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Arts + Social Issues

From themes of political suppression to mankind's misuse of the land, Spark highlights work that is both spellbinding and thought-provoking.

Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei delves into themes of freedom of speech and imprisonment in a large-scale art installation on the notorious former prison island of Alcatraz. More info.

David Maisel's stunning aerial photographs reveal landscapes irrevocably altered by mankind, from the eerie salt flats of Owens Lake to the open pit mines of the American West.

The Market Street Prototyping Festival explores an innovative urban planning approach designed to bring new life and public art to a neglected urban corridor in San Francisco.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony appeal to younger, more diverse audiences by creating a more contemporary classical music experience, complete with video projections, casual seating and even a bar.

[Original air date: Tue, Jun 30, 2015]

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Spark Video Player

Please note that not all of the Spark video segments are included on this playlist. We are adding more weekly, but many more are available individually on corresponding artist profile pages. To find more videos, search the Artist Profiles directory.


Major funding for Spark is provided by by Diane B. Wilsey. Additional funding is provided by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation, Helen Sarah Steyer, and Gretchen Kimball.

Spark is a production of KQED.

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