Open Access

Cassils: 103 Shots

Screening & Conversation

Friday, March 31, 2017, 7PM

Free for Montalvo members: Call 408-961-5849 or email Chris Wilcox to RSVP.

VENUE: Lucas Artists Program Commons

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This event is presented as part of Montalvo Arts Center’s program series, Open Access—your opportunity to connect with Artists Fellows and Guest Artists at the Lucas Artists Program. This program is designed to offer audiences a behind the scenes view into how artists generate ideas, as well as showcase works in process and fully realized new work. Open Access offerings include conversations, performances, screenings, and culinary events. It also has a virtual presence as an online blog and archive. Find out more at

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Join Lucas Artists Program (LAP) Fellow Cassils for a screening of their haunting short film 103 Shots, made in response to the Orlando shootings at Pulse Nightclub on September 2016. Filmed in Dolores Park during SF Pride and with the help of over 200 volunteers, 103 Shots presents in stark black and white a series of couples and friends bursting a balloon between their bodies with the pressure of an embrace. A discussion with the artist will follow the screening.

In addition: Multi-faceted hip-hop artist, actor, poet, educator and LAP visiting artist Dahlak Brathwaite will discuss his latest projects and perform; LAP Fellow Rebecca Chesney will present her past work and describe a new project she is developing while at Montalvo; LAP Fellow Jen Shyu will present her recent work.


Listed by the Huffington Post as “one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art,” Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Bashing through gendered binaries, Cassils performs transgender not as a crossing from one sex to another but rather as a continual process of becoming, a form of embodiment that works in a space of indeterminacy, spasm and slipperiness. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics, Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes.  


Our new theme for Open Access in 2017: filmmakers, performance artists, composers, visual artists, and writers will probe wide-ranging creative change-making strategies, and share art works that serve as platforms for critical reflection, advocacy, collaboration, public dialogue, democratic action, and the development of alternative social models and imaginaries.