News Month: September 2015

Punk’s not dead.

That was true in 1981 and it’s still true in 2015. On Wednesday, September 23, Public Works is proud to host the opening night of SF Punk Renaissance 2015, a festival celebrating 40 years of all things punk rock.

Old-school punk photos, art, and film stills will be featured in the Punk Rock Sewing Circle’s exhibition entitled Tunnel Vision, on display in our very own Roll-Up Gallery. Punk’s DIY ethos democratized music, art, fashion, and publishing, and these rare photos (many never seen before) from its first wave (1977-1981) capture the immediacy and the vitality that characterized this era. The exhibition features works by seminal photographers who worked for SEARCH AND DESTROY, a groundbreaking zine that chronicled the punk scene and its discontents; small portfolios from Joe Truck, Vincent Anton, Sue Brisk, Richard Alden Petersen, and Kamera Zie; and George Sera’s hauntingly beautiful photos, previously seen in the … Read more ›

Who loves BUTTS? In THREE DIMENSIONS?! WE DO! YOU DO!

Did we get your attention? Public Works is pleased to host the San Francisco edition of Kaleidoscope, a virtual reality film festival. In case you haven’t noticed, virtual reality has come a long way from those kiosks at the mall and Nintendo’s all-red Virtual Boy.

Kaleidoscope is hosting 20 different virtual reality films and experiences that will push beyond the limits of two-dimensional perception and show you just what current virtual reality technology is capable of.

There will also be a handful of discussions featuring some of the creators and artists whose work is featured in the festival, including one Tyler Hurd, whose festival contribution — simply titled “BUTTS” — is a virtual reality animated cartoon “about anxiety, depression, and lots and lots of jiggling butts.” We’re not sure what to expect, but we’re very interested.

So far the film program … Read more ›