Add Occupy Cal to the three movements already taking place on both sides of the bay (Occupy Oakland was just dismantled for a second time this weekend, but a few hangers-on remain in the trees. Literally). Space is a tricky field of discourse right now. If you can make your way through throngs of undergrads in illicit pup-tents, I highly recommend Space is the Place: Recent Avant-Garde Shorts and the Berkeley Art Musem and Pacific Film Archive on November 16th. No, it is not a screening of the 1974 Sun Ra flick of similar nomenclature, but it’s an opportunity to tear yourself away from UbuWeb for an evening and view recent video works from Blake Willliams, Mark Lewis, Jerome Everson, Sophie Michael, and others, all dealing with the themes of place, some abstractly, some direct as a molotov cocktail aimed at the mayor’s office. The screening opens with Chris Kennedy’s 349 (for Sol LeWitt), a digitally animated interpretation of LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #349. So don’t be late. There’s a seat waiting and you’re supposed to be in it.
—Christina Catherine Martinez, a writer living in Oakland.