C Project was founded by Carla Emil to bring original performance-based art experiences to San Francisco.
The foundation will commission leading contemporary artists to create site specific art events in nontraditional venues that will be free and open to the public.
Our Inaugural Performance
Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy was a three-day durational musical performance by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. It was staged throughout the spaces of The Women’s Building in the Mission District of San Francisco on November 9, 10th and 11th, 2018. Our visitors encountered 31 women placed throughout the building, playing guitars and singing familiar and what at first appeared to be innocuous love songs but, when listened to more carefully, revealed more complex and often disturbing attitudes.
Kjartansson was fascinated by The Women’s Building’s mission and deeply moving atmosphere and became intrigued by the idea of creating a performance that would fill the space like a sculptural form, through the ongoing repetition of love songs about women, written mainly by men. The nature of the space itself reveals the hidden intentions of these songs, and the embedded authority they imply, a notion that is deeply intertwined in our culture.
Anne Carol Mitchell
Musical director and arrangements: Kjartan Sveinsson
Bandleader and arrangements: Kendra McKinley
Our Inaugural Artist
Ragnar Kjartansson draws on the entire arc of art in his performative practice. The history of film, music, theatre, visual culture and literature find their way into his video installations, durational performances, drawing and painting. Pretending and staging become key tools in the artist's attempt to convey sincere emotion and offer a genuine experience to the audience.