Please join us this Friday May 21st for a second iteration of the “Brain Trust” while also enjoying the mytho-poetic visual stylings of Louis M. Schmidt and Chris Kardambikis. ”Brain Trust II” is part of a series of events leading up to There Goes the Neighborhood! http://theregoes.org/. So please join us to find out what the “Brain Trust” is, learn more about upcoming events and most importantly discuss and debate what all of these events are about. There will be a short presentation on the Brain Trust, Agitprop itself, There Goes the Neighborhood and other upcoming projects. Refreshments served. See you Friday!
Text from the original “Brain Trust” Exhibition at Art Produce Gallery:
“Agitprop is a space in North Park that attempts to blur the lines between individual art practice, the Studio, the Gallery and the Neighborhood. These attempts have taken the form of the Agitprop space itself, exhibitions, literary readings, live art critiques, artwork in empty storefronts and collaborations with other neighborhood entities. “Brain Trust” asks you to become a participant and facilitator of future projects. The Agitprop “Brain Trust” is established through Brain Blocks, small concrete sculptures that are equivalent in volume to an actual human brain. Brain Blocks turn corporate and art world institutional conventions on their head as a method of generating support for projects based on connectivity and community at the scale of the neighborhood. The initiation of Agitprop as a space, and subsequently the “Brain Trust” project, stems from an examination and response to current art-supportive structures and artists’ relationships to local communities. While many art-supportive structures are based on the commodification of the work of art or non-profit funding that is dependant on corporate trickle down economics, this project asks the question “Is it possible to have a local art practice supported by those who that practice targets?” Brain Blocks when purchased act as sculptural stock in Agitprop. Sculptural shareholders will be asked for input and feedback on future projects, which will therefore influence the project’s outcome, thus establishing a local practice linked to a local network of individuals.”