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AGITPROPAGITPROP | AGITPROP http://agitpropspace.org Knowledge toolkits to go Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Agitprop Reading Series: Jared Stanley & Emily Motzkus, Saturday, October 5th http://agitpropspace.org/2013/10/03/agitprop-reading-series-jared-stanley-emily-motzkus-saturday-october-5th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2013/10/03/agitprop-reading-series-jared-stanley-emily-motzkus-saturday-october-5th/#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:07:19 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7574

Dear Friends,

We invite you to the second reading of our 6th season of the Agitprop Reading Series on Saturday, October 5th with two exciting readers: Jared Stanley and Emily Jayne Motzkus

Jared Stanley is the author of two books of poetry, The Weeds and Book Made of Forest, as well as four chapbooks, including How the Desert Did Me In. He is a member of the public art group Unmanned Minerals, whose latest installation, It Calls From the Creek, is a site-specific walking poem installed on the Deer CreekTribute Trail in Nevada City, California, on view through September 2014. Stanley is a 2012-2014 Research Fellow at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, and teaches at Sierra Nevada College. He lives in Reno, Nevada. Recent poems have appeared in Manor House Quarterly, Bombsite (Bomb Magazine), textsound.org, and Peaches & Bats.

Emily Motzkus is a PhD student at The University of Denver. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has appeared in Manor House Quarterly and in the chapbook, The Henry Miller Remix, published by The Offending Adam. She lives in Denver with her cat.

Agitprop (NEW LOCATION!)
Saturday, October 5th, 7pm
2222 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
Map: http://tinyurl.com/qx7axg5 (the building is brand new, so the map shows a vacant lot).

Contact: James Meetze: jamesmeetze(at)gmail(dot)com

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Relocating Agitprop http://agitpropspace.org/2013/10/03/relocating-agitprop/ http://agitpropspace.org/2013/10/03/relocating-agitprop/#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:51:55 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7542  

Dear friends,

If you have been wondering why things have been a bit quiet over here at Agitprop, it is because we have some news. It simultaneously saddens  and excites me 100 mg viagra to let you know that Agitprop has relocated. The space that we occupied in North Park has officially closed. In June we turned in ours keys and  moved out.  We will all miss the space at the corner of University  Avenue and Utah Street in North Park – holes and all.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the support that has gone into Agitprop over the six-plus years that it was in operation in North Park.  When the space started Megan and I wanted it to be based on a few simple principles: a balance between programming  that was simultaneously both open and thoughtfully organized; that it functioned as a starting point to engage the neighborhood and city at large; and the radical idea that a project like this could sustain itself (however modestly) on the support and participation of a wide array of individuals from a myriad of backgrounds that the project hoped to reach.   Looking back it is clear that these goals were met (imperfections and all)!.  It is also clear that any success or longevity Agitprop was able to maintain was predicated on the support all of you gave in terms of time, money, criticism, probing, planning, cleaning, feedback and hard work .  Thank you for that!

Looking forward, this past summer we moved to architect Hector Perez’s new building in Barrio Logan as a temporary home.  In many ways this decision was predicated on conversations and the potential for future collaborations with Hector (and many others) in hopes of establishing new approaches to artistic experimentation and interdisciplinary investigations.  This will take some time to unfold and will again be dependent upon input and engagement from you .

In the meantime, you can expect reinvigorated projects as we settle into a new home- including some events this fall.  Please keep an eye out for updates and hope to see you sometime soon.

In Appreciation,

David White

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Agitprop Reading Series: Louise Mathias & Brett Zehner, Saturday, Sept. 7th http://agitpropspace.org/2013/09/01/agitprop-reading-series-louise-mathias-brett-zehner-sat-sept-7th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2013/09/01/agitprop-reading-series-louise-mathias-brett-zehner-sat-sept-7th/#comments Sun, 01 Sep 2013 22:57:57 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7666 mathias450

Dear Friends,

Now that summer is officially over and all that white denim is being put away, we’re ready to kickstart our 6th–yes, it really has been six years–season of the Agitprop Reading Series this coming Saturday, September 7th with two exciting readers: Louise Mathias & Brett Zehner.

Louise Mathias was born in Bedford, England and grew up in England and Los Angeles. She is the author of The Traps, just released from Four Way Books, and Lark Apprentice, chosen by Brenda Hillman for the New Issues Poetry Prize and published by New Issues Press in 2004. Her poems have recently appeared
in TriQuarterly, Octopus, The Offending Adam, Massachusetts Review, and many other journals. She lives in Joshua Tree, California.

Brett Zehner studied geography at Ohio State University where he was a researcher on public housing issues. He later turned down a job at the CIA to pursue work in anarcho poetics at UCSD. Among other things, he is a percussionist who has recorded and toured with bands ranging in style from garage punk to noise and found sound. Currently, he is collaborating on an eco-documentary project concerned with abusive land use patterns in the Dakotas. His work has appeared in Dusie and Jupiter 88.

As always, there is no cover charge for reading, but libations and donations for the readers are always welcome. We hope to see you there and for festivities before and after.

Agitprop (NEW LOCATION!)
Saturday, September 7th, 7pm
2222 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
Map: http://tinyurl.com/qx7axg5 (the building is brand new, so the map shows a vacant lot).

Contact: James Meetze: jamesmeetze(at)gmail(dot)com

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Hyper Local News Network http://agitpropspace.org/2013/07/08/hyper-local-news-network/ http://agitpropspace.org/2013/07/08/hyper-local-news-network/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:30:04 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7654 As part of The New Children’s Museum’s Mass Creativity Day I conducted as series of workshops called the Hyper Local News Network.   These workshops took place at the Kroc Center in City Heights and at the Tiawanese-American Center in Kearny Mesa. Thanks to both of those organizations, the New Children’s Museum and Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli.

-David White

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Reading Series: Joseph Mosconi & Ara Shirinyan, Saturday, May 4th http://agitpropspace.org/2013/05/03/reading-series-joseph-mosconi-ara-shirinyan-54-at-7pm/ http://agitpropspace.org/2013/05/03/reading-series-joseph-mosconi-ara-shirinyan-54-at-7pm/#comments Sat, 04 May 2013 02:47:40 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7453 2-19-13_Mosconi-300x250

Dear Friends,

Now that national poetry month is nearly over, we’re ready to have our next event on Saturday, May 4 at 7pm featuring LA-based literary artists Joseph Mosconi and Ara Shirinyan. This reading will be bittersweet—This isn’t the last Agitprop reading, but it is the last reading we’ll have in our current space. So this is your last chance to sit in the mezzanine or gaze fondly at the KFC across the street! We do hope you’ll join us to say goodbye to the space and to celebrate the publication of Joseph Mosconi’s new book, Fright Catalog .

Joseph Mosconi co-directs the Poetic Research Bureau in Los Angeles and edits the art & lit mag Area Sneaks. His books include Fright Catalog (Insert Blanc Press, 2013), But On Geometric (Insert Blanc Press, 2010), WORD SEARCH (OMG! Press, 2010) and Galvanized Iron on the Citizens’ Band (Poetic Research Bureau, 2009). As Above So Below, a children’s book illustrated by Scoli Acosta, is forthcoming in 2013.

Ara Shirinyan is a poet and editor from Los Angeles. He edits Make Now Press. With Joseph Mosconi and Andrew Maxwell, he curates readings at the Poetic Research Bureau. He is the author of several books, including Syria Is in the World (Palm Press, 2007) and Your Country Is Great (Futurpoem, 2008) the second volume of which is forthcoming from Edge Books.

As always, there is no cover charge for reading, but libations and donations for the readers are always welcome. We hope to see you there and for festivities before and after.

Agitprop
Saturday, May 4, 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, across from KFC. Map)
San Diego, CA 92104

Contact: K. Lorraine Graham: klorraine(at)gmail(dot)com

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Feb. 2, 2013 7pm: Alt Lit Cityscapes With Ana Carrete & Aurelio Meza http://agitpropspace.org/2013/01/27/feb-2-2013-7pm-alt-lit-cityscapes-with-ana-carrete-aurelio-meza/ http://agitpropspace.org/2013/01/27/feb-2-2013-7pm-alt-lit-cityscapes-with-ana-carrete-aurelio-meza/#comments Sun, 27 Jan 2013 23:24:20 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7386 Agitprop Reading Series: Alt Lit Cityscapes With Ana Carrete & Aurelio Meza

February 2, 2013 at 7pm

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us this Saturday, February 2, 7pm for the first reading in what promises to be an outstanding Spring reading series. This month, we’re hosting two writers recently featured in Jacob Steinberg’s Alt Lit Cityscapes anthology: Ana Carrete of San Diego-Tijuana and Aurelio Meza of DF-Tijuana-Mexicali.

Ana Carrete is the founder and editor of New Wave Vomit, an experimental online literary art magazine. She’s a graduate student and teaches Spanish at SDSU. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Baby Babe, came out last Thanksgiving from Civil Coping Mechanisms. She has things online.

Fiction author Janey Smith writes: “Flighty, full of speed, and fostering its own no-future, Ana Carrete’s Baby Babe is like reading Juan Rulfo, if Juan Rulfo were Barbie. At some point, you’re going to have to make a decision as to what you want: teeth-whitening toothpaste or the ends of civilization. Baby Babe marks that point.”

Aurelio Meza has participated in several literature festivals and conferences in Mexico and the US. He has translated to Spanish some of the work by American poets Ben Dollar, Mark Wallace, Jesse Ball and Tony Tost. Since 2010 he is chief editor at the independent publishing collective Kodama Cartonera in Tijuana. He recently finished a research project on art collectives in the Tijuana-San Diego border region. Poetry books: Sakura (2008), La droga (2010) and Sombra (Unpublished). Essays: Shuffle. Poesía sonora (2011).

Alt Lit personality Beach Sloth writes: “Aurelio Meza digs deep into the words…One earthquake and everything went into a deep dark place. Despite the worry and fear of the city it beat the death of the countryside. Heat eats people alive. They die dry-mouthed. Mexico City tries to bring them into her loving arms. It seems extremely bleak. Aurelio is the sun. Aurelio laughs at the ruin.”

As always, there is no cover charge for reading, but libations and donations to the gallery are always welcome. We hope to see you there and for festivities before and after.

Agitprop
Saturday, February 2, 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, across from KFC)
San Diego, CA 92104

Contact: K. Lorraine Graham: klorraine(at)gmail(dot)com

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Poets Sophie Sills and Frank Montesonti at Agitprop Sat. Dec. 1st 7pm http://agitpropspace.org/2012/11/27/poets-sophie-sills-and-frank-montesonti-at-agitprop-sat-dec-1st-7pm/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/11/27/poets-sophie-sills-and-frank-montesonti-at-agitprop-sat-dec-1st-7pm/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:06:11 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7377

This month, we’re thrilled to host poet and editor Sophie Sills in her debut reading at Agitprop. We’ll also welcome back former San Diegan Frank Montesonti to celebrate the publication of his first book, Blight, Blight, Blight, Ray of Hope and his soon-to-be-released second book, Hope Tree.

Sophie Sills’ collection of poetry, Elemental Perceptions: A Panorama, was released from BlazeVOX Books in the winter of 2010. Her poems and literary criticism have appeared in Elimae, Cricket Online Review, thethe poetry, Jacket2, and other journals. She completed her MFA at Mills College, lives in Los Angeles, teaches at National University and publishes Peacock Online Review.

Frank Montesonti is the author of Blight, Blight, Blight, Ray of Hope, winner of the 2012 Barrow Street Book Contest. He has been published in literary journals such as Tin House, Black Warrior Review, AQR, Poet Lore, and Poems and Plays, among many others. His second collection, Hope Tree, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2013. He has an MFA from the University of Arizona and teaches poetry at National University. A former resident of San Diego, he now lives in Los Angeles, California.

As always, the reading is free, but libations and donations to the gallery are welcome!

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Genevieve Kaplan and Joseph Harrington Read on 11/3, 7pm http://agitpropspace.org/2012/10/28/genevieve-kaplan-and-joseph-harrington-read-on-113-7pm/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/10/28/genevieve-kaplan-and-joseph-harrington-read-on-113-7pm/#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:20:12 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7347

Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us this Saturday, November 3 at 7pm for a reading by poets Genevieve Kaplan and Joseph Harrington at Agitprop. Before and after the reading, you can check out some of the events hosted that same day by the There Goes the Neighborhood collaborative in conjunction with the Living As Form (Nomadic Version) exhibit at the UCSD University Art Gallery. For a full list of events see the

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/544203208930557/

Genevieve Kaplan received her MFA from the University of Iowa and is completing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. Her first book, In the ice house, won the 2009 A Room of Her Own Foundation’s To the Lighthouse poetry prize and was published by Red Hen Press in Fall 2011. With her husband, she edits the Toad Press international chapbook series, which publishes contemporary literary translations. She also co-founded Gold Line Press, which specializes in perfect-bound chapbooks of poetry and prose.

Joseph Harrington is the author of Things Come On: an amneoir (Wesleyan Univ. Press 2011), a mixed-genre work relating the twinned narratives of the Watergate scandal and his mother’s cancer; it was a Rumpus magazine Poetry Book Club selection. He is also the author of the chapbook Earth Day Suite (Beard of Bees 2010) and the critical work Poetry and the Public (Wesleyan 2002). His creative work also has appeared in Hotel Amerika, No Tell Motel, 1913, BathHouse, Otoliths, Fact-Simile, and Tarpaulin Sky, among others. He is a Professor of English at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

There is no cover charge for reading, but libations and donations to the gallery are always welcome. We hope to see you there and for festivities before and after.
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TGTN event: “What’s the Use?” November 3rd 2012 http://agitpropspace.org/2012/10/27/7279/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/10/27/7279/#comments Sun, 28 Oct 2012 03:50:18 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7279

“What’s the Use?”
November 3rd 2012

Organized by the There Goes the Neighborhood collaborative
A day of programming in association with Living As Form (The Nomadic Version)*

http://theregoes.org

You are invited join us on November 3rd for “What’s the Use?”; a day of programming organized by the There Goes the Neighborhood collaborative.

 

The first event of day will include a workshop called “What Goes Where and Why” from 2-5:30pm on November 3rd, 2012. This workshop is targeted at local advocacy organizations working various fields in the city of San Diego.  At this workshop all attending organizations and individuals will participate in a collaborative workshop to delineate the organization’s current initiatives and obstacles with the intention of sharing these with other attendees.  Ultimately a document will be produced that outlines your specific initiatives in relationship with the larger goals of the attendees as a whole with the intention of producing connections between each group that can help further each other’s endeavors.
This document will be blown up to a large scale (in size, not number of pages) and handed over to whatever mayoral administration takes office after the election on November 6th.  It will also become a concise record of the specific actions that are important to those organizations as well as a general outline of what needs to change at the most broad level. This workshop will take place at the Linkery.  Free snacks and drinks will be provided. Unfortunately there are only 30 spaces available for this event so please RSVP asap to info@theregoes.org with the names of the individual from your organization that will be attending and organization name (please limit this to 3 people from each organization maximum).

After this workshop you are invited to join us for the rest of the day’s public events taking place at Art Produce Gallery.  These events include “You Are What You Eat” a free dinner hosted by TGTN in which the contents of your meal correlates to how you view yourself as an active community participant.  After “You Are What You Eat” TGTN will hold a second iteration of “Critical Postcards”.  Critical Postcards is a series of short (20-30 minute) interviews that take place via Skype with artist and activists from around the country whose work engages public space in innovative ways.

The Schedule for the day is as follows:

“What Goes Where and Why”
2pm to 5pm
@ The Linkery 3794 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
RSVP required for this event only (30 spaces available)

“You Are What You Eat”
6pm to 7pm
@ Art Produce Gallery Garden 3139 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104Free and open to all
Free and open to all

“Critical Postcards”
7pm to 9pm
@ Art Produce Gallery Garden 3139 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Free and open to all

Critical postcard are live skype conversations with artists and activists from around the world working on publicly engaged projects. Postcards that night include:

Jake Levitas:
Research Director for the Gray Area Foundation For the Arts (GAFFTA).  GAFFTA is an organization that brings together the best creative coders, data artists, designers, and makers to create experiments that build social consciousness through digital culture. GAFFTA is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to furthering the use and advancement of creative technology for social good and artistic advancement. In this capacity, we maintain relationships with the world’s top academic researchers, innovative corporations, visionary artists, and civic leaders. By continually engaging and connecting this diverse community with challenges and opportunities, we extract forward-thinking technological solutions with proven capacity to create positive change. http://www.gaffta.org/

Glen Wilson:
Having included his recent film in the last iteration of There Goes the Neighborhood, Wilson will discuss the art space he operated on Ray street in North Park in the late 1990’s. The space led to a film project included as part of InSITE ‘97 called ‘You Are Here” (named for the space itself).  Wilson’s film captures a snapshot of what the neighborhood was like before current gentrification. Recently Wilson has been revisiting North Park in order to continue the work on the film started some 15 years prior by examining changes from his time in the neighborhood through the current moment.  We will discuss Wilson’s film and these changes over time.

Reception and live Music by Island Boy
9pm
@ Art Produce Gallery Garden 3139 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Free and open to all

 

What’s The Use?* is a neighborhood colloquium organized by There Goes the Neighborhood (TGTN) collaborative. (http://theregoes.org)  TGTN is a group of artists that facilitate creative forums for activists, advocacy groups, artists and concerned citizens to discuss issues relevant to the organizational strategies of our cities; to rethink how this planning is done; and to make connections across individuals and organizations in hopes of finding solutions to some of our common problems. We do this by mixing the spontaneity and fun of community arts festivals with the probing analysis of academic conferences to produce an artful forum for discussion.

Core TGTN organizers on this project:
David White, Stephanie Lie and Jessica Sledge.

TGTN collaborative members are:
Micki Davis, Elizabeth Chaney, Stephanie Lie, Jessica Sledge, David White & Megan Willis

*What’s The Use? is programming developed by TGTN for Living As Form (The Nomadic Version) at the University Art Gallery at UC San Diego.  Living As Form is sponsored by Creative Time. Chief Curator of Living as Form is Nato Thompson. http://www.creativetime.org/programs/archive/2011/livingasform/about.htm

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Enabling Neighborhoods http://agitpropspace.org/2012/10/15/enabling-neighborhoods/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/10/15/enabling-neighborhoods/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:27:57 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7098 From October 4th through December 14th 2012 Agitprop will be participating in Living As Form (the Nomadic Version) at the University Art Gallery at the University of California, San Diego.  This is an exciting exhibition student writing paper because we get to team up with some really great people on this project.  For this exhibition Agitprop and collaborators (Rosanne Anthony, Josh Bellfy, Joy Boe and Kirk Hinkleman) are doing as follows:

Enabling Neighborhoods

For Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) Agitprop will facilitate an incubator project called Connect San Diego (CSD).  CSD is spearheaded by Kirk Hinkleman whose aim is to design a program that assists people with developmental disabilities in establishing independent living practices through the mapping of localized “assets”.  This program typically begins with what is called a “Person Centered Plan” that diagrams the goals of an individual so as to specify relevant assets to be mapped.  “Assets” can range from technological devices, to the available knowledge of fellow community members, to the physical designs of the built environment, and so on.

In the incubator space occupying the UAG Agitprop will implement a strategy of “asset mapping” to extract knowledge resources at the UC San Diego campus as a method of assisting Hinkleman in developing CSD.  This will result in a series of meetings with researchers from UCSD in the gallery space whose work may inform Hinkleman’s development of CSD as it emerges as a practice.

In parallel, CSD will apply strategies of asset mapping typically used in assisting people with developmental disabilities to Agitprop.  This allows Agitprop to act as case study for CSD while simultaneously establishing a plan of action for Agitprop as a project to evolve over time. These meetings will take place in the incubator space at the UAG as well.  All meetings will result in a series of workshopped diagrams that record the planning process and those involved.

Visitors with relevant knowledge to share with either of these projects are also encouraged to attend these meetings.

Additional partners in this installation include Rosanne Anthony, Joshua Bellfy and Joy Boe.

Dates and times of meetings:

    • Oct 9th 10am-12pm – Agitprop – “Person Centered Plan”
    • Oct 30th 12pm -2pm –  How to begin CSD?
    • Nov. 13th 10am-12pm – Other strategies of asset mapping?  
    • Dec. 11th 10am-12pm – CSD/Agitprop combined final meeting.

Some images of the installation:

photos courtesy of Joy Boe

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Summer Salon Series – “Capitalism Works For Me!” http://agitpropspace.org/2012/08/09/summer-salon-series-capitalism-works-for-me/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/08/09/summer-salon-series-capitalism-works-for-me/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 03:17:55 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6878

Summer Salon Series

Friday August 10th 2012

http://www.sdmart.org/calendar/summer-salon-series-2012-beyond-banner-9

 

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Giuseppe’s Bar Service

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Capitalism Works for Me by artist Steve Lambert

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Ad Sense, an installation by Tim Schwartz

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.  The Third Party

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Art-making Activity: Money Printing

7:30 p.m.             Artist Talk: Steve Lambert

8:15 p.m.             Concert by Peaking Lights

 

Capitalism Works for Me with Artist Steve Lambert
Artist Steve Lambert will install his interactive sculpture at the Museum for much of the month of August.  Lambert explains the work as  ”starting a conversation about Capitalism is like walking up to a stranger and asking, “Can I talk to you about Jesus?” The word “capitalism” is a red flag. And for good reason—pretty soon either some dude is talking your ear off about “The System” or aggressively confronting you about taxes. Ugh. At the same time, capitalism is discussed every day using euphemisms like “jobs,” “job creation,” “the business climate,” and discussing whatever “crisis” is deemed relevant; a housing crisis, financial crisis, social security crisis, tax crisis, or fill- in-the blank crisis. But the whole is rarely a topic of frank discussion—much less alternatives or meaningful reform.  But what to do? Start a conversation about capitalism and friends edge away slowly, and strangers even faster.  This is what art is for. This is what art does well. It creates a space where new ideas and perspectives can be explored. A space unlike any other.  Hear more about what Lambert has to say during his artist talk at 7:30.

Art-Making Activity
Join Daniela Kelly, Museum Educator for a workshop on making fake money that is sure to be fun and engaging for all ages and skill levels.  This workshop takes place in The Studio.

Peaking Lights
Rising stars Indra Dunis and Aaron Coyes will bring their lo-fi, high-energy, indie psych rock music to the Museum for an intimate concert.  Fresh off their brand new release Lucifer, this married couple has received increasing attention for their home-made synthesizers and diverse sounds.

Support for Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner, provided by Wells Fargo, Mr. Brent V. Woods and Dr. Laurie C. Mitchell, the Museum’s Contemporary Arts Committee, the Members of The San Diego Museum of Art, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program. Institutional support for the Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. Curated by The San Diego Museum of Art and agitprop.
Free after Museum admission.
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Summer Salon Series: Swaggart Night!!! http://agitpropspace.org/2012/08/02/summer-salon-series-swaggart-night/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/08/02/summer-salon-series-swaggart-night/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2012 23:38:06 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6863

Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner

Andrew Dinwiddie, Joe Yorty and Kelly Eginton

5:00 -9:00 p.m.  Giuseppe’s Bar Service

5:00 -9:00 p.m.  It’s getting darker…and darker and darker, a sound installation by Joe Yorty and Kelly Eginton

5:00-9:00 p.m.   Ad sense, an installation by Tim Schwartz

6:00-8:00 p.m.   The Quilt Conversation, with Ann Olsen and Andrew Printer

6:00-7:00 p.m.   Art-Making Activity: Record Art

7:00-8:15 p.m.   Get Mad at Sin! A Message to the Young People of Today By Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, As Preached at the First Assembly of God in Van Buren, Arkansas, a performance by Andrew Dinwiddie

Art-Making Activity
Join Daniela Kelly, Museum Educator, for an art-making workshop that is sure to be fun and engaging for all ages and skill levels.

Get Mad at Sin!
Nationally recognized performer Andrew Dinwiddie will re-enact a sermon from Preacher Jimmy Swaggart.  The performance, based on a now out-of-print-vinyl recording of Swaggart’s 1971 speech in Arkansas, ironically attacks popular culture, especially show business, even though Swaggart is an iconic performer himself and is the cousin of rocker Jerry Lee Lewis.  While Dinwiddie breathes new life into Swaggart’s words, they inevitably mean something different to us then they would have originally 40 years ago.

It’s getting darker…
Artists Kelly Eginton and Joe Yorty will present a sound installation in which several Jimmy Swaggart records will play throughout the museum for the duration of the evening. The artists will also engage in impromptu sound mixing by playing several records simultaneously in proximity to one another.

 

The Quilt Conversation
The Quilt Conversation
will take place over ten weeks this summer.  Artist Andrew Printer, with Ann Olsen, have organized two groups of quilters who will work at the Museum on Friday evenings to construct two quilts that recall the 1980’s. Inspired by major artworks that emerged during the AIDS crisis one group of quilters will consist of those who contributed to the original NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington, D.C. The second group will recall and historicize other themes of that decade, ranging from Paul Simon’s Graceland to the fall of the Berlin wall.  Each group’s quilt making conversations will be recorded and that text will form the basis of a performance to be presented on the last evening of the Summer Salon Series 2012.  In addition, the completed quilts will be formally presented and hung in the rotunda of the Museum on Fridays upon their completion until the final evening. The Quilt Conversation project will take place every Friday evening for two hours in the Upper Rotunda beginning June 15th.
Support for Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner, provided by Wells Fargo, Mr. Brent V. Woods and Dr. Laurie C. Mitchell, the Museum’s Contemporary Arts Committee, the Members of The San Diego Museum of Art, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program. Institutional support for the Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. Curated by The San Diego Museum of Art and Agitprop.
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Hard Shoulder – Closing Reception Exhibition by Shane Anderson 7/28 7pm http://agitpropspace.org/2012/07/25/hard-shoulder-closing-reception-exhibition-by-shane-anderson-728-7pm/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/07/25/hard-shoulder-closing-reception-exhibition-by-shane-anderson-728-7pm/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 06:23:21 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6857

Hard Shoulder – Closing Reception
Exhibition by Shane Anderson

Saturday July 28th 2012
7pm to 10pm
Agitprop

2837 University Ave.  (entrance on Utah St.)

Hard Shoulder is a series of photographic images that depict now obsolete objects disregarded on the freeways throughout Southern California after they blustered out of the owners vehicle. Each image from the ongoing series isolates one found item, photographed at the high speed of freeway traffic. Hard Shoulder captures neglected detritus that has lost its original function or use. The debris, fragmented, smashed, and splintered as it makes it way to the concrete parapet, has washed up on the shore of the freeway.

Shane Anderson is an artist and educator based in San Diego, California. His work explores issues related to landscape use and how it is viewed and utilized. Shane’s work investigates our relationship to our environment, and ways in which we occupy, build and shape the contemporary landscape. Shane was raised in Montana. He currently lives and works in San Diego, CA.

www.shane-anderson.com

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There Goes the Neighborhood! 2012 Updated Schedule http://agitpropspace.org/2012/05/27/there-goes-the-neighborhood-updated-schedule/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/05/27/there-goes-the-neighborhood-updated-schedule/#comments Mon, 28 May 2012 03:49:16 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6382 4x6-front-sl

There Goes the Neighborhood! is a four day event that positions “the neighborhood” as a fluid institution of creative production, critical thinking and intersecting interests. Collaborations among artists, residents, small businesses, universities and local activists will culminate in a series of workshops, talks, installations, performances and tours that center around the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, with satellite events at the UCSD campus and the San Diego Museum of Art (in conjunction with the opening night of the Summer Salon Series).

This year the focus of the There Goes the Neighborhood is “the neighborhood” as a nexus of global conditions which manifest themselves in local, everyday, situations. These issues range from transportation networks to means of food production to how information (and knowledge) is disseminated publicly. The first iteration of There Goes the Neighborhood! took place in June of 2010 and focused on issues relating to gentrification and how art can play a role in neighborhood revitalization and can also be complicit in the displacement of existing groups by those moving in. There Goes the Neighborhood takes as its “fundamental organizing assumption the notion that individuals are inherently active, thoughtful, innovative and engaged citizens.” So please join us in examining these issues. The project is not complete without your participation!

There Goes the Neighborhood! May 31st – June 3rd 2012

Schedule of Events

 

Thursday May 31st

3pm – 5:30pm In and With – Part I a conversational forum moderated by David White

Friday June 1st

5pm – 6:30pm Wayfinding Seminar with Mario Borja and Micki Davis
6:30pm – 7pm Re-locating a University presentation and sculpture by David White
7:30pm – 9pm In and With – Part II: How do knowledge and information flow?
a panel discussion with Todd Gloria, Anchi Mei, Brian Goldfarb, and Xavier Leonard;
moderated by David White

Saturday June 2nd

10am – noon Brunch with Strangers
noon – 2pm Photography workshop with Shane Anderson and Zach Parks at Agitprop
1pm – 3pm Un-Photography workshop with Andrew Printer at Art Produce
2pm – 4pm Bicycle tour of thrift stores with Joy Boe and Josh Bellfy
2pm – 4pm Silkscreening workshop with Eddie Miramontes
2pm – 4pm Music at Whistlestop
2pm – 6pm Streetcar tours with Beryl Forman, Xavier Leonard, Leslie Ryan, and Randolph Van Vleck
6pm – 10pm Hard Shoulder opening reception of new work by Shane Anderson at Agitprop
8pm – 10pm Poetry reading at Agitprop
8pm – 9pm You Are Here projected films by Glen Wilson
8:30pm – 9:30pm Critical postcards at Art Produce garden
9:30pm – 11:00pm Music by starvelab (Michael Trigilio) and Chris Warren at Art Produce garden

Sunday June 3rd

10am – 1pm Brunch and intercambio at Santos Market
2pm – 4pm Daily Unusual zine workshop at Art Produce
3pm – 7pm Alt. Town Square workshops at the North Park Theatre parking lot
2pm – 4pm Yard by Yard II garden tour with Lesley Stern
6pm – 8pm Hay conexiones entre de los tres: a dinner atop the Landis Street overpass
with Elizabeth Chaney RSVP required, subject heading: DINNER
8pm – 10pm Block party on Landis near I-805 overpass
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Summer Salon Series 2012 http://agitpropspace.org/2012/05/15/summer-salon-series-2012/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/05/15/summer-salon-series-2012/#comments Tue, 15 May 2012 18:47:12 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7119

For the past two years Agitprop has had the great pleasure of working with the San Diego Museum of Art to establish and co-curate the Summer Salon Series.  Entering its third year, this summer looks to be the best one yet.

Here is a complete schedule of the line up for this year and information about this year’s theme:

Summer Salon Series 2012

 Beyond the Banner

Fridays, June 1 through August 31, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

 June 1 | There Goes the Neighborhood, Micki Davis, Agitprop, Councilman Todd Gloria, Anchi Mei,       Brian Goldfarb, Xavier Leonard

June 8 | Mark Tribe, The Donkeys

 June 15 | Cognate Collective, Andrew Printer,  James Ruelas and Lou Damian

 June 22 | Pierre Bismuth, Tim Schwartz, Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

June 29 | Yinka Shonibare MBE, Sesshu Foster, The Battle of Algiers

July 6 | Border Corps, The Night James Brown Saved Boston, Mattson 2

July 13 | Ash Smith, The Periscope Project, Ryanna Projects (Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen)

July 20 | Omar Pimienta with John Pluecker, The Third Party

July 27 | The Yes Men, Katherine Brook, Jacob Turnbloom, Stephanie Lie, The Third Party,               Century of the Self, The Nervous Wreckords, and much more

August 3 | Andrew Dinwiddie, Joe Yorty and Kelly Eginton

August 10 | Steve Lambert, Peaking Lights, The Third Party

August 17 | Allison Cobb,  Zac Montanaro, Jamilah Abdul-Sabur

August 24 | Rina Banerjee, Gary Garay

 August 31 | Mark Dzula, Joshua Tonies, Andrew Printer, The Border Corps and The Third Party

Programs and events change weekly and range from a few hours to several days. Please check theMuseum Calendar for specific details on each night’s presentations and schedule.

Summer Salon Series 2012 is curated by the Museum and Agitprop. Special thanks to Agitprop, Lorraine Graham and Rick Tyner & M-Theory Records.

What is the Summer Salon Series?

Every Friday evening, from June 1 through August 31, 2012, The San Diego Museum of Art will be hosting artists, lecturers, poets and performers to investigate the topics of historical fictions and the dissemination of information. Where do we get our news from? Who and what controls our access to information? What are the historical images and myths that affect our current social, cultural and political discourse? How is fiction used by artists to tell stories and create awareness of particular issues? Is there such a thing as the ethical use of propaganda? With such a glut of information at our fingertips, how do we assemble this information into practical knowledge? What are the personal fictions we tell ourselves as individuals? When does “the document” become the event itself in terms of shaping public discourse? These are the types of questions that have been raised since the popularization of postmodernist inquiry in the 20th century, which raise relevant questions for the information age, and serve as an appropriate link between contemporary art and the 15th century art that will be on view at the Museum over the summer.

This program provides the Museum an opportunity to present its version of the “salon,” a place for all those interested in art and culture to meet, discuss ideas, and engage with artistic performances. The Series presents projects, performances, talks, demonstrations, and workshops, most for one night only.

How was the theme of the 2012 Summer Salon Series decided upon?

In 1471, the Portuguese king Afonso V carried out a military campaign in Northern Africa that ended in the capture of the important cities Asilah and Tangier near the Straits of Gibraltar. To commemorate his victory, Afonso V commissioned a set of four tapestries that were originally hung in his royal palace. The first three tapestries illustrate the long siege and battle for Asilah, but the conquest of Tangier is depicted in a single panel: receiving no reinforcements, the town’s citizens chose exile over massacre and abandoned the city to the Portuguese army. Woven soon after the 1471 battles, these monumental tapestries, each measuring 12 by 36 feet, are considered among the finest Gothic tapestries in the world. Long held at the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Pastrana, Spain, they are commonly identified as the “Pastrana Tapestries.”

For three months, from June 9 until September 9, 2012, The San Diego Museum of Art will host The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, an exhibition that marks the first time that these recently restored tapestries have been shown in the United States.  Exquisitely rendered in wool and silk threads by Flemish weavers in Tournai, Belgium, the tapestries teem with vivid and colorful images of knights, ships, and military paraphernalia set against a backdrop of maritime and urban landscapes. They are also among the rarest and earliest examples of tapestries created to illustrate what were then contemporary events, instead of allegorical or religious subjects. The designer minimized the misery of warfare, reinventing the event with the heroic image of Afonso and the ideals of chivalry in mind. Along with the glorification of the battles, the tapestries act as document of the earliest stages of European colonialism. Yet, at the time of their creation, these works would have been considered a primary document of the battles; now, 500 years removed, we can understand how these tapestries were utilized as a tool to mold opinion. The problematic nature of these otherwise incredible works raises several issues, the focus of which will comprise the 2012 Summer Salon Series.

Where did the 2012 Series’ title come from?

The Series title, “Beyond the Banner,” is actually an advertising term, which refers to a type of web page advertising that uses strategies other than an embedded image at the top of the page, such as sponsoring, contest promotion and blending with the content of the page itself.  In other words, this type of advertising is a bit harder to separate from actual content.   In the Medieval and Renaissance periods of course, banners were the flags that armies carried bearing the symbols and crest of their sovereign state or lord, and they are quite prominent throughout the Pastrana Tapestries.  The 2012 Series has taken as its starting point the historical re-examination of the 15th century Pastrana Tapestries, in order to investigate the fictions of our own information age.

Who does the Museum partner with on the Summer Salon Series?

The San Diego Museum of Art is proud to work with important community partners in curating the Summer Salon Series.

Agitprop is the Series Co-Curator.  Agitprop is an alternative, community-oriented art space in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego.

Rick Tyner is the Project Curator for Musical Arts and manages M-Theory Records, located in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego.  The shop is a favorite of vinyl junkies, DJs and music enthusiasts alike.  They frequently hold in-store performances and are passionate about turning people on to music they may not know about.

Lorraine Graham is the Project Curator for Literary Arts.  She also curates the Agitprop Literary Arts Series.

How do I apply to have my work included in the 2012 Summer Salon Series?
Please note that the application process is closed, but the RFP illustrates how artists submitted their ideas to the Museum.

Request for Proposals

 

Support for Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner, provided by Wells Fargo, Mr. Brent V. Woods and Dr. Laurie C. Mitchell, the Museum’s Contemporary Arts Committee, the Members of The San Diego Museum of Art, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program. Institutional support for the Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. Curated by The San Diego Museum of Art and agitprop.
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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD! IS BACK!! http://agitpropspace.org/2012/05/07/there-goes-the-neighborhood-is-back/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/05/07/there-goes-the-neighborhood-is-back/#comments Tue, 08 May 2012 04:02:12 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6233 4x6-front-sl

There Goes the Neighborhood! is a four day event that positions “the neighborhood” as a fluid institution of creative production, critical thinking and intersecting interests. Collaborations between artists, residents, small businesses, universities and local activists will culminate in a series of workshops, talks, installations, performances and tours that center around the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, with satellite events at the UCSD campus and the San Diego Museum of art (in conjunction with the opening night of the Summer Salon Series).

The first iteration of There Goes the Neighborhood! took place in June of 2010 and focused on issues relating to gentrification.  It examined how art can play a role in both neighborhood revitalization as well as also be complicit in the displacement of existing groups by those moving in. This year the focus of the There Goes the Neighborhood is “the neighborhood” as a nexus of global conditions that manifest themselves in local, everyday, situations. These issues range from transportation networks to means of food production to how information (and knowledge) is disseminated publicly.

A rough schedule of the event:

Thursday May 31st

Location: UCSD campus

Event: “Relocating the University” installation and panel discussion

 

Friday June 1st

Location: The San Diego Museum of Art

Event: “Relocating the University: part II”  performance, workshop and panel discussion

*note: this event is in conjunction with the opening night of the Summer Salon Series:

http://www.sdmart.org/programs-events/summer-salon-series-2012

 

Saturday June 2nd

Location: North Park (with excursions to South Park and City Heights)

Events: “Breakfast with Strangers” a meal with someone you don’t know; Photography workshop; Thrift Store bike tour; Street-Car Reenactment – talks addressing issues of urbanism accompanied by music on a hired trolley tour car that runs an old street-car line from 1918; Photography exhibition at Agitprop featuring work by artist Shane Anderson; Post Office conversations; Literary Arts and more.

 

Sunday June 3rd

Location: North Park

Events: Brunch from Santos Market; Multiple workshops examining the proposed park for the lot behind North Park Theater as a potential green space; DIY publication workshop; a procession through the neighborhood; weekend finale reception and more…

All There Goes the Neighborhood events are FREE.  Donations gladly accepted.

For more information check back for schedule updates at http://theregoes.org

Also, Check out our collaboration with the journal PROS*- a publication documenting the last There Goes the Neighborhood in 2010.

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5/3/12 Not Free, Not Dead: The Psychedelic End @ Space4Art http://agitpropspace.org/2012/05/02/5312-not-free-not-dead-the-psychedelic-end-space4art/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/05/02/5312-not-free-not-dead-the-psychedelic-end-space4art/#comments Wed, 02 May 2012 16:25:14 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6320

Thursday 7:30 pm at Space4Art

A touring program of recent San Francisco Bay Area Shorts, featuring work by Caitlin Denny, Gregory Kaplowitz, Jen Kirsten, Alex S. Lukas, Jessica Miller, Dan Olsen, Skye Thorstenson, Virtual Pubes, and Nightmare City.

Space 4 Art

325 15th St, San Diego, CA 92101

 

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5/11-12/12 DRONES AT HOME PHASE 2 SYMPOSIUM @ UCSD http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/30/511-1212-drones-at-home-phase-2-symposium-ucsd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/30/511-1212-drones-at-home-phase-2-symposium-ucsd/#comments Tue, 01 May 2012 05:16:14 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6315 Press Release from gallery@calit2

DRONES AT HOME
PHASE 2

SYMPOSIUM
May 11 & 12, 2012

Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall
Friday 8:30am-8:00pm
Saturday 8:30am-7:30pm

Phase 2 of the DRONES AT HOME project takes the form of a two-day conference organized by the gallery@calit2. The conference consists of a series of panels, screenings, and open sessions that explore issues related to the “domestication” of drones — whether in the context of warfare, science fiction, design, cultural studies, regulatory policy, or distributed and embedded intelligence. These various events, mobilizing conversations among artists, engineers, and other scientific and creative researchers, are geared toward the development of new research initiatives, analytical concepts, and experimental forms.

For the complete event agenda and speaker bios, please see this link: http://www.calit2.net/events/popup.php?id=2003

All gallery events are FREE and open to the public.

Please RSVP to Trish Stone, tstone@ucsd.edu
Media Contact Doug Ramsey, dramsey@ucsd.edu

http://gallery.calit2.net

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4/28/12 Cognate Collective collaboration with Mujeres Mixtecas http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/24/42812-cognate-collective-collaboration-with-mujeres-mixtecas/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/24/42812-cognate-collective-collaboration-with-mujeres-mixtecas/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2012 06:47:20 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6302  

Mujeres Mixtecas, CAFE and Cog•nate collective invite you to share in a night of exchange! Mujeres Mixtecas, a female Mixtec sewing co-op will share their language and culture as they will unveil a sewn mural created in collaboration with cog•nate collective, and give a short talk on their history and culture. The event is a way of inciting dialogue between the various  ethnic and economic groups at the border.

 

There will be music and the co-op will prepare a Mixtec meal for everyone. $7 donation suggested for lunch. Our hope is that each of us will teach a bit of our own language(s) as we learn a bit more Mixtec, Spanish, or English through conversation and social exchange.

 

Located between the northbound lanes of traffic at the Mercado de Artesanias, Linea in the San Ysidro Port of Entry, Cog•nate Space/Espacio Cognado has hosted various arts and cultural events since its inception last year.

Directions to Cog•nate Space:

The space is located at the foot of the pedestrian bridge on the Mexican side of the border on the median between border car lanes.

 

From the US:

Cross the border, continue straight through the turnstiles. There will be a set of turnstiles to your right, DO NOT GO RIGHT. Instead, continue straight ahead until you cross a set of turnstiles that will lead you to “La Concha,” a silvery shell-like building that will be on your left. Walk past the building toward the taxis, which should be in front of you. Before reaching the taxis make a left onto a footbridge that will take you to the port of entry. Cross the bridge and walk down at the first exit point as you walk east on the bridge. The market is the set of red stalls on your right.

 

From Mexico:

Go to the San Ysidro port of Entry and take the pedestrian bridge that goes over the cars west. Exit the bridge before you get to “La Concha”. The market is the set of red stalls on your left.

 

For more information about cog•nate collective’s collaboration with Mujeres Mixtecas visit:

http://cognatecollective.tumblr.com/

Tu’un davi / Español / English : Language Exchange at Cognate Space

Saturday April 28

11am – 4pm

 

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5/9/12 The Double @ LAXART http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/22/5912-the-double-laxart/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/22/5912-the-double-laxart/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 05:09:03 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6300 Wednesday, May 9, 2012  8:00pm

LAXART: 2640 S. La Cienega Los Angeles, CA 90034 and CABINET: 300 Nevins Street Brooklyn, NY 11217

A one-night, bicoastal screening of video works by Skowhegan alumni spanning nearly 15 years of Skowhegan alumni.

The Double is primarily a visual phenomenon making video a natural medium for its exploration. The earliest silent films recognized the inherent doubling that occurs through picture, investigating notions of an uncanny second self in films such as the The Golem and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Through doubling or mirroring, one is confronted with the illusion of wholeness, a dispersion of the self, and perhaps revelations or repressions of fears and desires kept hidden within the body. The Double can also represent an alter ego, a copy or forgery, or a false twin or Doppelganger. However, doubles are not exclusively physical in a bodily sense. Doubling may also be traced to the mode of production of the work, reminding us that the replication and dissemination of image is physical in its duplication as well. This lack of the original and multiplication of the double across the screen is exemplified in the bicoastal screening of The Double at LAXART in Los Angeles and Cabinet in New York.

Featuring works by:

Mike Calway-Fagen ’11
Jonathan Ehrenberg ’11
Amy Finkbeiner ’01
Victoria Fu ’06
Meredith James ’11
Andrew Ellis Johnson ’99
Siobhan Landry ’11
Sarah Lasley ’04
Dan Levenson ’09
Ann Oren ’09
Chris Sollars ’98
Cheryl Yun ’03
Bryan Zanisnik ’08

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Space4Art Gallery Fundraiser Kickstarter Deadline May 21, 2012 http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/22/space4art-gallery-fundraiser-kickstarter-deadline-may-21-2012/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/22/space4art-gallery-fundraiser-kickstarter-deadline-may-21-2012/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 02:59:34 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6295
Kickstarter Campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/410838583/space-4-art-gallery-fundraiser

Space 4 Art is a thriving community-designed, volunteer-built art space that provides 37 affordable studios for San viagra canadian pharmacy Diego’s finest artists, designers, and craftspeople. The facility has an abundance of natural light, spacious galleries, multiple community spaces, a multi-level stage, and performance areas.

In our ongoing effort to present innovative and varied exhibitions, the all volunteer curatorial committee has decided that it is imperative to generate funding for these exhibitions and gallery improvements. All the work thus far has been accomplished on a absolute shoestring budget.

Kickstarter is a relatively new online fundraising platform that provides an accessible and engaging interface for would-be donors. Our proposed campaign highlights the merits of Space 4 Art, our past programming, community outreach, and future projects.

The 2012 exhibition season will consist of six shows spanning varied media, geographic locations, styles, and conceptual interests. The current exhibition, Immaterial Ergonomics, brings together four artists from both coasts who share an affinity for material transcendence. Their innovative, contemporary work represents a range of hybrid practices: sculpted canvases, painted videos, printed sculptures and digital processes, which turn traditional mediums on their head. The artists, Maria Walker, Ryan Perez, Brice Bischoff, and Matt Sheridan, head toward representational objects, only to sidestep the familiar at the last moment. And drift past.

Future shows in 2012 will include a survey of Southern California MFA candidates, an exhibition that coincides with Comic-Con, a major two-person exhibition, and many other exciting projects still in development. It is our desire to offer artists a nominal honorarium to offset their costs and recognize their efforts. This is a sizable gesture in our continued upward trajectory as a leading non-profit art entity in Southern California.

A lesser portion of the funding will go toward ongoing gallery maintenance and improvements. Planned improvements include a floor to ceiling wall that will give the gallery a complete and less transitory feel. It will also afford the inclusion of further works in each show. We will outfit the gallery with additional lighting that will significantly improve work’s presentation. A “video box” that consists of a large flatscreen tv housed in a movable wooden kiosk will expand our ability to show mulit-media works.

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4/22/12 Film Series @ Angels Gate Cultural Center http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/14/42212-film-series-angels-gate-cultural-center/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/14/42212-film-series-angels-gate-cultural-center/#comments Sat, 14 Apr 2012 19:20:55 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6217
 

NEW LOGOlogo

image courtesy of trevor park 
Angels Gate Cultural Center presents four dynamic, new exhibits inspired by the unique geography, vibrant people, and rich cultural history of the South Bay communities.  Showcasing the work of  regional artists, this provocative grouping of four exhibits in three galleries explores both  sweeping and deeply personal issues of contemporary life.  Themes include the powerful influences of commerce and resource use, the geography of memories, and the boundaries of exclusion, belonging, and artistic legacy.  Angels Gate Cultural Center galleries are open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is always free.

 

The final screening is April 22 and start at 1pm. 

 

The film series is part of the Reflections on the Harbor: Our Stories and Memories exhibition year. Over the year the galleries explored the South Bay / Harbor region from multiple perspectives through the work of local and regional artists. The screenings will take place over three Sundays; March 25th, April 1st, and April 22nd and will all start at 1pm. The film titles will be revealed on March 25th.
The series, curated by noted photographer and theorist, Allan Sekula will focus on films whose protagonists interact with the harbors or waterfronts within their communities.

Following each film there will be a lively discussion regarding issues pertaining to San Pedro and the Harbor. For this screening, John Schafer and Gary Younge will lead a conversation relating specific issues raised in the film to issues currently faced by San Pedro and surrounding harbor communities. Professionals who work directly with the harbor to locals who commute past it on a daily basis, all guests are welcome and encouraged to join.

 

Refreshments and snacks will be served!

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

 

 

Allan Sekula (b. 1951, Erie, PA) is a photographer, filmmaker and writer, based in Los Angeles. He grew up in San Pedro, graduating from San Pedro High School in 1968.

 

His recent films include The Lottery of the Sea (2006) and Short Film for Laos (2006). The Forgotten Space (co-directed with Noël Burch) won the Orizzonte Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.

 

Sekula’s books include Photography against the Grain (1984), Fish Story  (1995) Geography Lesson: Canadian Notes (1996), Dismal Science (1999),  Performance under Working Conditions (2003) , TITANIC’s wake (2003) and Polonia and Other Fables (2010). These works range from the theory and history of photography to family life in the grip of military industrial complex to explorations of the world maritime economy. His work was included inDocumenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany.

 

Recent one person shows have taken place at the Renaissance Society, Chicago, the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, and the Ludwig Museum, Budapest.

 

He exhibits regularly with Galerie Michel Rein, Paris and Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.

 

 

Programs are made possible by the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Sony Entertainment, ConocoPhilips, California Community Foundation, Boeing, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, California Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

For more information, please visit www.angelsgateart.org.

 

 

Open Studios 2011

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About Angels Gate Cultural Center 
 

Angels Gate Cultural Center unites art, community and culture:

We bring art and culture to the community through interactive classes, gallery exhibitions, professional artists’ studios, art education programs and cultural events.
Programs are made possible by the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Sony Pictures Entertainment, California Community Foundation, ECF Boeing, ConocoPhilips, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council,California Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

 

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Angels Gate Cultural Center is an independent 501c3 nonprofit operating in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

For further information please visit our website www.angelsgateart.org or email us at info@angelsgateart.org.
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4/14/12 eat.here.now @Art Produce Gallery http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/13/41412-eat-here-now-art-produce-gallery/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/13/41412-eat-here-now-art-produce-gallery/#comments Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:17:02 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6181
April 14 – May 13, 2012
Opens Saturday April 14, 6-9pm
  

eat.here.now  is an investigation into how we can re-imagine our cities to be near food. Built-out communities like North Park have few open spaces waiting to become urban farms. What if the capacity to grow our own food is hiding in plain sight?  What if the public reclaimed public space?

What if streets + roofs + yards = food?

And local food = fuel savings + water savings + healthier communities + social justice?  We can start right here, right now.

http://www.artproduce.org/eat-here-now

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4/14/12 COLLIDE in east village sponsored by Sezio http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/12/41412-collide-in-east-village-sponsored-by-sezio/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/12/41412-collide-in-east-village-sponsored-by-sezio/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:15:02 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6213  

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Sezio & LWP Group are teaming up to present COLLIDE, a one-night take over of a newly-renovated
1912 apartment building on 9th & Broadway in San Diego’s East Village. Art, music, craft beer & cocktails
will fill the hallways and rooms of the five-story Community @ Carnegie building on Saturday, April 14th.

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Vintage apartments will be transformed into art installations, pop-up shops, and mini bars.

There will be
beer bars from Karl Strauss & Stone Brewing, cocktails from El Dorado, and street-side grub from MIHO.

Here’s the complete artist roster: Exist 1981, Spenser Little (pictured below), Charles Bergquist,
Michael Delaney, Neko, Walker McCullough, DieKuts, James Noland, Angella d’Avignon, Matthew
Bradley, DOUBLE BREAK, Wes Bruce, Morgan Manduley, YELLER, Louis Schmidt, Christina Tsui,
Mike Maxwell, Abel Guzman, Katherine Powers, & FEELIT.

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The event will last from 6-10pm and will be open to all ages. There will be a $5 cover charge that will go
directly to Sezio, helping us continue to feature San Diego art & music on our website and at our events.
We hope to see you there!

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4/14/12 IMMATERIAL ERGONOMICS @ Space4Art http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/12/41412-immaterial-ergonomics-space4art/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/12/41412-immaterial-ergonomics-space4art/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:11:29 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6206 IMMATERIAL ERGONOMICS

Brice Bischoff
Matt Sheridan
Maria Walker
Ryan Perez

Opening Reception

Saturday
April 14, 2012   
6-10 pm
325 15th Street, San Diego
35 Open Artist Studios
Music by Michael Trigilio(starvelab)
Outdoor Installation by Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli
Local Libations and MIHO Gastrotruck
Immaterial Ergonomics brings together four artists from both coasts who share an affinity for material transcendence. Their innovative, contemporary work represents a range of hybrid practices: sculpted canvases, painted videos, printed sculptures and digital processes, which turn traditional mediums on their head. The four artists share a goal: to head toward representational objects, only to sidestep the familiar at the last moment. And drift past.
The work will be celebrated with an incredible reception that includes high-caliber music performance art by UC San Diego art teacher Michael Trigilio, and a one-night-only installation by San Diego artist Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli.AND ON THE SAME NIGHT…
Collision Course: Mapped Exploration of Art in the East Village

By sheer coincidence, but with much excitement, for one night only the East Village will come alive with art. San Diego’s leading and most innovative non-profit art organizations will all be exploring their divergent visions for contemporary art in San Diego. All this will happen within walking distance, something rare in San Diego. From 9th Avenue to 15th Street there will be over 30 artists work on view that night. Use the map below to find your way.
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4/13/12 Everything, All the Time, Always -New work by Sadie Barnette @ Double Break http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/11/41312-everything-all-the-time-always-new-work-by-sadie-barnette-double-break/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/11/41312-everything-all-the-time-always-new-work-by-sadie-barnette-double-break/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:10:54 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6170 *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

 

A DOUBLE BREAK EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Everything, All the Time, Always

New work by Sadie Barnette

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 2012 (6-10PM)

 

Double Break is thrilled to announce Everything, All the Time, Always, a solo exhibition of new work by Sadie Barnette. Using drawing, photography, and objects, Barnette constructs “a visual language system out of sub-culture codes and West Coast vernacular, economic formalism, text, and abstractions.” Her work stems from an investment in place and location, though it is the notion of specificity itself, rather than any specific locale that she is most compelled by. Projecting outwards from a place, say Oakland, California, she is invested in the study of location, the “weight and content of the specificity of the local.” This study begins in one place, but it can go anywhere. Specificity is universal; Barnette’s findings are urgent. The poetics of her gesture and the fineness of her line illuminate this urgency, these fragile yet tenacious binaries. It is within the sumptuousness of brilliant, saturated color in a lush tumble of sneaker-laces; the allure and impossibility of a sky made of glitter; the harsh perfection of the grid, flexible but absolute; and the velvet, tactile softness of graphite that an uncompromising yet generous commitment to the real and the specific lie. In Barnette’s work, what is at stake is “the gravity of the urban as fantasy; extra-legal economies; luxury as drug; counterfeit capitalism; glitter as hypnotic; outer space as head space; the everyday as gold, family, and lived identity experience; and the party.”

 

For Everything, All the Time, Always, Barnette will take over the entirety of Double Break–from front window to back wall–filling the space with a combination of large-scale graphite drawings, color photographs, site-specific wall-works, editioned multiples, and discreetly altered found objects. Furthering her explorations of place and location through the specificity of the gallery/shop context,Double Break–gallery and shop, local arts venue and regional/national cultural space, microcosm and macrocosm–will serve as an “inset” of focused investigation within the territory of Barnette’s broader personal and cultural purview. In taking over the space entirely, she will highlight and attend to the symbiotic nature of the gallery/shop relationship, creating a unique viewing experience unlike anything yet seen at Double Break.

 

Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, CA. She received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006, and is currently an MFA candidate in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Recent shows include More Real Than Life at Southwestern College (San Diego), Last Time It Was Gray at Park Life (San Francisco), and Light/Weight at Zughaus Gallery (Berkeley, CA). She was a 2011 artist-in-residence at UCSD’s Thurgood Marshall College, and her book Plus Onewas released in 2010 by San Diego-based publisher Gravity and Trajectory.

 

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 2012 (6-10PM)

Exhibition runs through Saturday, May 12, 2012

Free and open to the public!

 

SAVE-THE-DATE:

Drawing Jam #2: Monday, April 30, 2012 (8PM-Midnight)

Ten local artists, including Sadie Barnette, will be at the Tin Can Alehouse all night drawing, listening to music, chatting with the crowd, and selling their creative labors for affordable prices!

 

Special Closing Party with Broken Heart Tattoo: Saturday, May 12, 2012

 

Double Break

1821 5th Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

619.238.2325

info@doublebreakstore.com

www.doublebreakstore.com

www.facebook.com/DoubleBreak

www.twitter.com/DoubleBreakSD

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4/12/12 THURSDAY Matthew Coolidge of Center for Land Use Interpretation 5:30 PM @ USD http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/11/41212-thursday-matthew-coolidge-of-center-for-land-use-interpretation-530-pm-usd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/04/11/41212-thursday-matthew-coolidge-of-center-for-land-use-interpretation-530-pm-usd/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:04:16 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6135 Spring 2012 Lecture Series APRIL 12 @ 5:30 PM THURSDAY Matthew Coolidge: Artist Talk Warren Auditorium

(Map: http://g.co/maps/ge5x9)

If you teach, please bring, or send, your class.

For more information about Matthew Coolidge and the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI): www.clui.org

Matthew Coolidge is the founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, an education and research organization based in Los Angeles, established in 1994. The CLUI takes a broadly interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of land use, drawing on the natural sciences, sociology, art, architecture, and history in order to increase and diffuse knowledge about how land in the United States is apportioned, utilized, and perceived. The Center produces public programs such as tours, lectures, and events, publishes books, and web resources, including a web site with a searchable database of “unusual and exemplary” land use in the United States. The work of the Center has been presented in museums, universities, and noncommercial exhibit spaces across the United States, and Europe. Coolidge teaches in the curatorial practice program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He is the author and editor of several books, including Overlook: Exploring the Internal Fringes of America with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and The Nevada Test Site: A Guide to the Nation’s Nuclear Proving Ground.

www.clui.org

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3/22/12 Woodbury University San Diego Lecture: Luis Aldrete 6:30pm http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/18/32212-woodbury-university-san-diego-lecture-luis-aldrete-630pm/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/18/32212-woodbury-university-san-diego-lecture-luis-aldrete-630pm/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 06:51:52 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6052 3/22/12 Woodbury University San Diego Lecture: Luis Aldrete 6:30pm

Architect Luis Aldrete is from Guadalajara, Mexico. He established Luis Aldrete Arquitectos in 2007. His practice comprises of a body of work related to public and residential comissions and international competitions. Particular projects include a public shelter building along the traditional La Ruta del Peregrino pilgrimage in Mexico. The work is series of contemporary concepts taking advantage of traditional materials and methods of construction.

http://www.archdaily.com/184189/pilgrim-route-refuge-luis-aldrete/

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3/24/12 SUSPICIOUS HACKAGE ~ FMATH LORENZ ~ OPENING RECEPTION -disclosed UnLocation http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/17/32412-suspicious-hackage-fmath-lorenz-opening-reception-disclosed-unlocation/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/17/32412-suspicious-hackage-fmath-lorenz-opening-reception-disclosed-unlocation/#comments Sat, 17 Mar 2012 22:52:00 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6035 SUSPICIOUS HACKAGE ~ FMATH LORENZ ~ OPENING RECEPTION

Saturday, March 24, 2012

6:00pm until 10:00pm

As an artist working in the field of repurposed electronic devices, I usually work with second-hand or found objects. An old suitcase gets filled with the chopped innards of a boom box and becomes a cold war karaoke machine. A World Atlas with a walkie talkie hidden in it’s hollowed out pages becomes an oversized talking text. While transporting these hand-held devices from place to place, I am often asked to explain my creations to concerned authorities or curious passersby.

As one might imagine, reactions range from amusement to alarm. This installation features an array of custom-made gadgets (known as “snuitcases”) and the stories of how they have traveled far and wide to get to where they are now.

fmath lorenz is an educator, veteran, and technologist.

Wines, Snacks. The usge.. ;p

1925 30th st SD CA 92012 ~ unLocation.com

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3/20/12 Artist Micheal Rea at SDSU http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/14/32012-artist-micheal-rea-at-sdsu/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/14/32012-artist-micheal-rea-at-sdsu/#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:03:12 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6029 Chicago Based Artist Mike Rea Lectures at SDSU

Tuesday March 20, 2012 at 7pm

Art North Room 412, SDSU

https://www.facebook.com/events/201901556581546/

http://art.sdsu.edu/news_and_events/events_calendar/event/2609/

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3/14/12 Steve Shoffner Boehm Gallery at Palomar College http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/14/31412-steve-shoffner-boehm-gallery-at-palomar-college/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/14/31412-steve-shoffner-boehm-gallery-at-palomar-college/#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:43:25 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6025

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3/22/12 Product Etcetera™ Brands, Gangs, Teams & Clans @ Double Break http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/09/32212-product-etcetera-brands-gangs-teams-clans-double-break/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/09/32212-product-etcetera-brands-gangs-teams-clans-double-break/#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2012 06:46:25 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=6011 *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

 

Exhibition Announcement:

 

Product Etcetera™ Brands, Gangs, Teams & Clans

 

Opening Reception: March 22, 2012 (6—10pm)

 

Double Break is very excited to announce an exhibition by San Diego’s own Product Etcetera™.

 

Showcasing Product Etcetera’s latest in-house brands and products. Brands, Gangs, Teams & Clans investigates branding, its role in society and personal identity. On display will be original paintings of Product Etcetera’s newest marks, as well as a preview of their upcoming line of product. Their influences range from sports pageantry, corporate identity, religious iconography, national symbolism, gang graffiti, and a general study of semiotics.

 

Product Etcetera™ is a San Diego-based design studio that specializes in full service design and branding. Operating in all forms of visual communication (web, print, broadcast, and the fine arts) their client projects widely range from brand development for small business to institutional identity systems.

 

When not designing for their clients, Product Etcetera can be caught producing artwork, stirring up passion projects for their San Diego community, and designing merchandise under their PRDTetc™ label.

 

Originally born in 2004 as a place to house Jordan Stark’s portfolio online, it wasn’t until he teamed up with Tony Martinez in May 2009 that Product Etcetera officially launched as a commercial design studio. A year later, after developing an exclusive project for a high-profile New York boutique retailer, they launched their PRDTetc™ label and first line of graphic T-shirts and hats.

 

Since launching their first line of product in June of 2010, Product Etcetera has developed pop-up shops in boutique retailers throughout the West Coast and has collaborated with other high profile brands, stores, and organizations to produce exclusive projects and events. In March of 2011, Product Etcetera organized and launched the Bring Back The Brown campaign, which is an ongoing campaign created with the grand objective of fostering a stronger loyalty to San Diego and its sports culture.

 

Opening reception: March 22, 2012 (6—10pm)

(With music and refreshments)

 

Show runs March 22—April 7, 2012

 

Double Break

1821 Fifth Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

619.238.2325

info@doublebreakstore.com

http://www.doublebreakstore.com

http://www.facebook.com/doublebreak

http://twitter.com/DoubleBreakSD

 

Hours:

Tuesday—Thursday 12pm—8pm

Friday—Saturday 12pm—9pm

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Unconditional Surrender to Mediocrity: a letter to Port Commissioners http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/06/unconditional-surrender-to-mediocrity-a-letter-to-port-commissioners/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/06/unconditional-surrender-to-mediocrity-a-letter-to-port-commissioners/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 07:48:27 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5663

Rendering of the current state of the public art program at the Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego is not historically known for making good decisions related to art. And today they made sure that this reputation was not sullied.  The Board of Commissioners at the Port of San Diego voted 4 to 2 in favor of accepting a permanent copy, to be cast in bronze, of the statue known as “Unconditional Surrender” by Seward Johnson which is to be donated by private interests associated with the Midway Museum. Those donating the piece have a year to raise the nearly one million dollars it will cost to have the fiberglass piece recast in painted bronze. It is a sad day because it again shows, whether in art or not, that if there is one thing you can rely on in San Diego is that monied special interests, especially those related to the military, will always beat out rational arguments made by studied professionals.

 

For the past year, and beyond, the Public Art Committee, which works in an advisory capacity to the Board of Commissioners at the Port of San Diego, and Port curatorial staff have worked hard to develop a curatorial strategy that, if implemented in its full capacity, has the potential to be one of the most dynamic and interesting public art programs in the country.  Because of the Board’s decision “Unconditional Surrender” will be the first piece of the Port’s new collection- despite the fact that the Public Art Committee voted 6 to 4 not to accept it.  It is difficult not to think that the acceptance of this stolen piece of intellectual property, which has gotten off on a technicality, has set the art program and the new curatorial strategy at the Port back a year, if not years or even indefinitely.  Many of the members of the Public Art Committee who went into this past year feeling hopeful that real change was going to take place at the Port’s art program (changes that included requirements that members of the Public Art Committee actually be credentialed arts professionals), now feel that it may be pointless to continue with a Port Board whose majority essentially stated today during deliberations that the fiduciary standards for art in the Port district should be nothing more than oceanside amusements to attract the masses.

Giant balls of twine, eat your heart out:

 

A stolen "Kiss"

 

Below is a letter that I sent to the commissioners this morning.  Additionally, five members of the Public Art Committee (including myself) attended the meeting and read statements against the acceptance of the piece. Two others, who could not attend, sent letters arguing against the piece as well. All of these arguments did everything that you are supposed to do in arguments: cited the Board’s voted upon and approved Curatorial Strategy, argued thoroughly why this work is sub-par and does not meet the Board’s approved standards, referenced precedents, pointed to the derivative nature of the piece, potential problems in its transference to another material, the inability of the donators to raise the money up to this point, and so on.  What is most disturbing in this whole process is that the only argument I can discern that has been levied in favor of the piece is that “it’s popular”.  Well, so is McDonald’s.

Given what this decision implies I think we should be on the look out in case any of the commissioners who voted for this piece, associates of the Midway, or anyone else in favor of this piece ever publish a book.  If they do, I would assume, based on this decision, that they would have no problem with someone resizing it, printing it on a different kind of paper and, as long as it’s popular, selling it as their own work. Maybe that person could co-author with Seward Johnson….

 

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March 5, 2012 

Dear Port Commissioners,

I am a member of the Public Art Committee for the Port of San Diego.  I was in attendance at the last board meeting on February 14, 2012 and am writing to express some concerns regarding “Unconditional Surrender”.  First, I would like to give a brief description of my background so that you can place into context my following comments.  I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the Ohio State University.  This spring I will be awarded a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego with a focus on Multi-Media and Public Culture. I have shown in the Museum of Contemporary Art, The New Children’s Museum, am currently co-curating the Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art and was featured in 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art.  My work has been cited in international publications such as Wired and ArtForum magazines.  Locally I have been involved with the development of multiple art supporting projects and community events including a local art festival, called “There Goes the Neighborhood”, and spent two and a half years as the Lead Art Instructor at St. Madeleine Sophies’s Center, a day program for adults with developmental disabilities.  I am currently an Adjunct Professor at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in downtown San Diego.

Second, I would like to commend the board on the debate that took place at the meeting on February 14th.  Several times during this deliberation I heard speakers and board members alike make comments or jokes to the effect that they “did not know much about art” etc.  I would say that from the complexity of the argument surrounding this statue, those comments seem self deprecating more than actual.

I fully understand and am in agreement as to why people feel so strongly about what this image stands for in relationship to the original work of art, the photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, and the euphoric historical moment he captured on that day in 1945. This is one of the most publicly meaningful images in our nation’s collective memory.  My concern with “Unconditional Surrender” is that it is so derivative from this original, meaningful, photograph that the work raises ethical issues in regard where, exactly the real meaning of this object comes from (item (e) in the Evaluation Criteria).  I would submit that the popularity and meaningfulness that people are responding to in this work reside in the original work of art, the photograph, and recollection from the original historic moment. Seward Johnson’s statue panders to this memory and to the original work of art in order to produce it’s meaning.  By any artistic standards copying the work of another artist as a shorthand for producing a meaningful object of their own is ethically questionable at best, and potentially legally problematic at worst.  This aspect of the production of the piece also raises issues in regard to other Evaluative Criteria approved by the board, especially in regard to innovation (item (c)).  A work of art cannot be considered innovative if it is simply taking the meaningful work of another artist and replicating it in an over-life-size form.

While in attendance at the meeting on February 14th it was clear from comments made by both speakers and board members, many of whom were in favor of the piece becoming permanent, that acknowledgement of the disputable nature of this object as a quality work of art was duly noted (Evaluation Criteria item (c)).  This aspect of “Unconditional Surrender” has also recently been cited in the press by an article in favor of the work remaining permanent (Union Tribune Feb. 11th 2012 UT Editorial Staff).  If it is acknowledged by even those in favor of it becoming permanent that the quality of the piece is in dispute, then this object does not meet the criteria approved by the board regarding the new Curatorial Strategy.  Removing and/or overlooking quality as a standard sets a dangerous precedent if the goal of the new Curatorial Strategy is to produce a world renowned collection for the Port of San Diego and the city of San Diego as a whole.  I feel strongly that the dismissal of these standards in favor of this object’s popularity ultimately does a disservice to the men and women which this monument hopes to commemorate.  If the questionable nature of quality and innovation of this object are recognized by even those in favor of it remaining on site, I would argue that what is ultimately being endorsed is a policy of acceptable mediocrity in favor of popularity. I do not feel that what the sailor and nurse in the original photograph from 1945 were celebrating with that kiss was, in part, the defense of mediocrity in the public sphere and in individual self expression.

In response to comments made at the meeting that accepting works of this nature does not have a detrimental effect on the cultural community of San Diego as a whole I can say from my experiences being embedded in the artistic community that this is not wholly accurate.  Over the last several years I have seen a significant number of very talented artists migrate out of the city based, in part, on the reputation San Diego has as a place that allows for less than the highest quality works to define it’s cultural identity.  I would also venture to say that in terms of international cultural reputations both Los Angeles and Tijuana are thought of in higher critical terms than San Diego regionally.  I think an internationally acclaimed public art program would be a major step in reversing this image and that the criteria and policies outlined in the new Curatorial Strategy are important steps in defining the standards that will accomplish this goal. While it may be true that it will always be possible to find someone to take a large commission, it seems to me that the ultimate goal should be to attract the most original and most innovative artists possible to produce the most innovative and original works of art.

At this time I would like introduce a case study as an argument for fidelity to the curatorial process that the board approved in the Evaluative Criteria and to the new Curatorial Strategy as a whole.  Anyone who is familiar with the history and controversy surrounding the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington D.C. will be familiar with the overwhelming unpopularity of the proposal when it was awarded with the commission in 1981 by a jury of credentialed arts professionals.  If you are not familiar with this history I would highly suggested looking into it for yourself as it is a dramatic story and a fascinating piece of American history. As this controversy unfolded, activists against the Maya Lin monument advocated for a set of figurative sculptures representing images of striding soldiers to be placed adjacent to the black walled memorial proposed by Lin. While the sentiments of this addition are understandable, this grouping of figurative bronze sculptures placed on site to appease popular demands are now all but forgotten in the national mind, while the black granite wall, so much initially reviled by the general public is now recognized as being, arguably, one of the most significant, critically acclaimed, publicly attended and, most importantly, meaningful monuments of the twentieth century.

One of the basic tenets of living in a free society is the right of individual, unique, self expression.  In no other field is this right more symbolically celebrated than in the arts. The un-creative use of another artist’s work by Seward Johnson to derivatively appeal to the legitimate sentiments of the public cheapens this fundamental tenet.  By endorsing non-innovative work simply because it uses the predictably popular formula of appropriating an image of national sentiment from another artist and simply making it monumentally large trivializes the efforts many people have made to allow such important rights, such as innovative free expression, to exist.  The question I would like to leave you with is this: Shouldn’t the ultimate goal of the Public Art program at the Port of San Diego be about advocating for what gets placed in the public sphere be of the highest artistic excellence as a way of honoring the right of free expression defended by those in public service and so fundamental to a democratic society?

Sincerely,

 

David White
Public Art Committee

 

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3/8/12 V/A/L/S Chris Kraus Lecture at UCSD http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/05/3812-vals-chris-kraus-lecture-at-ucsd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/05/3812-vals-chris-kraus-lecture-at-ucsd/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:27:35 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5850 Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents:

Chris Kraus

Thursday, March 8th, 7:00 pm

UC San Diego, Visual Arts Facility Performance Space on Russell Lane, La Jolla, California 92093

Free and Open to the Public.

Chris Kraus will read from her 2011 book WHERE ART BELONGS, that examines recent artistic enterprises that reclaim the use of lived time as a material. Expanding the argument begun in her earlier book, VIDEOGREEN, Kraus argues that “the art world is interesting only insofar as it reflects the larger world outside it.”

Moving from New York to Berlin to Los Angeles to the Pueblo Nuevo barrio of Mexicali, Kraus examines the uses of boredom, poetry, privatized prisons, community art, corporate philanthropy, vertically integrated manufacturing, and discarded utopias, revealing the surprising persistence of microcultures within the matrix. For all its faults, she concludes, the art world remains the last frontier for the desire to live differently.

The Glasgow Review of Books describes WHERE ART BELONGS as “an incitement to find art, to read in a heroic way, and to create a moment;” Bookforum has praised its “poeticism and daunting theoretical undercurrents.” “In WHERE ART BELONGS,” Alina Astrova writes, “art theory becomes political philosophy … a means of establishing a way of life outside capitalist conventions.”

Chris Kraus is the author of four novels and two books of art essays. The recipient of a Frank Mather Award in Art Criticism and a Warhol Foundation art writing grant, she has been described by Holland Cotter in the New York Times as “one of our smartest and original writers on art and culture.”

http://lectures.visarts.ucsd.edu/VALS_WI2012/artists/about_kraus.html

For questions, contact VALS Coordinator Jessica Sledge at jsledge@ucsd.edu

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Summer Salon Series 2012 RFP http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/04/summer-salon-series-2012-rfp/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/03/04/summer-salon-series-2012-rfp/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2012 05:20:29 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5657
After months of hard work, I am excited to say that this year’s Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art is already shaping up to be the best one yet. The themes within the Museum’s summer exhibitions offer a unique opportunity to explore how information about various issues is disseminated on both a global and local scale.  Please read through the current RFP and if you have an idea or project that you think some how fits these themes- submit them to the Museum! We are looking forward to an amazing summer of thought provoking work, enlightening debate and hopefully some fun! The link to the RFP is HERE and at the bottom of the page.  Please submit work asap as the deadline to submit is March 19th 2012.
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From the SDMA website:

Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner

Fridays, June 1 through August 31, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Curated by The Museum and Agitprop

What is the Summer Salon Series?

Every Friday evening, from June 1 through August 31, 2012, The San Diego Museum of Art will be hosting artists, lecturers, poets and performers to investigate the topics of historical fictions and the dissemination of information. Where do we get our news from? Who and what controls our access to information? What are the historical images and myths that affect our current social, cultural and political discourse? How is fiction used by artists to tell stories and create awareness of particular issues? Is there such a thing as the ethical use of propaganda? With such a glut of information at our fingertips, how do we assemble this information into practical knowledge? What are the personal fictions we tell ourselves as individuals? When does “the document” become the event itself in terms of shaping public discourse? These are the types of questions that have been raised since the popularization of postmodernist inquiry in the 20th century, which raise relevant questions for the information age, and serve as an appropriate link between contemporary art and the 15th century art that will be on view at the Museum over the summer.

This program provides the Museum an opportunity to present its version of the “salon,” a place for all those interested in art and culture to meet, discuss ideas, and engage with artistic performances. The Series presents projects, performances, talks, demonstrations, and workshops, most for one night only, although repeat performances or projects that occur over the course of several evenings will also be considered. Artists are encouraged to think about how their work at the Museum might engage the surrounding neighborhoods and residents of San Diego either directly or indirectly.

What is the theme of the 2012 Summer Salon Series?

In 1471, the Portuguese king Afonso V carried out a military campaign in Northern Africa that ended in the capture of the important cities Asilah and Tangier near the Straits of Gibraltar. To commemorate his victory, Afonso V commissioned a set of four tapestries that were originally hung in his royal palace. The first three tapestries illustrate the long siege and battle for Asilah, but the conquest of Tangier is depicted in a single panel: receiving no reinforcements, the town’s citizens chose exile over massacre and abandoned the city to the Portuguese army. Woven soon after the 1471 battles, these monumental tapestries, each measuring 12 by 36 feet, are considered among the finest Gothic tapestries in the world. Long held at the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Pastrana, Spain, they are commonly identified as the “Pastrana Tapestries.”

For three months, from June 9 until September 9, 2012, the San Diego Museum of Art will host The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, an exhibition that marks the first time that these recently restored tapestries have been shown in the United States.  Exquisitely rendered in wool and silk threads by Flemish weavers in Tournai, Belgium, the tapestries teem with vivid and colorful images of knights, ships, and military paraphernalia set against a backdrop of maritime and urban landscapes. They are also among the rarest and earliest examples of tapestries created to illustrate what were then contemporary events, instead of allegorical or religious subjects. The designer minimized the misery of warfare, reinventing the event with the heroic image of Afonso and the ideals of chivalry in mind. Along with the glorification of the battles, the tapestries act as document of the earliest stages of European colonialism. Yet, at the time of their creation, these works would have been considered a primary document of the battles; now, 500 years removed, we can understand how these tapestries were utilized as a tool to mold opinion. The problematic nature of these otherwise incredible works raises several issues, the focus of which will comprise the 2012 Summer Salon Series.

Where did the 2012 title come from?

The Series title, “Beyond the Banner,” is actually an advertising term, which refers to a type of web page advertising that uses strategies other than an embedded image at the top of the page, such as sponsoring, contest promotion and blending with the content of the page itself.  In other words, this type of advertising is a bit harder to separate from actual content.   In the Medieval and Renaissance periods of course, banners were the flags that armies carried bearing the symbols and crest of their sovereign state or lord, and they are quite prominent throughout the Pastrana Tapestries.  The 2012 Series has taken as its starting point the historical re-examination of the 15th century Pastrana Tapestries, in order to investigate the fictions of our own information age.

Who does the Museum partner with on the Summer Salon Series?

The San Diego Museum of Art is proud to work with important community partners in San Diego, such as Agitprop and M-Theory Records.

Agitprop is an alternative, community-oriented art space in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego.

M-Theory Records is located in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego, and is a favorite of vinyl junkies, DJs and music enthusiasts alike.  They frequently hold in-store performances and are passionate about turning people on to music they may not know about.

How do I apply to have my work included in the 2012 Summer Salon Series?

Request for Proposals

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3/7/12 DRONES AT HOME Gallery@CALIT2 http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/29/3712-drones-at-home-gallerycalit2/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/29/3712-drones-at-home-gallerycalit2/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 04:44:44 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5646 PRESS RELEASE FROM GALLERY@CALIT2

DRONES AT HOME
MARCH 7, 2012-SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

PHASE 1
Opening Reception March 7, 2012
gallery@calit2, 5pm-7pm
PHASE 2
Symposium May 11 & 12, 2012
Calit2 Auditorium, 9am-8pm
PHASE 3
Opening Reception June 6, 2012
gallery@calit2, 5pm-7pm
Closing Reception September 14, 2012
gallery@calit2, 5pm-7pm


Drones at Home
 explores the strange allure of drones and the push for their domestication—by governments, corporations, and everyday citizens.

“Home” is understood at multiple scales—at the level of the individual, backyard, community, border region, and homeland. The San Diego region is featured prominently and regional issues are explored as exemplars of global phenomena. The exhibition also departs from any strict interpretation of the form that a drone must take; the project expands on the “unmanned” nature of the drone as symbolic of a larger condition–ecologies where the status of the human is called into question, distributed and embedded in a wider field of shared intelligence.

Drones at Home will be presented in three phases. Phase 1 includes an exhibition; Phase 2 consists of panels and a workshop; and Phase 3, which continues through the summer, will include the creation of new drone projects in collaboration with invited artists and research groups at Calit2. Co-curated by Sheldon Brown, Jordan Crandall, and Ricardo Dominguez, this first phase will feature the work of Matthew Battles, Trevor Paglen, The Periscope Project, Alex Rivera and Angel Nevarez, along with additional work drawn from research in the field.

Matthew Battles is a poet, writer, and co-founder of HiLobrow.com. His forthcoming books include Letter by Letter (W. W. Norton), a sentimental and natural history of writing, and a short story collection, The Sovereignties of Invention (Red Lemonade). He is a research fellow with metaLAB, an academic and creative collaborative devoted to the exploration of technology in the arts and humanities, hosted by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society .

Alex Rivera is a New York based digital media artist and filmmaker.  His first feature film, SLEEP DEALER premiered at Sundance 2008, and won two awards, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.  Rivera is a Sundance Fellow and a Rockefeller Fellow. His work, which addresses concerns of the Latino community through a language of humor, satire, and metaphor, has also been screened at The Berlin International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, The Guggenheim Museum, PBS, Telluride, and other international venues.

Angel Nevarez is an artist, musician, and DJ. He has produced works which investigate contemporary music, dissent, and public fora, and move between the spatial simultaneity of performance and enunciation, reflecting upon the projection of political agency through transmission and song. His interests lie in the formation of mobile, performative, and discursive-based social spaces, along with the re-articulation of communicatory systems within such locales. Nevarez is also a faculty member of MIT’s Art, Culture, and Technology Program.

Trevor Paglen’s work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. Paglen’s visual work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tate Modern, London; The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the Istanbul Biennial 2009, and numerous other solo and group exhibitions.

The Periscope Project is a space and co-operative based in downtown San Diego committed to the transdisciplinary nexus of art, architecture, and regional urban issues. Operating by the efforts of its resident practitioners; Drone Readymade represents the first discreet project (outside of The Periscope Project itself) undertaken collaboratively. The project’s primary authors are James Enos (M.Arch, NSAD, MFA UCSD, Visiting Assistant Professor, FSU), Molly Enos (M.Arch NSAD, AIA), Charles G. Miller (MFA UCSD), Keith Muller, Andrea Ngan, David Kim, Jon Barth, Jason Durr and Jay Ojeda; with key contributions from Jon Zuppan. For Drones at Home, The Periscope Project is collaborating with Owen Mundy (MFA UCSD, Assistant Professor FSU).

All gallery events are FREE and open to the public.

Please RSVP to Trish Stone, Gallery Coordinator, tstone@ucsd.edu
Media Contact: Tiffany Fox, tfox@ucsd.edu

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3/8/12 More Real than Life: An exhibition of contemporary collage Southwestern College http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/29/3812-more-real-than-life-an-exhibition-of-contemporary-collage-southwestern-college/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/29/3812-more-real-than-life-an-exhibition-of-contemporary-collage-southwestern-college/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 04:36:34 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5638 More Real than Life: An exhibition of contemporary collage

 Curated by Alexander Jarman

March 8-April 12 at Southwestern College Art Gallery

 In a digital world, the analog has become all the more important.

This exhibition will present 11 contemporary artists, from California to France, currently using scissors and glue rather than a mouse and a printer to create works that question our perceptions of common reality and provoke discussion about collage’s increased relevance. 
Related Programs:

Public ReceptionThursday, March 8
Artist Talk 6-8 p.m.
Light refreshments provided
 
Public Reception: Tuesday, March 13
Artist Talk 12 p.m., Reception 11-1
Light refreshments provided

 

Collage in Context: A Symposium: Thursday,  March 22: 11:00-1:00 p.m.

Collage in poetry, Mark Wallace: 11-11:20

Artist Talk, Joshua Tonies: 11:25-11:40

Roundtable Discussion: 11:45-12:15

Q&A with Audience 12:15-12:30


This symposium program will present collage as a strategy both in art and literature, as well as position the practice within a larger context of current analogue approaches in art.  The first presentation, from Mark Wallace, will discuss the collage practices of William S. Burroughs and their continued legacy.  Wallace is the author of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays, and won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award for Temporary Worker Rides A Subway.  The second presentation will feature artist Joshua Tonies speaking about his own collage work.  His contributions to the exhibition highlight some current approaches to utilizing both analog and digital collage within a single work, and how the two differ or complement each other.  The last presentation will consist of a roundtable discussion between Michael Trigilio, Alexander Jarman and May-ling Martinez. May-ling Martinez is featured in the exhibition.  Besides creating analog collage, she has built outdated or impractical machines from old mechanical engineering manuals as part of her art.  Michael Trigilio is a Professor at University of California San Diego and a multi-media artist who has worked extensively with sound.  His independent radio project, Neighborhood Public Radio, has been featured at The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and the 2008 Whitney Biennial.

 

Exhibiting Artists:

Sadie Barnette  http://www.sadiebarnette.com/  Based in San Diego, CA.

Mike Calway-Fagen http://mikecalway-fagen.com/  Based in San Diego, CA.

Troy Dugas http://troydugas.com/   Based in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Lola Dupre http://loladupre.com/  Based in Avignon, France.

Chris Kardambikis http://www.kardambikis.com/ Based in San Diego, CA.

Gordon Magnin http://gordonmagnin.com/ Based in Los Angeles, CA. 

Morgan Manduley http://morganmanduley.com/   http://sezio.org/feature/Morgan-Manduley.aspx  Based in San Diego, CA.

May-ling Martinez http://www.maylingmartinez.com/index.html Based in San Diego, CA.  

Arturo Medrano http://convulsive.tumblr.com/  Based in New York City, NY.  

Jason Sherry http://www.jasonsherry.com/  Based in San Diego, CA.

Joshua Tonies http://www.joshtonies.com/ Based in San Diego, CA.

 

The Southwestern College Art Gallery is located in Rm 710B
900 Otay Lakes Rd, 
Chula Vista, CA 91910.
Gallery Hours 
are Monday through Thursday 10:30am-2:00pm,
Wednesday & Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Tel. 619-421-6700 x 5568
Fax 619-421-6700 fax 5368

 

Free parking is available in Lot J on the days of the related events

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Reclaim UCSD: March 1st Demands http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/28/reclaim-ucsd-march-1st-demands/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/28/reclaim-ucsd-march-1st-demands/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:48:36 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5628 March 1st Demands

STATE OF EMERGENCY: ACTION FOR EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE

University of California, San Diego

March 1, 2012

http://reclaimucsd.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/march-1st-demands/

I. PREFACE

It is with immediate concern that the administration of the University of California, San Diego address issues of upholding the promises of the California Master Plan of Education for an accessible, public, and free University of California. Though the Master Plan does not qualify the meaning of accessibility and equity or address the structural racism of the education system, our expectation is that the University of California be accessible and free regardless of race, socio-economic status, immigration status, or other potential barriers to access.

We, the Public Education Coalition (Faculty, Graduates, Undergraduates, Staff, United Auto Workers, AFSCME Workers, and other workers’ organizations), Reclaim UCSD, the Student Affirmative Action Committee (The Asian Pacific-Islander Student Alliance, Black Student Union, Kaibigang Pilipino, Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ Aztlan, Muslim Student Association, Native American Student Alliance, Queer People of Color, Students with Disabilities Coalition), and numerous allies at the University of California, San Diego have the following concerns, expectations, and demands:

We, the Students, Faculty, Staff and Workers of the University of California, San Diego, demand that the library formerly known as “CLICS” be reopened, owned and run by and for students and librarians (not under the Executive Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs), and refunded by the University through decreases in administrator salaries and student fees and increases in taxes on the wealthy and corporations. In order to pursue these ends, we are committed to uniting with people and movements in all sectors of society, all around the world, from Chile to Puerto Rico, from Greece to Spain, from Egypt to Iran, from Peru to Ireland to the Phillipines, from Occupy Wall Street to Occupied Palestine, from UC Riverside to UC Davis to UC Berkeley, who share our commitment to the empowerment of workers, students, and the unemployed to create an equitable and compassionate society. Our peoples will rise to decolonize UCSD, which is on occupied Kumeyaay land, to decriminalize the border and to smash imperialism and capitalism in our country and throughout the world. Through collective struggle we will reverse the privatization of our University and reclaim public education as a human right for all people.

II. UCSD INSTITUTIONAL DEMANDS

ACADEMICS
DEMAND 1: CLICS BE REOPENED IMMEDIATELY

Before CLICS permanently closed in the Fall of 2011, it was one of the few libraries that provided enough study space for all students. During Finals Week, CLICS was the only space that would provide students with the resources to study for their Finals on a 24/7 basis and was a close library for Revelle students to study at. Currently, the University has opened a portion of Giesel Library to be used by students during Finals Week but it does not provide the same resources as CLICS once did. As a response to budget cuts from the state and the mismanagement of funds by the Regents of the University of California, the UCSD Administration, specifically the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, decided to close CLICS Library and three other libraries to save the University money. By doing so, the University has prevented students the ability to excel in their academics and has institutionally neglected the needs of students.

Throughout finals week last quarter, students collected 1,261 signatures for a petition to reopen CLICS as a student-run university funded study space. This petition along with an abbreviated set of immediate demands was personally delivered to a number of Vice Chancellors on Friday, December 9th. There were three immediate demands: keys to CLICS be delivered to an appointed liaison, chairs and desks be returned to CLICS, and a moratorium be placed on construction plans. With the exception of returning desks and chairs, the petition and the demands were ignored, although CLICS has been temporarily reopened for winter quarter, a decision made unilaterally by the administration.

The university, without the approval or transparent consultation of the student body, plans to renovate the space formerly known as CLICS Library and convert it into a large lecture hall with a minimal peripheral portion dedicated to study spaces. In this time of increasing class sizes and a decreasing workforce of instructors, a lecture hall will only contribute to an already impersonal, ineffective, and unsustainable educational model. Furthermore, these renovations will cost $6.7 million. Running CLICS, however, cost only $450,000 annually. Millions of dollars are being wasted on this renovation which could be going to instruction and keeping libraries open, services essential to quality education.

Further, we understand that space has been promised to the Theatre and Dance Department for rehearsal/design studios and needed office space. Given this, WE DEMAND that the Theatre and Dance Department’s needs be met as promised.

This University needs to prioritize education. We will no longer allow our Administration to use our student fees and public dollars and waste them on things that are not relevant to the access, retention and success of students. Thus, WE DEMAND that the University allocate sufficient funds to keep CLICS Library open and to provide students the resources they need to achieve in their academics.

DEMAND 2: PERMANENT FUNDING FOR THE CRITICAL GENDER STUDIES PROGRAM AND EXPANSION OF SUPPORT FOR CURRENTLY UNDERFUNDED
DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THOUGH BY NO MEANS LIMITED TO, ETHNIC STUDIES, LITERATURE, VISUAL ARTS, AND HISTORY.
In the profit-driven university, disciplines are heirarchized to meet the needs of for-profit-corporations who demand certain types of lucrative intellectual labor but not others. For example, while graduate students in Chemistry or Engineering might be getting $25,000 to $30,000 a year to cover their living expenses, graduate students in Sociology are getting as low as $14,000 a year to cover the same living expenses. Under this model, the living conditions (food and housing) of certain students are prioritized over those of others, which means there is a disparity in quality of life. This is unacceptable. Obviously, allocating funding across disciplines is a complex and messy process. The only problem is is that it is not transparent to students how this process works. WE DEMAND a student and faculty-led review of funding allocations across disciplines in order to ensure that each department gets funding according to their needs. WE DEMAND that underfunded departments such as Critical Gender Studies, Literature, Visual Arts, and Ethnic Studies be prioritized. While we understand funding will not be the same for every department as every department has different needs, we do DEMAND that the amount of support for covering the living expenses of graduate students across disciplines be standardized by this student and faculty-led review so that there is no disparity in the living conditions of graduate students across disciplines.

RETENTION:
DEMAND 3: WE DEMAND OASIS CONTINUOUSLY RECEIVE MANDATED, PERMANENT, BUDGET-CRISIS FREE FUNDING FROM THE UNIVERSITY SINCE OASIS IS A FORCE ON CAMPUS AT THE FOREFRONT OF RETAINING STUDENTS.
OASIS, The Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services, offers transition programs, tutoring, and other services to underrepresented students on campus. Specifically, the STEP and Summer Bridge transition programs provide some of the first opportunities for students from underrepresented and under-served backgrounds to foster those one on one connections that are critical for their retention at UCSD. Considering that many students face culture shock and other challenges during their transition to college, it is essential to recognize the academic and social support these programs provide for these students. While OASIS has been able to avoid direct cuts to its Summer Bridge program for the past two years, the center overall has been reduced which limits the its ability to serve non-Summer Bridge students during the academic year. Through Summer Bridge, now in its 35th year, OASIS has served thousands of students and the center serves about 2,500 UCSD students during the academic year. Surveys taken by students and alumni show unequivocal support to the effectiveness of the program’s services.

Unfortunately, a recent notice from Business Affairs (which controls the dorm space that houses the Summer Bridge Program) has notified OASIS that their Summer Bridge “discount” will be revoked starting in 2014. That means OASIS will have to pay more for housing Summer Bridge students and subsequently serve fewer students. They are already under pressure to start charging students for Summer Bridge which would mean that lower-income students would likely be unable to participate. Currently, UCSD’s program is the only UC Summer Bridge that does not charge students, which helps the university enroll underrepresented students who are also admitted to UCLA and/or UCB. Charging enrolled, underrepresented, under-served students to ensure their success and retention is a disrespectful contradiction. It is time that the UCSD administration deliver on its supposed institutional priority of diversity, equity, and inclusion. WE DEMAND that programs for the retention of these students remain free of charge.

DEMAND 4: FULL FUNDING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DEMANDS OF THE BLACK STUDENT UNION SIGNED IN MARCH 2010

WE DEMAND that the administration, Chancellor and all Vice Chancellor offices recognize their commitment to the BSU Demands signed on March 4th, 2010. WE DEMAND full funding and resolution of BSU Demands before March 4th 2013. WE DEMAND a student-led and accountable campus climate council with policy making abilities. WE DEMAND that completion of the BSU Demands must be approved by the student body through the Black Student Union.

DEMAND 5: FUNDING FOR STUDENT RESOURCES

The University must provide its students with the resources to structure, manage, and maintain fully functioning educational programming to succeed in the University of California’s mission to increase the yield of historically underrepresented/under-served minority students (HURMS) on the UCSD campus. WE DEMAND that the Student Co-Ops stay student run and that they are rent free. WE DEMAND that the University begin to do a transparent audit on the University College System to see if it is sustainable to have a Six College System during this economic crisis.

WORKERS’ DIGNITY:
DEMAND 6: WORKERS’ WAGES, BENEFITS, AND PENSIONS

We DEMAND that the University stop laying off workers as they continue to give high University executives bonuses and raises at the same time they increase fees for students every year. We DEMAND an immediate halt to the outsourcing of UC jobs. We further DEMAND that the UC protect and increase their contributions to the pension to maintain the health of the UCRP (retirement plan) in order for workers to be able to retire with dignity. Furthermore we DEMAND that workers not pay more into their pensions without substantial wage increases to offset the cost of living. We also DEMAND that the UC not shift the cost of retiree health care onto workers who already have retired. We DEMAND that the UC stop its plans to create a two tier system for pension and health care benefits. Furthermore, the University administration has failed to deliver on the wage increases AFSCME workers were promised back in 2008. We DEMAND a legal guarantee from the UC system that the wage increases that were promised in 2008 be enacted in order to provide liveable wages for workers. We also DEMAND that workers be provided with safe work environments and that they have the right to decide what cleaning supplies and materials they will utilize so that incidents such as the recent unsafe use of steam-machines are avoided. Finally, we DEMAND that workers’ rights be made a priority at this institution and that the administration ensures that workers are not overworked, underpaid and under-served.

III. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SYSTEM-WIDE DEMANDS

The UC Regents still have not rejected a proposed plan of $2.5 billion in cuts and tuition hikes of up to 81% over the next four years. Brothers and sisters, the privatization of public education is not only an attack on students but it is also an attack on public employees, through the privatization of the pension fund, the rising cost of benefits for workers, and the restructuring of our universities following the corporate model, that increases the number of high paid administration and management positions while cuts are made to staffing and faculty positions. In order to stop and reverse this process of privatization, we make the following demands from the UC Regents, CSU trustees and the State of California:

1. A COMPLETE REVERSAL OF THE FEE INCREASES, LAYOFFS, AND CUTS to essential services such as libraries, instruction, student housing and dining, and campus facilities. This includes the expansion of support for currently underfunded departments such as, though not limited to, literature, history, visual arts, ethnic studies, and critical gender studies.

2. GUARANTEED RETIREMENT SECURITY AND EQUAL BENEFITS FOR ALL WORKERS, including pensions, healthcare, and childcare, and the re-hiring of workers fired as a result of the budget cuts, specifically workers who are marginalized as a result of immigration status, sexual or gender identity, or other markers of difference. We also demand a revision of safety regulations in the workplace for all university staff.

3. A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO THE REGENTS’ CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, especially their investments in banks, hedge funds, and for-profit schools, financial support of political officials, and previously held positions as executives of banks and private corporations.

4. AN END TO UC ADMINISTRATIVE AND POLICE SURVEILLANCE, VIOLENCE, AND INTERVENTION in political and academic activities, the immediate resignation of UC President Mark Yudof, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, and UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy White for their role in UCPD police brutality, and the disbanding of the UCPD and the formation of a community self-policing model of protection for students and workers not based on institutionalized violence and control.

5. A REVISION OF CURRENT ADMISSIONS POLICIES TO LIFT BARRIERS FACED BY UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS OF COLOR, LGBT/QUEER STUDENTS, AND WORKING CLASS STUDENTS, including public and active support for the full implementation of affirmative action throughout public education and the state, beginning with student leadership in implementing Senate Bill 185, as well as increased access and retention for these students and continued support for spaces on campus that support and/or employ these students.

6. ENCOURAGEMENT AND FACILITATION OF THE CREATION OF MORE STUDENT-RUN, SELF-ORGANIZED SPACES ON CAMPUS, as well as active support for such spaces that already exist, including the student cooperatives, in the form of rent elimination and forgiveness as well as work-study opportunities.

7. EQUAL AND FULL ACCESS TO THE UNIVERSITY FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS AND WORKERS, including the immediate implementation of the California DREAM act, and the democratic control of the university by students, faculty, and staff.

8. THE RAISING OF INCOME TAXES ON CALIFORNIA’S WEALTHIEST, a financial transaction tax on Wall Street, and Prop 13 tax reform in order to save and expand public education.

IV. NATIONWIDE DEMANDS

1. END STUDENT DEBT!
We must strip higher education of its dependence on debt bondage. The student loan industry has profited from borrower vulnerability through predatory lending practices such as compounding interest rates, high collection fees, and few consumer protections. Inflating tuition costs have been financed through student debt that will soon exceed 1 trillion dollars. The morality of perpetuating this unjust system by continuing to pay these predatory loans is questionable. In times of fuller employment, the student loan debt system has yielded no end of private suffering and humiliation for at least two generations of debtors. In a time of chronic underemployment–and the worst may be yet to come–the burden is beyond tolerance. Immediate forgiveness in the spirit of a jubilee, where the injustice of an unpayable debt is redeemed through a single, corrective act, is the only just response to this crisis.

2. FREE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR ALL!
The single, largest step we could take to alleviate future student loan debt would be to guarantee tuition-free education for students enrolled at public colleges and universities. In the case of systems in California and New York that were formerly free, this would be a restoration of the status quo. According to a recent estimate, drawn from Department of Education data, the cost of covering tuition at all the nation’s two- and four-year colleges and universities would be about $70 billion. Put in the perspective of the federal budget, a recent audit found that the Pentagon “wastes” this sum in unaccountable spending every year. Ending the Bush tax cuts ($80 billion annually) would easily cover this cost.

3. EDUCATION NOT DEPORTATION!
The international division of labor creates the unequal economic conditions which drive many to immigrate in search of the means of survival. While the US economy depends on the cheap menial labor provided by these immigrants, the US state stigmatizes these immigrants as alien, and deports them back to their home countries where they are regarded as surplus labor by multinational corporations who degrade their environments and pay an insufficient living wage to workers while they profit from generous tarriff exemptions and the import of their products in Western countries. It is in this context that undocumented youth in the U.S. are deported. WE DEMAND an end to deportation and that these youth instead be granted access to education and the tools of knowledge previously denied them.

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2/21/12 ARTIST TALK: HASAN ELAHI @ USD http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/14/22112-artist-talk-hasan-elahi-usd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/14/22112-artist-talk-hasan-elahi-usd/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 07:45:44 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5603 VISITING ARTIST TALK: HASAN ELAHI

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 @ 5:33 – 7:06 PM
CAMINO HALL 153

Hasan Elahi (born 1972, Rangpur, Bangladesh) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, simulated time, transport systems, and borders and frontiers.

His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, Kassel Kulturbahnhof, and at the Venice Biennale. Elahi recently was invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern, TED Global, The Einstein Forum, and at at the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. His work has been supported with grants and sponsorships from the Creative Capital Foundation, Ford Foundation/Philip Morris, and the Asociación Artetik Berrikuntzara in Donostia-San Sebastián in the Basque Country/Spain. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, Al Jazeera, Fox, and has also appeared on The Colbert Report.

Currently, he is Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Digital Cultures and Creativity Program at the University of Maryland. In 2010, he was an Alpert/ MacDowell Fellow and in 2009, he was Resident Faculty and Nancy G. MacGrath Endowed Chair at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

This event is co-sponsored by USD’s Social Justice Living and Learning Community

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2/16/12 INFORMAL MARKET WORLDS conference @ UCSD http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/14/21612-informal-market-worlds-conference-ucsd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/14/21612-informal-market-worlds-conference-ucsd/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:08:15 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5597

The Center for Urban Ecologies (CUE) at UCSD and
the FWF Science Fund research project ‘Other Markets’
present

INFORMAL MARKET WORLDS

an international research forum on the trading places of urban informalities

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10am-7pm
Friday, February 17, 2012, 10am-7pm

at Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall
University of California San Diego

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Informal markets have emerged as a vital part of cities around the world, from the new mega-cities of the Global South to the old centers of political and economic power. Spurred by deregulation and accelerating global flows, they are commonly tolerated as shock-absorbers of widening social divisions. Yet, whenever these markets show signs of establishing realms of their own official rhetoric paints them as threat to social and economic order, often followed by governmental actions of demolition, re-location or privatization.

Debating the spatial culture of informal markets as an arena of negotiation between multiple political demands, social actors and environmental constraints, ‘Informal Market Worlds’ departs from the question of how we can build more equal participation in the space of economy vis-à-vis the economy of space. In what ways can the spatial practices and cultural mechanisms that sustain informal markets help us in articulating progressive policies more adapt to the transnational realities of today’s populations?

A two-day event of presentations and discussions, ‘Informal Market Worlds’ will bring together research on the architecture and visual culture of informal markets with a range of case studies from across the Americas and beyond. In addition to input from theorists in the fields of urbanism and political economy, the meeting will include presentations by architects, artists and activists on a range of markets such as the La Salada market in Buenos Aires, the Tri Border Area of Ciudad del Este, the Dominican border markets, street markets in the US or the informaleconomies of El Tepito in Mexico City.

Speakers include:
Raul Cardenas, Teddy Cruz, Julian D’Angiolillo, Laurent Gutierrez, Alfonso Hernandez, Hou Hanru, Rick Lowe, Peter Mőrtenbőck, Helge Mooshammer, Alfonso Morales, Gerald Murray, Valerie Portefaix, Fernando Rabossi, Ananya Roy, Ignacio Valero, Matias Viegener, and others.

This research gathering at UCSD is part of an itinerant series of conferences world-wide and will be followed by meetings in Hong Kong/Shanghai (fall 2012) and Istanbul (spring 2013). Outcomes of these gatherings will be published in an atlas and a textbook by NAi Publishers, Rotterdam in 2013.

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For a detailed program please refer to: www.othermarkets.org

This event is free and open to the public.
No registration required.

Supported by
UCSD – Visual Arts Department, Calit2 & Center for Global Justice
Goldsmiths College London
FWF Science Fund

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The Center for Urban Ecologies, CUE, at UCSD has been recently co-founded by Teddy Cruz and Kyong Park, seeking new critical interfaces between top-down urban policies and bottom-up community activism, while enabling new forms of public culture through urban pedagogy and the visualization of socio-political and economic processes. CUE is affiliated with the Division of Arts and Humanities and Visual Art Department. Because it just began operations, there is currently no accessible website. For more information, though, CUE was responsible for The Political Equator 3, an itinerant event across the San Diego-Tijuana border: www.politicalequator.org

The international research project ‘Other Markets: Networked Ecologies in 21st Century Urban Transformation’ investigates the architectures and cultural logics of informal markets as a decisive yet often overlooked theatre of urban transformation. By engaging directly with the modalities of spatial production of informal economies it seeks to expand the debate currently divided along the question whether informal structures are first and foremost the low-cost equivalent of global deregulation or whether they provide the space for the emergence of alternative social formations. ‘Other Markets’ is led by Helge Mooshammer and Peter Mőrtenbőck, based at Vienna University of Technology and Goldsmiths College, London and is funded by the FWF Science Fund. For further information please visit the project website: www.othermarkets.org

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2/9/12 Goya’s Disasters of War: A Legacy in Print @ USD http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/02/2912-goyas-disasters-of-war-a-legacy-in-print-usd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/02/02/2912-goyas-disasters-of-war-a-legacy-in-print-usd/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 05:03:13 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5274

Goya’s Disasters of War: A Legacy in Print

Thursday, February 9, 2012 – Sunday, May 27, 2012
Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries Cost: free  

Between 1810 and 1820 Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) created the Disasters of War series, a set of 80 prints created through the etching and aquatint processes. Often arresting and horrific, the subjects for these prints arose from Goya’s direct encounter with the effects of the Peninsular War in Spain. Due to the disturbing nature of these prints and their tacit challenge to authority, the series was not published until 1863, thirty-five years after the artist’s death. Thanks to a generous gift from Robert and Karen Hoehn, this landmark in the history of printmaking serves as a cornerstone of USD’s permanent collection.

Goya’s Disasters series participates in a tradition of the visual representations of the horrors and traumas, as well as the glories and triumphs, associated with war. Following the precedent of seventeenth-century French etcher Jacques Callot, who depicted in unflinching detail the destruction and human cost of war, Goya documented the violence of war and, at times, its more gruesome aftermath.

Artists working today continue to develop the themes that Callot and Goya so dramatically engaged. The current exhibition features invited student responses to Goya that testify in their different ways to the power of Goya’s legacy. Goya’s subtle use of printmaking techniques, his combination of text and image, and his innovative treatment of the subject of war all continue to provoke and challenge the artists and art enthusiasts of today.

  Andrea Cutlip | acutlip@sandiego.edu | 4261 www.sandiego.edu/artgalleries

University of San Diego

5998 Alcalá Park

San Diego, CA 92110

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RECOLLECTION is an art exhibition that includes the video installation GULF (2009-2012) by Anna O’Cain and Richard Keely
Reception will be this Friday, February 3, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Phone: 619-501-6370
http://downtowngallery.sdsu.edu/
This exhibition will be on view though July 30, 2012.

SDSU Downtown Gallery, 725 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

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Literary Art: Dan Gutstein and Taylor Mardis Katz, February 12, 7pm http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/29/agitprop-reading-and-performance-series-dan-gutstein-and-taylor-mardis-katz-saturday-feb-4th-at-7pm/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/29/agitprop-reading-and-performance-series-dan-gutstein-and-taylor-mardis-katz-saturday-feb-4th-at-7pm/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 05:58:25 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5224 Dear Friends,

We hope you can join us for our very first reading of 2012 on Saturday, February 4 at 7pm for a reading at Agitprop by Washington, DC poet Dan Gutstein and San Diego poet Taylor Mardis Katz.

Dan Gutstein is the author of non/fiction (stories, Edge Books, 2010) and Bloodcoal & Honey (poems, Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2011). His writing has appeared in more than 70 publications, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, American Scholar, The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, and Best American Poetry. He directs the Writing Studio and Learning Resource Center at Maryland Institute College of Art, and teaches creative writing at the Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, Md., and at George Washington University. Recently, the web site Rate My Professors named him the 2010-2011 No. 1 “hottest” professor in America, and his body temperature has risen, as a result. He has received grants and awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (Md.), and University of Michigan, among others. In past lives, he worked as an international economist, theatre arts educator, editor-in-chief, tae kwon do instructor, and farm hand.

Taylor Mardis Katz was born by the Hudson River. Her work appears in various journals, as well as in handmade chapbooks and postmarked envelopes. She is assistant editor at Cooper Dillon, an independent San Diego poetry press, as well as an associate editor at Poetry International. She is also a part-time farmer for Suzie’s Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Imperial Beach. As a native New Yorker, what most delights her about San Diego is the names of fruits available, and the fruits themselves. After finishing her MFA at San Diego State, she hopes to start an artist’s colony and residency on the east coast with her partner. Her little space on the internet can be found at intimeweallfly.wordpress.com.

Agitprop readings are free, but libations and donations to the gallery are very welcome.

We hope to see you there and for festivities before and after.

For more information about the Agitprop Reading Series and Agitprop Art Space, visit our webpage, join our Facebook group, and sign up to receive email announcements from us:

Web page : http://agitpropspace.org/category/reading-series/
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/149903861746355/
Email Announcements: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/agitprop-series

Agitprop
Saturday, February 4, 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s Market)
San Diego, CA 92104
619.384.7989

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2/2/12 4-7pm Mapping Occupations OPENING RECEPTION ARTifact Gallery UCSD http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/26/2212-4-7pm-mapping-occupations-art-exhibit-opening-reception/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/26/2212-4-7pm-mapping-occupations-art-exhibit-opening-reception/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:57:07 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5220 ARTifact gallery
presents

MAPPING OCCUPATIONS

Opening reception:
Thursday, February 2, 4-7pm

Free and open to the public
February 2-March 31, 2012
Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm
ARTifact gallery, housed in the public spaces in and around the offices of Academic Programs at UCSD’s Sixth College, showcases artwork conceptually related to the courses in the Culture, Art & Technology program.

This winter, ARTifact presents Mapping Occupations, an exhibit that explores our preoccupations with space through the practices of mapping, diagramming, modelling and speculating. Curated by Eliza Slavet, the exhibit features the work of cog•nate collective, Teddy Cruz, David Kim, Matt Hebert, Stephanie Lie, Charles Miller, The Periscope Project, Hermione Spriggs, and Patricia Stone.

All are invited to the opening reception on February 2, 2012, 4-7pm, featuring the work of students from High Tech High Media Arts: “Complexcity” will be projected onto the walls inside and outside the exhibit on the 2nd floor of Pepper Canyon Hall on the campus of University of California, San Diego.

**Make it a double feature!: Tactical Bio-artist, Gail Wright, speaks at CalIT2 Auditorium, 7-9pm, as part of the Visual Arts Lecture Series and gallery@calit2 series.**

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1/27/12 Movement by Rob Duarte (book release party) with musical performances by Author & Punisher and starvelab/EVERYTHING IS UP @ Double Break http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/25/12712-movement-by-rob-duarte-book-release-party-with-musical-performances-by-author-punisher-and-starvelabeverything-is-up-double-break/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/25/12712-movement-by-rob-duarte-book-release-party-with-musical-performances-by-author-punisher-and-starvelabeverything-is-up-double-break/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:27:01 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5217 DOUBLE BREAK EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Movement by Rob Duarte (book release party) with musical performances by Author & Punisher and starvelab/EVERYTHING IS UP.

 

Friday, January 27, 2012 (6-10pm)

Please join us this coming Friday, January 27, 2012 (6-10pm) as we celebrate the release of Movement, a limited-edition artist book by San Diego-based artist Rob Duarte. The evening will also feature exhilarating performances by San Diego –based artists/musicians Author & Punisher and starvelab/EVERYTHING IS UP.

 

MOVEMENT is a machine performance that documents the activities of a heap of small contraptions and mundane mechanical movements, in an effort to remind its audience of the wonder to be found in the physical, the tactile, the small and the overlooked. The accompanying catalog documents moments from the performance as well as other related works by artist Rob Duarte. The text of the catalog expands on the issues embedded in these works, from the relationships between technology and culture to the increasing distance between art and the human body.

 

Rob Duarte is a sculptor currently obsessed with the sleight of hand, half-truths, and disinformation that blur the lines between fact and fiction in the history of culture and technology. His work takes place at the intersection of artistic production, pseudo-scientific research and lighthearted terrorism. Rob earned a BFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, a BS in Information Systems and Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego.

 

Author & Punisher (Tristan Shone) is an industrial doom and drone metal, one man band utilizing primarily custom fabricated machines/controllers and speakers. He has performed and shown these machines in festivals and exhibitions in the United States and abroad extensively, releasing his 4th album entitled “Ursus Americanus” in April, 2012 on Seventh Rule Records, played exclusively on his most recent creations, Dub Machines.

 

Michael Trigilio is starvelab/EVERYTHING IS UP. Trigilio describes his project like this: long-form analog-modular synthesis performance soundING like orbiting satellites celebrating an acid-orgy. Who wouldn’t want to check THAT out?

 

All this is happening amidst our current exhibition of works on paper by Ruben Ortiz-Torres, which runs through February 12, 2012 and features over 70 new and old drawings by the critically acclaimed conceptual artist.

 

Great Art, Great Music, Ample Refreshments. Please join us!

 

Double Break

1821 5th Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101

619.238.2325

info@doublebreakstore.com

www.doublebreakstore.com           

www.facebook.com/doublebreak           

www.twitter.com/doublebreaksd

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1/20/12 Richard Sennet at UCSD Robinson Auditorium 7PM http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/19/12012-richard-sennet-at-ucsd-robinson-auditorium-7pm/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/19/12012-richard-sennet-at-ucsd-robinson-auditorium-7pm/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 07:09:12 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5214

The Urban Ecologies of Global Justice

The Center on Global Justice, the Center for Urban Ecologies and social service NGO Casa Familiar in the border neighborhood of San Ysidro -through the UCSD Community Stations Initiative- will develop a series of collaborative public programs addressing pressing bio-regional and global socio-economic, urban and environmental issues. These meetings will focus on a critical analysis of local conflicts in order to re-evaluate the meaning of shifting global dynamics, across geo-political boundaries, natural resources, shifting cultural demographics, urbanization and social justice.

 

The first part of the program will include a three-presentation series by three major figures in the fields of architecture and urban research, sociology and cultural analysis, Andrew Ross, Richard Sennet and Eyal Weizman. These programs will be followed by ‘Informal Market Worlds,’ an international research forum on informal markets, investigating the spatial practices, cultural mechanisms and informal economies that can provide important references for articulating urban policies more adapt to the transnational realities of today’s populations.

 

These programs are co-organized by Fonna Forman-Barzilai (Center on Global Justice) -Political Science Department / Division Social Sciences, Teddy Cruz (Center for Urban Ecologies) – Visual Arts Department / Division of Arts and Humanities and Keith Pezzoli -Urban Studies Program, in partnership with Casa Familiar’s The FRONT a collaborative of arts, culture, design, & urbanism. These events will primarily oscillate between UCSD in La Jolla and Casa Familiar in San Ysidro, as well as other alternative cultural spaces in San Diego, including a special collaboration with The PERISCOPE PROJECT in Downtown San Diego.

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1/21/12 “I clean your bathroom for a Fair price”/Paulo Nazareth @ Sala de Espera http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/19/12112-i-clean-your-bathroom-for-a-fair-pricepaulo-nazareth-sala-de-espera/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/19/12112-i-clean-your-bathroom-for-a-fair-pricepaulo-nazareth-sala-de-espera/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:48:50 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5211 Project # 4 Sala de Espera: “I clean your bathroom for a Fair price”/Paulo Nazareth

Paulo Nazareth is an artist who has been walking from Brazil and the rest of Latin America to bring the dust of these places to the United States where upon arrival Paulo sold bananas from Guatemala out of a van at the Art Basel Fair in Miami Beach, 2011.  Paulo Nazareth´s work occurs through his exploration of cities and subsequent translation of social issues through observing and enacting social experiments, which create trans-cultural connections between distinct societies.  His processes are participatory as he walks, establishing himself for a short time within a space. Through his process, artistic contemplation takes place at any moment of the day. “I clean your bathroom for a fair trade” is a sign that Paulo Nazareth has been carrying with him, to which he says –“It is true, It is my business, I am a business man”- he has carried this sign throughout the city, beaches, as well as art shows. The result: looks of disappointment – Acting as a mirror to those around him, Paulo begins to connect, in our minds, to an image of a unique portion of this society- the unemployed and those without resources.   Represented by a sign, poverty holds a very negative connotation here in Southern California, where being poor brings with it a  “Guilt” – A guilt held by those who live it sent from the eyes of others and the blindness from those who intend not see it. It is true, poverty exists in the United States and it is devastating because there is no structure of support or rehabilitation to change this reality. The individual that is poor is alone and he or she wears “guilt” for their decisions.

 

Sala de Espera reactivates its activities with Paulo Nazareth – first artist in residence

 

Paulo Nazareth (Governador Valadares, 1977) lives and works in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte/Minas Gerais/ Brazil.  Graduate in Drawing and Engraving at Escola de Belas Artes da UFMG/2003. Student of Linguistics at the Facudade de Letras, UFMG.  Student  of Mestre Orlando artist and popular professor from Bahia, located in Belo Horizonte. Listening to his mother and talking with friends is part of his process. Awards and exhibits include: JACA residence in Canada, Jardim Art Center and Technology Nova, 2010, Member of collective Kaza Vazia Traveling Art Gallery. Art Basel Miami Beach 10th Edition Art Fair 2011 participant with the piece“Banana Market/Art Market”. Currently, he is developing the project:  “Noticias de America”, which consists of his route and travel from Brazil to the United States.

 

Taller zona Imaginaria residence 2011 Buenos Aires / AR

Familia Calel  residence 2011 San Juan Comalapa/GUATEMALA

Taller Multinacional  residence 2011 DF/MEX

 Sala de Espera residence 2012 San Diego/ USA

 

 

“Banana Market/Art Market”/ New York Times

Sala de Espera

 

Judith Pedroza

Sala de Espera

1515 Ninth Ave Apt E

San DIego CA 92101

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1/26/12 Big and Bright: New Work from Texas @ Southwestern College http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/17/12612-big-and-bright-new-work-from-texas-southwestern-college/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/17/12612-big-and-bright-new-work-from-texas-southwestern-college/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2012 06:24:44 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5208 “Big and Bright: New Work from Texas”
January 26, 2012- February 21, 2012
Southwestern College Art Gallery

900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Opening Receptions
Thursday January 26
11-1 & 6-8
SWC Art Gallery

Artist Talks
Sponsored by the SWC Foundation
Thursday January 26
12 PM
featuring
Matthew Bourbon & Vincent Falsetta

The Southwestern College Art Gallery presents “Big and Bright: New Work from Texas”, curated by Jessica McCambly . With the title taken from the song, “Deep in the Heart of Texas”, this exhibition is a regional survey that highlights the diverse range of work being created in Texas today.

Despite the massive size of the state of Texas, there is a close community that exists amongst the artists who live and work across the state. They know each other.. or of each other.. and are usually fans of each other.
The strength of this community of artists and the scene that they contribute to seems to defy the obvious geography that physically isolates them from the LA/NY art centers. With the presence of strong academic programs along with the support of regional cultural institutions, artist-run spaces, commercial galleries and virtual, cultural outlets that bridge the distance, these artists work and interact within unique and fertile conditions. This, along with the prevailing ethos, results in a vibrant and important art scene filled with complex and distinct work that stretches across Texas.

Featuring work by:

John Adelman * Susan Barnett * Iris Bechtol * Christine Bisetto
Paul Booker * Matthew Bourbon * Candace Briceno * Jim Burton
Rodolfo Choperena * Matt Clark * Shelby Cunningham * C.J. Davis
Eric Eley * Vincent Falsetta * Thomas Feulmer * Garland Fielder
Anna Fritzel)Shows * John Frost * Lily Hanson * Stephen Lapthisophon
Annette Lawrence * Dameon Lester * M * Margaret Meehan
Renee Nunez * Kim Cadmus Owens * Harmony Padgett * John Pomara
Ryder Richards * Rusty Scruby * Noah Simblist * Charlotte Smith
Terri Thornton * David Willburn * Sarah WIlliams
Curated by: Jessica McCambly

A graduate of the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design and former Texas artist, Curator Jessica McCambly is an artist currently living and working in San Diego, California. She also serves as Assistant Professor of Art at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California.

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1/28/12 TILT-SHIFT LA”, Curated by Darin Klein, Opens Saturday 6-9 pm http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/17/12812-tilt-shift-la-curated-by-darin-klein-opens-saturday-6-9-pm/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/17/12812-tilt-shift-la-curated-by-darin-klein-opens-saturday-6-9-pm/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:27:33 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5201 LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES

 proudly presents

 

TILT-SHIFT L.A.

New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge
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A Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery Exhibition

CURATED BY DARIN KLEIN & FRIENDS

 

JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 25, 2012

Artists Reception: Saturday, January 28, from 6 – 9 PM

 

Opening-Night Performance by OUR LADY J 

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PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Brandon Andrew | Zackary Drucker = A. L. Steiner | Deanna Erdmann | Matt Greene

Abel Baker Gutierrez | Lia Halloran | Danny Jauregui

Matt Lipps | prvtdncr & bodega vendetta | Christopher Russell & Halle Tate

George Stoll | Suzanne Wright 

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Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to present TILT-SHIFT LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge, a Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery Exhibition.  Curated by Darin Klein & Friends, the exhibition features 15 local Los Angeles contemporary queer artists and will be on view at the Gallery from January 28 through February 25, 2012.  An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, January 28, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and a series of free programs will be presented at the gallery during the run of the exhibition, including an opening-night performance by Our Lady J, followed by ‘Zine Fest 2012!, Sunday, February 12th; anditch dance, Saturday, February 18th.

 

“Tilt-shift” refers to the use of camera movements typically employed in creating a simulated environment or miniature scene.  The term in this context is well suited to Los Angeles-based queer artists who do not shy away from exploring and exploiting the visibility of a specific timeframe and geographic location, skewing and adjusting concepts of queerness to illuminate individual ideals. Acknowledging the ongoing “gay vs. queer” dialogue, this exhibition comprises artists and artworks that resist the boundaries and representations of confrontational “in your face” sexuality in favor of a broad range of ideas concerning the politics and aesthetics of marginalized bodies, cultures and identities.

In his introduction to the exhibition, Darin Klein writes:

 

As queer artists, we navigate a city that may have been built on illusion but is being held together by individualized histories.  Our bodies and our intellects seek harmony with or rebel against the disparate confluences of our surroundings while gleaning information and inspiration.  Our art proposes pragmatic solutions to, fantastic alternatives for, or straightforward documentation of the world as we experience it at the western edge of western civilization. …Because the ground we stand on is unstable – literally and metaphorically – the fortification of our psychological landscape is of utmost importance.  There is no singular viewpoint on important issues that are certain to affect entire communities where nature and man threaten to wipe out the bedrock of our collective and varied efforts and hopes.  Piece by piece we work to ensure that each of our voices is heard, confident that our contributions must strengthen the foundation of a future historical dialogue as it will pertain to queer artists living and working in Los Angeles right now.

 

Much of the art in Tilt-Shift LA has been created specifically for this exhibition, while key pieces from the past half-decade were sourced from the artists’ studios, and several recent works not exhibited previously will now be on view for the first time.

 

A symbolic representation of celebration, play, andrituals that punctuate the passing of time, Brandon Andrew’s neon sculpture points to the precariousness of the human experience and references exuberant moments of the absurd.  Zackary Drucker and A. L. Steiner collaborate (Zackary Drucker = A. L. Steiner) to produce staged photographic tableaux wherein their bodies are positioned in opposition of traditional gendered representations.  The digital video animations ofDeanna Erdmann collapse time by weaving together found and original footage in specific sequences.  In her latest work, a tranquil river voyage shot on a trip to Southeast Asia unfolds as a mesmerizing Rorschach test.  Folklore, cultures of fluid or interchangeable gender, self-representation and psychedelia are threads connecting Matt Greene’s earlier paintings to the new work on view here, featuring stark ghoulish figures set against dark fields.

Abel Baker Gutierrez’s work is concerned  with the overlapping systems that shape perceptions  about the archetypal male.  Inspired by rock music’s aesthetic trends, Scout culture and Old Master paintings, Gutierrez mined his diverse archive of source material to create the two new paintings presented in this exhibition.  Painter, photographer and skateboarder Lia Halloranplumbs the depths of her subjects of interest to the fullest extent of research and personal submersion.  Science, nature and sexuality are explored and represented as poetic manifestations in her latest suite of works in custom ink on Duralene.  Danny Jauregui’s paintings of long-shuttered Silverlake bathhouses propose new forms of “documenting” or “recording”-deeming traditional documentary film and photography insufficient at capturing loss, absence, marginalization and invisibility.  Matt Lippsdescribes his practice as being “in, with and alongside photography,” as he encounters found historical and popular images and appropriates them into three-dimensional compositions to be re-photographed and recontextualized.

 

Highlighting gaps in queer representation, intentional or unintentional homoerotic pop references, and the obvious but unspoken in mainstream media, prvtdncr & bodega vendetta will present a site-specific installation of mixed media works and personal objects from their homes and studios.  Christopher Russell and Halle Tate will present a unique hand-made collaborative artist book of short texts as well as a call-and-response photographic installation that plays on the traditional mentor/protégé relationship.  George Stollrenders everyday objects as deliberately handcrafted works of art.  Source materials such as fast food wrappers, toilet paper, sponges and Tupperware are carefully recast and imbued with his unique sense of humor.  Suzanne Wright’s sculptures and works on paper incorporate explicit queer concepts and rainbow hues while critiquing cultural standards with their placement of the female body in positions that question power and control.
TILT-SHIFT LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge is part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980. This unprecedented collaboration brings together more than sixty cultural institutions and selected private galleries from across Southern California for six months to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.

 

 

About the curator:

With an ever-expanding network of friends, Darin Klein curates and organizes exhibitions and arts programming, simultaneously creating, collecting and promoting artists’ publications and independent media.  Recent and upcoming endeavors include the traveling film programs Dirty Looks: Long Distance Love Affairs (with Bradford Nordeen) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (with Lorca Cohen); a series of exhibitions and related public programs at Amy Adler’s Echo Park Studio, Los Angeles; and Hammer Projects: Christopher Russell at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

 

Schedule of Special Programs:

Saturday, January 28, 2012, 6 to 9 pm: Opening artists reception and performance by Our Lady J

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 2 to 6 pm: ‘Zine Fest 2012!

Saturday, February 18, 2012, 6 to 8 pm: itch dance performance

 

For further information, please call the Gallery at 310-838-6000, or email: gallery@luisdejesus.com.

IMAGES, top to bottom:

Suzanne Wright, Galactic Glory Hole (Red), detail, 2010-2011, acrylic paint on birch plywood, 86 x 24 x 2 in.

Brandon Andrew, Keep Ya Head Up (In memory of my cousin Trevor), 2011, glass tube, neon gas, electrical hardware, shelf, 14 x 12 x 8 inches

Abel Baker Gutierrez, Observation Point, 2012, oil on panel, 36 x 24 inches each

Danny Jauregui, Disguised Ruin #10, 2010, gouache on hand cut paper, 22 x 30 inches

prvtdncr and Bodega Vendetta, 2011-12

LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES

2685 S LA CIENEGA BOULEVARD / LOS ANGELES, CA 90034

310 838 6000 / GALLERY@LUISDEJESUS.COM

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The Frozen Moment Anthology Reading @ The Ink Spot http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/16/the-frozen-moment-anthology-reading-the-ink-spot/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/01/16/the-frozen-moment-anthology-reading-the-ink-spot/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:24:34 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=5198
The Frozen Moment Anthology Reading
710 13th Street, Ste. 210, San Diego, CA 92101
Saturday, January 21, 2012
7:00pm until 10:00pm

“Every life has its tipping points–those moments when multiple future paths are laid out and decisions must be made. In an anthology curated by Colin Farstad and filled with writing by Tom Spanbauer and alums of his Dangerous Writers workshops, local writers confront The Frozen Moments of their lives in essays, fiction, poetry and non-fiction.”

–MARIANNA HANE WILES

The Frozen Moment: Contemporary Writers on the Choices that Change Our Lives, is a short story anthology involving fiction, poetry, essays and narrative non-fiction by emerging and established writers exploring the pivotal moments and choices that change the direction of our lives.

The Frozen Moment features twenty seven stories from authors such as award winning novelist Tom Spanbauer, Push Cart Prize winning essayist Akhim Yuseff Cabey, Push Cart Nominated writers Liz Prato, Tori Malcangio and Nora Robertson, Literary Fellowship recipients David Hernandez and Margaret Malone, Lamda Literary Fellowship winner David Ciminello, along with writers Gigi Little, Judy Reeves, Mitchell Jackson, and Michael Sage Ricci. The collected stories will make you laugh and break your heart as each writer explores their frozen moment.

San Diego Writers who will be reading from their stories in the anthology:

Nicole Vollrath earned her MFA at Emerson College in Boston. Her recent short fiction can be found in A Year in Ink and San Diego City Beat. She teaches Creative Writing at UCSD Extension and cohosts “Room To Write” at San Diego Writers, Ink. is her favorite website.

Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur who has published four books on the craft including A Writer’s Book of Days, which won Best Nonfiction in the 2011 San Diego Book Awards. She lives in San Diego and is cofounder of San Diego Writers, Ink. Find her at http://judyreeveswriter.com/

Tori Malcangio is a freelance advertising copywriter, mom, etc. in San Diego. Winner of 2010 Waasmode Fiction Prize her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA; Passages North; Smokelong Quarterly; Pearl Magazine; Literary Mama; The San Diego Reader; VerbSap; the 2010 anthology, A Year in Ink. She has a story forthcoming in Cream City Review and is a MFA candidate at Bennington College. Oh, the blog: halfassedmom.com.

Andrew Printer is a British artist and writer now based in San Diego. Printer’s videos and photographs have been exhibited internationally and his work is included in several collections. Printer is currently working on several projects including a short novel. http://www.andrewprinter.com/

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