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Survival Adaptations 

When: July 4-Aug. 2 2014
It can sometimes be intimidating to approach the topic of gentrification because it is such a complex tangle of hot-button variables. And when it is tackled, arguments often end with pointed fingers. In order to broaden the discussion, Aggregate Space, Root Division, and Adobe Backroom Gallery have teamed up to present Survival Adaptations, a multi-venue group show that highlights the strategies artists are employing to maintain their artistic practices and spaces within the Bay Area’s current economic climate. The show is partially presented at San Francisco’s Adobe Backroom (3130 24th St.) and partially at Oakland’s Aggregate (801 West Grand Ave.), in recognition of the differing yet intertwined pressures present on both sides of the bay. At Aggregate, the pieces range from virtual galleries to works designed to inhabit interstitial spaces like stairwells. “The Beauty in the Bubble,” by artist group Yuri Pop, invites viewers to explore a 3D topographical map of San Francisco with a magnetic marble. When the ball is placed on specific spots, it activates corresponding video footage to be projected on a screen above. Like this one, many of the works embark from a commentary on economic pressures, but arrive at a broad reconsideration of space and place.
— Sarah Burke


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