Oakland’s first annual Murmurama — a multi-venue celebration that mixed Chinoiserie with the avant-garde, baroque, cubist, or monochrome — challenged the San Francisco Fine Art Fair Saturday by luring hundreds of art enthusiasts to the East Bay for a night of open galleries and performances. Live music from Bert Bergen’s synthesizing sound project, “Abyss of Fathomless Light,” and performances by other local musicians heightened the scene.
The Oakland Art Murmur, an art walk that takes place downtown on the first Friday of every month, hosted the event. There was a lot of ground for people to cover — galleries between 23rd and 26th streets; Telegraph Avenue and Broadway; Grand Avenue between Broadway; and Webster near the 19th Street BART station — opened their doors for the public.
In the audio slideshow featured, meet several artists who participated in Murmurama and see their work: Evan Holm, who built a submerged turntable, Merav Tzur, founder of The Sara Grey Research Project, “this body” by Julianne Wallace Sterling, “Platinum Dirt” by Dustin Page and Mark Lightfoot’s “Structure.” Be sure to listen to Bert Bergen’s electrified mix in the slideshow that accompanies the photos from the event at right.