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AGITPROPmcasd | 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 Poem for Dita http://agitpropspace.org/2011/09/17/poem-for-dita/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/09/17/poem-for-dita/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2011 00:44:40 +0000 Perry Vasquez http://agitpropspace.org/?p=4062

On September 10, 2011 Dita von Teese performed her burlesque show at MCASD’s Monte Carlo fundraising event.


Dita’s in the art (museum)
Doing illicit things America
Divine intervening trance-angel
Dancing imploring titillating attracting
Devotion – is this Art?
Devolution? Innovation? Transcendence? Adult
Disneyland? Intelligentsia take aim!

Diotema in the alley
Daring imitation that’s assumed
Distraction in the attic
Denoting ill treatment always
Despite impulse to arouse
Dangerous instincts to alms
Dementia increasingly touches Artaud

Decoding information TN A
Dollars inscribe, thumbtacks approach
Dance improves terrific abs
Deleted instantly time accelerates
Dionysus – is that art?
Dominatrix inside Tolstoy’s angel
Danger is terribly appealing

Dharma is true activity
Damaged id thinking aloud
Does inspire tragic answers
Declaring insanity, trashing allegory
Drinking in tomorrow’s art angel
Drinking in teats of absinthe
Drowning in tumescent anatomy
of Dita

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8/18/11 Kyong Park-A Conversation with Philipp Scholz Rittermann @MCASD http://agitpropspace.org/2011/08/15/81811-kyong-park-a-conversation-with-philipp-scholz-rittermann-mcasd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/08/15/81811-kyong-park-a-conversation-with-philipp-scholz-rittermann-mcasd/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 21:56:44 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=3191 Kyong Park- A Conversation with Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Thursday, August 18, 2011 – 7 PM

MCASD La Jolla, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, California 92037-4291

Free to Members; $10 General Admission

Join Philipp Scholz Rittermann, along with MCASD’s Chief Curator Kathryn Kanjo and UC San Diego Professor of Public Culture and Urbanism Kyong Park, for a discussion focused on the accelerated changes of China’s Grand Canal. This program falls on a Free Third Thursday; tour the exhibition for free from 5-7 PM

Related Exhibition: Emperor’s River: Philipp Scholz Rittermann


MCASD La Jolla
858 454 3541


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Art Tap Out 3 @ MCASD afterthoughts from the ref http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/29/art-tap-out-3-mcasd-afterthoughts-from-the-ref/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/29/art-tap-out-3-mcasd-afterthoughts-from-the-ref/#comments Tue, 30 Mar 2010 01:55:12 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=580

photo by Josh Bellfy

photo by Josh Bellfy

photo by Josh Bellfy

photo by Josh Bellfy

First and foremost: Thank you to all those who participated and made Art Tap Out a success.

Thank you’s to:

Kevin Freitas – critic

Omar Pimienta – artist Round 1 presenting “Lady Libertad”

Suzanne Wright – artist Round 2 presenting “The Whole Future”

Micha Cardenas and Elle Mehrmand – artists Round 3 presenting “technésexual”

Also thank you to:

Megan Willis, Eddie Miramontes, Il Young Son, Josh Bellfy, Joy Boe, and Mike Lohr

and  of course the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

Also, as usual, the audience played such an important role in this event.  Thank you all who participated.


Art Tap Out 3 is over and in post-event conversation there seems to be some ongoing dialogue about some of the issues raised during the event by each artist’s work.  This dialogue also raises questions about the positive aspects of Art Tap Out as well as it’s limitations. Each round contained interesting questions. Some of these, from my point of view in the ring, were:

Round 1

In practices that purport to create works which are socially beneficial to a certain group, would those resources used to create that work be better allocated by the people within the targeted group rather than filtered through an artist? Does this create a heirarchical situation? Is the role of the artist to create conditions rather than simply distribute resources?

Round 2

Is amateur psychoanalysis a good starting point for the critique and defense of a work of art? Should childhood experiences be so thoroughly examined and expounded upon when what is presented is clearly addressing issues other than this subjective interpretation?

Is it still an effective strategy to use the image of an “idealized” woman in the critique of the representation of women?  Does this continue to perpetuate these stereotypes?

Round 3

In a culture where violence is so prevalent that the form of the “ring of combat” is so easily recognizable and accepted, why does the performance of two naked, embracing bodies still create such visceral reactions? What is the relationship between virtual embracing bodies and material embracing bodies? Can the virtual (second life and performance) convey the intimacy of two beings together? Was this gratuitous sex or an intimate moment made public through performative actions? or both?

If the safety of institutions removes the possibility of a work of art engaging an audience at the level of the social and/or the political in any real, lasting terms, doesn’t that make the forum of Art Tap Out itself redundant?


All interesting questions and of course not comprehensive.

Additionally, people continue to call for the declaration of winners. In my opinion deeming one side a winner circumvents the underlying idea of what Art Tap Out is about to begin with: dialogue, with art as its starting point.

These are the thoughts from the perspective of being inside the ring. Below are images and video of the work to assist in the conversation. Comments gladly welcomed.


Round 1 -Omar Pimienta “Lady Libertad”

"Lady Libertad" Omar Pimienta

"Lady Libertad" Omar Pimienta

"Lady Libertad" Omar Pimienta

"Lady Libertad" Omar Pimienta

Round 2 -Suzanne Wright “The Whole Future”

"The Whole Future" Suzanne Wright

Round 3 -Micha Cardenas & Elle Mehrmand

technesexual excerpt // Duke University // Micha Cárdenas and Elle Mehrmand from azdel slade on Vimeo.

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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



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


(don’t be late)

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