There Goes the Neighborhood! 2012 runs from Thursday May 31st to Sunday June 3rd, 2012
There Goes the Neighborhood! is a four day event that positions "the neighborhood" as a fluid institution of creative production, critical thinking and intersecting interests. Collaborations between artists, residents, small businesses, universities and local activists will culminate in a series of workshops, talks, installations, performances and tours that center around the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, with satellite events at the UCSD campus and the San Diego Museum of Art (in conjunction with the opening night of the Summer Salon Series).
This year the focus of the There Goes the Neighborhood is "the neighborhood" as a nexus of global conditions which manifest themselves in local, everyday, situations. These issues range from transportation networks to means of food production to how information (and knowledge) is disseminated publicly. The first iteration of There Goes the Neighborhood! took place in June of 2010 and focused on issues relating to gentrification and how art can play a role in neighborhood revitalization and can also be complicit in the displacement of existing groups by those moving in. There Goes the Neighborhood takes as its "fundamental organizing assumption the notion that individuals are inherently active, thoughtful, innovative and engaged citizens." So please join us in examining these issues. The project is not complete without your participation!
All events are free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.
RSVP's are not required for events, with the exception of the Landis Dinner on Sunday.
We love questions! For information, send questions and comments to:
- "There Goes the Neighborhood" set for this week by James Chute. San Diego Union-Tribune. Wednesday May 30, 2012.
- "There Goes the Neighborhood, Polaroids and author Nell Freudenberger" San Diego Citybeat. Wednesday May 30, 2012.
- "There Goes the Neighborhood (North Park)" by Bobby Bray. San Diego Reader. Tuesday May 29, 2012.
- "There Goes the Neighorbhood" by Ariel Swartley. UCIRA SOTA blog. Friday February 3, 2012.
- David White David is an artist and curator that uses art historical conventions as a method for engaging individuals and groups of various backgrounds. He is also the founder of the Agitprop space, which functions as a re-imagining of the form of the gallery as a site of long term engagement with a particular locality by blurring the lines between the Studio, the Gallery and the Neighborhood itself.
- Megan Willis Megan is a designer and educator whose work lies at the intersection of architecture, art and urban intervention. Megan's work addresses tactics of urban reclamation in the city's leftover, residual and transitional spaces. These tactics address issues of public engagement, activation and spatial appropriation to encourage the public to reimagine, reconsider and reengage their urban contexts. She is currently working on documenting creatively adaptive uses of residual spaces and how local agents have creatively repurposed those sites.
- Stephanie Lie Stephanie is a multimedia artist whose work oscillates between new technologies and traditional Asian aesthetics to produce objects and performances of spare elegance. These objects and performances expand to produce social interactions of subtle instigations surrounding questions of mechanic production and human subjectivity.
- Jessica Sledge Jessica Sledge utilizes drawing, sculpture, photography, film, and performance to explore the aural, visual, and kinetic potential of space and the mnemonic potential of objects for public and private ritual. She investigates and blurs these definitions through public interventions that invite viewers to share in these ceremonial possibilities.
- Micki Davis Micki's work explores circumstances of cultural reclamation within the Chamorro community in southern California and Guam. As a multimedia artist and educator she has produced several videos, performances and sculptures as part of installations within the gallery and beyond, experimenting with and expanding the notion of artistic collaboration.
- Elizabeth Chaney Elizabeth's performances, workshops, publications, and installations emerge from a practice that combines research, activism and pedagogy towards facilitating moments where structural conditions behind contemporary patterns of "use" may be translated/transgressed/transcended.
Out-of-town attendees are encouraged to stay at the newly restored Lafayette Hotel in North Park. Or relax by the hotel's legendary pool between events.