Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) presents actions vent ascending frequencies, a participatory art installation and roller rink experience from the art platform assume vivid astro focus (avaf). The artist-designed outdoor roller-skating rink will feature performances, DJ sets, and special programming from September 13 through October 6, 2019. actions vent ascending frequencies is free and open to the public.

avaf’s reimagined roller rink, a 21st-century social sculpture drawing on the optimism and democratic energy of disco-driven skate sites, makes its California premiere at FMCAC. The painting-like environment blends psychedelia and color fields to create an iconic pop-up art installation.

Originally presented with the Public Art Fund in New York City’s Central Park for the 2004 Whitney Biennial, the installation has more recently appeared Faena Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014) and at Miami’s Art Basel (2015).

Local roller-skating organizations the Church of 8 Wheels and Bay Area Derby are partnering with FMCAC to provide rink hosts, DJs, and special programming throughout the run of the project.

Rink Information

The rink is open September 13, 2019, through October 6, 2019. Free to the public, actions vent ascending frequencies will be open Wednesdays through Sundays as follows:

Wednesday: noon to 8pm

Thursday: noon to 8pm

Friday: noon to 10pm

Saturday: noon to 8pm

Sunday: 10am to 6pm

Closed Monday-Tuesday

Admission is free. Skate rentals will be available for $5 and can be reserved online or in person. Due to anticipated demand, visitors are encouraged to make advance reservations. Learn more at


actions vent ascending frequencies is presented by Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in partnership with the Church of 8 Wheels and Bay Area Derby.

About avaf

assume vivid astro focus was founded by Eli Sudbrack (b. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1968) in 2001. Sudbrack began working with Christophe Hamaide Pierson in 2005 as a duo that often morphs into a collective for select projects. avaf works in a vast array of media, including painting, drawing, installations, video, sculpture, neons, wallpaper, decals, and often confronts gender, politics, and embedded cultural codes through pop imagery and neon colors.

avaf has been the subject of major exhibitions and the innovator behind public art projects around the world. These include installations at MCA Santa Barbara (2016), Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2015); The Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami (2013); The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway (2009); São Paulo Bienal, São Paulo, Brazil (2008); Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT), Tokyo, Japan (2007); 1st Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece (2007); The Geffen Contemporary (MoCA), Los Angeles (2005); The Whitney Biennial, New York (2004); among others.

About Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC)

A decommissioned military installation converted into a nonprofit cultural center in 1977, FMCAC has long been host to a lively mix of arts, educational, and cultural programming. Each year FMCAC provides more than $2 million in support to local arts organizations, enabling groups to produce diverse and innovative artworks at the historic waterfront campus. With a nearly four-decade history as an arts and culture destination, FMCAC engages audiences with art experiences resonant across our site and within the Bay Area’s arts ecology.  We look to art works that create campus-wide opportunities for inquiry, wonder, and visual pleasure.

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