A site-specific guerilla video projection by Chris Basmajian
Saturday, October 17, 2009, 6:30 (sunset) - 8pm
Loma Prieta Memorial Park
14th Street and Mandela Parkway
Project Description: For this collaboration with Invisible Venue (IV), Chris Basmajian has mined the legacy of the Loma Prieta earthquake by incorporating varied recollections of the event in the production of a text-based video. "Moment Magnitude," the resulting work will be presented in an unsanctioned public screening in the West Oakland memorial park along Mandela Parkway at sunset, on the evening of the 20th anniversary of the quake.
Chris Basmajian is an interactive video artist based in San Francisco, California. His work combines time-based media with live action to produce generative effects, and often explores the formal aspects of text as a communication tool. Basmajian's work has been exhibited extensively, in venues such as FILE 2009 Electronic Language International Festival, Ruth Cardoso Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Arche Time: Cross Disciplinary Conference and Exhibition on Time, The Tank Space for Performing and Visual Arts, New York, New York; and International Forum Art Tech Media Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain. He is most widely recognized as the creator of "Attention Hog," a popular casual game that capitalizes on the social and psychological trends prevalent in social-networking media.
Excerpted from Wikipedia: The Loma Prieta earthquake was a major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area on October 17, 1989 at 5:04pm (PST.) Caused by a slip along the San Andreas Fault, the temblor lasted 10 - 15 seconds and measured 6.9 on the moment magnitude scale (Richter magnitude scale 7.0.) The quake killed 63 people throughout northern California, injured some 3,757 and left several thousands of people homeless. The highest concentration of injuries occurred in the failure of the Cypress Street Viaduct on the Nimitz Freeway, where a double-deck portion of the freeway collapsed, crushing the cars on the lower deck. One 50-foot section of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge also collapsed, leading to a single fatality on the bridge. The earthquake occurred during the warm up for the third game of the 1989 World Series, coincidentally featuring both of the Bay Area's Major League Baseball teams. Because of game-related sports coverage, this was the first major earthquake in America to have its initial jolt broadcast live on television.
Special thanks to those who contributed recollections: Shireen Advani Lee, Sandow Birk, Glenn Carlson, DeWitt Cheng, Marilynn Fowler, Christian L. Frock, David Frock, Charles Gute, Glen Helfand, Jeremy Hight, Jeanie Hoff, Kareen Hunter, Otis Kriegel, Steve Lambert, John Lehnus, Amber Maclean, Susan O'Malley, Eric Murphy, Klari Reis, Fanny Retsek, Benjamin Salles, Linda Schanfein, Aaron Stienstra, Meagan Young