At CounterPulse, we invite change as our constant, from moving into our new facility to our ever rotating cast of artists and accomplices. We persistently strive to work better together, excited by the way that true collaboration necessitates an aptitude for change. We’ve updated our org chart to reflect new changes and new ways of […]
About This Artist
Founded in 2011, Skywatchers brings residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District into partnership with professional artists to create multi-disciplinary, site-specific performance installations that amplify the rich and complex stories, life experiences, and talents of community members. ABD initiated the Skywatchers program in collaboration with Community Housing Project (CHP) and the Luggage Store Gallery.
Skywatchers is committed to justice and equity as a critique of the current societal structures that marginalize large segments of the population. Creative expression and artistry are the foundation of a unique set of methodological practices to resist, confront, expose, or intervene in those structures, working towards social change on the individual and systemic levels. We believe in the power of art and collective creative endeavors to transform lives, embody our interconnectedness, and infuse our lives with agency, possibility, and increased vitality.
Skywatchers is structured on the belief that relationships are the first site of social change. We believe that large-scale transformation begins with intimate, interpersonal exchange and that all stakeholders are transformed in this process—artists, resident participants, as well as site staff.
Learn more about ABD Productions and Skywatchers at www.abdproductions.org/skywatchers-2-2/. Photos courtesy of Skywatchers.
by Krista DeNio, Skywatchers Artist Facilitator **NOTE: The names of individuals in this post have been changed for confidentiality. It all started with having one another’s backs. That’s right. I got your back. Whose got your back? I GOT YOUR BACK. We said, we sung, we danced and we meant it. This past year, Skywatchers focused […]
Julie Phelps Interviewing Judith Butler Original Interview conducted on July 18, 2013 On Friday, November 3, 2017, renowned gender theorist Judith Butler will be conversing with Monique Jenkinson, the artist behind the cis-female drag persona Fauxnique in an evening entitled “Ordinary Practices of the Radical Body” at CounterPulse. Let’s take a look back to 2013 […]
So here we are, just before the last performance. It has been 5 exciting performances so far. With all of them going ‘perfect’… And of course nothing is never the perfect but those imperfections and the performers response to them make each night unique and different. This is the nature of things. Now let’s look […]
September 11, 2017
Big changes happening to the membership program at CounterPulse, people. Big changes. I thought, what is a membership program for Counterpulse? For eight years I’ve been pondering the question, actually. What is membership for a community based, performing arts center? It is in the words community and arts. Members are our community. Anyone one who […]