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AGITPROPAgitprop Projects | 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 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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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 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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2010 California Biennial http://agitpropspace.org/2010/10/21/2010-california-biennial/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/10/21/2010-california-biennial/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 07:44:09 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=707

2010 California Biennial

Oct 24, 2010 – Mar 13, 2011

The Orange County Museum of Art is pleased to present the 2010 California Biennial. The Biennial exhibitions are highly anticipated by art enthusiasts and the art world. In addition to approximately 150 works of art and installations on display, the museum will also serve as the site for approximately 30 programs and performances that will appeal to diverse interests and continue OCMA’s history of presenting new developments in contemporary art.

The only exhibition of its kind in California, the California Biennial brings together a large cross-section of the State’s most innovative contemporary visual artists. The Biennial continues the Orange County Museum of Art’s four-decade long history of presenting new developments in California art. In 2008, the museum presented works by more than 50 artists and, for the first time, incorporated off-site projects with collaborating venues from Tijuana to Northern California.

Earlier this year, Biennial curator Sarah Bancroft invited 45 artists and collaborative groups to participate in this year’s exhibition. Bancroft visited more than 100 studios throughout the state and discovered an extremely diverse array of practices that include painting and drawing, film and video, installation, performance and dance, photography, sculpture, and sound and text-based work. The artworks engage through politics, representation and abstraction, identity and social practice, humor and play, and performance and audience participation; all hallmarks of art in the 21st century.

The 2010 California Biennial promises to be similarly full of artists, energy, accomplishments, and surprises. A fully-illustrated catalogue published by the Orange County Museum of Art will accompany this exhibition.

2010 California Biennial Artists:
David Adey, Agitprop, Gil Blank, Nate Boyce, Luke Butler, Juan Capistran, Zoe Crosher, Brian Dick, Dru Donovan, Mari Eastman, Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab, Carlee Fernandez, Finishing School, Eve Fowler, Rebecca Goldfarb, Katy Grannan, Alexandra Grant, Sherin Guirguis, Drew Heitzler, Violet Hopkins, Alex Israel, Glenna Jennings, Barry MacGregor Johnston, Vishal Jugdeo, Stanya Kahn, Andy Kolar, Jennifer Locke, Los Angeles Urban Rangers, Tom Mueske, Tucker Nichols, Camilo Ontiveros, Nikki Pressley, Andy Ralph, Will Rogan, Paul Schiek, Taravat Talepasand, Wu Tsang, Zlatan Vukosavljevic, Nina Waisman, Flora Wiegmann, Allison Wiese, Lisa Williamson, David Wilson, Patrick Wilson, John Zurier.

http://www.ocma.net/index.html?page=upcoming#2010_California_Biennial

For the 2010 California Biennial Agitprop will be doing a project/s as described on the label in the exhibition as so:

” “The Third Party”

Agitprop

Agitprop is a space in San Diego that re-imagines the form of the gallery as a site of localized, long term engagement with a certain neighborhood or community. Agitprop works with a variety of individuals, institutions, small businesses, artists, and other neighborhood entities in order to advance a distributed view of how (art) institutions can be integral to social, political and material conditions found within the physical proximity of the space in which those institutions exist. For the 2010 California Biennial, Agitprop will utilize its portion of the exhibition space as a “satellite office” in conjunction with a project based out of the Agitprop space itself called “The 2837 University”.  “The 2837 University” examines various spaces that function as sites of knowledge construction (which range from museums, libraries, coffee shops, galleries, street corners, shopping centers etc). Here at the Orange County Museum of Art Agitprop will center this exploration of knowledge construction around “The Third Party”; a mobile conversation cart.  “The Third Party” will be used to interview museum patrons and individuals sought out from the local community in order establish a participatory approach to gleaning information about significant local conditions.”

Video introduction that is part of the installation at the Orange County Museum of Art describing how “The Third Party” and “The 2837 University” will unfold over the course of the exhibition:

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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD! 2010 http://agitpropspace.org/2010/05/22/there-goes-the-neighborhood/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/05/22/there-goes-the-neighborhood/#comments Sun, 23 May 2010 00:23:30 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=683

There Goes the Neighborhood! is a four day event that not only hopes to shed light on issues of art and its relationship to a specific community, but to also re-examine, through artistic interventions, some aspects of the neighborhood that are sometimes overlooked. There Goes the Neighborhood! has been organized by a group of artists, architects, and interested parties as a way to initiate a conversation about the dynamics of the neighborhood. Our intention, and why you are now reading this, is to include as many people in the discussion as possible. We hope to see to you there!

Schedule of Events

Thursday June 3rd

6pm – 7pm Music show on the Bus driving to the San Diego Museum of Art
7pm – 7:30pm Vibrating Milk at the San Diego Museum of Art
7:30pm – 9pm Paneldiscussion at the San Diego Museum of Art on”Art, Neighborhood and Gentrification”with City Councilmember Todd Gloria, Architect Ted Smith,

Artist/Gallerist Lynn Suscholz, and Artist Susannah Bielak

Friday June 4th

7pm – 8 pm Pastoral poetry reading curated by Lorraine Graham as part of the Agitprop Reading and Performance Series
8pm – 11pm Music show on the Bus: Mission:Valley, Riververb, Innerds

Saturday June 5th

10am – 5pm KTGN radio broadcast
10am – noon Brunch & artist talk at the Chicken Pie Shop
noon – 3pm Bicycle tour of thrift stores with Joe Yorty
2pm – 4pm Could __ be a classroom? a silk-screening workshop at a local laundromat with Eddie Miramontes
3pm – 4pm Free Space walking tour with Megan Willis
6pm – 11pm Music show on the Bus driving to the opening of Here Not There at MCASD La Jolla and Red Ball at Sushi

Sunday June 6th

10am – 5pm KTGN radio broadcast
noon – 3pm Luncheon on the Grass at Agitprop and the Bus
2pm – 5pm Turn Up Everything synthpack workshop with Michael Trigilio
2pm – 3pm Homeland Security walking tour with Leslie Ryan
3pm – 4pm Yard by Yard talk, and walking tour with Lesley Stern
6pm – 9pm Taking Up Space a New Orleans-style procession by artist Jessica Sledge.
Tati to the Streets by Micki Davis along the procession route
Microcinemafilm screening curated by Cauleen Smith along the procession route

http://theregoes.org/

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Art Tap Out 3 @ TNT http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/22/art-tap-out-3-tnt/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/22/art-tap-out-3-tnt/#comments Tue, 23 Mar 2010 03:09:40 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=570

ART TAP OUT 3  THIS THURSDAY AT TNT  7-9pm

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO

1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard
(between Broadway and B Street)
San Diego, CA 92101
858 454 3541

TNT info here

The third installment of Art Tap Out is here!  This time at the MCASD downtown for TNT. For those not familiar with ATO it is an event that pits artist against critic in a ring resembling underground pugilism, ultimate fighting or cock fighting. As usual Kevin Freitas of Art As Authority will be in the critic’s slot throwing down verbal punches!  Audience participation is strongly encouraged (in fact, it is what this is all about).

In the ring this time is:

Omar Pimienta

Micha Cardenas & Elle Mermand

Suzanne Wright

SEE YOU THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE FIGHTS!

(don’t be late)

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BRAIN TRUST: Events calendar and other info… http://agitpropspace.org/2009/09/16/brain-trust-events-calendar-and-other-info/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/09/16/brain-trust-events-calendar-and-other-info/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2009 02:41:23 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=351 So far, based on the opening reception, Agitprop’s Brain Trust is in full swing. (reception and event images HERE) Thanks to all participants.  Below is a calendar of events that will take place as part of the Brain Trust exhibition. These events were organized by people that have had some relationship to Agitprop in the past, and hopefully continue to do so in the future.  These events are brainchildren of each of these individuals.  All of these should be fantastic….

enjoy.

EVENTS

Saturday, September 19:  North Park Thrift Store Bicycle Tour

12:00 to 2:00 pm
Location: Begins at Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA
info/contact:
joyboe@hotmail.com

Join the San Diego Second Hand Shopping Society, lead by Joy and Joe, in conjunction with North Park Night’s eco friendly focus theme, for our first annual North Park Thrift Store Bicycle Tour! We will leave Art Produce at noon sharp for a 2 hour pedal-powered tour of some of N.P.’s finest thrift establishments. Pump up your tires and show support of our local economy and several of North Park’s non-profit organizations by filling your basket with those vintage wares you didn’t know you couldn’t live without! A sundown slideshow presentation with take place at Art Produce from 6-9 that evening.

See images of the tour HERE

Saturday, September 26Meet the Press

6:00 pm
Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA
info/contact:
artasauthority@artasauthority.com

Panel discussion about how the arts are covered by the press in San Diego, what constitutes good arts writing, and how do we get more of it. Panel members include: Seth Combs – San Diego CityBeat Arts Editor, Keli Dailey – SignOnSanDiego.com, Patricia Frischer – SDVAN (San Diego Visual Arts Network), and Pam Kragen – North County Times Arts Editor. Moderator is Kevin Freitas – Art as Authority

Saturday, October 3Poetry Reading

6:00 pm

Location: Agitprop
2837 University Avenue (entrance off Utah)   North Park, CA

Poets Frank Montesonti & Jeannine Hall Gailey

This event is free and open to the public. As always, there will be a reception following the reading.
Donations to the gallery are greatly appreciated.

Frank Montesonti teaches creative writing at National University.  His poems have appeared in such journals as Black Warrior Review, AQR, Cream City Review, Poet Lore, Lit, among many others. His chapbook, A Civic Pageant, won the 2007 Black River Chapbook contest.

Jeannine Hall Gailey’s first book of poetry, Becoming the Villainess, was published by Steel Toe Books. Poems from the book were featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and on Verse Daily; two were included in 2007’s The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She was awarded a 2007 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for Poetry and a 2007 Washington State Artist Trust GAP grant. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Columbia Poetry Review, and Ninth Letter. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches at the MFA program at National University.

Sunday, October 4Residual Spaces Walking Tour

led by Megan Willis

(estudio Teddy Cruz; Woodbury University and New School of Arch. and Design)

1:00 – 3:00pm

Starts at 1 pm sharp at Art Produce Gallery

A short presentation discussing what residual spaces are; followed by a short walk through the neighborhood looking at those spaces that remain as cities and neighborhoods grow, change use, and evolve.

3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Saturday, October 10Old Timey Self-Portrait – Josh Bellfy

and:

Soup with/by Eddie Miramontes

2:00pm

In these harsh economic times, who couldn’t use a nice comforting bowl of soup. Made from Eddie’s Mother’s own recipe.  Free!  … And then take your own self portrait with assistance from Josh Bellfy.

“Brain Trust” closing reception

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Other Stuff…

During the opening reception I had several conversations about how this project came about. Over the course of long hours of carving the original block and casting the 1000 concrete units, I watched A LOT of videos online. I came across the two videos below during this time period and thought that they related really well to many of the ideas that Agitprop and the Brain Trust project have been about from the beginning. I wanted to incorporate both in the exhibition in some way, but I just never came up with a good idea how.  So here they are now.

-David White

Yochai Benkler: Open-Source Econonics

Ralph Nader: Corporate Fascism

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Brain Trust http://agitpropspace.org/2009/08/25/brain-trust-coming-soon/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/08/25/brain-trust-coming-soon/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2009 06:58:17 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=325 brain-blocks-postcard-front

Agitprop moves into a new phase by illustrating some of the work it has done in the past and asking you to participate in future projects by being part of a “brain trust”. This installation addresses issues of social economics, art markets, commodities trading, and community engagement.

 

In “Brain Trust”, Agitprop  turns corporate and art world institutional conventions on their head as a method of generating support for projects based on connectivity and community at the scale of the neighborhood. “Brain Trust” asks people to become “investors” in Agitprop. Agitprop is a space in North Park  that attempts to blur the lines between individual art practice, the Studio, the Gallery and the Neighborhood.

The Agitprop “Brain Trust” is established through “Brain Blocks”, an edition of 1000 concrete sculptures that, when purchased, act as “stock” in Agitprop. “Brain Blocks” simultaneously reference the art market, commodities trading and the “Cube” as an art historical sculptural form. Each sculpture takes the shape of a 4¼ inch cube that resembles the surface pattern of the human brain. Sculptural “shareholders” will become facilitators of Agitprop’s upcoming projects and will be asked in the future for feedback on these same projects. Many of these projects do not readily fit into conventional gallery settings. Past projects include the Agitprop space itself, literature readings, Art Tap Outs I & II (live critiques in the form of underground pugilism), artwork in empty storefronts, collaborations with other neighborhood entities etc.

The initiation of Agitprop as a space, and subsequently the “Brain Trust” project, stems from an examination and response to current art-supportive structures. Contemporary art tends to take primarily two approaches in the distribution of the works of artists: art works commodified through commercial galleries and dealers and/or; non-commercial works whose funding through universities and museums, when traced backwards, eventually leads to a corporate source. This exhibition asks the question “Is it possible to have a local practice supported by those who that practice targets?”

In addition to the “Brain Blocks” portion of the exhibition there will be several single day events over the duration of the exhibition including a walking tour of North Park discussing residual spaces, self-portrait photography sessions, free soup and more… A calendar of these events will be available at the exhibition as well as more info in postings here on agitpropspace.org.

David White

 

Exhibition Dates: September 12, 2009 – October 11th 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 12th; 6-9p

Closing Reception: Saturday, October 11; 6-9p

EVENTS

Saturday, September 19:  North Park Thrift Store Bicycle Tour

12:00 to 2:00 pm
Location: Begins at Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA
info/contact:
joyboe@hotmail.com

Join the San Diego Second Hand Shopping Society, lead by Joy and Joe, in conjunction with North Park Night’s eco friendly focus theme, for our first annual North Park Thrift Store Bicycle Tour! We will leave Art Produce at noon sharp for a 2 hour pedal-powered tour of some of N.P.’s finest thrift establishments. Pump up your tires and show support of our local economy and several of North Park’s non-profit organizations by filling your basket with those vintage wares you didn’t know you couldn’t live without! A sundown slideshow presentation with take place at Art Produce from 6-9 that evening, in conjunction with AGITPROP’s current BRAIN TRUST exhibitition.

 

Saturday, September 26Meet the Press

6:00 pm
Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA
info/contact:
artasauthority@artasauthority.com

Panel discussion about how the arts are covered by the press in San Diego, what constitutes good arts writing, and how do we get more of it. Panel members include: Seth Combs – San Diego CityBeat Arts Editor, Keli Dailey – SignOnSanDiego.com, Patricia Frischer – SDVAN (San Diego Visual Arts Network), and Pam Kragen – North County Times Arts Editor. Moderator is Kevin Freitas – Art as Authority

Saturday, October 3Poetry Reading

6:00 pm

Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Sunday, October 4Residual Spaces Walking Tour

led by Megan Willis

1:00 – 3:00pm

Starts at 1 pm sharp at Art Produce Gallery

3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Saturday, October 10Old Timey Self-Portrait – Josh Bellfy

and:

Soup with/by Eddie Miramontes

2:00pm

In these harsh economic times, who couldn’t use a nice comforting bowl of soup. Made from Eddie’s Mother’s own recipe.  Free!  … And then take your own self portrait with assistance from Josh Bellfy.

“Brain Trust” closing reception

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Images from the opening: 


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