Railings (still), 2004 Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Rafael Ortega and Artangel Courtesy the artist and Peter Kilchmann Gallery, Zurich.
This Wednesday, Kadist San Francisco will be presenting Citydance, an evening of outdoor screening of eight different video works on public buildings in San Francisco.
The program aims to instigate an awareness of other cities in the world and of how social and political movements, as well as the actions of individuals, shape the urban imaginary. It is inspired by Anna Halprin’s 1977 daylong performance of the same title, which likewise turned the city of San Francisco into a stage, making a series of stops from Twin Peaks to the Embarcadero. It involved a combination of scored activities and a spontaneous walking parade. In the book “Experience as Dance,” Halprin is quoted as having said, “We experience ourselves as dancers through awareness of our movements, and our city through our awareness of our movements within it.”
The screenings will be followed by a conversation with artist Dara Friedman. A second evening of screenings is on Saturday, September 28 at 7pm at the Wattis.