Bump City

One of Oakland's many nicknames, "Bump City" was also the title of Tower of Power's second album (1972), and John Krich's 1979 book Bump City: Winners and Losers in Oakland, which featured photographs by Dorothea Lange from the collection of the Oakland Museum. Our iteration of Bump City is a series of video portraits, web essays, and online documentaries about Oakland's history and residents.

Monday, June 11, 2012
Alex Abramovich & Lucy Raven

Joseph R. Knowland built the 21-story Tribune Tower in 1923, on top of a six-floor furniture store that had opened in 1907. For much of the 20th century, it was Oakland’s real seat of political... more

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Alex Abramovich & Lucy Raven

For this installment of Bump City, we talked to East Bay animator Phil Tippett.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Alex Abramovich & Lucy Raven

When people found out that we were making work about Oakland, we were asked one question time and again: "What do you know about the general strike?" The answer was, not much. We'd never... more

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Alex Abramovich & Lucy Raven

This project comprises a series of video interviews with sixteen individuals involved with or impacted by Occupy Oakland. The interviews were recorded in March and April 2012.