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10/31 Code Switching at Swarm Gallery

Posted by novoscene on October 31, 2007

Last week Swarm Gallery unveiled two new exhibits, both by members of San Francisco arts collective Quorum:

Code Switching

“Linguists define “code-switching” as an alternation between two or more languages within a single conversation between people who have one or more language in common. What this means for most of us is that we participate in, and practice a type of verbal syntactic shape-shifting, frequently changing terms of speech and expression to accommodate the fluctuating needs of discourse within different social and cultural interactions. Often an unconscious act, code-switching is used for many purposes, including protection, identification, recognition, approval, and control.
With this exhibition, Quorum artists address these aspects of code-switching, exploring when and where the switch occurs and why the switch happens.”

Participating Artists | Susannah Bettag, Jordan Essoe, Rodney Ewing, Raymond Haywood, Andy Diaz Hope, Andrew Junge, Tania Ketenjian, Paul Madonna, Praba Pilar, Michele Pred, Laurel Roth, Douglas Schneider, and Harry Siter.

Days and Occasions



“In his installation, Rodney Ewing has recorded certain experiences as they occur between the seconds, minutes, hours, and days. The title of this work “Days and Occasions” is borrowed from a collection of poems by Octavio Paz.”-Swarm

Both shows run from now until Nov.18th

Code Switching and Days and Occasions
Tues-Sunday 12-6
Swarm Gallery
560 Second Street
Oakland CA 94607
510.839 .2787


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