Produced by KQED Public Television, this series is about Bay Area artists and arts organizations/ It is a weekly television show, an educational outreach program and a website. More than a showcase for art objects and the artists who make them, SPARK* takes the audience inside the creative process to witness the challenges, opportunities and rewards of making art.
Think Globally (#404) Duration: 28:02 STEREO TVG
With an eye on global influence, Spark meets artists who take creative cues from tradition, history and cultural intersections.
* Follow two groups as they compete for a chance to perform in this year's Ethnic Dance Festival.
* Wanderlust photographer Lisa Kristine focuses on the world's myriad indigenous populations.
*Filipino artist Michael Arcega uses history (and Manila paper) as source material to critique and comment.
* San Francisco's newest art and cultural institution, the Museum of the African Diaspora, enlightens viewers with exhibitions centered on the African American experience.
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 25, 2015 -- 5:00am
- KQED Life: Sat, Apr 25, 2015 -- 5:30pm
In Respect of Nature (#408) Duration: 28:19 STEREO TVG
Our natural world provides lots of artistic inspiration. Spark visits artists who work in respect of nature.
* Photographer Roman Loranc has spent years documenting the Central Valley landscape with a loving eye.
* Li Huayi from the first generation of Chinese Cultural Revolution artists, reinvigorates Chinese landscape painting with his modern abstract vision.
* Bill Dan, also known as "The Rock Man of Crissy Field," balances rocks for all to contemplate.
* Then Gregory Gavin builds temporary creeks in public spaces called "Riveropolis."
Chitresh Das Dance Company, Mark Jackson, Midori (#509H) Duration: 27:51 STEREO TVG
Learn the secret behind kathak from master Pandit Chitresh Das. Go behind the scenes with director and playwright Mark Jackson on his production of "American $uicide." Meet violinist Midori for a one-night appearance at San Francisco Performances.
Erika Chong Shuch, Jesus Aguilar and Kathy Aoki (#510H) Duration: 28:03 STEREO TVG
Go on a creative journey with choreographer and dancer Erika Chong Shuch from the Headlands Center for the Arts to center stage. Explore a language created by modern technology with experimental artist Jesus Aguilar. Challenge gender stereotypes with printmaker Kathy Aoki. Experience the animation of M dot Strange.
Bhangra, CJM, and Crooked Jades (#704H) Duration: 28:20 STEREO TVG
Spark goes inside the world of bhangra, a traditional Indian dance that's been revitalized by a generation of young Indian-Americans, who merge time-honored moves with hip-hop beats and battle it out at heated competitions. Then, visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum's exhibition that asks artists from various backgrounds to make objects inspired by the ceremonial Passover seder plate. Next, the music of The Crooked Jades harkens back to an old time musical era infused with a decidedly modern attitude.
Amy X Neuburg, Shuji Ikeda , Stanlee Gatti (#502H) Duration: 26:47 STEREO TVG
Avant-garde songstress Amy X Neuburg creates a new song cycle with her Cello Chixtet. Ceramicist Shuji Ikeda fires his woven clay baskets in a kiln that must burn for seven days. Designer Stanlee Gatti creates a floral masterpiece at the Conservatory of Flowers.