DON’T DO THIS AT HOME series – # 2

Dear all,

The Little House Gallery would like to invite you to the  DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME! series, #2.


Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Little House Gallery, 635 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA, 90291.
In a state of constant transition, bodies, people, communities, places, buildings and minds are moving territories changing our interior and exterior landscapes. These movements often reveal friction between opposing forces and act as a catalyst for change, conflict and risk. Often it is within the home that we feel safest to explore these frictions and the potential they expose. Join us at the Little House Gallery for a series of creative presentations and discussions provoked by the tensions of our environment.
The second in our artist series will juxtapose artists and designers Lara Hoad & John Hulsey.
Theme: Public v. Private
Where do the boundaries of public and private merge and divide?
What are the impacts of these relationships in our art, work and lives?
Guest artists:

Image1Lara Hoad is a graduate of London’s Royal College of Art and has broad experience as an architect, designer and educator of noteworthy branded environments, exhibitions and experiences both nationally and globally. Lara oversees Design Direction at March Studio Branded Architecture as well as having her own small architecture and design practice Nuudel, which provides a platform for the exploration, through practice and education, of the role of brands and organizations in social and environmental architecture and design projects. Lara holds positions at OTIS College of Art and Design, and the School of Architecture at Woodbury University, where she teaches branding, architecture and design with a lens on social change and sustainability.

Image6John Hulsey is an artist, writer, cultural organizer, and educator who works in collaboration with grassroots organizations and community groups fighting for racial and economic justice. Since 2008, he has worked closely with City Life/Vida Urbana, an organization of homeowners and tenants in Boston fighting housing displacement through direct action, legal advocacy, and popular education. Together with a core team of artists and activists, John has developed public projects that intervene on sites of power and poetically reimagine our collective relationships to place through site-specific performance, public projection, low-power radio, and publication. His research and writing explores the ways in which cultural practices in North America have intersected with place-based strategies and struggles for neighborhood and community self-determination. He is currently an MFA candidate in Interdisciplinary Studio in the Department of Art at UCLA and a PhD candidate in Film and Visual Studies in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.

We are looking forward to spend this Sunday afternoon exploring the subject with you while honouring our guest speakers. Hopefully the relaxed and homely environment will prompt us into creative discussions.

Spread the word to the world,
Claudia, Nicola and Tracee
On the one hand: Public
We are globally witnessing the disappearance of the commons if not just only of nature. Public space being taken over by private enterprises has transformed our landscapes – public space becoming an extension of the market. The phenomenon of privatization, which seeps through all aspects of life, is responsible for the creations of the aesthetics of hyper individualism. How will the lack of commons and of reciprocity change our social and personal rituals, our behaviours, our spirituality and our needs, our thinking, our responsibilities: our lifestyles? Historic religious processes have provided convenient justification for the ongoing acts of appropriation – one being the concept of “improvement” of land and of wilderness – placing laws that protect ownership and private property. With more spaces designated to be private on public soil, spaces need to be designed and are being branded by corporate institutions to be public on public ground: civic space confined to shopping malls. This relentless process of privatization has caused the withdrawal of the state from public life engagement leaving people with no support. While the question of what is “public” remains an open wound at the mercy of the interpretation of the powerful, people are left to their own resourcefulness to mend the best they can issues of “public” injustice.
On the other hand: Private
How to protect the privacy of our diverse interior lives? How to defend the vulnerable space of our intimacies? How to keep our silences safe from rumours? How to prevent the disappearance of sacred places? How to create a domestic space in a home? We all want to shelter what is ours! Which are human’s inherent rights? How not to become homeless?
Retrieving or forced into private spaces mostly by fear, westerners have been trained and got accustomed to a misleading autonomy, an independence that borders alienation. Online communities crowd our lives with virtual commons fulfilling the loneliness of our souls with places of isolation as we become detached and incompetent in mastering our humanity.
The Little House Goal: The discussion
Owner, renter, surveillor, keeper, carer, tenant, occupier, leaser, subletter, freeholder, landlord, homeless, the boundaries might be blurred, but legal terms dictionaries clearly define our spots. Inevitably the binary between private-public becomes a subjective dilemma portraying a human ecology of private /public/ personal issues fenced by the law. Art, places, opinions, memories, land, information, water, air, are all realms of contentions. To determine what is public we might have to figure out: which freedoms are we willing to give up? How much of our privacy are we willing to let go? So the question of what is ownership keeps rising up. Does being in a space grant us ownership? Which living being has the authority to define what is public and what is private? Who is entitled to a home? Who is not? Drawing from Tracce’s experience of her living in a semi-private, semi-public space, the term ‘keeper’ seemed to be the most appropriate term to describe ownership. Temporary keepers of temporary places we care, and by looking after our attachments by default we create inevitable detachments. I look at birds holding the air for a moment before drawing pipe systems of possibilities in the open sky.