assume vivid astro focus: actions vent ascending frequencies

Presented By

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

Sep 13th Through Oct 6th

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) presents actions vent ascending frequenciesparticipatory art installation and roller rink experience from creative collective 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. The exhibition will be free and open to the public. 

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 FMCACThe painting-like environment will blend psychedelia, color fields, and the gender-queer imagery of San Francisco’s legendary performance troupe The Cockettes to create an iconic pop-up art installation 

Local roller-skating organizations the Church of 8 Wheels and Bay Area Derby are partnering with FMCAC to produce and operate the rink.  Both organizations will provide rink hosts, DJs, and special programming throughout the run of the project. The Church will also provide rental skates, available to visitors for $5. A full schedule of DJs and programming will be announced in summer 2019.

Exhibition Information
The exhibition is on view September 13, 2019, through October 6, 2019. Free to the public, open hours will be as listed below. Closed Monday-Tuesday. 

  • Wednesday: noon to 8pm 
  • Thursday: noon to 8pm 
  • Friday: noon to 10pm (to coincide with Off the Grid) 
  • Saturday: noon to 8pm 
  • Sunday: 10am to 6pm 

Exhibition Tickets
Tickets are complimentary. Skate rentals will be available for $5 and can be reserved on-line or in person. Due to anticipated demand, visitors are encouraged to make advance reservations. For large parties or private events, please contact Watch for online reservations to be made available in August 2019. 

Organization and Credits
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. Image of prior rink installation courtesy Faena Art.

About avaf
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.  

avaf has been the subject of major exhibitions and innovator behind public art projects around the world. These include Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2015); The Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami (2013); The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway (2009); São Paulo Bienal, São Paulo, Brazil (2008); Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT), Tokyo, Japan (2007); 1st Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece (2007); The Geffen Contemporary (MoCA), Los Angeles (2005); The Whitney Biennial, New York (2004); among others.

The Church of 8 Wheels, an organization led by the “Godfather of Skate” David Miles Jr. and his partner Rose Miles, has reimagined the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Fillmore and Fell as a regular destination for positivity, music, and community-building through skating. 

Bay Area Derby is a non-profit, fully volunteer-driven, skater-owned-and operated organization that provides amateur athletic opportunities for people to play flat-track roller derby in the region while giving back to the community that has supported it since 2004. 


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