World Factory 3

I don’t even know where to begin with the lecture that Hou Hanru, SFAI‘s new Director of Exhibitions, gave at UC Berkeley last week. I seriously should have taken notes. Hanru’s international curatorial projects have put into praxis much of the stuff I’ve been grumbling about for some time now, and genuinely gave me hope for putting the rest of the world back in the art world, and vice-versa. Suffice to say, it’s a pleasure having him in the Bay Area to shake things up a bit.

My apologies for not promoting his lecture better in advance: it was pretty embarrassing that a world-class curator presented in a lecture hall containing only a handful of folks. Our Department of Art Practice sponsors the “Interventions” lecture series that brought Hanru across the bay: while “Interventions” has brought in some fantastic folks over the few years, it never ceases to amaze me how empty the lecture halls are for these events. I know that information goes out via listservs and personal emails about these lectures, but it looks like that’s not cutting it. What to do?

The opening for Phase 3 of Hanru’s “World Factory” project is this Wednesday evening: maybe I’ll see some of you folks there. While I tragically missed World Factory 1, I did get to see World Factory 2, which was pretty fantastic. Julio Morales is in this third show, as is the phenomenal Lordy Rodriguez, whom I finally got to meet just recently.

World Factory 3: Making our Place
San Francisco Art Institute

Walter and McBean Galleries

800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 94133
Wednesday 3.28.07 opening 5:30”“7:30
runs through 4.21.07

Curated by Hou Hanru
Artists: Cao Fei and Ou Ning, Teddy Cruz, Sanja Ivekovic, Sora Kim,
Julio Morales, Lordy Rodriguez, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Zhu Jia


World Factory presents over 30 international artists whose works respond to the issues and conflicts within the global “free market” economy. The outsourcing of manufacturing from “First World” to “Third World” countries causes serious impacts on both sides: pollution, displacement of populations, excessive exploitation of natural resources, and uneven development resulting in further divisions between the rich and the poor. Concurrently, the formation of a global consumerist culture is exerting significant influences on local cultures. World factories are not only producing material goods for the consumer market but are also producing a new social consciousness and mobilization. The artists in World Factory are responding to these conditions with different models and new methods of creation. Taking the form of an exhibition-in-progress, World Factory uses a variety of strategies for presentation including the overlapping phases of the gallery installation, workshops, film screenings, seminars, off-site and site-specific projects, and web-based works.

World Factory 1 film-makers Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre’s documentary MAQUILAPOLIS is screening at a number of Bay Area venues in the next little bit, too: catch it if you can.

Tuesday 3.27.07 ”“ 7:00pm
Berkeley City College Auditorium
2050 Center Street
(Lupita Castañeda, promotora (community activist) and former factory worker, will be present for Q & A)

Saturday 3.31.07 ”“ 7:00pm
Sunset Church
3635 Lawton Street
San Francisco
(between 42nd and 43rd Avenues)
(Lupita Castaneda, promotora (community activist) and former factory worker, will be present)

Monday 4.09.07 ”“ 7:00pm
Noe Valley Ministry
Community Center
1021 Sanchez Street (at the corner of 23rd Street)
San Francisco

Tuesday 4.10.07 ”“ TBA
The Women’s Building
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
3543 18th Street, #8
San Francisco

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