Related Tactics Collective
The Future Now
Poster Prints in Storefront Windows
The Future Now is a sprawling, site-responsive public art project by Related Tactics in the form of a series of 15 posters translated in 3 languages, installed across 14 storefronts along the 3rd Street corridor in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. We use text instructions and artistic prompts to invite reflection on our political moment, community history, and facets of Black life in the city. The future now is also the visual manifestation of a dialogue with a network of social relationships in the community held by RT’s Nate Watson.
The Future Now is part of a hybrid exhibition project organized by Astria Suparak with the University of San Francisco’s Museum Studies Curatorial Practicum class for the USF Thacher Gallery.
Related Tactics thanks the following Bayview businesses and storefronts participating in The future now: Auntie April’s Chicken Waffles & Soul Food, Bayview Opera House gallery space, Economic Development on Third (EDOT), G. Mazzei & Sons’ Hardware, Gratta Wines, The Jazz Room, JN Outreach, Kennedy’s Market, La Laguna Taqueria, Radio Africa Kitchen, Star Market, Sunday Gather, and the representatives of 4726 and 4900 3rd St.
Chinese translations for The future now by Liuyu Ivy Chen for TransWords.net. Spanish translations by Rakhel Villamil-Acera, Associate Professor of Spanish Studies at USF.
Photo documentation below courtesy of University of San Francisco (except 3, 4, 7, 9, and 15 courtesy of Related Tactics).
The future now, site responsive installation across 14 storefronts on 3rd St. corridor in Bayview, San Francisco, commissioned by USF Thacher Gallery (2020)
Never Again is Now
Posters, Wood, Paint, and Vinyl
Never Again is Now is a site specific installation at Southern Exposure by Related Tactics that responds to the visual and political environment in the Fall of 2020 leading into the US elections. The project calls on histories of protest as they intersect with the ongoing struggle for racial justice. The piece interrogates the ways our current socio-political moment is both a consequence and reflection of the past while also being an imaginative symptom of many possible futures. Drawing from histories of protest and its visual culture, the installation, viewable from the sidewalk of Southern Exposure, explores the relationships between social movements and interrogates the ways our current socio-political moment is both a consequence and reflection of the past.
The installation is presented in conjunction with Aram Han Sifuentes and The Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t to envision a world where past, present, and future are aligned and include the voices of all of our community members. The installation also includes some of Aram’s Protest Banners, including the large ILRC red card banner in the doorway visible in these images.
The overarching installation also builds on SoEx’s role as a polling location in this election season, reflecting upon this critical moment within the longer trajectory of community history and struggle.
Never Again Is Now, Southern Exposure (2020)
The Whiteness of Glass
During the summer of 2020 and in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing and the rise of protests supporting the movement for Black lives, Related Tactics was invited to respond to ongoing dialog around equity and anti-racism within the glass community. We published this essay-based project in the New Glass Review, Issue 41, published by the Corning Museum of Glass. Editor Susie J. Silbert
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