Thursday, January 27, 2011

$15 Student Biennial Bus Tickets!

California Biennial Artists Nina Waisman and Flora Wiegmann collaborate on a new CUBO project, as part of the Collective Show, Los Angeles.

Open this Thursday-Sunday, in conjunction with  Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair

Location 995, 997 North Hill Street Los Angeles CA 90012
Exhibition Thursday through Sunday, January 27-30, 2011, 12-6 pm

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talks, performance info:

Impediment explores relationships between bodily logics and cultural/political logics provoked by the US/Mexican border. How do these logics play on the experiences of those who cross the border, as well as on those who do not or can not cross?

One of our members, an active writer and artist with US exhibits, collaborators and audiences, is not allowed yet to cross into the US. One member lives in Tijuana and crosses legally and frequently for work in San Diego, one member lives in San Diego and crosses regularly for work and social reasons, and one lives in LA and has only been to the border twice. Yet all of us carry records of the border in our bodies, whether we are conscious of them or not. Impediment is a collaborative, experimental sketch, exploring postures and attitudes mapped onto our bodies by the built and virtual borders.

The CUBO project first began as an assemblage of pallets, a folding, unfolding, re-assembling, occasional cube, disturbed by sound and focused on issues in public culture. In various iterations, it gained urban mobility, interactivity, hosted radio waves and community-created sound content, lost all its materials, found new ones, lost them again. CUBO is in constant transformation.

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More on the CUBO collective here:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's heeeere! 2010 CA Biennial catalog has arrived!

2010 CA Biennial artists with curator Sarah Bancroft;
photography by

Biennial Catalog Launch Event
Sunday, January 30, 2011

1 pm
 Meet & greet
12:30–4 pm Rasta Taco
1–4 pm
Special performances
2 pm Sunday Salon with LA Urban Rangers and Finishing School

Come celebrate the release of the 2010 California Biennial exhibition catalogue with curator Sarah Bancroft and participating artists!

Catch special performances by Biennial artists Carlee Fernandez, Finishing School, Brian Dick, and Juan Capistran, join the conversation during the Sunday Salon with the LA Urban Rangers and Finishing School, and chow down with Orange County's favorite food truck, Rasta Taco, serving taco specials on the Orange Court patio.

Preorder the catalogue now!

Art Bus from Mandrake Bar to OCMA
$20 Roundtrip ticket
(includes transportation, museum admission, Museum Store discount)

12 noon sharp, bus departs Mandrake Bar
4 pm departs OCMA
All ages welcome on bus, bar entrance ages 21+
Purchase Tickets now!

Meet at
Mandrake Bar in Culver City for pre-boarding drink specials starting at 11 am, then hop on the bus & arrive at OCMA in time for the day’s festivities. Tickets must be purchased in advance on and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mandrake Bar: 2692 South La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
(between Venice Blvd and Washington Blvd)
Free street parking available along La Cienega Blvd.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

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. A complete schedule will be distributed upon registration. Registration is free.

To register, or for further information, email with 2837 University in the subject line.

Thank you and we hope you participate!

David White and Edward Sterrett

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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