Market [Scenes] – Be a Part of the Future of Theatre in the Bay Area
Want to be a part of the past and present glory of theater in the Bay Area? Visit Market [scenes] in front of Show Dogs during the Market Street Prototyping Festival on April 9-11th.
MARKET STREET 1920
Projectors wound, the houses packed. Trolleys and cars filled the street. Voices and laughter carried from every corner of Market Street.
It is 7:30pm…
A flurry of steps rushed through the doors, quickly followed by darkness and utter silence. Suspense. At last, the curtains rose.
MARKET STREET 2015
Since its early cinema glory, Central Market has carried a sense of identity for the city of San Francisco. However, since the mid 1970s, the area lost its momentum due to the disruptions from the large subway construction. Today, it has lost its identity.
Foreclosures and empty leases are also reflected on the boarded facades. Those who pass through either to and from Civic Center and the Financial District reject the context. There is no proper infrastructure that would facilitate social gathering.
Market [scenes] strives to reset the stage back onto Market Street and create a new mental map of Central Market. As seen in a play, actors take part in each scene and tell a story –Market Street users pass through and create their own Market narratives at Market [scenes] through shadows and movement. Since the area has had a reputation of being unsafe and abandoned, the shadows will help neutralize the scene and treat everyone as active participants.
The project harkens back to Market Street’s cinematic history in the form of dual digital projections. One projection is of the forgotten historic Market Street cinema district and another of the currently active San Francisco theaters. The modular pixels will serve as the projection screen, stage, and seating. The shadows of people passing reenact the 1920s cinematic stage.
The stage allows for flexibility of use, and welcomes the user to rearrange and adjust to their liking – becoming actors of the stage.
MIDNIGHT ON MARKET
By day, Market [scenes] becomes a living stage of street interactions. Onsite cameras snap and document these events as living proof that Central Market can still have a strong and engaging identity. The projection screen will can be used as a white board for special events during the festival.
By night, along with the projections of past and contemporary San Francisco theaters, MARKET [SCENES] forms into a living theater where past, present, and future converge into one setting.
MARKET [SCENES] aims to engage the different types of users (the residents, the passerby, and local theater companies) under one common stage. Shadows serve as a neutral ground where everyone becomes active participants in the project. It provides the infrastructure and space needed for social interaction between the users.
Please stop by to see Market [scenes] during the Market Street Prototyping Festival, April 9-11, 2015.