from CONTAINMENT to EXPANSION
A multidisciplinary work that weaves story and song with Gullah stick pounding, a rhythmic language of resistance and celebration. This work heralds a future in which we celebrate, illuminate, and amplify what is powerful and unique in our most disinvested neighborhood.
We cannot and will NOT be contained!
As traditional monuments across the nation are torn down to denounce the racist and colonial histories they represent, Skywatchers creates Monumentalizing Community, a living monument emerging from our common values to reveal histories less told.
reimagining the city as our own
A film that considers how the ubiquity of unpleasant design in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood impact its residents, home to the city’s largest number of working class, low- and no-income people and with the highest percentage of racial diversity in the area. How does unpleasant design’s implicit and explicit purpose—social exclusion and segregation—impact everyone and diminish our collective capacity for participation in the city?
Life in the Containment Zone Under Quarantine
In response to COVID-19, Skywatchers reimagined our creative practice to meet the urgent demands of the time. Seeking innovative solutions to continue engaging the Tenderloin community (disproportionately affected by the pandemic), Skywatchers developed new creative strategies, technologies, expertise, and partnerships for resource sharing.
Inside Hotel Iroquois
Skywatchers partnered with residents and staff of the Iroquois to explore the hotel’s present-day conditions and resident policies, as well as the architectural and social history of the neighborhood. What emerged from a six-month process of sharing stories was an intimate, guided performance experience.
Came Here to Live
Came here to Live: Resilience and Resistance in the Containment Zone, which premiered at CounterPulse, which offered a glimpse into life in the Tenderloin and a vision of what it means to have a seat at the table, to dismantle the table, and to create inclusive forms of discourse through creative resistance to systemic oppression and disenfranchisement.
At the Table: Memory is Resistance
Skywatchers and Central City SRO Collaborative offered tours of the neighborhood. Each tour is one of a kind and led by Tenderloin residents, who share their own experiences, knowledge, and memories of the neighborhood.
At the Table: I Got a Truth to Tell