DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!
What does one do at home, if one has one?
Man-fabricated to provide shelter and ideally safety, homes are where we want to feel at ease, where to replenish, heal pain or celebrate, where the daily “ordinary” domestic activities of nourishing happen, where the primary vital human functions of looking after the wellbeing of body and psyche should be possible.
A place of physical closeness, houses are home of silence and discussion, depression and happiness, love and confrontation, affection and opposing points of view, conflicting thoughts and feelings: homes can be pedagogical habitats of learning.
Whether a place of loneliness, isolation, emptiness, confinement, or inhabited by social liveliness the home is both a necessity and a commodity: a refuge where we withdraw to protect us from the outside elements, but could also be a place of violence we want to escape from.
Ultimately, in whichever form or shapes, homes are places of production. Places where we work the invisible labor of care and where human lives grow from. But in a time of home precariousness, of rampant homelessness, of land property and land disputes, of land mapping and of social architectural displacement, homes are a luxury and an economic asset where home dreaming is replacing the dream house.
At the intersection of private and public, personal and political, familial and civic, central and peripheral, local and global, native and foreigner, inside and outside, homes are above all living social environments where real issues of gender, identity, migration, race, belonging and community take place. Either starting point or extensions of the public realm, home politics and streets politics are often interchangeable and affecting each other, making homes a public/private issue as well as public/private assets.
How to resolve issues of class, gender, race and environmental injustice in the home?
“The Little House Gallery resides in a Vintage Venice Beach Bungalow that is neither monumental nor architecturally significant. Built in 1907 at the junction of a commercial and residential district, it remains virtually unchanged and has the distinction of bearing witness to an iconic California neighborhood’s shifting cultural and economic history.” Each of its room is impregnated with memories grafted on a transiting population of residents and by passers. Like its outside bus stop, it’s been functioning as an intersection of diversity. Like a piazza is home to unexpected encounters and discussions, the Little House Gallery wants to host sharing knowledge’s, conflicting debates “conjuncting” various backgrounds of north and south, east and west to compare and contrast local realities that celebrate as well as challenge the function of home as alternative political space.
By embracing our domestic routines the home becomes a place of cultural experiment, in the case of The Little House Gallery a space for art and creativity that wants to highlight the relation between public and home economy, where domestic and civic engagement, theoretical and physical practice can meet.
In a rampant capitalist corporate world that is in desperate need of a renewed gift economy, how do we or don’t become homeless? How to keep making honest artworks? How to questions the ethical survival or art in today’s market place?
In the context of LA dystopic hetero architecture where all contradictions come into reality, we want to invite you to a series of discussions leading to the creation of artworks.
What makes a home? Do know your neighbors? What forms a community? How is a community formed and engaged? When and where? How long dies it take to form? How do we sustain and support community, and one another? How to be a guest, how to be a host? What are the relations between homes in rural and urban spaces? Nomadic or stationary homes? What does security in the home and in the public mean? Home owners’ agency and public agency: what and who are the responsibilities and responsible home-owners? How to deal with gentrification and economic/economical power? How to “degentrify” and claim space back? Streets, bridges, overpasses, highways, architecture, tools that divide or conjunct? What is the role of the body in the home and outside the home?
These are the themes we would like to engage you with.
At The Little House Gallery, we seek the pleasure of company and of being together to create a network of homes.
Tell us about your home. Introduce your self by describing your home or the memories of your home. This will be the starting of a “domestic art process” that will take form through these steps:
– Introduction: Talk about your home as a form of presentation i.e. memories of rooms, smells, etc.
Discussion to create artwork via gatherings to reverse the roles of critique and art creation. In this way talk evolves into a practical action.
We would like to offer a space for personal/social, theoretical/practical creativity.