Black Panther Black Joy

Today is the day Black Panther opens across the U.S.! Meanwhile, the amount of anticipation and exhilaration--particularly in the black community—is garnering its own coverage. (Already Black Panther is the most tweeted about movie ever.) Efforts far and wide have been organized to make it possible for black children to see the movie for free. Central to this narrative is the power (and rarity!) of seeing ourselves in a black hero.

Along with the narrative of visibility, we at DS4SI believe that the exhilaration for Black Panther speaks to a kind of affective, haptic yearning, a thirstiness for black public joy. We haven’t had a moment of joy like this since Obama won in 2008. That was 10 years ago! We see meeting this need as a political act. We see it as an intentional act of radical, inclusive joy in opposition to the default position of white public joy in the U.S.. Whether it’s symbolically laundered as Red Sox Nation, a Bruce Springsteen concert, the Academy Awards or the Winter Olympics, white public joy gets to be ubiquitous—it doesn’t even have to claim its whiteness. (And if you don’t believe this, read John Moody’s pathetic nostalgia for the white hero in his lament of the U.S. Olympic team as “darker, gayer, different”.)

After we all go see the opening night of Black Panther (and a few other nights too!), let’s be about the making of joyful black experience as part of our political duty. Let’s not assume that Black Panther will quench our thirst. That will take the building of new kinds of public life, visibility and vision. Let’s claim a radical, inclusive black joy—a darker, gayer, different joy—as our collective super power.

Home / Portal: Christopher Cozier and Friends This Thursday!

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HOME Series: The Portal

How do we find home?

DS4SI wraps up this season's HOME Series with a return visit from Trinidadian contemporary artist Christopher Cozier. Cozier will present on his piece Home/Portal, inspired by his time in the Upham's Corner area, that has since engaged artists from Kingston, Jamaica to Bogota, Columbia, Port of Spain, Trinidad and here in Boston. Collaborating artists from those cities will join us via Skype, while local artists from HOME 1 and HOME 2 (Intelligent Mischief and Keith Deviere Donaldson) will join us in person. Together we will explore how we find--and make and connect--home in a time of global environmental and political crises. 

 

THIS Thursday, November 9th, 6-8pm

Design Studio for Social Intervention
1946 Washington St, Roxbury, MA

#feelsthatway

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HOME Series continues with Future Shock Disco!

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Future Shock Disco

What does home sound like? An immersive, generative and evolving sound sculpture.

Keith DeViere Donaldson (Boston) and Jamal Moss, aka Hieroglyphic Being (Chicago)
 
The Future Shock Disco is an immersive, generative, and evolving sound sculpture that will elicit a journey through time – past, present, and future, by enabling participants to communicate with the space and other beings within it using the universal language of music. In Mark Dery’s 1994 essay, “Black to the Future,” he asks, “Can a community whose past has been deliberately rubbed out, and whose energies have subsequently been consumed by the search for legible traces of its history, imagine possible futures?”
 
Sound sculptors Moss and Donaldson have created interactive sound panels that will both trigger and manipulate a series of sounds when they are touched or a body comes near. Participants will be able to interact and engage with one another as they explore the relationship between interface, interaction, and sound. The output of the interaction will be a generative soundscape, which will continue to evolve as the piece is interacted with and as participants engage with one another and create a sense of place through sound.

Location: Dorchester Arts Collaborative,

COME FEEL AT HOME!

HOME Series Kicks Off !

Come check out this week-long cross-border collaborative art making intervention along Dudley and Upham's! We're so excited to be working with Chris Cozier, Bruce Cayonne and Intelligent Mischief!

The Art Talk with Chris Cozier, Bruce Cayonne and Intelligent Mischief has a home! We will be at the beautiful Shirley Eustis House, 33 Shirley St, just behind DSNI (off Dudley St.). You can find out more at the facebook event page too! See you there!

The Art Talk with Chris Cozier, Bruce Cayonne and Intelligent Mischief has a home! We will be at the beautiful Shirley Eustis House, 33 Shirley St, just behind DSNI (off Dudley St.). You can find out more at the facebook event page too!

See you there!

UPDATES for SERC this weekend!

EXCITING UPDATES:

FRIDAY

6-7pm: Sheldon Scott, DC-based performance artist, "Artists' Responsibility In These Times"

7-8:30: Come bang a taiko drum! Join The Genki Spark in their interactive "Joy Bubble" intervention

SATURDAY:

4-5pm: Heal Flow Yoga with Ivor Edmonds from Taireiki Yoga

4-5:30pm Open Mic! Join us for dance performances by Smallie Michelle and McKersin Previlus, spoken word by Ashley Rose, Emceed by GaJah

SUNDAY:

12-1pm: Sheldon Scott, DC-based performance artist, "Artists' Responsibility In These Times"

1-2:30pm: Film screenin: Ovarian Psycos (radical women's bike crew in LA)

4-5pm Yoga with Michelle Mendes

Visting artist: Carrie Schneider !

DS4SI is super excited to host Houston-based artist Carrie Schneider as part of our on-going Art Unfolded Series. She will be at the Studio Wednesday, October 12th, from 5:30-7:30.

Carrie Schneider is an artist interested in collapsing moments across time and the ability of people to reimagine their space. Her projects include Hear Our Houston(2011) a hub of public generated audio walking tours, Care House (2012) an installation in the house she grew up in considering the roles of caregiving/caretaking and the bodies of mother/home, The Human Tour 2013  with collaborator Alex Tu, a 40 mile caravan tracing the outline of a human onto the streets of the city, Sunblossom Residency  (2009-2015) in which middle schoolers who are resettled refugees chose seven multidisciplinary artists to teach them their processes of making, and Incommensurate Mapping  (2014) an exhibition which excavated the Contemporary Art Museum Houston's past visions of its potential futures and invited visitors play with/in the institution. Schneider co-organized Charge , a Houston convening of local and national presenters to platform artist-led models, advocate for equitable compensation of artists, and consider artists’ work in the larger economy. She teaches art to kids and loves dancing queer tango.  http://www.carriemarieschneider.com/

 

Presenting the People's Redevelopment Authority

The People’s Redevelopment Authority asks the question, “What if residents had the formal authority to engage in urban development?” What kinds of policies would they make and what kinds of spatial strategies would they choose to forward? How would they work with planners, architects and other spatial specialists to prototype and implement new ideas?

Combining the best practices from creative placemaking and participatory planning, the PRA will demonstrate how residents can frame and lead urban development, rather than being the recipients of it. As a kick off, Fairmount Cultural Corridor partners are hosting a 4-part series to engage folks in digging in to a REAL People's Redevelopment Authority.

We invite everyone—residents, practitioners, community leaders, merchants, artists, youth—to be a part of the People’s Redevelopment Authority.

 The People’s Redevelopment Authority is a project of the Design Studio for Social Intervention and the Fairmount Cultural Corridor.

POP ROX Pop Up Art Event June 18th!

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Explore the future of Roxbury through a series of playful “productive fictions”--interactive installations that create glimpses of a more just and vibrant social and civic life. Building on the Design Studio for Social Intervention’s Public Kitchen and Dance Court, this immersive and speculative tour / activity / performance will invite participants and passers-by to join over 20 local artists in five different locations. The tour will function as both a fun and highly interactive experience and an imaginative canvas where participants can experiment with their own ideas for new, more vibrant social infrastructures.

ART UNFOLDED: The Practice & Process of Sam Cole & documentary screening of DANCHI NO YUME

We're excited to share Danchi no Yume with you here at DS4SI and discussion with filmmaker, Sam Cole! Bring yourselves and friends - there will be pop corn! Free and open to all.

 

Sam Cole is a filmmaker and photographer living in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. His first feature documentary Danchi No Yume tells the story of Japanese hip hop artist Anarchy and his rise to prominence from the south side Kyoto ghettos. 
www.samcole2020.com

We are delighted to host the first screening of Danchi no Yume in Boston
Check out the trailer here:
http://www.samcole2020.com/danchi-no-yume/

ART UNPACKED: Lift, Transfer, Sew & Relief PrintinG

Last Saturday Soledad led the first group through a series of unconventional printing techniques at the first Art Unpacked. Check it out! The Art Unpacked series is free and open to all every Saturday in May and June. 

People who came by got to learn how to transfer and lift photocopy images onto a number of surfaces, make a pamphlet using stitch binding. Foam grocery trays, linoleum blocks, wood and even gelatin were used among other great and easily available materials for some basic relief printing. Thank you Kalamu Kieta for the photos!

 

 

Fairmount Cultural Corridor's Newest Artist Development Series by DS4SI

ART UNFOLDED: PRACTICE & PROCESS OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

THURSDAYS IN MAY & JUNE

Come hear a diverse set of artists share how their work unfolds— what and who inspires their practice, their rituals, research, challenges, and more. Audience discussions will follow.

TIME:  Thursday evenings, 6-8pm

LOCATION: Design Studio for Social Intervention, 1946 Washington St, 2nd floor, Roxbury, MA 02118

 

 

ART UNPACKED: START TO FINISH WORKSHOPS FOR ALL

SATURDAYS IN MAY & JUNE

Join us for hands-on workshops that will give you new tools and techniques for your own art practice. Local artists will share their tricks for affordable and portable artmaking.

TIME: Saturdays, 10am-3pm

LOCATION: Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC), Erick Jean Center for the Arts

157 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02121

Please sign up by emailing ArtUnpacked@ds4si.org

All workshops are FREE but spaces are limited.

 

All presentations and workshops are FREE & OPEN TO ALL thanks to generous funding provided by the Barr Foundation. Please remember to email us if you want to attend a Saturday workshop!

 

 

MEET THE ARTISTS

Kenneth Bailey is first and foremost an interventionist and also happens to be a founding member of DS4SI and its Sector Organizing and Strategy Lead.

Soledad Boyd is a jack of many trades and master of none as well as the Social Practice and Placemaking Lead at DS4SI

Sam Cole is a filmmaker and photographer living in Ft. Greene Brooklyn.  His first feature documentary Danchi No Yume tells the story of Japanese hip hop artist Anarchy and his rise to prominence from the south side kyoto ghettos.  www.samcole2020.com

Ian Cozzens is an artist, educator, & silkscreen maniac from Providence, RI who is always making prints, building stuff, and/or helping other people make and build things. He is currently the Resident Artist Mentor in Printmaking at New Urban Arts, where he works with high school students to realize their screenprinting projects.http://www.secretdoorprojects.org http://www.newurbanarts.org

Barrington Edwards is a multi media artist, illustrator, puppet maker and sculptor.http://studiovexer.blogspot.com

Vanessa L. German is  a multidisciplinary artist: sculptor, photographer, painter, actress, poet and a lover of Homewood, her neighborhood in Pittsburh, PA.http://21stcenturyjuju.com

Jen Hall is a graphic designer, printmaker and carpenters apprentice.

Judith Leemann is an artist, writer and educator  http://www.judithleemann.com

Ayako Maruyama is the Design Lead at DS4SI. She spends her time designing, producing and fabricating Creativity Labs that push how we approach about complex social problems. Her practice is influenced by her training in industrial design and city planning which are grounded by her Japanese and Filipina roots.

Maria Molteni is a Nashville-to-Boston-based multimedia and performing artist often working with participatory soft sculpture. Having completed a BFA from Boston University in Painting and Printmaking, her practice sprung from roots in formalism, but has grown to incorporate ritualistic research, social engagement, and community building. http://maria-molteni.squarespace.com

Mike Prokosch is a community activist, builder, calligrapher and teacher of all he knows.

Sheldon Scott is an artist and writer working in performance, sculpture, spoken narrative photography, ephemera and Immersive installations. His work surveys the intersection of Race, Economics and Sexuality with a critical lens on ideals of the Black Male form, while assessing the social taxes levied on Back Bodies and Psyches.  http://sheldonscottstudios.com

 

Saturdays with ExpressingBoston public art fellows

April 9. 2016

Every month, our ExpressingBoston public art fellows meet at DS4SI. This week we reviewed some terrain research and began rough prototyping !