In 2020, ICA LA made its Field Workshop space available for use by artists and community groups dedicated to the movement for change. We considered short-term projects and activities that focused on learning, civic engagement, and self-care.
Each of these projects is summarized in Yellow Pages our museum blog and chronicle of highlights at ICA LA. Bulletins contributed by Habiba Hopson, 2020 Getty Marrow Intern.
Schedule of Projects
Aug 11 and Aug 13 Collective Chorus
An art and activism workshop for youth using language and space. Artists:Kristin Bauer, Julio Cesar Morales, Mario Ybarra, Jr.
Workshop 1: Aug 11 from 2-5pm Workshop 2 via ZOOM
Aug 13 from 10am-1pm
Workshop 3: Aug 13 from 2-5pm
Aug 16 Big City Forum: Stories That Move
Big City Forum will explore the meaning and role of art organizations and networks in times of upheaval through an analysis of its own history and evolution. BCF is in residency for 3 days but invites an open community workshop on Aug 16 via Zoom. Artists/collaborators: Leonardo Bravo, Cynthia Vargas, Reina Imagawa, Jeremy Rosenberg
Stories That Move Community Workshop: Aug 16, 2-5pm.
Participation via Zoom.
Aug 20 Radical Pedagogies
A project that instigates conversation, thinking, and action around the state of education and the ways it reinscribes the violences and inequities it purports to undo. An open discussion will be held on Aug 20 via ZOOM. Artists: Johanna Breiding, EJ Hill, Dylan Mira, Litia Perta, Kandis Williams
Radical Pedagogies Open Discussion: Aug 20, 5pm-7pm:
Participation via Zoom
Who Are The BIPOC Abstract Artists?—A research and discussion session about the creation of a BIPOC abstract artist directory. Artists: Maysha Mohamedi, Laura Owens, Lisa Diane Wedgeworth
Aug 21 We Are All Americans
Podcast recording sessions about what it means to be American. Artist: Michele Jaquis
5 Podcast Recording Sessions conducted on site. Podcast here
Aug 22-23 Filling the Void: Confronting Ableism in the Art Space
Discussions around disability and ableism in the physical and critical spaces of the art community. Artist: Panteha Abareshi
Onsite and online sessions. Follow this link for a videorecording of both online sessions.
Aug 25-29 Climate Crisis Hotline
With the understanding that the Climate Crisis is deeply entwined with other ongoing injustices and struggles, Space Saloon and Creative Migration will host a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental space in the Field Workshop to verbally confront the topic of Solastasia, the paralyzing melancholia induced from environmental distress.
From August 26-29, the collective will prototype the Climate Crisis Hotline.
Similar to a confession booth or wishing well, this multi-faceted platform seeks to validate individuals’ concerns and offer an opportunity to participate in a community dialogue. Through a variety of outreach and engagement methods, Space Saloon and Creative Migration invite members of the public to connect, unwind, and respond. Information gathered will be part of the ongoing research on climate despair and eco therapy to generate a living, immersive archive of voices and an experimental tableau of collective aural expression.
Artists/collaborators: Space Saloon & Creative Migration
Lacking Language Wednesday, August 26
11am - 12:30pm
Talking / Listening Thursday, August 27
11am – 12:30pm
Join in person (limited to 10) via RSVP
Confession SessionsFriday, August 28
1pm – 5pm
30 minute in person sessions via RSVP
Hotline Live Saturday, August 29
2pm – 5pm
Online / Over the phone: Further details at the Climate Crisis Hotline Live Website here
The first step to confronting our feelings towards the Climate Crisis is through speaking about it. This workshop will collectively develop conversational frameworks focused on safe, comfortable and non-judgemental outreach methods.
Space Saloon and Creative Migration are both non-profit art organizations that engage in practices to raise awareness on environmental issues through participatory workshops, artist residencies, urban interventions and social practice art.
Space Saloon is a design laboratory on the move. They are a collective of architects, artists, and researchers who work with the public in exploring new frontiers for design and education. Their pedagogical projects build communities, promote tolerance, and foster engagement through the production of transdisciplinary forms of knowledge.
Creative Migration, is a women-led, international arts organization based Los Angeles and Bangkok. Founded in 2005, their mission is to advance cultural diplomacy through art, public engagement and sustainability. Their programming builds relationships and develops collaborations through three primary strands: Artist Residencies & Creative Hubs, Site-specific Installations and Transmedia Projects.
Aug 30 PeoplesLab: The Color of Whiteness The Color of Whiteness the Field Workshop will continue research identity, race , and whiteness with invited participants who have been collectively involved in this process since early July 2020. The session at ICA-LA will provide physical space, sound system, video projection, and access to internet for our exploration of this social and personal issue in relationship to physical and remote spaces - manifesting our shared condition of working at a time of Covid19. This session is not open to the public.
Artist: Dorit Cypis
Sept 1-5 Undanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic is a week of embodying dances written inside the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) prison during the COVID-19 lockdowns of Spring 2020. Suchi Branfman (project director/lead choreographer) has invited these fellow choreographer/dancers to inhabit the written dances: Bernard Brown, Jay Carlon, Ernst Fenelon Jr., Irvin Gonzalez, Kenji Igus, Brianna Mims, and Tom Tsai.
In 2016, choreographer/dancer/educator Suchi Branfman, began a five-year choreographic residency inside the prison gym at the CRC prison, a medium security men’s state prison in Norco, CA. Weekly gatherings to dance and create with the incarcerated men were abruptly halted in March 2020. The California state prison system shut down all programming and visitation due to COVID-19. The program was rapidly revised and the dancers began sending out imagined written choreographies from their prison bunks to the world to imagine Undanced Dances through Prison Walls During a Pandemic.
Info on Undanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic here.
Field Workshop: Action Projects is supported by Fieldwork Council