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Experimental Film and Perfomance Art courses at the San Francisco Art Institute Culminate in Two Major Public Performances

by SF Cinematheque

Published on November 13, 2012



The San Francisco Art Institute is proud to annouce tow major undergraduate student performances-Locative Media: The Projected Edifice...n collaboration with his Locative Media film class at the San Francisco Art Institute, video projection artist and SFAI faculty member Ben Wood-known locally for large-scale public displays on Coit Tower and within Mission Dolores-creates an architectural video installation at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center. Using the building's screening room, facade and frosted front windows, Wood and his SFAI students will present a collaborative video and performance event that enlivens the architecture while evoking voices and stories from submerged and forgotten persons, histories and cultures. The group will transform the building's edifice with projected narratives from both within and without. This event is part of a series of projections Wood and his class are executing on buildings around San Francisco, including a staged installation at Lumen Alley during Polk Street Art Walk last month.

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Locative Media: The Projected Edifice

by SF Cinematheque

Published on November 29, 2012



In his work with 'locative media' and large-scale public projection events, British-born visual artist Ben Wood combines cutting-edge media technology with historical subject matter, enlivening architecture and public space while evoking voices and stories from submerged and forgotten persons, histories and cultures. Recognized worldwide for these spectacular interventions in space and time-and locally for large-scale public displays on Coit Tower and within Mission Dolores-tonight Wood, in collaboration with his SFAI course on Locative Media, creates an architectural video installation at the site of Cinematheque's home at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center. Using the building's screening room, facade and frosted front windows, the group will present a one-night-only collaborative video installation/event also to include live performance and other visual experiments intended to transform the building's edifice with projected narratives both within and without. This event is part of a series of such stagings by Wood planned at various Bay Area locations including the Internet Archive and the Mozilla Foundation.

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Locative Media: Lumen Alley

by Lower Polk Art Walk

Published on November 1, 2012



San Francisco Art Institute class Locative Media and Projection collaborate with the Lower Polk Art Walk. Using the buildings facades the class will create projected video installations developed as a collaborative, experimental and a one-off event.

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Projecting history in unlikely sites

by Edward Guthmann

Published on August 20, 2012



At Coit Tower, Ben Wood projected film of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island and presented it as an alternative Thanksgiving event. In Union Square last May, he animated the Dewey Monument, another long, thin column, with a film critical of the Philippine-American War. A video installation artist with a passion for Bay Area history (benwood.net), Wood has created work at Mission Dolores, St. Ignatius Catholic Church and in Mexico City. On Aug. 31, he will project three historic films on a water tower in downtown Palo Alto.

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Art Installation Event at Tower Well: 8 PM

by Palo Alto Art Center

Published August 2012



Attend a unique event, a temporary art installation by Ben Wood that will be projected on the water tower building on Alma Street and Hawthorne Avenue. The projection entitled, 'The Tower Well,' will provide a unique community event that showcases Palo Alto's important role in both the advent of the motion picture and the larger landscape of California history. For more information about the installation or the public meeting, Location: Tower Well, Alma Street at Hawthorne Street.

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Push Dance Company presents 'Bitter Melon'

by Andrea Pflaumer, San Francisco Examiner

Published on May 21st, 2012



Award-winning historical videographer Ben Wood will project film of the dancers, plus archival images from the war, onto the Dewey Monument. 'My work uses video to project onto spaces their stories; spaces that we don't pay attention to or look at immediately,' he says. To make the project come alive, Wood's projections will be in 3-D, making it appear as if the dancers are landing right on a stage floor that consists of two runways to either side of the monument. 'Raissa and I have a similar creative process,' Wood says. 'We're doing something literally outside of the box not for a small screen. This is a fine art, experimental project, not a commercial one.'

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Push Dance Company presents 'Bitter Melon'

by SF Weekly

Published on May 23rd, 2012



Award-winning historical videographer Ben Wood will project film of the dancers, plus archival images from the war, onto the Dewey Monument. "My work uses video to project onto spaces their stories; spaces that we don't pay attention to or look at immediately,' he says. To make the project come alive, Wood's projections will be in 3D, making it appear as if the dancers are landing right on a stage floor that consists of two runways to either side of the monument. "Raissa and I have a similar creative process," Wood says. "We're doing something literally outside of the box - not for a small screen. This is a fine art, experimental project, not a commercial one."

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Reinterpreting the Dewey Monument in Union Square

by Drew Bourne, Using SF History

Published on May 23rd 2012



Now, over a century since it was built, the Dewey Monument is the subject of a new collaborative work by local artists. On May 25-28, 2012 at 8:00 p.m., "Bitter Melon" will be performed in Union Square as part of the annual Union Square Live program. Ben Wood and his technologist, David Mark, will do large-scale 3D video projections on the Dewey Monument, while choreographer Raissa Simpson and her Push Dance Company will use dance and movement.

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The Dewey Monument Project

by Other Zine

Published March 1st 2012



In collaboration with Filipino/African American choreographer and artistic director of the Push Dance Company, Raissa Simpson, a rarely seen dance work, Bitter Melon, and a movement-based video projection utilizing two oversized 3D projectors will take place on the evenings of Friday May 25th, Saturday May 26th, Sunday May 27th and Monday May 28th, 2012 in Union Square, San Francisco. This year marks the 112th anniversary of the Filipino-American war.


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Ben Wood is the middle of a set of triplets, the others being Bryan (identical) and Richard (fraternal) When the Wood Triplets were born, they were the first triplets to be born in many years at Southlands Hospital in West Sussex, United Kingdom. Ben weighed the least at a little under 2 llbs. He is one of six boys.See news from 1980.