Matchbox Salons

Matching CODAME and CounterPulse Artists

CODAME is working in collaboration with CounterPulse, a space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, to co-host Matchbox.

Matchbox is a monthly salon, a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas, sparking transformation in our communities and our society, seeding new cross-disciplinary collaborations.

CODAME and CounterPulse will select and pair Artists from the respective networks to drive participation, engagement, and understanding of the ongoing programming of each of the organizations.

Each pair will conduct research on the other artist’s practice, process, and form. They will then create context providing engagement in the form of writings published to CounterPulse and CODAME, pre-performance events, and other creative responses to build cross-discipline literacy and participation.

Salons and Artist activities are designed to demonstrate the shared, yet differently articulated values of these two creative communities, and effectively bridge existing gaps in the cultural communities of the Tenderloin.

Matchbox monthly events will be hosted onsite at CounterPulse’s new facility at 80 Turk Street.


Next Matchbox Salon


March 7, 2017: Xandra Ibarra and Marpi 

Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist who performs and sometimes works under the alias of La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses hyperbolized modes of racialization and sexualization to test the boundaries between her own body and coloniality, compulsory whiteness, and Mexicanidad. Her practice integrates performance, sex acts, burlesque with video, photography, and objects. Throughout her multiple works, she teeters between abjection and joy and problematizes the borders between proper and improper racial, gender, and queer subject.

Marpi is a media artist working on the edge of art and technology with a heavy focus on world/environment building and bringing abstract organic objects to life using a mix of web, 3D and VR.


Past Matchboxes...


Jan. 24, 2016: Mica Sigourney and Jordan Gray

Mica Sigourney is a performance artist, drag queen, curator, gogo dancer, instigator, emcee, and nightlife enthusiast. Utilizing 15 years of performance training Sigourney creates drag numbers, performance installations, gogo happenings, and theater pieces that ride the tension between artifice/construct and vulnerability/authenticity. Sigourney took part in the danceWEB scholarship in 2014 and has a degree in art from Antioch University. He founded OX in 2008, and has curated,  produced works and collaborations with the organization since that time.

Jordan Gray has over 20 years of experience in digital media, starting with scanlating DBZ and running the earliest of internet music distribution labels. In 2009 Jordan founded CODAME, bringing his experience producing concerts and promoting music labels to the world of ART+TECH. Using the staRpauSe alias, Jordan releases photography, music & video art under the Creative Commons.

Nov. 16, 2016: Jesse Hewit and Donald Hanson

This is the first in a series of salons inspired by the generative potential of friction, the striking power of the match box. Creativity is often related to fire, and these salons will be hot. Aimed at intersecting the private and the social, the practice and the artist, the context and the content we gather to rub up against each other to see what ignites. 

This first salon will feature choreographer Jesse Hewit and digital artist/creative coder Donald Hanson. They have been workshopping the personal by sharing weekly letters, they are creatively responding to each other's work, they are tenderly seeking out discomfort as a space of relatability and generation. 



Donald Hanson

Jesse Hewit

Mica Sigourney



Xandra Ibarra