In 2015 Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) artists Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari will collaborate with Aaron McKenzie from the CCA Center for Art and Public Life, and Cole Goins from the Center For Investigative Reporting (CIR) to create Eyes On Oakland. Through the journalistic lens of community surveillance, this participatory research project and resulting social sculpture will investigate ways in which Oakland communities are changing because of new economic pressures being placed on established neighborhood identities.
Eyes On Oakland will be included in the Who Is Oakland exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California from April 11th – mid July 2015 and will feature both an interactive information-sharing site within the museum and a mobile satellite sculpture created by transforming a classic 1963 Ford Falcon van into an information collection/re-presentation space that can engage with the public in Oakland neighborhoods.
By utilizing multiple installation sites we will explore first-hand the most important issues Oakland neighborhoods are facing in the wake of rapid economic and social community changes. Currently Oakland is experiencing rapid gentrification and an exponential rise in cost of living due to the Tech Boom and other contributing factors that are impacting the Bay Area. Many people who work in San Francisco and Silicon Valley can no longer afford to live in these areas and are re-locating to Oakland, displacing many of it’s long time residents.
At the same time, the project will explore the practice of modern journalism, the role of surveillance (and information collection in general) in these communities, and the space iterative, community-focused journalism can occupy in an increasingly digitalized society. By interviewing participants through video, sound and written responses (both at the museum and in neighborhoods throughout Oakland) we will be able to form a qualitative archive of responses that can then be shared back into these communities through on-site video clips, live performances and video projections.
Through this project we want to uncover the issues that are most impacting Oakland’s citizens and collect a variety of experiences and insights to create a community portrait and expanded dialog about the role and expansion of local surveillance. This archive will continue to grow and expand its scope throughout the course of the museum exhibition. Through this project, we want to experiment with new, scalable ways that journalists, artists and local residents can work together to highlight, discuss and act on key issues.
You can follow the project on Twitter at EyesOnOak and find out where the van will be heading to next!
Here is a great article that KQED posted on the project: http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/09/new-project-confronts-citizens-on-surveillance-in-oakland
Please stop by and check out the MAP Vespa Screenprint Cart this afternoon at the Ventura Art Walk. A Huge Thanks to Ventura artist Pete Ippel who will be operating the cart over the weekend and presenting original screenprints by local artists!
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A HUGE Thank You to everyone who stopped by and participated in our MAP installations at the Getty Museum and Getty Villa!
Here are some links to the Getty Flickr page where you can view pictures from our first series of events:
Also here is a wonderful blog written by Getty Employee Kimberly Sadler: http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/what-mask-do-you-wear/
We will be posting more pictures soon!
Engaging Ensor: Interactive Print Project
Location: Museum Courtyard, Getty Center
Visit Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) at their pop-up screen-printing cart, a participatory social sculpture inspired by the classic teardrop trailer and pulled behind a vintage Vespa scooter. Join the artists as they create free, interactive posters in conjunction with the exhibition The Scandalous Art of James Ensor. This is a free, drop-in program.
– See more at: http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/18830.html#sthash.WlgaIoqx.dpuf
Our Set up dates will be:
Sat June 28th 12-3pm
Sun June 29th 12-3pm
Wed. July 2 12-3pm
Thurs . July 3 12-3pm
Monday July 7th Getty Villa 12-3pm
Friday Aug. 1st 12-3pm
Saturday Aug 2nd 12-3pm
|1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Torrance Art Museum and checked our latest version of the MAP Mobile Screen Printing Backpack which was included in the exhibition The Watchmen. Below are some images of the installation.
In this piece we are walking through Los Angeles and setting up four pop up interactions throughout the city exploring the relationship the public has with surveillance cameras installed in their communities. The hike will be happening before the show on May 31st – June 1st, for more information on where the project is happening and how you can participate please visit this online interactive map created for this project by Bay Area web designers Nico Crisafulli and Brian Kahler. Documentation of the hike and further interactions through the piece will be ongoing through the course of the exhibition.
The following exhibitions will be on view: June 7 – July 26, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday June 7, 6-9pm
Reception is FREE and open to the public
Main Gallery: WATCHMEN – Surveillance and The Flaneur
Curated by Max Presneill, Lisa DeSmidt and Chris Reynolds
WATCHMEN – This exhibition examines the relationship between the notion of the Flaneur and the City derive under the pressure of being watched via CCTV cameras and monitoring. How does one engage with the disinterested observations of the wandering eye when self-consciousness about being both the observer and the observed interfere with the experience?
Artists: Shagha Ariannia, Lindsay Bottos, Sergio Bromberg, Tyler Calkin, Sophie Calle, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Zavier Ellis, Darren Hostetter, Kiel Johnson, Susan Logoreci, Alexis Milne, MAP: Mobile Arts Platform, Mark Nelson, Dane Picard and Kari Reardon
Special Opening Screenings by: Vito Acconci, Jenny Holzer and Sterling Ruby
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