The CounterPulse Festival 2021

with FACT/SF, tinypistol, curbAlert, Krista DeNio >> Moving Ground, Faluda Islam / Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Meg Foley, Skybridge, Marc Kate & Julie Phelps, Performance Primers, ArtSpan, and more
September 9-18, 2021
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The CounterPulse Festival is a week-long awakening of artistic works across the Bay Area

Join CounterPulse as we dismantle and build new architectures of affects towards new social paradigms imbued with reflection, embodiment and touch. 

Reopen your mind with new events by FACT/SF, tinypistol, curbAlert, Krista DeNio >> Moving Ground, Faluda Islam / Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Meg Foley, Marc Kate & Julie Phelps, Performance Primers, Skybridge, ArtSpan and more.

In the third iteration of the CounterPulse Festival, we lean into the plasticity of the times, bending, breaking, and being together. We ask what is performance, how do we want to connect, and how can artistic process mend towards a collective future of care. Our productions are only as radical as the visionaries behind the work; and this year, we bring CounterPulse back to our stage, into the streets, and beyond.

CounterPulse goes offline and off-screen — to the hilltop above Monterey Bay at Djerassi Artist Residency Program, the urban oasis of  the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts grounds, the ornate church halls at the Saint Joseph Art Society, the lush meadows of Oakland’s Estuary Park, the book exhibition at the SF Center for the Book, a vacant parking lot in the Mission — while welcoming you back to CounterPulse’s facility and to a screen near you.

Re-enter CounterPulse in forms you never thought possible. Join us for dance parties, film screenings, experimental performance, workshops, and so much more. 

This is a time to connect, reflect, and explore how we want to rebuild, taking no assumption from the past and assuming no limits on our future.

The CounterPulse Festival Timeline

All times are in PDT

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

5pm-6:30pm: ArtSpan Artist Reception

Location: CounterPulse Gallery 

 

5pm: my beloved comet + Saint Leroi film screening by tinypistol

Location: Saint Joseph’s Art Society

 

5pm-9pm: Split by FACT/SF

Location: CounterPulse Project Space

 

7pm-8:30pm: Matchbook with Hannah Meleokaiao Ayasse and Casey Gardner

Location: San Francisco Center for the Book

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

9am-10am: Panel with ZERO1, Thoughtworks, and CounterPulse

Location: Virtual

 

12pm-1:30pm: Fuck the System! Queeratorial Collectives Do It Themselves a conversation curated by Performance Primers

Location: Virtual

 

5pm-9pm: Split by FACT/SF

Location: CounterPulse Project Space

 

6pm-7:30pm: Embodied Poetics with Justin Ebrahemi & Justine Fernandez

Location: CounterPulse Main Stage

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

2pm-3pm: Radius Instigated by Julie Phelps & Marc Kate

Location: McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

 

3pm-7pm: Split by FACT/SF

Location: CounterPulse Project Space

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

12pm-2pm: Tenderloin Arts Lending Library

Location: CounterPulse Lobby

 

2pm-5pm: Beautiful Crystals Imply Slow Growth workshop with Meg Foley

Location: Virtual (Livestreamed from CounterPulse Upstairs Studio)

 

2pm-4pm: Embodied Divination workshop with Amara Tabor Smith

Location: TBD

 

5pm-7pm: Leslie Parker Call to Remember Workshop with Leslie Parker

Location: TBD

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

6pm-7pm: The ABJD Series: Heaven 58 & Prologue 1009 آغاز ۱۰۰۹ by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto / Faluda Islam

Location: CounterPulse Main Stage

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

5pm-9pm: Split by FACT/SF

Location: CounterPulse Project Space

 

6pm-8pm: From Roots to Action workshop with Krista DeNio and NETWORK project collaborators

Location: TBD

 

6:30-8pm: un•rest by CurbAlert

Location: Estuary Park in Oakland

 

7:30-8pm: CounterPulse at SkyBridge

Location: Skybridge on Stevenson Alley

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

2pm-4pm: Fuck the System! Queeratorial Collectives Do It Themselves a mixer by Performance Primers

Location: Township Commons in Oakland

 

5pm-9pm: Split by FACT/SF

Location: CounterPulse Project Space

 



6:30-8pm: un•rest by CurbAlert

Location: Estuary Park in Oakland

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

3pm-7pm: Split by FACT/SF

Location: CounterPulse Project Space

 

3pm-5pm: Weaving Spirits film screening and Q&A with Landa Lakes & Javier Stell-Fresquez and The Transgender District 

Location: Virtual

 

5pm-8pm: Radius and NETWORK at the Djerassi Program:

5-6:15pm: Audience Reception + NETWORK activation with trees

6:15-7:10pm: Radius performance 

7:20-8:00pm: NETWORK showing + experience

Location: Djerassi Resident Artists Program

 

STAY TUNED FOR ADDITIONAL EVENTS

 

Pictured: Kim Ip, Clarissa Dyas, Hannah Ayasse, Julie Phelps, Krista DeNio in Radius at the McEvoy Foundation for the arts. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Details

Start:
August 1
End:
September 30
Cost:
Free - $40