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A series of discussions about Socially Engaged Art in L.A., Fall 2012

September 13th, 2012 Posted by Collaboration, Events, News, Public Art / Social Practice 39 comments

Say passé to the sculpture in the square; the leading edge of public art is changing. Art is passing from isolation, to intervention, to participation, to engagement, to integration.

SOC(i)AL: Art + People is a free, public series of roundtable discussions and weekend events

that explores socially engaged art in Southern California from East to West.  Join the dialogue with SoCal artists, scholars, activists, and administrators as we think about socially engaged art in relation to zoning, technology, ethics, food, ritual, performance, gentrification, museums, democracy, nature and art support structures in the here-and-now.   Where is our collective dialogic imagination now?

The series of individually produced events takes place at venues across L.A.,

 

PAST but posted:

 

 USC Price School: Is LA the Creative or Anti-Creative City?

What are lines that our regulations and laws draw around the arts, exploring the edges between art and the city? Do artists represent only gentrification for our communities? How does art, and how do artists add value to urban life? How should planners consider art and artists? How do planning regulations aid the creation of a creatively vibrant city that adds not only economic value but also cultural excitement to the lives of urban residents?

 

MAK Center, ARTISTS + INSTITUTIONS: What Is The Common Ground For Artists and Institutions?

Salon-style discussions about collectives and artists-run initiatives, graduate programs in social and public practice, and museums dedicated to novel fulfillment of educational programming.  Dialog prompts, generated by well-known artists and institutions, will be presented to the public for an evening of critical discussion and lively debate, comfortably hosted within the historic rooms and gardens of the Schindler house.

 

Creative Time Summit- a global annual conference exploring the intersection of art-making and social justice, streaming from NYC

 

Occidental College:  Can the Sidewalk be a Stage?

EVENT: Public Matters Event: Market Makeover Smackdown

Fun, hands-on activities to help green the food desert and support sustainable change in the East L.A. food environment.

Otis MFA Public Practice Studio at 18th Street Art Center:

What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?

Through presentations from artists and curators who participated in or visited one of this year’s most important exhibitions in contemporary art, the evening will look at projects and reflect on the relation to social practice right now.  What can we learn from the art projects, curatorial practice, expanded notions of location, pedagogy, and their intersections?

  • Wednesday, October 24, 7 pm
  • 1657 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
  • moderated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Director of Residency Programs at 18th Street Arts Center
  • Ciara Ennis, Director/Curator, Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College
  • Leslie Labowitz-Starus, artist
  • Tamarind Rossetti,  intern with Mariam Ghani at dOCUMENTA(13) and Graduate Public Practice artist
  • John Tain, art historian and curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute
  • AUDIO: http://archive.org/details/18thStreetOct24th

 

ACLA Park, La Culebera: Can Artists Heal Nature in LA?

Artists address the question in the format of a PechaKucha and roundtable discussion outdoors

  • October 25, 7 pm
  • 240 S. Ave. 57, Highland Park, CA 90042
  • coordinated by Janet Owen Driggs and Tricia Ward
  • artists:  Hadley Arnold, Allison Behrstock, Olivia Chumacero, Sarah Dougherty, Janet Owen Driggs, Ron Finley, Anne Hars with Erik Knudsen, Mark Lakeman, Andy Lipkis, Jenny Price, Jane Tsong, and Tricia Ward.
  • Potluck at 6 pm. Bring food to share, or just your utensils to help make this a zero waste event.
  • AUDIO: http://archive.org/details/LaCulebraOct24th

 

Freewaves and UCLA IMLab at LACE:

Can Artists Use Technology to Enable Communities? 

Artists  working  on  various civic projects  with diverse goals will share one project each.  A roundtable discussion will follow  with questions  about  collective process and individual creation,  technology’s  assets and limitations,  corporate and community involvement,  documentary and artistic aspirations,  and other complications.

Roundtable discussion, Everyone Welcome

  • Saturday November 3, 1 pm
  • at LACE  6522 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028  (NEW LOCATION!!!)
  • Fabian Wagmister (UCLA IMLab), Pedro Joel Espinosa (IDEPSCA’s Mobile Voices), Vicki Callahan (USC IML), Micha Cardenas (Local Autonomy Networks, http://autonets.org), Shagha Ariannia  (Long Story Short), Anne Bray (out-the-window.org)
  • AUDIO: http://archive.org/details/CanArtistsUseTechnologyToEnableCommunities

 

18th Street Art Center:  Museum Programming and their constituencies: The case of the Queens Museum of Art and Corona Plaza

  • Saturday, November 3, 5 pm
  • 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
  • Hosted and moderated by Bill Kelley Jr., 18th Street Art Center Curator in Residence
  • Prerana Reddy has been the Director of Public Events for Queens Museum of Art in New York City since 2005. Reddy also spearheads the Museum’s community engagement initiatives combining arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominately comprised of new immigrants, including programs that address language access, healthcare, public space advocacy, and the mortgage crisis.

 

EVENT: Tongva Talk, a Cultural Campfire,

is a time to gather around the fire and exchange knowledge and stories of indigenous history, culture and traditions, organized monthly by Olivia Chumacero. This event highlights storytelling by Tongvans.

  • Friday, November 9, 7:30 pm
  • Anabolic Monument, Native Plant Garden ceremonial space, at north end of the Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring Los Angeles, CA 90012. Parking available on Baker Street. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on the sand.  Join in potluck dinner by bringing your own utensils.
  • www.everythingismedicine.wordpress.com

 

LACE: How Does Socially Engaged Art Happen in Los Angeles?

Roundtable Workshop to explore the possibilities and limits of current organizational models and curatorial strategies that support Social Engagement Art practices. From trust building and community process to  funding and timing, this session invites participants to grapple with fundamental questions —  How to sustain a project?   How to represent in the community?  How long will the work really take?

 

Getty Museum: Do We Need Artists in Art Museums?

Does the role of an artist at museums stop once his or her art enters the collection and is displayed in the galleries? A growing number of museums are bringing artists into the fold – whether or not their art is displayed – and asking them to call on their own practices to devise creative opportunities for engaging diverse audiences and communities.  This panel of artists who have engaged museum audiences, and museum staff who have engaged artists, explores how museums reach communities through artists, and asks whether this is true engagement or mere flirtation.

 

Self Help Graphics + The School of Echoes:

How Can Artists and the Eastside Generate Change Together? 

Is the community or the artists the protagonists? What is the role of the artist as community and vice versa? How can Artists/community drive the visioning and planning of an arts district before it happens?  How do we move beyond participants, observers, beautifiers and “decorators” and into a more integrated part of development planning?

 

USC Roski School of Fine Art:

Occupy the Mind: Pedagogy, ‘Capitalocentrism’* and the Arts Fantasy

Faculty and students from the Roski School of Fine Art’s M.F.A. Program and M.A. program in Art and Curatorial Practice in the Public Sphere, as well as from the American Studies Program join together to discuss the implications of Occupy, the movement’s relationship and effect on academia and on the multiple artworlds, and the Capitalocentric nature of our economy.  The panel will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

  • November 30, Friday 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Fisher Courtyard in front of Fisher Gallery at 823 Exposition Blvd on USC CAMPUS
  • or rain location is 118 Watt Hall (beside Fisher Gallery)
  • Noura Wedell, The Political Uses of Fantasy
    Santi Vernetti and Kelly Akashi, Arrested Vegetation: The Blessed Unrest
    Connie Butler, Trying to Forget Fear: Occupy and the Berlin Biennial 2012
    A L Steiner, What Kind of Workers Are We?
    Jack Halberstam, No Church in The Wild: Anarchy Now
    Discussion with the audience
  • ARTICLE:  http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/social-art-people-occupy.html

We invite you to read the following texts in preparation of our discussion:

Anonymous, After the Fall: Communiques from Occupied California (February 2010)
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E): FAQs
Occupy LA Comprehensive Analysis from the Los Angeles City Hall
Artur Zmijewski, “Foreword,” Galit Eilat in Conversation with Artur Zmijewski, “A Good Drug Dealer,” Renzo Martens in Conversation with Artur Zmijewski, “Artists Come to Create Beauty and Kindness,” Forget Fear, Artur Zmijewski and Joanna Warsza, 7th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (Berlin: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Verlag der Buchhandlung, Walther König, 2012)

 

Public Tranportation:

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Bus screenings June 13-19 launch mobile community TV network

May 6th, 2011 Posted by Events, News, Public Art / Social Practice No Comment yet

Short videos, presented across the entire Los Angeles County Metro bus system, will share diverse perspectives on Los Angeles, as seen through the creative eyes of its young people for its 4400 existing TV screens on public buses.

 

WHAT 40 short videos by LA youth will be shown on all 2200 L.A. Metro buses

WHERE all routes of LA Metro buses over 4000 sq miles of LA County

WHO 75 high school students recently made the videos with artist teachers at Echo Park Film Center and with Public Matters at East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy and Pilipino Workers Center; coordinated by Freewaves with the conceptual and technical direction of UCLA REMAP

WHEN 5 minutes of every half hour from 6 am until midnight, every weekday June 13-17, and  45 minutes of every hour over Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19, 2011

HOW Transit TV is donating use of their interactive TV system for the youth to screen their videos and question 1.2 million daily riders via text messages.

WHY The newest innovation on the public media spectrum brings meaningful art and relevant topics to and from LA Metro’s underserved ridership while public media declines.

 

The project links physical and virtual worlds through digital media portraits of places, offering views from different neighborhoods up to the city and region at large. Out the Window aims to create a mosaic of the many social, cultural, economic and creative layers of this complex American city. In reply, bus riders can text responses instantly or eventually to location-specific and thematic questions posed on the screens by youths, artists or community curators.

 

Since Fall 2010, youth in Echo Park, Historic Filipinotown and East Los Angeles have been participating in a collaborative learning community, specifically designed to build digital media communication skills, including storytelling, technical media skills, social networking and critical thinking. Specifically, they are writing and producing one to three minute videos exploring aspects of community and place, to be seen on over 2,200 buses traversing Los Angeles County.

 

The videos will be shown hourly on Metro buses over a week in June (6/13-6/19, 2011) and will be archived on the project website, www.out-the-window.org. Additionally, the website will provide resources, like media art centers where anyone can learn how to create digital media and ways to comment and submit videos for future screenings on the buses.

 

“Place is the new identity politics.  The youth in Out the Window examine this subject anew hopefully in dialogue with fellow commuters, 91% of who say they like art,” says Anne Bray, Executive Director of Freewaves, LA’s public media arts organization.

 

The bus context

The Metro buses crisscross Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods and social boundaries, passing unique, local cultural resources.  Out the Window targets people and places where even the web doesn’t always reach.  Sixty-nine percent of Metro riders live in households making $26,000 or less a year.  Thirty-three percent of riders have no or rare access to the Internet, yet most riders have cell phones, which they use to text as well as call. Out the Window’s partners believe the riders represent a population who should be no less served by the telecommunication innovations that have emerged in the last decade.  The videos and questions produced for Out the Window are created with this complex audience in mind.

 

The videos

The videos produced by youth working with Echo Park Film Center are called The Sound We See: A Los Angeles City Symphony. Participating teacher Angelo J. Pompano says, “City Symphonies are motion pictures that capture the spirit and uniqueness of a city by assembling images of everyday life in that city. These abstract images of the city capture its heartbeat and expose its soul.”  Over twelve weeks, teens and their artist-teachers explore the origins of the City Symphony and its contemporary relevance as students create their own 24-hour cinematic celebration of the dynamic metropolis that is Los Angeles.

 

Public Matters is working with two groups of high school aged students. Students from the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy are creating videos around healthy food access issues in their community including a series Have You Noticed? /Té Has Fijado? Students from Pdub Productions, a project in conjunction with Pilipino Workers Center, are creating pieces that explore Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown including a series entitled Hidden Hi Fi about the unknown, unexplored and unexpected facets of life in Historic Filipinotown. An additional series will explore the students’ own personal stories of immigration and migration.

 

DREAM + ACT Film, videos and activism on immigration

April 8th, 2011 Posted by Collaboration, Events, News, Public Art / Social Practice No Comment yet

Who has the right to study and work in the U.S.?

When people contribute socially and economically to a society, are they not citizens?

Is there a way for the politically disenfranchised to feasibly gain American citizenship?

 

On April 30 at 7:30pm, Freewaves, Self Help Graphics & Art, La Causa and TELA SOFA (The East LA Society for Film and Arts) will present DREAM + ACT, a selection of visual art and activism focused on immigration as it relates to communities in Los Angeles and beyond. Through film and video, DREAM + ACT will express multiple visions and viewpoints on the realities of immigration and how it affects us.  We aim to build a community of dialogue and bridge the cultural communities in Los Angeles and countries around the globe.

In addition to providing encouragement for film and video makers and activists, this event seeks to promote deeper understanding of our diverse city by presenting a wide array of perspectives on the complex issue of immigration. The community will be able to interact with the filmmakers to further explore the issues addressed.

Program
7:30pm            Panel discussion on the status of immigration and Dream Act organizing
8:30pm            Screening of curated short films and videos
9:30pm            Q & A with film and videomakers

Plus a mini exhibition on graphic art related to recent immigration legislation.

AND

Mobile silkscreening by Joel Garcia

The Videos

THE SCIENCE OF DREAM, Dreamers Adrift  (5:23)
DREAM TO UNITE, Adriana Silva  (3:27)
JULIO’S DRAWING FRENZY, Dreamers Adrift  (2:09)
YO SOY EL ARMY, Marco Amador  (6:21)
TEATRO JORNALERO SIN FRONTERAS, Lorena Moran  (18:42)
UNA MIRADA A LOS INVISIBLES, Marina Wood  (5:25)
INDEX ME, Luis Zavala  (5:13)
LA FRONTERA, Nicole Antebi  (6:25)
HOUSE PROYECTO, Catherine Forster  (9:24)
DREAM WALKING, Dreamers Adrift (2:22)

The Panelists
Arely Zimmerman is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at USC in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism (Moderator)
Erick Huerta is an organizer with Dream Team LA and a journalist at East Los Angeles College
Pedro Joel is a community organizer working with VozMob at IDEPSCA (Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California)
Julio Salgado is a member of Dreamers Adrift and a freelance journalist
Nancy Guarneros a PhD student at Claremont Graduate University in the School of Educational Studies
Marco Amador is the producer and investigative reporter of Yo Soy El Army and director of Centro de Comunicacion Comunitario.

Q&A with Videomakers
Nicole Antebi
Marina Wood & Jose Garcia
Luis Zavala

Exhibition of graphic art organized by Ernesto Yerena. This selection, from the Alto Arizona Art campaign, called on artists opposed to SB 1070 to take action and create an image. The act originated in Arizona and aims to identify, prosecute and deport undocumented immigrants.

America Love Me poster by Grupo Bijari. Grupo Bijari, a collective of artists, urban planners, architects and designers from Säo Paulo, Brazil, created a map tracing the multi-layered network behind the issues of immigration and education in California. The artists conducted extensive research in Los Angeles as part of their project, America Love Me, for Outpost for Contemporary Art’s international residency program.

Location Self Help Graphics & Art  1300 East 1st Street Los Angeles, CA 90033, across from the Metro Gold Line Pico/Aliso Station.

Parking is limited in the area. We encourage people to take Metro (www.metro.net) and exit at the Gold Line Pico/Aliso Station.

 

DREAM :: We believe art has the power to inspire, create new possibilities and broaden our perspectives so we can see our community through a different lens.

ACT :: Not content to dream only, together we aim to provoke thought and inspire solutions to the challenge of immigration in this country—a challenge shared by people throughout the world.

 

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DREAM + ACT is a collaboration of TELA SOFA, Freewaves, Self Help Graphics & Art and La Causa.

TELA SOFA’s mission is to offer a venue for all interested filmmakers, first-time through professional, to explore issues affecting our world today while connecting them with the Hollywood film industry.

Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) is a nationally recognized center for Latino arts that develops and nurtures artists in printmaking. SHG advances Latino art broadly through programming, exhibitions and outreach to diverse audiences in East Los Angeles and beyond and engages young and emerging artists from the community in all aspects of its activities.

Freewaves is dedicated to the creative exhibition of the most innovative and culturally relevant independent new media from around the world. Freewaves facilitates cross-cultural dialogues by inventing dynamic new media exhibition forms at experimental and established venues throughout Los Angeles.

LA CAUSA (Los Angeles Communities Advocating for Unity, Social Justice, and Action) engages historically disenfranchised young people and their families from East Los Angeles to take action against the injustices that impact low-income communities of color.

More info:
Juan Escobedo or Jose Yenque, TELA SOFA
info@telasofa.org

 

Press Release – OUT THE WINDOW

January 12th, 2011 Posted by News, Open Calls, Public Art / Social Practice No Comment yet

Out the Window

Freewaves, Public Matters, Echo Park Film Center and UCLA REMAP broadcast videos about Los Angeles on 2,200 buses

Los Angeles, Calif. – Through short-form videos, presented across the entire Los Angeles County Metro bus system, Out the Window shares diverse perspectives on Los Angeles, as seen through the creative eyes of its young people.  The project links physical and virtual worlds through digital media portraits of places, offering views from the level of individual households and neighborhoods up to the city and region at large. Out the Window aims to create a mosaic of the many social, cultural, economic and creative layers of a complex American city.

Since Fall 2010, youth in Echo Park, Historic Filipinotown and East Los Angeles have been participating in a collaborative learning community, specifically designed to build digital media communication skills, including storytelling, technical media skills, social networking and critical thinking. Specifically, they are writing and producing two-minute videos exploring aspects of community and place, which will be seen on over 2,200 buses traversing Los Angeles County.

The videos will be broadcast on Metro buses in April 2011 and will be archived on the project website, www.out-the-window.org. Additionally, the website will provide resources, like a map of area media art centers where anyone can learn how to create digital media and ways to comment and submit videos for future screenings on the buses. Bus riders can text responses to site-specific questions posed by community curators, artists and youths.

“Place is the new conundrum.  The youth in Out the Window will examine this subject anew and we will set it in the local bus network, which services 1.2 million daily riders. We hope the videos become conversation pieces among fellow riders, the people they see but don’t necessarily talk to every day on their commutes to work or school,” says Anne Bray, Executive Director of Freewaves, LA’s public media arts organization.

Out the Window participants will benefit from the leadership of four seasoned organizations in LA:

FREEWAVES manages Out the Window overall, including communications, marketing and the website, www.out-the-window.org. Freewaves facilitates dialogues by inventing new media exhibition forms at experimental and established venues throughout Los Angeles, often in public spaces, such as on electronic billboards, storefronts, public TV, online, even at museums.

Since 2002, Echo Park Film Center has facilitated dozens of free film and video workshops for more than 1000 youths between the ages of 12 and 19. Neighborhood and community are often themes in their work.  Echo Park Film Center provide learning labs and digital media workshops at their Echo Park storefront and throughout the city via the EPFC Filmmobile, an eco-friendly film school and cinema on wheels.

PUBLIC MATTERS is an interdisciplinary California-based social enterprise comprised of artists, media professionals and educators. Public Matters designs and implements integrated new media, education and civic engagement projects that yield long-term community benefits. Public Matters’ work spans a broad range of constituents and concerns: community building, neighborhood identity, youth leadership, and public health.

UCLA REMAP is developing the project’s cultural civic computing systems in collaboration with Tezo Systems, operator of Transit TV, which provides GPS and WiFi-enabled content distribution to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro). Through research, production, and civic engagement, UCLA REMAP explores the culture and empowering social situations enabled by interweaving of engineering, the arts and community development.

The bus context

Greater Los Angeles has a wonderfully diverse population widely dispersed across its basin.  The Transit buses crisscross its neighborhoods and social boundaries, passing unique, local cultural resources.  Out the Window targets where even the web doesn’t always reach.  Sixty-nine percent of Metro riders live in households making $26,000 or less a year.  We believe they represent a population less reached by the Internet and new media but who should be no less served by the innovations that have emerged in the last decade.  The videos produced for Out the Window are created with this complex audience in mind.

The videos

The videos produced by youth working with Echo Park Film Center are called The Sound We See: A Los Angeles City Symphony. Participating teacher Angelo J. Pompano says, “City Symphonies are motion pictures that capture the spirit and uniqueness of a city by assembling images of everyday life in that city. These movies bombard our sight with (often quite surrealistic) images of a city in order to capture its heartbeat and expose its soul.”  Over twelve weeks, teens and their artist-teachers explore the origins of the City Symphony and its contemporary relevance as students create their own 24-hour cinematic celebration of the dynamic metropolis that is Los Angeles.

Public Matters is working with two groups of high school aged students. Students from the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy are creating videos around healthy food access issues in their community including a series Have You Noticed? /Té Has Fijado? Students from Pdub Productions, a project in conjunction with Pilipino Workers Center, are creating pieces that explore Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown including a series entitled Hidden Hi Fi about the unknown, unexplored and unexpected facets of life in Historic Filipinotown. An additional series will explore the students’ own personal stories of immigration and migration.

 

A Youtube video shows the program in advance of its existence when it was called Metrovoice.

Video screenings on the bus will take place in April. 2-minute videos will appear one per hour, every hour. For information about how to watch the videos, or to watch them online, visit www.out-the-window.org.

Out the Window is supported by a grant from the HASTAC Digital Media and Learning Competition.   www.dmlcompetition.net

 

 

More information

Freewaves: Anne Bray
anne@freewaves.org 323.871.1950 www.freewaves.org

Echo Park Film Center: Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo
info@echoparkfilmcenter.org 213.484.8846 www.echoparkfilmcenter.org

Public Matters:  Mike Blockstein and Reanne Estrada
info@publicmattersgroup.com 323.953.0691 www.publicmattersgroup.com

UCLA REMAP:  Fabian Wagmister and Jeff Burke
fabian@ucla.edu 310.825.8698 http://remap.ucla.edu