Iconoclast Productions connects with a broader community

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Glamarama Tutu booth at the Summer Fiesta in Oakland

When Iconoclast Productions was founded in March 1993 in San Francisco’s Fillmore/Western Addition community, it had a very locally focused mission. The organizational goal was to bring media arts education and exhibition to the African American and disabled artists community and to close the digital divide that prevented these artists from fully utilizing the internet and digital media production technologies to display their works in music, film/video, and electronic arts such as animation and digitally produced or enhanced visual arts, but the served community was initially just the Fillmore/Western Addition.

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Stagefright at Sunday Streets Berkeley

In 1997, the organization embarked on an initiative to expand its served public to include the BayView/Hunter’s Point area, the Tenderloin, and other places where there were large populations of African American and disabled artists. Due to the economic conditions affecting both African Americans and disabled communities, there was a lot of overlap in that the served communities quite frequently were found in large population centers in the poorest parts of San Francisco.

By 2001, due to gentrification and the rising property values and rental fees in San Francisco, the African American population was down to approximately half of what it was in 1990. With large segments of its served public forced to leave San Francisco, Iconoclast Productions needed to expand its geographic focus even further to include the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

Iconoclast Productions is currently working on projects in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Vallejo.

Iconoclast Adopts at Spot in Oakland

The Courtland Creek Mural by Kristi Holohan and Rock Scissors Paper Collective provides inspiration for the proposed mosaic design.
The Courtland Creek Mural by Kristi Holohan and Rock Scissors Paper Collective provides inspiration for the proposed mosaic design.

Sumiko Saulson and Iconoclast Productions filed “Adopt a Spot” paperwork with the City of Oakland’s Park and Recreation for the trashcan and the monument to the old cable car line that used to go down to Courtland. This little spot is at the corner of Courtland and San Carlos.

Roberto Costa, who is one of the forces behind all of the Mosaic Trashcans you see popping up around Oakland, is going to create a mosaic for the trashcan based upon the design of the Courtland Creek Mural, which was created by Kristi Holohan of Rock, Scissors, Paper Collective.

Four images from the mural and the surrounding signs created by Holohan with her group of youth volunteers have been selected as the basis for the designs on the four different sides of the trashcan at San Carlos and Courtland in Oakland’s Fairfax District (NCPC 27x Beat).

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Artist’s rendering of what the finished can might look like.

The design will also compliment a dragonfly shaped hopscotch drawing and frog shaped foursquare drawing at the children’s play area between the Fairfax and Congress on Courtland stretch of the park.

It is hoped that the consistency in designs at various parts of the park will help visitors connect the park.

Another fixture is a structure next to the trashcan that commemorates the street car line that used to go down Courtland. the structure consists of a miniature version of a street car station, with a station map depicted on the side of it. Iconoclast Productions is seeking paint donations for matching paint color for the structure, and help to fix patches of darker color where graffiti has been painted over with a darker shade of gray.

 

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