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September 27. Athen B. Gallery, Oakland

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Athen B. Gallery 
1525 Webster St, Oakland, 94612

Wednesday, September 27
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Always FREE

We are thrilled to hold the next Creative Mean event at Oakland’s Athen B. Gallery, September 27th 6:30-8:30pm, featuring Berlin based chefs Joshua Lange and Sophia Rudolph, comedy writer Brian Janosch, and members of the Black Mail Collective, along with our guest curator Nina Mehta

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Berlin based chefs Joshua Lange and Sophia Rudolph helm the innovative Panama restaurant. Together they are trying to achieve a balance between closeness and distance. Panama‘s cuisine connects familiar ingredients with exotic accents and techniques, embracing influences from other countries and cultures to create new flavors and contemporary richness. 

Black Mail Collective is a message based collective made up of black Bay Area artists. They formed as a way to tackle issues of what it means to be black in America, show their diversity, and break down negative media portrayals. Each artist has their own perspective and purpose but they all come together around the common goal that through unification they will enhance the culture, community, and creativity.

Brian Janosch is a comedy writer and producer. He recently learned of the buzzword "multi-hyphenate," and as annoying as that sounds, it's probably the best way to describe him. He spent five years at The Onion, created a site for Adult Swim, co-founded a company (Cultivated Wit) and event series (Comedy Hack Day), recently helped develop the personality for Google's AI, and he just finished shooting a pilot for a TV show.

All of this was brought together by guest curator Nina Mehta. As a veteran designer Nina has lead design at Pivotal Labs in Berlin and San Francisco and currently is a product designer with Stripe. Additionally, she runs workshops on cross-discipline collaboration often bringing art, music, and tech communities together.


Past Events

July 27. 826 Tenderloin Center, San Francisco

826 Tenderloin Center 
180 Golden Gate Ave,  SAN FRANCISCO

Thursday, July 27
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Always FREE

We are thrilled to hold the next Creative Mean event at 826’s new Tenderloin Center and King Carl’s Emporium, July 27th 6:30-8:30pm, featuring a reading of the best youth writing from 826 Valencia, designer Ashley Tillman from IDEO, and the team behind Anxy Magazine.

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For 15 years 826 Valencia has been inspiring youth writers in under-resourced communities around the Bay Area and beyond. They will be kicking the night off with a reading of student prose from their 826 Quarterly journal.

Anxy Magazine is the new hit magazine that tackles mental health and sheds light on our inner worlds. Their editorial team will share their insights and thoughts with us and talk about what drives them to bring Anxy to the world.

As a designer with OpenIDEO, Ashley Tillman works with communities to tackle some of the world's biggest problems. She will share insights into large scale problem solving and human-centered design.


 

April 20. SF Camerawork, San Francisco

SF CAMERAWORK
1011 MARKET ST,  SAN FRANCISCO

Thursday, April 20
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Always FREE

 

We are excited to be back at SF Camerawork in San Francisco on April 20th, 6:00-8:00pm, featuring: photographer Lucas Foglia, photographer Erica Deeman, and illustrator George McCalman.

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Photographer Lucas Foglia spends years slowly building stories rooted in rural America. His work feels simultaneously allegorical and uniquely specific. He will discuss his work and give a preview of new a project. 

Illustrator and art director George McCalman will discuss deeply personal work about his estranged fathers near death sickness that changed the source of his studio practice.  

Erica Deeman’s large format portrait projects - Silhouettes, and Brown - tackles issues of race, identity and gender. She will sit for a conversation with host Jeff Enlow.


 

February 23. VSCO, Oakland

VSCO
1500 BROADWAY,  OAKLAND

Thursday, February 23
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Always FREE

 

We are psyched to hold the next Creative Mean event at VSCO in Oakland, on February 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm, featuring: photographer Trent Davis Bailey, the owners of Athen B. Gallery, writer Meagan Day with photographer Hannah Klein, and avant-garde saxophonist Daniel Means.

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Photographer Trent Davis Bailey will discuss new work around the the 1989 United Flight 232 crash landing in Sioux City that killed over a 100 people including his mother. He explores the way media views tragedy along with his own connection to the events.

The gallerists behind Oakland's Athen B. Gallery will discuss their street mural program and how they are leading the way in a new wave of contemporary street art. 

Writer and photographer duo Meagan Day and Hannah Klein will perform a reading from their recent book Maximum Sunlight published by EM Wolfman books. Maximum Sunlight, takes readers to to the strange desert town of Tonopah Nevada. Told through a series of candid interviews and observations of town life, the book attempts to get beyond the stories people want to tell about a place—or don’t want to tell—into some kind of truth.

We will be starting the 2017 season off with something loud and cathartic. Educator and avant-garde saxophonist Daniel Means will open the night with an improvised experimental performance. 


 

October 26. SPUR, Oakland

SPUR
1544 Broadway,  Oakland, CA.

Wednesday, October 26
6 - 8 PM
Free

 

We are thrilled to hold the next Creative Mean event at SPUR in Oakland, October 26st, 6-8pm, featuring presenters: photographer Wesaam Al-Badry; filmmakers Kevin Wong, Todd Sills, and Sasha Hauswald; and radio producer Sam Greenspan.

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As a young boy, photographer Wesaam Al-Badry escaped Gulf War Iraq with his mother and siblings. After spending years in a refugee camp they relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska where he grappled with the disconnect between his experiences in Iraq and his new reality.

Today, his work uses reportage and multimedia art to challenge and investigate social norms.

 

Managing producer of podcast 99% Invisible, Sam Greenspan, thinks a lot about “the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.” Greenspan will share one of 99% Invisible’s immersive audio pieces.  

 

“Home is a Hotel” follows the lives of Huan Di and her daughter Jessica and their life in a 8ft x 10ft Single Room Occupancy Hotel. Following the documentary short will be a discussion about housing in the Bay Area with the filmmakers Kevin Wong, Todd Sills, and Sasha Hauswald.

 


 

August 28. Western Editions, Emeryville

WESTERN EDITIONS
1420 45th Street #40 Emeryville

Sunday, August 28, 2016
12 - 3 PM
FREE

We pride ourselves in putting together eclectic events and the next Creative Mean will not disappoint. Sunday August 28th, we will be at Western Editions featuring presenters: Printmakers Erin Fong and Taylor Reid; Artist Jenny Odell; and photographer and filmmaker Mancy Gant.

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With “The Bureau of Suspended Objects” Jenny Odell turns trash into art in an attempt to reveal the inner workings and past lives of those objects we often overlook. Interested in being part of her project? Is there something you've been meaning to get rid of? Bring your unwanted object to Creative Mean for a “pre-trash” collection and become part of Odell’s expansive project.

Photographer and filmmaker Mancy Gant is a rising talent in the Oakland art scene and counts musicians Kamaiyah and Duckwrth as collaborators. He will share his "Powerful Beyond Measure" project that deals with self-confidence and understanding your own power.  

Printmakers Erin Fong and Taylor Reid print cute shit. They will discuss their love of analog, and show off their 1960s Vandercook press. They will be making prints on site to give away. 


June 21. SFCamerawork, San Francisco

SF CAMERAWORK
1011 MARKET ST. 2ND FLOOR

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016
6 - 8 PM
FREE

 

We are thrilled to hold the next Creative Mean event at SF Camerawork, June 21st, 6-8pm, featuring presenters: Chinatown Pretty blog photographer Andria Lo and writer Valerie Luu; San Francisco Chronicle filmmakers Tim Hussin and Erin Brethauer with Jesus Guillen; and journalist and radio producer Annie Brown.

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“Last Men Standing” is the first feature-length documentary from the San Francisco Chronicle. The film follows the lives of eight men who lived through the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and 90s. A preview of the film will be featured followed by a discussion with the filmmakers Erin Brethauer and Tim Hussin with Jesus Guillen..

Photographer and writer duo Andria Lo and Valerie Luu share a soft-spot for Chinese po-pos (grandmas) and their unique fashion sense. Together, the two created ChinatownPretty.com celebrating street style of seniors living in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Journalist Annie Brown will discuss her recent piece in the California Sunday Magazine about sex-reassignment surgery inside the American prison system.


April 16th. Werehaus Studios, San Francisco

Werehaus Studios
1661 Tennessee st. Suite 2u

Saturday, April 16, 2016
6:30 - 9 PM
FREE
 

We are super excited to announce the launch of Creative Mean, a cross-medium meet-up and speaker series that brings together inspiring artists and thinkers from around the Bay Area. 
 

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For our first event we have an amazing group of presenters: 
Industrial designer at Specialized Bikes, Brian Szykowny, presents his unique custom frames; a Q&A with photographer Talia Herman about her intimate family portrait 'West County;' and interdisciplinary artist Lizzy Brooks talks about her transmedia sculpture 'Rotary X;' plus music videos from director Tyler McPherron.