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Society vs. Economy 

Wednesday, Oct 27 2010
Talk to some economists, and they'll tell you it's very sad what happens to people as a result of certain kinds of business decisions. Displacement, for example. But they'll also say that this is simply the way things have to be. If the ownership or sale of a place necessitates throwing everyone onto the street so someone can make more money, well, that's just life. But we don't live in an economy — we live in a society. At “Until Today: Specters for the International Hotel,” visual artist Jerome Reyes ponders the displacement of a group of elderly Filipino and Chinese San Franciscans from the original I-Hotel in the 1970s, and the public outrage that led to the construction of a senior housing and community center on the site. (Does it mean society won and the economy lost? Difficult to say.) Reyes doesn't just dwell on the sad past, though. Instead, he uses site-specific installations, film and video screenings, and live events to investigate the architecture of the building, to note that the I-Hotel community (society!) was instrumental to the famous Mabuhay Gardens punk palace, and to record stories and opinions of residents.
Oct. 13-Dec. 4, 2010

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