Togonon Gallery

77 Geary, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA

Instructions For Peace
September 7 – 30, 2010
Curator: Marlina Gonzalez
Opening reception September 11, 2010, 5-7pm

Participating Artists: Steve Baibak, Deann Borshay Liem, Josh Eggleton with Xuchi Naungayan-Eggleton, Allen Guilmette, Richard Bluecloud Castaneda, Anita Glesta, Yul-san Liem, Fang-yu Lin, Roberto Rivera

This multimedia, interactive exhibition of commissioned new media works and sculptural time capsules informed by and containing people’s instructions for peace in the 21st century is curated by Marlina Gonzalez. Highlighting multiple areas for public interaction including a blog for the collection of peace instructions, as well as a gallery-installed exhibition and a Biennial exhibition featuring the new commissioned installations, the exhibition sets forth to combine raw material and digital technology as literal vehicles for people’s aspirations for peace.

Integrating raw material and digital technology, ten commissioned artists (from Arizona, California, Michigan, New York, Texas) use lumber and scraps donated by  World Trade Center contractors “blessed” with peace instructions from youth and community members.

On the Instructions For Peace blog, visitors can upload text and image content reflecting multi-generational, multi-cultural public perspectives. The public is invited to shape their brief Instructions For Peace to the world. They can be addressed to future world leaders, parents and grandparents, youth, communities, religious institutions, etc.  Artists draw inspiration from peace bloggers on the Instructions For Peace website where people create simple instructions describing an achievable peaceful act. The public is also invited to participate in the Instructions For Peace blog by logging onto and on Facebook. Youth and community art workshops in New York and Minnesota are also being held, where participants create their peace instructions through art. Results of the workshop will be viewable through the website.

Selected installations will be featured as part of 01SJ’s AbsoluteZERO street festival in San Jose, CA on September 17.

US Lumber (New Jersey) who is providing the construction materials for the building of the new 1WTC (aka Freedom Towers) in New York and Reno Contracting (San Diego) have donated  lumber for the creation of the commissioned works.

Fiscal Sponsor: Forecast Public Art