmann and Written on the Body by Daniel Lorenze.

A view of /ˈdisənəns/ Dissonance by Magali Charmot & Alice Charmot.



A view of Silent Feathers by Jessica Resmond (far right) and The Blind by Ema Chang (far left).

A view of Sun’s Surprise (far right) by Ginmin Liu and Jérôme (far left) by Jorge Bachmann.

Work by Michael Mersereau: The Roosevelt Highway

Work by Alex & Mushi: Hanbok / Chair Conversations.





 
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