Art(ist) in Context II: or How I Learned to Scrub the City of Undesirable Elements and InScribe Economic Viability onto the Urban Landscape

This performance and installation takes as its starting point five very different artistic practices that utilize disparate approaches to extra-institutional engagement with various issues, groups and environments. The artists participating include Melinda Barnadas (Collective Magpie -with Tae Hwang), who explore the natural and biological through sculptural installations; Andrew Printer, whose “new photojournalism” captures the social idiosyncrasies of particular subcultures and individuals blurring the line between fiction and fact; Jessica Sledge, whose New Orleans-inspired performance work blends the alchemical with buried urban narratives; Eddie Miramontes, who uses traditional postering and screenprinting techniques to spread poetic and critical messages; and David White, who uses art historical conventions (and institutions) as a way of creating participatory events connecting individuals and groups in localized productions.

 

Art(ist) in Context II: or How I Learned to Scrub the City of Undesirable Elements and InScribe Economic Viability onto the Urban Landscape imagines the stage of the Agitprop space as a mini factory of cultural production.  The five artists perform working  methods indicative of practices of to-day; each artist, through this production method, focusing on a topic relevant to their individual interests.  Through this, a performative system is established that elbows out the other  over a progession through time…

 

the performance unfolds into a cacophony of displacements…

 

It is these Acts of Displacement that interest us in both their positive and negative dimensions...

 

Act I

Allows audience members to participate in a card game based on a sampling of vegetation collected locally.  Barnadas’  plays the role of the artist working in a method akin to science and  service industry approaches – a “dealer” in a bio-statistical speakeasy.  Drinks are served.

Act II

A multi-media audio-visual performance and presentation of the processes of displacement that frequently occur to the natural and cultural landscape when strategies of economic development are implemented on models of corporate dynamization coupled with cultural initiatives.

Displacement 1-

The Sun-God/Taskmaster takes her throne.  She  (Sledge) inscibes irrational sage wisdom taken from a local woman in a journal  as if creating a private corporate-self-help book.

Displacement 2-

Tiles are printed on a digital printer that produce an image of a new business which has replaced what was once a gay bathhouse.  Printer has been documenting this transformation over time through photography- a local condition transformed into a model of what can be infinitely reproduced.

Displacement 3-

Eddie Miramontes and crew begin production on informational propaganda, like laundry on a clothesline, propaganda  is work that is never done…

Displacement 4-

The animal[s] that therefore [we] are -images of the California Coastal Gnatcatcher displaced by images of the Common Crow. A desert bird replaced by an urban one.

Displacement 5-

A Cultural Developer (David White) outlines strategies of corporate dynamism to be used when erradicating social inefficiencies…

Act III

With enough propaganda produced we displace ourselves to another venue….

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