Global Lives Project

Global Lives

The Art Gallery is pleased to host Global Lives Project; a video library of life experiences, designed to cultivate empathy across cultures. explore the diversity of human experience through the medium of video, and encourage discussion, reflection, and inquiry about the wide variety of cultures, ethnicities, languages, and religions on this planet. Global Lives goal is to foster empathy and cross-cultural understanding.

Exhibition: October 21st – November 6th

Reception: Thursday, October 23rd, 5 – 8pm

Activities Related: Talk~Panel Discussion with David Harris, Global Lives Project  Director. Thursday 30


Framed by the arc of the day and conveyed through the intimacy of video, we have slowly and faithfully captured 24 continuous hours in the lives of twenty people from around the world. They are screened here in their own right, but also in relation to one another.

There is no narrative other than that which is found in the composition of everyday life, no overt interpretations other than that which you may bring to it.

By extending the long take to a certain extreme and infusing it with the spirit of cinema verité, we invite audiences to confer close attention onto other worlds, and simultaneously reflect upon their own. The force and depth of human difference and similarity are revealed in this process. Gaps which mark cultural divides feel, at once, both wider and narrower. This sense – that we, as humans, are both knowable and unknowable, fundamentally different as well as the same – opens a space for dialogue.

Sometimes projects with the simplest premises are the most complicated to execute, and this can be said for Global Lives.

Hundreds of volunteers from around the world make up our collective. Some are filmmakers and photographers, others are translators and engineers, some are architects and designers, others are students and scholars – all are everyday people in their own contexts; each has participated according to his or her own motivations. They have donated, quite literally, thousands of hours towards bringing this project into being. This installation offers us an opportunity to thank them, along with the generous communities that collaborated with us in each of these shoots.

This project is designed to remain a work-in-progress. Volunteers are subtitling all 480 hours of footage in their original languages and translating them into English and beyond. These videos form the basis of our online, participatory library of human life experience – the other major venue for our work. We continue to accept new footage for our expanding archive – fresh additions to an evolving visual conversation.

– The Global Lives Collective, 2014

Video Production Leads

USA — Daniel Jones Brazil — Helio Ishii, Maria Laura Cesar, Ana Nassar Malawi — Jason Price Japan — Irene Herrera, Ron Carr, Nobuhiro Awata China — Ya-Hsuan Huang, Yi Han, Ruhi Moran, Qinhua Guo Indonesia — Khairani Barokka, Endah WS, Rian Suryalibrata Serbia — Marko Popovic, Ana Lakcevic India — Rahul V Chittella, Srikumar Venkatraman, Rintu Thomas Lebanon — Lindee Hoshikawa, Lucie Kroening Kazakhstan — Simone Goldsmith Vietnam — Naomi Ture, Alex Nguyen Nepal — Rinzin Lama, Andrew Mahlstedt Colombia — Claudia Quigua Canada — Karen Vanderborght Korea — Sam Queen, Rachel Gist Spain — Mara Perez Turkey — Mutlu Vrysopoulos


Global Lives Project

145 Ninth Street

Suite 220

San Francisco, CA 94103


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