8 x 20 ft
Room for Big Ideas: The Chasm Arena
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA)
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The transition into the 21st century has been marked by the rise of ubiquitous connectivity. The proliferation of new technologies and networks has enabled millions to create a series of new experiences mediated online but often coupled with physical, real world manifestations. In 2011, the Arab Spring movement illustrated the impact this 24/7 connectivity could deliver, toppling structures and institutions that had existed for decades. The Chasm Arena, featuring multi-media works by Zeina Barakeh with Michal Gavish, Cece Carpio, Cybele Lyle, and Dennis Kim with Michelle Lee, explores the dynamics of some of the longest lived conflicts and the fissures that continue to divide us geographically and psychologically, revealing the cracks and openings that shift existing structures.