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.
This powerful set of performances by artists in response to state-sanctioned violence against the black community is just as relevant now as it was a year ago...
Many thanks to all the artists, our videography team and Roots Media! Each performance will be posted in its entirely on our website shortly.
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.
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.
We are delighted to host the first screening of Danchi no Yume in Boston
Check out the trailer here:
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!
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
It was wonderful to finally have Tiago at the studio with us to share his work for Black History Month and the Expressing Boston public art fellows! Feb. 9-11, 2016
Tiago Gualberto is a visual artist and researcher at Museu Afro Brasil. He is a vibrant part of the emerging Afro-Brazilian contemporary art scene. He has taken part in over a dozen of collective exhibitions in important Brazilian institutions, such as the Nova Mão Afro-brasileira in Museu Afro Brasil, in 2012; and three solo exhibitions, such as the one titled Magia Negra in SESC Pinheiros, during the same year. Outside of Brazil, he has participated in various collective exhibits, like the Bienal de Valença: Encuentro entre dos mares in Spain, in 2007, and AfroBrasil: Art and Identities at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, in Albuquerque, USA, in 2015. He did a residence at the Tamarind Institute, part of the New Mexico University, during the project Afro: Black Identity in America and Brazil, in 2012. During that year, he stood out as one of the finalists in Visual Arts category in the Programa Nascente, promoted by the Pró-Reitoria de Cultura e Extensão USP and, in 2015, became one of the finalists of the Bolsa Funarte de Fomento aos Artistas e Produtores Negros, the biggest prize destined to African-Brazilian artists.
Kizzy's Appeal—by a collective of artists
A performance comprised of spoken word, visual art, and dance. This performance started from the maternal question, "Have you seen my child?" Kizzy's Appeal mirrors the impact, historically and currently, of systemic violence that robs black and brown communities of loved ones.
Two Things –by Letta Neely
A spoken word performance that expresses the current state of black emotions and feelings amidst the backdrop of state sanctioned violence and the recent Charleston massacre
Blind Spots—by James Montford Jr
A performance to explore, expose, and discuss the social construct of exclusion and through a performative process manifest potential for change. The artist will tell several short stories about "difference" and intimating/identifying the cause being Blind Spots in our behavior.
Of / From—by Sheldon Scott
Performative intervention interrogating the 14th Amendment
Divided We Fall—choreographed by McKersin Previlus
John the Baptist was something of a biblical spectacle—a long locked, loud-voiced, wild gesticulator.
This dance performance brings his central question to mind: what did you come here to see?
Black Body Survival Store—by Intelligent Mischief
A pop-up store featuring the Black Body Survival Guide—a compilation of rules and regulations for surviving in the U.S. as the owner of a black body—and related products
Terror, Beauty, Pain, Solace—by Marlene Smith
We know, and have been reminded, against our will, that we can hurt and be hurt in public. This spiritual intervention asks the question, can we heal and be healed in public?
Frederick Douglass—Annual Reading “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
A communal reading of the fiery July 5, 1852, speech in which Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Midnight Vigil—by Boston area Youth Organizing Project
A midnight to noon vigil asking the question, “Are blacks citizens?”
Some weeks ago an esteemed colleague of ours asked us this hard question. In turn, we asked others. In response, the Black Citizenship Project was formed--a loose collection of local and regional Black artists who wanted to respond to the state sanctioned violence against Black bodies and communities. Our collective response is one of performance, celebration, loss, prayer, healing, dance, protest and music.
Please join us in kicking off #dontshootinmyname You can do it yourself, spread it as a profile photo on Facebook, tweet it, put it on Instagram, etc. We want to shift the conversation. Right now it's being framed as a "black issue". It's a civil society issue. It's all of our issues. We all need to step in, step up, and say no to police brutality in the name of public safety. We all deserve to be safe.
Spread the word and save the date! More info coming soon...