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:
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.
Also, Check out our collaboration with the journal PROS*- a publication documenting the last There Goes the Neighborhood in 2010.]]>
Thursday October 27th, 2:30-4:00. Location: Agitprop, 2837 University Ave. (entrance on Utah St.)
This class will be an exploration of the notion of ‘limbic resonance’, the scientific term for the unspoken communication that occurs between mammals in physical contact with one another.
Taking form as a Skype chat with the teacher speaking from Ireland, the class itself challenges the possibilities of non-present communication. Can we replicate the experience of presence virtually? Using methods of anecdote, meditation and video trickery, the class will play with notions of embodiment and physicality, ultimately questioning whether true connection can be created through technology.
Also happening that week at UCSD:
KCDC All Corners Internet Conversation series.
Pablo Frankenburg is a scholar of museum studies pursuing his doctorate at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Frankenberg has been conducting research in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, asking museum consultants: What Makes the Ideal Museum?
Stephanie Sherman is co-director and Chris Kennedy is education curator at Elsewhere Living Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Elsewhere is a three store building housing one woman’s 58 year collection of thrift and surplus, which has become a living installation curated by hundreds of contributors over a 9 year period. Today, Elsewhere is a space to investigate creative collaboration, through community events, a residency program, and educational initiatives.
Session I Oct. 22th- Nov. 19th 2011
Session II Nov. 26th- Dec. 10 2011
@ Agitprop space
2837 University Ave. (North Park, entrance on Utah st.)
San Diego CA 92104
What: Three Crises: a Satellite. An open seminar to discuss the historical development of the current economic crisis and how we got here.
after first meeting .
“By undercutting social solidarities and destroying ecological equilibriums the neoliberal program of accelerated capital expansion immediately spawned its neoconservative shadow, in the form of a military, moral and religious return to order. Nothing could have made better cover for the denial of democratic critique, the clampdown on civil liberties, and the continuing budgetary shift from social welfare to corporate security.”
Brian Holmes, “Continental Drift: Activist Research, from Geopolitics to Geopoetics.”
This satellite is organized with the help of Elizabeth Chaney, Jeanine Webb, Cara Baldwin and David White]]>
A second goal of the 2837 University is to unearth some aspects of the neighborhood that are overlooked, underutilized or undervalued and then to eventually use this information to help maximize the use of these spaces and eventually have these spaces become the “campus” itself. To begin we watched an oldie but a goodie: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces by William H. Whyte. It is an examination of what makes public spaces socially functional. While not directly related to overpasses or small business that create micro-communities this video is a good starting point as a strategy for looking at both of these spaces.
If you still would like to participate in either of these projects, feel free to jump in at any time. These projects are an open forum. The next meeting is Saturday 8/13 at 1pm (Non-Articulated Communities) and 3pm (Crossing I-805) at Agitprop and continue every Saturday until September 10th.
William H. Whyte – Social Life of Small Urban Places from Robin van Emden on Vimeo.
The 2837 University is a network of creative thinkers, small businesses, community members and sites in North Park (San Diego, CA). It encourages knowledge exchange by facilitating courses and events which coordinate the interests and resources of the North Park community and environs. Open exchange, and the blending of theory and practice, is the central idea and activity of the university; blurring the student teacher dichotomy, and fostering projects and resources that are financially and locally accessible to all.
Aug. 6- Sept. 10 Saturdays 3-5pm (first meeting at Agitprop 2837 University Ave. North Park 92104 – entrance on Utah St.)
Description: This is a collective research project examining the I-805 freeway as it cuts through North Park and City Heights. We will look at the topography, history, culture, current conditions and outside examples of freeway and canyon crossings. This investigation will evoke questions which we will use to develop re-interpretations of highway crossings. Project Leader: Lori Lipsman -First meeting Saturday August 6th at 3pm at Agitprop 2837 University Ave. (entrance on Utah St. ) 92104
10 spaces available to participate. RSVP to email@example.com
Aug. 6- Sept. 10 Saturdays 1-3pm (first meeting at Agitprop 2837 University Ave. North Park 92104 – entrance on Utah St.)
Description: This participatory project will examine micro-communities in North Park that do not recognize themselves as “communities” as such. These small groupings of individuals are often the result of side effects derived from heterogeneous small businesses. We will analyze what conditions have allowed these communities to form and document these accordingly. Project Leader: David White -First meeting Saturday August 6th at 1pm at Agitprop 2837 University Ave. (entrance on Utah St. ) 92104
10 spaces available to participate. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
participation is free for both projects
This past weekend as part of the 2837 University project Stephanie Lie led a Aerial Balloon Mapping project using a weather balloon with point and shoot camera attached to it. The camera was programmed to take photos at spaced intervals of time. The balloon was tethered to three different lines for stability and control by the operators. This was a one day event that we hope will be indicative of some of the courses the 2837 University will offer this summer. Participants included: Cristina, Mina, Liz, Brent, Omar and John and Byron. These photos are from Switzer Canyon near 28th and Maple.
City of San Diego Parks and Recreation map of the trails in Switzer Canyon: http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/pdf/switzertrailmap.pdf
Lie is also in the process of photographing and documenting San Elijo Lagoon. The photos below are from along highway 1 from Las Olas restaurant to Seaside beach. She hopes that this technique can used for people to make a personalized, localized “google earth” type image of their own; and to document particular explorations for comparative examination.]]>
2837 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
In January Agitprop conducted a 6-week study to see if a “University” could be assembled out of existing spaces in North Park and environs. This study was done through a call for participation. The subsequent 30 or so participants in the study included educators, activists, small business advocates and artists. The conclusion was an astounding “Yes”, it could be done. The 2837 University is moving forward and in doing so is asking for further participation. On May 14th 2011 from 2-6pm we will be holding a one-day series of events to bring attention to the 2837 University project and promote upcoming “courses” being offered this summer.
More info here: http://agitpropspace.org/the-2837-university/
Using a camera attached to a tethered weather balloon, participants in the workshop will take aerial photographs of the environs surrounding Agitprop to produce an alternative map of their neighborhood.
Using a blank map, participants will outline their perspective on what the un-official boundaries of North Park are.
Sea Rocket Bistro
3382 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104
Sea Rocket Bistro, a restaurant that focuses on local food, will be doing a Fish Cutting Demonstration. Executive Chef Chad White will show you what to look for to ensure you pick the freshest fish possible from your fishmonger, show you how to cut and fillet a whole fish, and offer ideas on how to prepare particular kinds of fish for the best tasting meal!
By maintaining proper pressure in their tires, drivers can improve their gas mileage and save up to $200 per year in gasoline costs.
i like your parking is a zine distributing project for the etiquette of parking your vehicle in the City of San Diego. As an ongoing participatory piece, i like your parking, asks the average driver to be on alert for those who break the common courtesy rules forparallel parking.
Have questions about the 2837 University? What is it? Why are we doing it? What conclusions did we come to during the study? How can you be involved? This will be a time to ask and get more info!
Above events are free, but donations gladly accepted
Price: $10 in advance, $12 the day of the event
Presale tickets available at Hoai Hue – 4660 El Cajon Boulevard #102
Experience the Little Saigon District, Taste a variety of Vietnamese Food, and Embrace the Culture of the San Diego’s Vietnamese Community on El Cajon Boulevard
Restaurant Participants: A Chau, Pho King , Minh Hoa, Song Huong Food To Go , Hoai Hue, Cali Baguette Express, Maxim’s Seafood Restaurant
Public Readings from the 2011 One Book, One San Diego selection, The Ganster We are All Looking For
Free Guided walking tours available to Taste of Little Saigon participants
Brought to you in partnership with the Little Saigon Foundation, El Cajon Boulevard BIA and One Book One Saigon
Contact Beryl Forman for more information: email@example.com or (619)283-3608
Also as part of the Orientation day:
Closing Reception for:
Closing Reception – 7pm-10pm, May 14, 2011
@ Agitprop -2837 University Ave. (entrance on Utah.)
Inside the Digital Scriptorium is the culmination of a five month trip around the United States by artist Tim Schwartz, exploring what might be lost as archives, museums, and libraries become digital. The works in this show attempt to identify the space between physical objects and their digital surrogates and in some cases fill that gap. The works include a series of botanical prints which explore the loss between high resolution scans and archival web images, a pair of books which identify the space between a physical and digital book, and a set of pages from various authors that investigate with a missing page from the wild west.
Agitprop: Call for Participation
From January 29th though March 5th 2011 Agitprop will be conducting a workshop in conjunction with the 2010 California Biennial. This workshop will take place at the Agitprop space in North Park (San Diego).
The title of the project is The 2837 University. The 2837 University will examine spaces in the neighborhood nearby the Agitprop space that are sites of knowledge construction- that is, places where people learn something through the exchange of ideas. These spaces can range from a table at a coffee shop where two individuals engage in conversation to more formalized instructional centers.
The 2837 University will be broken down into two parts: The first several meetings will focus on examining what and why we are looking at these spaces (see ‘Conceptual Framework’ below). The second part will ask participants to enter the neighborhood and document the spaces in question through the use of video, photos, interviews, drawings, paintings, etc, etc.
The goal of this course is to act as a participatory feasibility study in order to determine if Agitprop should expand its interests into the field of education and to see if a “university” could be pieced together from preexisting spaces that lend themselves to the construction of some form of knowledge.
The workshop will convene every Saturday from 3-5pm during the dates stated above. Registration is free.
To register, or for further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org with 2837 University in the subject line.
Thank you and we hope you participate!
David White and Edward Sterrett
The 2837 University is a project that re-imagines the Agitprop space and the surrounding neighborhood as the site of a micro-university, with the goal of opening a conversation about re-purposing the concept of University Education in the context of the ongoing critique of the corporatization of the University. We will begin by investigating the relation of the construction of a mass consumer class in the US after WWII and the formulation of a new concept of individuality that borrowed its notion of self-expression from the legacy of Romanticism, all the while yoking the seeming freedom of expression to the profit system of hyper-inflated production and infinite obsolescence. As the university system is increasingly dominated by corporate interest, the very notion of the student is replaced by that of the consumer, and the value of a university education is understood strictly in terms of the acquisition of readily available skills and knowledge bases that are immediately transferable to exchange value. We might begin from the question of what has been lost; what was the notion of the university student before it became the university consumer? And we might begin provisionally with the idea that education, the work of the student, is to come to terms with a freedom that, far from being the trap of infinite choice that masks itself as the freedom of a consumer class, is in fact the work that one does on oneself in order to free oneself from one’s limitations. The question remains, how to construct one’s own individuality without succumbing to the myopia that characterizes the absolute atomization of a self-interested consumer class, how to reclaim and reconstruct a social fabric that is not at all points grounded in the logic of the market, and how the structure of the University itself, which encourages the excessive borrowing, atomized suburban living arrangements and passive resistance strategies characteristic of the trap of the consumer class, can be retooled to encourage and make possible the work of the student, a work that continues despite all these hindrances, perhaps we could rethink the University as a space which is made by the work of the student however and wherever that may take place? The 2837 University will run from January to March of 2011; during this time the space will also play host to a series of installations, screenings, and performances that address and contribute to the conversation initiated by the project.]]>