Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I am so excited about the following:

LA JOLLA-The UC San Diego University Art Gallery (UAG) teams up with Creative Time and Independent Curators International (ICI) to present a customized version of Living as Form (The Nomadic Version). The exhibition is an unprecedented, international project exploring over twenty years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement.

About the Community Commissions:

 Agitprop, an initiative that uses the form of the gallery to connect artists, activists, and individuals as a network of agents, will facilitate an incubator non-profit organization called Connect San Diego. Connect San Diego assists people with developmental disabilities in establishing independent living practices through the mapping of localized "assets" in their respective communities. In the incubator space occupying the UAG, Agitprop and Connect San Diego will implement the strategy of "asset mapping" by applying it to the campus and the neighborhoods where Agitprop and Connect San Diego work.

 Cog•nate Collective will create an onsite and offsite component of the exhibition. Cog•nate Collective conducts a continuous series of interventions at the San Ysidro Port of Entry at the U.S.-Mexico border, one of the busiest land crossings in the world. Cog•nate collective will be engaging disparate groups and individuals at the border and recording a series of interviews, debates, storytelling, performances, and poetry readings. The recordings will be broadcasted in segments via a low-range informal radio transmission over four weeks of the exhibition and accessible through mobile listening stations situated at the border and in the UAG gallery space.

The Periscope Project (TPP) is committed to the nexus of art, architecture, and regional urban issues. TPP will have a multivalent presence in the exhibition. TPP will outline the impetus of their collaboration with local institutions, present case studies of these collaborations, and design a project developed specifically for the exhibition titled Building Blocks: Investigating the Prohibitive / Potential Scale of Redevelopment. By way of examining our core Building Blocks and prompting consideration for the base units of urban development, TPP wishes to detect hidden systems and generate conversations engaged at the level of the built environment.

The UAG is also partnering with There Goes the Neighborhood (TGTN) for a half-day program. Since its founding, TGTN has organized and hosted a series of multi-day, multi-venue events to stimulate dialogue, exchange, and critical thinking among a variety of publics across San Diego. On November 3rd, TGTN will extend its program to host What's the Use?, a three part event that includes a video panel/forum about contemporary urban issues, a dining performance at Art Produce Gallery, and a second iteration of TGTN's Critical Postcards event at the former North Park Post Office.

Torolab, a collective of artists, architects, and designers based in Tijuana, will present the Transborder Farmlab project. Situated in one of Tijuana's most impoverished neighborhoods, the Transborder Farmlab project is a hub within a wider metropolitan initiative to develop the creative capacities of Camino Verde residents towards economic, social, and cultural empowerment. Torolab will present the Transborder Farmlab project in the UAG, while also conducting a workshop series in Tijuana with the constituents of the Transborder Farmlab on socially engaged art practices. The series will utilize the Living as Form archive and culminate in an informal exhibition of Living as Form (The Tijuana Version).

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