Pop Up Performance Project
Pop Up Performance Project
The Pop-up Performance Project (PPP) is just what it sounds like: pop up performances.
Conceived by Artistic Director Jess Curtis as an opportunity for emerging artists to bring experimental material into public view to share with accidental audiences on San Francisco streets, plazas and parks. Gravity pays a small fee to 3 artists a year to present durational performance events at bustling sites presenting performance as a public resource and encouraging artists to bring their work outside to non-traditional performance sites.
Love Eternal is the first in a series of performances showing the journey of a passive, roaming character, “Love”, as it explores time and space. Love becomes a vessel for contemplation. A simultaneous echo, reflection of the present and fantastical projection of potential not yet realized. On the first chapter of its journey, Love will begin at the historic Stud Bar, a site with a deep, rich history, uncertain future and the genesis site of Love’s performer. It will traverse the SOMA District visiting historic queer spaces where we express ourselves, inspire each other and build community, on a night reserved for celebration and introspection.
Nicholas Navarro is a multimedia performance artist who began performing in SOMA’s experimental drag scene under the moniker “Pseuda”. Taking queer nightlife aesthetics, practical special effects and drag performance structure as a jumping off point, they create emotionally charged images that build to sublime and sometimes grotesque climaxes. Their work is grounded in empathy with the characters they embody, using these antiheroes as avatars to explore otherness and to create space for mutual catharsis with performer and audience. They have performed at the Berkeley Art Museum, SOMArts, Gray Area, SAFEhouse Arts, The Lab, B4bel4b, Milk Bar, Incline Gallery and several nightlife venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.
To date Gravity has presented artists in projects throughout San Francisco, including:
PPP is set up to make a minimal administrative demand on the artists involved, the selected works are curated by Jess Curtis and artists are provided a simple $500 fee plus professional documentation of the event, with the intent that they bring work they are currently working on or processes they are currently engaged in that might benefit from being shown in a non-theatrical context.
Gravity is currently in a pilot-phase of our recently initiated fiscal sponsorship program as we ascertain the time and resources necessary to provide this service and determine how many artists we are able to serve.
Sponsees receive the ability to receive institutional and tax-deductible donations under the umbrella of Gravity’s 501c3 non-profit status, financial oversight, and related accounting services. Sponsees are selected with regard to their alignment with Gravity’s mission, community, and aesthetic priorities.
Current fiscally sponsored projects include Abby Crain Projects, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, jose e abad and Yuba Libre.
In 2017/18 Gravity will be expanding our family of fiscally sponsored projects to include 3 more bringing them to a total of 5.
In combination with, our fiscal sponsorship program, Gravity offers mentorship support to the artists we serve, providing information and consulting on everything from overall funding strategies to the nit-picky specifics of creating budgets and fill out grant forms.
Beyond these artists, Artistic Director Jess Curtis, provides numerous artists annually with a variety of mentorship services ranging from critical feedback on work to advice about getting their work out into the world particularly drawing from his extensive experience with international touring, teaching and co-production.
Gravity regularly partners with Bay Area venues such as CounterPulse and the SFMOMA to financially support the presentation of internationally important contemporary artists that we believe it is important for Bay Area audiences to see.
To date Gravity co-presentations have brought such artists as: