Shimon Attie’s ‘Night Watch’ Lights Up Bay Area Waterways

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A screen mounted to a floating barge shows a portrait of a woman.
Shimon Attie, ‘Night Watch (Norris with Liberty),’ 2018; Originally produced by in New York City. (Courtesy the artist)

If being indoors isn’t your jam these days, BOXBLUR (a performance program launched by Catharine Clark Gallery) and the Immersive Arts Alliance have organized three nights of waterfront viewing for Shimon Attie’s floating video project: a slow-moving barge boasting a 20-foot-wide LED screen. Night Watch displays silent video portraits of 12 refugees who received political asylum in the United States, images that make tangible what it means to leave one’s homeland in the face of violence and discrimination. The project will be accompanied by live music and dance performances at waterfronts along the barge’s nightly routes, events at over 40 Bay Area partner organizations, and a solo exhibition of Attie’s work at Catharine Clark (Sept. 18–Oct. 30).

Shimon Attie’s ‘Night Watch’ is on view Sept. 17–19, 6:15–9pm in the San Francisco Bay and Oakland Estuary.