assume vivid astro focus (avaf), ángeles veloces arcanos fugaces, 2014. Installation view at Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires. Courtesy of Faena Art.

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) presents actions vent ascending frequencies, a participatory art installation and roller rink experience from the art platform assume vivid astro focus (avaf). The artist-designed outdoor roller-skating rink will feature performances, DJ sets, and special programming from September 13 through October 6, 2019.

avaf’s reimagined roller rink, a 21st-century social sculpture drawing on the optimism and democratic energy of disco-driven skate sites, makes its California premiere at FMCAC. The painting-like environment blends psychedelia and color fields to create an iconic pop-up art installation. Originally presented with the Public Art Fund in New York City’s Central Park for the 2004 Whitney Biennial, the installation has more recently appeared Faena Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014) and at Miami’s Art Basel (2015).

assume vivid astro focus was founded by Eli Sudbrack (b. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1968) in 2001. Sudbrack began working with Christophe Hamaide Pierson in 2005 as a duo that often morphs into a collective for select projects. avaf works in a vast array of media, including painting, drawing, installations, video, sculpture, neons, wallpaper, decals, and often confronts gender, politics, and embedded cultural codes through pop imagery and neon colors.

Local roller-skating organizations the Church of 8 Wheels and Bay Area Derby are partnering with FMCAC to provide rink hosts, DJs, and special programming throughout the run of the project. 

Rink Information

The rink is open September 13, 2019 – October 6, 2019. Free to the public, actions vent ascending frequencies will be open Wednesdays through Sundays:

Wednesday: 12pm – 8pm
Thursday: 12pm – 8pm
Friday: 12pm – 10pm
Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Closed Monday-Tuesday

Admission is free. Skate rentals will be available for $5 and can be reserved online or in person. Due to anticipated demand, visitors are encouraged to make advance reservations.

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actions vent ascending frequencies is presented by Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in partnership with the Church of 8 Wheels and Bay Area Derby.

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