Peralta Junction

Showcasing our event design and interactive art, M.T. Pockets Traveling Midway of Curiosities and Delights at Peralta Junction was born of the desire to collaborate with our community.

Inspired by the traveling carnivals of the 1920s and 30s, this interactive art spectacle occupied an empty lot in the half-industrial, half-residential neighborhood of West Oakland for two months in the fall of 2012. It featured a large performance stage, the carnival midway, vendor booths, and a tented area for visitors to sit in the shade and enjoy snacks from the surrounding food trucks.

To bring our midway back to the public, we conjured up this throwback carnival/bazaar in cahoots with Commonplace Productions, who helped secure the lot space and manage PR, among other things.

Conceived, designed, built, installed, staffed, produced, coordinated by One Hat One Hand with additional art direction and production management by Jessy Brown of Storytelling Through Style and featuring the art of Bunnie Reiss.