What You Don't Know Can Kill You: Episode 0

Two San Francisco artists examine how institutions weaponize art for colonization, redevelopment, and gentrification.

OMG! I cannot express how thrilled I am to finally be pulling this project together at the invitation of fellow San Francisco artist and frequent collaborator Midori. We’ve been chatting for years about politics and art and redevelopment and history here in San Francisco. Now, we’re bringing you a raw, unedited look into our studio practice as we navigate art-making and ethics.

We’re honing in on the Yerba Buena neighborhood of San Francisco, a place that is the current home of art museums and centers, luxury hotels, big box retail, convention centers, and tech companies. It is also a place that San Franciscans call home, and a land upon which much colonization, redevelopment, and gentrification has taken place and on which it is still taking place.

Midori and I hope you enjoy Episode 0. We talk about who we are, why we are doing this, what values are guiding its creation, and what this thing is. It’s messy, meandering, and full of vim and vigor.

This new project is for Patrons of Midori or Paid Subscribers of Queerly Complex. I am offering Episode 0 to all subscribers until the end of April 2021.


Note: This video is closed captioned using YouTube’s Closed Captioning AI. If you have a better (just as low-cost aka free) solution for closed captioning, please let us know. We’re trying to figure this out, and we could use some support.

Note: The following folx are mentioned in this video:

  • Opening Music by Enrique Hernandez - https://linktr.ee/acresofgold

  • Kapi'olani Lee - https://www.instagram.com/ka.pio.lani/

  • Sogorea Te’ Land Trust - https://sogoreate-landtrust.org/

  • Corrina Gould - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrina_Gould

  • American Indian Cultural District - https://americanindianculturaldistrict.org/