Orange Fly Contemporary Art is a video installation specially developed to be viewed in the historic vault of the old Citizens Bank building (now occupied by DS4SI). The video is produced by Afro-Brazilian Artist-in-Residence Tiago Gualberto and features a partnership with performance artist Hannibal Hopson of Houston. It was filmed at the SERC (Social Response Emergence Center) which Tiago co-created with Maria Molteni and DS4SI for Project Row Houses in Houston. Orange Fly takes about 5 minutes and brings together images from different contexts and periods, seeking to navigate a non-linear route between the dream and the current social and political moment. The fly with large eyes and disposable life occupies the metaphorical role of the artist.
Note: the MassQ event is on the 17th, and the location is the Fairmount Innovation Lab, 594 Columbia Rd. See you there!
The Destination Upham’s crew is going strong! Join us throughout November!
THIS WEEKEND in Upham's Corner:
The Gentrification Game , Oct 25 & 26, 4-7pm (and November 1&2!)
A life size board game where players try to keep up with the cost of living in Upham’s! Tip: Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Check out Tory's teaser video and details here!
Print Ain't Dead: Pop-Up Bookshop, Oct 26th, 7-10pm and Oct 28, 12-5pm
Arielle Gray and Cierra Peters
A series of pop up bookshops and storytelling events that focus on the works of writers of color--particularly Afro-diasporic femmes. Check out their splash page here!
Onwards & Upwards Jazz Series, Oct 27th, 2-5p
Fredrick J. Woodard and friends
Featuring the Lance Martin Trio. Check out his facebook event here.
Radical Black Girl x L'Merchie Frazier of Cross Cultural Collective, Oct 27th, 7-9pm
A healing evening of visual art making, dance movement and open-mic performances. See flyer below!
Come check out all the amazing events being led by this powerful set of local artists. Don’t miss it! More coming in November too…
DS4SI is proud to announce our selected Destination Upham's Artists! Together they represent a diversity of approaches and perspectives and a collective rich in talent and vision. As we continue to work with our programming and space partners around Upham's Corner, we will update you on the exact times and locations. In the meantime, take a look at all these reasons to come to Upham's:
RESIST(D)ANCE: UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Radical Black Girl
Part open forum discussion, part rising talent showcase and part dance party--Resist(d)ance is a family-friendly celebration and call to action.
Hip hop, BreakDancing, Graffiti Art Shows +
This interactive 4 part hip hop event includes a Graffiti Art Show, a DJ Showcase & Dance Party, a Break Dance Lesson & Performance and a Local Hip Hop Music ShowCase/ Rap Cypher.
Arielle Gray and Cierra Peters
A series of pop up bookshops and storytelling events that focus on the works of writers of color--particularly Afro-diasporic femmes.
Melissa Nussbaum Freeman and Red Sage Stories
A multi-sensory creative storytelling tool that uses images, smells and sounds to inspire and enable multicultural, multilingual storytelling with Playback Theatre dramatization for Upham’s seniors.
Fredrick J. Woodard and friends
Four live jazz events for the whole family to enjoy. Featuring The Fred Woodard Collective, The John Kordalewski Trio, The Kurtis Rivers Quartet, and Lance Martin Trio
Cross Cultural Collective : Allentza Michel, Ashleigh Gordon, Daniel Callahan, L’Merchie Franzier, Melissa Alexis, Tiffany Cogell
The Community Square will function as both a collectively-built 3D square and a space for community members to come together for conversation & performance.
Afro-Futurist Interviews and Afro-Mixer
An intercultural afrofuturist audio-theater piece featuring the voices and languages of Upham’s diverse Black community of the future--complete with an Afro-Mixer listening party!
The Gentrification Game
A life size board game where players try to keep up with the cost of living in Upham’s! Tip: Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
Destination Upham's is funded in collaboration with the Fairmount Cultural Corridor, the Barr Foundation and the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).
Stay tuned for Dates and Locations!
Please join us on May 29th! Email us at serc @ ds4si.org if you'd like materials or more information. For more on Teju Cole's "We are not safe, even in the most banal place", click here or check out his instagram @tejucole
Equity Summit, Chicago
Thursday, April 12th and Friday, April 13th
For anyone attending Policy Link's Equity Summit in Chicago, come check out our SERC! It will be in the Randolph 2 Room (Concourse Level) of the Hyatt Regency. If you'd like to lead something there, please contact us. If you'd like more information about the social emergency and our on-going artist and activist led Social Emergency Response Centers, click here.
Artists, historians and activists came together at DS4SI to explore how Black History is a creative force for imagining, depicting and creating the present and future. Listen to some amazing ideas from our panelists and audience.
Hosted by Beatriz E. Balanta, PhD
Assistant Professor of Art History, SMU | Meadows School of the Arts
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, HonAIA
Professor of Urban Policy and Health, The New School
Author of Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities
Faith Smith, PhD
Editor, Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean (2011)
An amazing set of activist-artists are coming together for a weekend-long SERC this weekend! We are so inspired. If anyone is nearby, don't miss it!
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
ANNOUNCEMENT: Friday Feb 10th event has been postponed to Friday March 3rd.
Stay warm everyone!
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
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
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
JOIN US FOR BOSTON'S FIRST S.E.R.C. MEETING
TUESDAY, DEC. 20TH
DESIGN STUDIO FOR SOCIAL INTERVENTION
1946 WASHINGTON STREET, 2ND FLOOR
ROXBURY, MA 02118
Learn more here and we hope to see you soon!
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/
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.
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