Santa Monica Community Climate Action Summit

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I will be taking part to this event with a special Pecha Kulha presentation!

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The Community Climate Action Summit is tomorrow and we’re getting excited! The first session will begin promptly at 10:30am, so we ask that you arrive early to check-in. There will be coffee and refreshments, so if you arrive early it will give you plenty of time to check-in and grab your morning treats before the program starts.

Bike Valet and Child Care are provided.

While we hope as many people as possible can bike, walk or bus to the Summit, underground parking is available at St. Monica’s access via the driveway located at 725 California Avenue in Santa Monica.

Updated Agenda

9:00 AM Kidical Mass Ride

10:00 AM Check-In

10:30 AM Welcome

11:00PM Downtown Community Plan: The Future of Mobility (Panel Discussion)

Moderator: Francie Stefan, Mobility Manager
Amanda Eaken, Director, Climate & Energy, NRDC
Ashley Hand, Cityfi
Colin F. Peppard, Innovation Manager for Outreach and Strategic Relationships, LA Metro

12-1:00PM Lunch & Green Living Expo

1-2:00PM Achieving Clean Energy for All (Group Discussion & Workshop)

Opening Presenter: Joe Galliani, South Bay Clean Power
2:15-3:15PM Resilient Communities, Low Carbon Living (Group Discussion & Workshop)

Opening Presenter: Heather Joy Rosenberg, Director of the LA Resilience Initiative, USGBC-LA
3:30-4:30PM Pecha Kucha Slam (Community Presentations)

4:30 PM Climate Social Hour & Land Art Generator Initiative Gallery

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Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
St. Monica Catholic Community
725 California Avenue
Grand Pavilion
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Organized by City of Santa Monica, Office of Sustainability and the Environment

 

Memories of Plastic bags

What are your memories of plastic bags? This interactive installation titled: Canned, Memories are Priceless aims at finding out! The installation is now exhibiting at Anne and Mark’s Art Party in San Jose :https://artpartysj.com/

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If you feel like sharing your memories of plastic bags, let me know!

 

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME AT THE LITTLE HOUSE GALLERY

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The Little House Gallery would like to invite you to: 
DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME! 
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Time: 7pm
Location: Little House Gallery. 635 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA.
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 first in our series will juxtapose artists Sofia Dona, John Husley and Brad Pruitt. Sara Daleiden will moderate open forum discussion after brief presentations from the artists.
Bios:
Sofia Dona is an architect and artist from Athens, Greece. She studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, and received her Masters in Fine Arts from the Bauhaus University of Weimar (“Public Art and New Artistic Strategies”). She is currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly, exploring the symbolic twinning of distant cities, such as Leipzig and Detroit, Los Angeles and Athens, and received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2015 to continue her research in the US. sofiadona.com
John Husley is a cultural organizer, and researcher. John has worked closely with City Life/Vida Urbana, a racial and economic justice organization composed of homeowners and tenants facing displacement through foreclosure and gentrification. John’s thesis, “Taking Place: Contemporary Art and the Tactical Occupation of Space,” examines the ways in which artists and cultural practitioners in North America have staked claims to the land through performance and public intervention. www.jhulsey.net
Brad Pruitt is film director, producer and writer based in Milwaukee, WI. His award-winning documentaries focus on the triumphs and challenges of his local community. He collaborates with educators, social workers, activist, artist and more to examine various social structures and forms of creation. He is a passionate advocate for talent in the midwest and is dedicated to promoting multi-media production in Wisconsin. He will be a resident artist at Little House Gallery in December.
Sara Daleiden is founder and director of MKE<->LAX, which investigates cultural exchange between Milwaukee and Los Angeles. She is the 2015 Cultural Facilitator-in-Residence at THE BUNNY HOUSE in Echo Park where she has piloted Market Lab along with Raul Paulino Baltazar. Sara Daleiden focuses on cultural production and exchange through creating social interactions in developing landscapes and enjoys facilitating cultural and political explorations in house forms. www.mke-lax.org

We are looking forward to welcoming you soon and to our discussion.
Best,
Nicola,Tracee and Claudia

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.

– Parameters:

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.

Support Kids Ocean Day for #GivingTuesday

Dear Ocean Defender,

This year, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, KIDS OCEAN DAY is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

KIDS OCEAN DAY is a non-profit organization that is part of The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education. Through school assemblies, lesson plans, beach clean-ups, and an aerial art project, KIDS OCEAN DAY specializes in outreach to schools and promoting awareness of coastal quality issues. This program excites and inspires teachers and children alike to care for the world they live in and to increase their appreciation for the beaches and oceans. Your generous contribution will help make these goals even more of a reality and will directly benefit the children of Los Angeles.

DONATE NOW!
Click here to watch our latest video: https://youtu.be/nQpX56a5GsM

Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out the give this
December 1.

Here is how you can help:

Make a donation to KIDS OCEAN DAY to sponsor a child for our 2016 Beach Clean Up!

Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday by encouraging friends and family to give!

Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #KidsOceanDay to share your support of Kids Ocean Day on social media.

To learn more about KIDS OCEAN DAY and how you can get involved, please visit www.kidsoceanday.org or email us at happyfish@kidsoceanday.org. Thank you kindly for your time and consideration.

You are making a difference!

Respectfully,
Michael Klubock
Founder and Executive Director

climate action Arts Festival

logo on black FB croplogo on whitepostcard_bck_1R3I am pleased to announce that I will be part of the Vision LA Fest in two occasions. During the opening of the event on November 30th at the Bergamot Station in Santa Monica I will be performing Domestic Apocalypse, a collaboration with artist Jenny Kane: http://visionlafest.org/event/domestic-apocalypse/ .domestic apo
And on December 6th at Helms Walk in Culver City I will perform Beauty Parlor http://visionlafest.org/event/beauty-parlour/ .BeautyParlour_Borgna

I am really honoured to be part of this festival that features 80 events happening all over LA during over the course of 11 days of creative action for more info about the events see: http://visionlafest.org/calendar/ 
Social media:  
hashtag #VisionLAFest
Twitter account is @VisionLAFest
Instagram: @visionlafest
Facebook: VisionLAFest
FB event for the entire festival:
https://www.facebook.com/events/466383663544557/

FB event for the opening night party Nov. 30, which you are on the guest list for:
https://www.facebook.com/events/914654728615735/

FB event for the closing night party ENVISION, Dec. 11, which you are also on the guest list for:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1539457179678798/

info@visionLAfest.org
http://www.visionLAfest.org

celebrating and grafting — inside the bread oven

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Celebrating and grafting, flowers and spaces, nature and art, art and people, Montalvo and Dolcedo ovens and piazze, parks and “carruggi.”

Inside the Communal Bread Oven of Dolcedo a magic field of “spighe di grano”grow out of the shade of history.

Grafted onto flower sprouts the imagination into a fantastic secret world of magic ear of corns, flames, brooms and whatever else you can perceive in that interconnected space between Villa Montalvo and the Bread Oven of Dolcedo.

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