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AGITPROPcommunity engagement | 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 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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10/29-30/11 Global Forum on Building Digital Commons and Collaborative Communities http://agitpropspace.org/2011/10/09/1029-3011-global-forum-on-building-digital-commons-and-collaborative-communities/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/10/09/1029-3011-global-forum-on-building-digital-commons-and-collaborative-communities/#comments Sun, 09 Oct 2011 20:42:34 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=4264 Forum Building Digital Commons and Collaborative Communities

29th – 30th  October 2011, Barcelona, Catalonia & Online http://www.digital-commons.net

Building Digital Commons and Collaborative Communities is a new initiative aiming to bring together individuals, collective and organizations from different Free and Open Collaborative Communities, Digital Commons Initiatives and Researchers in the area to identify ways to support and learn from each other and collaborate in order to promote together digital commons.

Why?

The new technologies offered a big opportunity to create, innovate and collaborate to share and build information and knowledge resources. However, we are living challenging times, with   an ongoing growth of the enclosure of the commons.

i) We want to promote  the ?makers? and ? doers? approach: To increase the visibility of the initiatives that are based on building digital commons.
ii) Systematize experiences & learn from each other (at the legal, infrastructural, sustainable, participation and governance levels).
ii) Map the digital public spaces and promote common actions
iv) Create public procommons references: To underline the distinction between the governance of digital commons and other forms of corporate-providers not based on free and open infrastructure.
v) Build bridges between action and research on commons as a form of governance, production and horizon for social transformation.

What?

We will address collaboratively and critically a series of working lines:

1. Participation and engagement in communities
2. Sustainability formulas and dialogue between social digital economy and cooperativism
3. Mapping a variety of digital commons initiatives and to define a common strategy

A “How to manual on digital commons: participation engagement, sustainability formulas and over all digital commons networking” and a “Digital commons alliance/network” will be the resulting outcomes of the event.

When and Where?

29th  and 30th  of October 2011 physically at the CCCB ( 5th Montalegre str. ? Aula 1) (Barcelona) and online at:http://www.digital-commons.net

See program: http://www.digital-commons.net/program/

How to participate and keep informed?

To attend physically register at: www.digital-commons.net/form/registration

Keep updated and participate online:
Identica & Twitter: @dimmons_forum
Facebook: ForumGlobal Dimmons
IRC: #Dimmons
Visit www.digital-commons.net for the streaming
Engage with the event documentation and collaborative writing at: wiki.digital-commons.net

Looking forward to hearing back from you!

Building Digital Commons is an initiative promoted by Amical Viquipedia (http://www.viquimedia.cat) and Institute of Government and Public Policies – Autonomous University of Barcelona (http://igop.uab.cat), and supported by the Wikimedia Foundation (http://wikimediafoundation.org).

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2837 University- Videos from first meeting http://agitpropspace.org/2011/08/12/2837-university-videos-from-first-meeting/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/08/12/2837-university-videos-from-first-meeting/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 22:52:01 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=2941 The first projects of the 2837 University are underway.  Here are two videos that we used to begin the conversations.  The first is from a talk by Sir Ken Robinson on changing educational paradigms.  While our humble project obviously is not directly connected to schools etc. one aspect that we hoped would come out of it was a platform for re-thinking the way people (of all ages) learn. As you can see from the original CFP back in January of 2011 many of the ideas contained within this video run in parallel to the foundational ideas of the project and the statement composed by the initial participating group.

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.

Enjoy:

William H. Whyte – Social Life of Small Urban Places from Robin van Emden on Vimeo.

 

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The 2837 University http://agitpropspace.org/2011/01/05/the-2837-university/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/01/05/the-2837-university/#comments Thu, 06 Jan 2011 04:31:26 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=772

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 UniversityThe 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 contact@agitpropspace.org with 2837 University in the subject line.

Thank you and we hope you participate!

David White and Edward Sterrett

Agitprop

Conceptual Framework:

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.

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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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Film Screening, Gathering and Initiative Signing http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/15/film-screening-gathering-and-initiative-signing/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/15/film-screening-gathering-and-initiative-signing/#comments Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:28:19 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=556

This Friday and Saturday Agitprop is looking for you to do your part in getting the “Lakoff Initiative” on the ballet. There is not much time so please stop by the space on Friday from noon to 5 or Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm to sign a form to get this initiative on the ballot.  WE print it out, WE stuff envelopes, YOU simply sign it.  We will also have a few snacks and some films on hand for you to enjoy.  Or you can sign and leave, or sign and just hang out for some good conversation…

Schedule of Films

Friday:

12:30 Killing Creativity: Are Schools or Parents to Blame

Looks at a group of 25 seven-year-olds and their families in order to study childhood creativity, why it frequently fades, and why it matters.

1:30 The Water is Ours, Damn It!

Tells the story of how the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia fought to take back control of their water after it was privatized.

2:00 The Corporation

Explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time.

3:30 Capitalism Hits the Fan

University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today’s economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself.

Saturday:

10:00 am- coffee and bagels

12:00 pm- Killing Creativity: Are Schools or Parents to Blame

Looks at a group of 25 seven-year-olds and their families in order to study childhood creativity, why it frequently fades, and why it matters.

2:00 pm- The Water is Ours, Damn It!

Tells the story of how the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia fought to take back control of their water after it was privatized.

3:00 pm- The Corporation

explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time.

5:30 pm- Capitalism Hits the Fan

University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today’s economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself.

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For more info on the Lakoff initiative click here

“The California Democracy Act, a non-partisan constitutional amendment authored by UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff, consists in its entirety of a mere 14 words:

“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”

California is one of the only states in the nation to constitutionally give a 34 percent minority of its state representatives direct control over all such legislation-thereby ensuring the budget and revenue gridlock we are experiencing.

California is in the middle of an unprecedented economic crisis requiring fundamental new approaches for resolution. Creativity is essential as we are currently unable to implement more obvious solutions to resolving the crisis. For example, we are also one of the only significant oil producing states that fails to charge oil companies an extraction tax on the oil they pump-even Governor Sarah Palin prided herself on taxing Alaska’s oil profiteers. …

George Lakoff gave a talk last week at UCSD.  As you may know, he is organizing a drive to put a proposition on the ballot that would end the 2/3 rule that currently makes it impossible for the state of California to raise revenue or to pass a budget without the consent of a militant Republican minority intent on starving the state to death. The initiative has 5 weeks to gather the necessary 1.2 million signatures.”


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Lakoff Petition http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/08/lakoff-petition/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/08/lakoff-petition/#comments Mon, 08 Mar 2010 17:13:33 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=553

The California Democracy Act, a non-partisan constitutional amendment authored by UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff, consists in its entirety of a mere 14 words:

“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”

California is one of the only states in the nation to constitutionally give a 34 percent minority of its state representatives direct control over all such legislation-thereby ensuring the budget and revenue gridlock we are experiencing.

California is in the middle of an unprecedented economic crisis requiring fundamental new approaches for resolution. Creativity is essential as we are currently unable to implement more obvious solutions to resolving the crisis. For example, we are also one of the only significant oil producing states that fails to charge oil companies an extraction tax on the oil they pump-even Governor Sarah Palin prided herself on taxing Alaska’s oil profiteers. …

George Lakoff gave a talk yesterday evening at UCSD.  As you may know, he is organizing a drive to put a proposition on the ballot that would end the 2/3 rule that currently makes it impossible for the state of California to raise revenue or to pass a budget without the consent of a militant Republican minority intent on starving the state to death. The initiative has 5 weeks to gather the necessary 1.2 million signatures.

Here is what you can do. It will take all of 5 minutes:

You can download a copy of the petition from the internet, and sign the document twice: 1) once on the line for petitioner signatures and 2) a second time at the bottom of the petition as the one gathering signatures.

In other words you can submit your own petition signed by you, and mail it in.

Anyone can do it.

So link the URL below to your Facebook and get your friends to do the same.

THAT WAY IT WILL GO VIRAL

Here is the web site:

http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6110/content.jsp?key=3403

Here is the text of the Constitutional amendment that needs only 50% plus 1 vote in the referendum to pass:

“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”

It is clear that there is no solution to the current crisis of public higher education in California, unless the state is able to raise revenue. It is clear that there is no solution to the current crisis of public anything (k-12, healthcare for poor children, fire departments etc.) in California without abolishing the 2/3 rule. Please sign the petition, get others to do the same, and help to put Lakoff’s proposition on the ballot.

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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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