Some video from the last EpiscoDisco, including a mercifully edited interview with yours truly.



iris garcia, adam wier, eve ekman
(installation dream team from left to right )

(HE) IS RISEN: The Up & Up
A Site-Specific Installation by Adam Wier for the EpiscoDisco
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA , May 22nd, 2010

   Formally, '(He) is Risen: The Up & Up' is a meditation, distilling the notion of sacred space down to a simple childhood sheet fort. Held aloft by balloons harnessing the unbreakable will of helium to rise up, a soft echo of soul within skin, the installation is suspended between anchorage to the earth and transcendence to the sky. In contrast to the vastness of Grace Cathedral, designed to inspire awe and evoke the infinite heavens, '(He) is Risen' works its contrary magic through an intimate and human scale, calling us down to earth, focusing our thoughts inward and snapping our attention to the present.

   Building on that contrast, scaling down, and immediacy, '(He) is Risen' offers a reflection on meeting the basic need for shelter. Supported by balloons that will eventually wilt (slow), pop (fast),or otherwise fail, the installation's tenuous existence mirrors the current housing crisis and questions our faith in the political and economic systems that we rely on to secure this basic need. Whose stars have we hitched our wagons to, and is our faith in these institutions well placed? '(He) is Risen' suggests that we enact a similar simplification of our notion of shelter, distilling the essence of "home"until it becomes accessible.

Fundamentally, '(He) is Risen: The Up & Up' begs a reassessment and re-balancing, a return.

1. The title, '(He) is Risen', is some iffy wordplay about reverential capitalization of pronouns for Deity (He, Thee, etc.) and the element symbol for helium on the periodic table, He. Nerd is the word.
2. '(He) is Risen' contains 3 king-sized bedsheets. Shout out to the Magi.
3. The rest of the bedsheets are Queens. Shout out to San Francisco.

Extra Special Thank Yous to Iris and Eve for making the installation a success. So close...

Maximum Thanks to the good folks down at the 'Disco - The Reverend Bertie P, Eve Ekman, and Jean "The Machine" Cooney.



Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
From 7PM to 10PM

DJ's, Musical Performance, Art

This month's 'Disco brings you the aerial stylings of Adam Wier, Evan Holm's Image Immersion Machine and an all-star line up of musical acts that includes Daniel Higgs, Barn Owl, Danny Paul Grody and Portraits - all under one gothically vaulted roof

Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

The Art
San Francisco artist and innovator Adam Wier of "Say My Name" fame returns to Grace Cathedral, once again upward bound and in buoyant reflection on what makes a space sacred. With bedsheets and helium balloons Wier hoists fort-like sanctuaries over the labyrinth reminding us that a sacred space can exist in something as tiny as the breath, as large as a cathedral, expansive as an astral vision or something as simple and comforting as immersion in a private and personal place.

Created just for Grace, Oakland artist Evan Holm presents the latest episode of his hi-tech meets low-tech Image Immersion Machine. Built for individual experience, the participant is plunged into a temporary reality through kaleidoscopically interwoven soundscapes and visuals, this time revolving around the narrator Karen McMullen's whispered words on the last moments of her mother's life.

The Music

Root Strata Records presents an epic mountain of a show to EpiscoDisco this month featuring the legendary freak folker Daniel Higgs (former frontman to post-punk Baltimore band Lungfish), the raw-picked acoustic sounds of Danny Paul Grody, hallucinatory electric hummings Barn Owl and the fresh-on-the-scene sounds of San Francisco's Portraits. This line-up kicks off at 7:30pm.

Paradise Now

Theology, music and art all share the aspiration to transcend the borders that language cannot. Paradise Now is a nondenominational curatorial duo that is exploring this commonality by showcasing artists who engage the awe-inspiring space within Grace Cathedral through multi-media installations and performing arts. Paradise Now is Eve Ekman and Jean Cooney.


Recently voted one of 7×7 Magazine's 250 Things To Do In San Francisco Before You Die and anointed "unusual fun" by the SF Chronicle, EpiscoDisco is a monthly event where community congregates to enjoy contemporary art installations, live performance, drinks and DJ'ed music at Grace Cathedral. EpiscoDisco is hosted on one Saturday of each month by Reverend Bertie Pearson and curatorial duo Paradise Now.







this is going to be weird and awesome.
mostly awesome. join us.

Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA

Come peep the aerial stylings of Adam Wier
the Image Immersion Project by Evan Holm,
and musical performances presented by Root Strata Records
and Portraits!