Los Angeles Women’s March

On Saturday January 21st we peacefully marched the streets of Los Angeles together with 750 thousand other women, kids , feminists and women supporters.

This is us, The Love & Noise Orchestra, marching the streets of LA: Whose streets? Our Streets!

The band was founded by mollY Allis. Participants are: Kira, Alexis, Isaac, Melissa, Barb Noren, Dave Muller, myself and many more to join in!

SEE YOU LATER!

Women’s March Los Angeles, January 21st 2017

Report: Claudia Borgna

I am getting ready for Monday President’s Day march. Will it be as magical as the Women’s march?

During fall my friend Molly had been talking about starting up a marching band. I was one of the people who enthusiastically encouraged her idea.

One day I received her email inviting a bunch of us to meet in Elysian Park for a first rehearsal! I was so excited! Not only because I like Molly and want to support her project, but also I’ve never been part of a musical band before; equally importantly, I am also a woman, an environmentalist, an immigrant, a same-sex, newly-wed, gender -fluid being and a person seeking justice for all.

It is for all these reasons that I felt that I had to get out there, out in the public, to claim back the land, the public space, the streets, to contribute to the visibility of the millions of people, voicing them self out, with their body-presence, not just with written words.

I had been thinking, wanting to get out of my “safe zone” for a while. Not having a car, or a cell phone, and living on the West side of Los Angeles is a paralyzing condition. The issue of planned urban injustice added to my frustration. Poor public transportation and poor night-street –life (or street life just in general) limits the freedom of women, once again confined in their homes.

Molly’s idea was just great! I had no excuses, not even my mum’s worried reaction. All fears, even of a terrorist attack, were washed away by the idea of marching shielded by the protecting sound of music!

With trepidation I attended our first rehearsal. I could barely contain my excitement. During the following sessions, the uncontainable childish joy, made up for my absolute and total ignorance in the language of notes and lyrics. Joy and excitement made up for an undisciplined screechy voice and for the untrained, off –beat metallic bangs, of my $1 Target triangle set and of the two kitchen spoons I beat to a flat shape during the march.

But I could contribute to the band in some other way instead! Being a visual artist I created ten golden capes and bullhorns to visually echo our chants. “Girls just wanna fun-damental rights!” was one of them.

With few tips gathered at Bronwyn’s protest class, I was prepared. Name and phone number written on a piece of paper, few dollars in my pocket and I was ready to go!

All capes and bullhorns finished, late the night before I set the alarm for the next morning: 7am, and boom I was already out of bed running to catch the Expo line.

On my early-bird walk to the train station people were unusually out and about, carrying chants and protests signs. I realized I had to rush even more to get to my appointment with the rest of the band. Nine o’clock, Spring and 5ht, right by the last Book Store, am I ever going to make it?

I could not believe all these Santa Monicans in my way, crowding the train station, clogging the tickets machine, lines everywhere!

Fuck the ticket, I thought, I am not going to stand in line and get late for my band. I squeezed through as gently and politely as I could. My enormous blue Ikea bag full of capes and bullhorns banging left and right, but I manage to get closer to the landing platform. I was in front, the train coming, the tension rising, the car doors opening.

I managed to squash inside, the first and last one to get in the cereal box like carriage. Unbelievable, not even during London’s rush hours have I ever experience that. No air, no space, not even for one breath. Two kids heroically sitting on top of my fee, at each stop more and more people, crowding at the platforms, all pushing, wanting to come in. Bodies starting to juice up, pouring their essence with jokes, good spirits and laughter. An hour into the journey few complaints broke the fatigue induced silence.

Some cannot take the heat and jump off at the next station. The rest is grasping for that brief little opening of air with anticipation. There is no air, no ventilation, no windows, inside the steaming train, all standing, up, supporting each other at every rude stop. Our minds put up with the bodily torture. The train is getting slower and slower, are we getting closer? It’s now 9 o’clock already. Shit, I am going to be late!

One hour and thirty minutes of mental strategizing later, I decided. I had to get off, before my last stop. I had to run it!

I jump off and run. From Pico all the way to 5th and Spring, all the way to 9:30 when I recognize my band, I thought I will never see them, standing at the corner, there. What a relief, I have made it! I am here with another 50 thousand people!

I distribute my capes and bullhorns, to everybody, even to one homeless man who silently joined the band chanting in his new shiny bullhorn all the way to City Hall. No words were exchanged, no rehearsals, only the inner mutual agreement of belonging, walking beside each other.

Marching started off slowly, barely moving at all, muffled by people, all around. Bit by bit Molly’s drum shook the air up, and the crowd opened the way for the music to flow through. It was amazing! We chanted at the top of our lungs, screechy or not, from bottom to top of our cords. The glittery capes shined us together: we could not miss each other. Late band members found our shine, heard our sound amidst the sea of colours and banners. We could not see but just feel the enormous crowd. Some joined our chats, danced our music, play their instruments, together we marched!

We were inside of a giant river flowing its stream and we just had to let go. No more control, just flow with the flow, stream all the way to City Hall.

It was 12:00 or even 12:30 when we reached the final destination. Once we got there “a-word-of-mouth” informed us that we should go back to make room for the water arriving behind us, and so we did: step to the side and said goodbye for the rest of the river to reach its goal.

The way back home was another incredible four hours journey. What a day! Will I ever be able to process all the energy, the feelings, the emotions of all the 75.000 bodies, being all-together-at-once?

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.

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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. http://www.nuudel.is/?page_id=18

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. www.jhulsey.net

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
DISCUSSION GUIDELINES:
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.

Domestic apocalypse at Vision LA 2015

Vision LA 2015 opening at Gallery G1 at Bergamot Station was a great event! Here are some pics of the performance ,, a collaboration between Jennifer Kane and myself recycling the party’s plastic cups.

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Thank you for pics by Tracee Johnsons  and Kim Abeles

More to come, check it out: http://visionlafest.org/ The climate change art fest will be all over Los Angeles until 11th December http://visionlafest.org/calendar/ 

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

Boston Palestine film Festival

The Boston Palestine Film Festival
cordially invites you to the gala opening of
 
Parallel Paths: Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish 
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 17, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 pm
41 Second Street
East Cambridge, MA 02141
 Thirty-nine contemporary artists (see list below) from around the world–

most of them Palestinian, Native American, and Irish–

explore the shared historical and contemporary paths of the three cultures

with 68 original works, including paintings, photographs, prints, drawings,

artist books, and films.

Conceived by Jennifer Heath and co-curated with Dagmar Painter, 

the exhibition is traveling throughout the United States and abroad

on a five-year tour.

 

INVITED ARTISTS, PLEASE TAKE NOTE

We would love to have as many of the participating artists present at the Opening Reception as possible. If you are a participating artist and plan to attend, kindly let us know in advance, and if so, if you would be willing to say a few words to guests about the exhibit and what it means to you, as well as sign exhibit catalogues.

R.S.V.P.: Michael Maria, Operations Director

michael@bostonpalestinefilmfest.org
The favor of a reply is requested by August 25, 2015

Learn more about:

The Map Is Not the Territory

The Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

*”The Map is Not the Territory” was coined by philosopher/scientist Alfred Korzybski.

Participating Artists 
 
6+: A WOMEN’S ART COLLECTIVE
JOHN HALAKA
NADEMA AGARD
MICHELE HORRIGAN
NORMAN AKERS
ANDREW ELLIS JOHNSON
FATIN Al-TAMIMI & LISAMARIE JOHNSON
MICHAEL KEATING
NEAL AMBROSE-SMITH
TOM QUINN KUMPF
RAWAN ARAR
JANE MCMAHAN
SCOTT BENESIINAABANDAN
ALAN MONTGOMERY
CLAUDIA BORGNA
MALAQUIAS MONTOYA
RAJIE COOK
MICK O’KELLY
WAHSONTIIO CROSS
VIVIEN SANSOUR
MANAL DEEB
DONNA SCHINDLER
RITA DUFFY
SUSANNE SLAVICK
MATTHEW EGAN
JAUNE QUICK-TO-SEE SMITH
MONA EL-BAYOUMI
MARY TUMA
MICHAEL ELIZONDO, JR.
KERRY VANDER MEER
NAJAT EL-TAJI EL-KHAIRY
SHERRY WIGGINS
PHOEBE FARRIS
MELANIE YAZZIE
ELENA FARSAKH
HELEN ZUGHAIB
NAJIB JOE HAKIM
HANI ZUROB
RULA HALAWANI

Now Available The Exhibition Catalogue for “The Map is Not the Territory”‏

2a04c5c3-44a7-4c05-a9fc-14b57bf5b2adAs the show is attracting and receiving more and more attentions I’d like to share few links as well as announce the exhibition catalogue. available on Amazon.

To learn more about the exhibit, visit our website here

http://islamicartsmagazine.com/magazine/view/p21_gallery_presents_the_map_is_not_the_territory/

http://www.iainbiggs.co.uk/2015/06/considerations-of-the-map-is-not-the-territory-an-essay/

The Map is Not the Territory” looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation and colonization. Although many peoples worldwide have suffered long and often brutal intrusions, Palestinians, Native Americans and the Irish have intersected for centuries in specific and often unusual ways. What are some of these intersections and how do contemporary artists examine and process them through their own lives and visions?The artists and writers — most of them Palestinian, Native American and Irish — explore the many profound connections between these three groups across centuries of conflict and resistance in this enlightening and revolutionary exhibition conceived by Jennifer Heath and co-curated with Dagmar Painter.

The Map is Not the Territory” will tour through 2018. To follow the show’s progress from Washington D.C. to London and beyond, check out our calendar.

Responses to the Catalogue“Given the current climate around the Middle East, and especially around Israel’s predations in Palestine, few in the world of the arts have had the courage to approach the subject, or the intelligence to approach it reasonably. This exhibition and publication make amends for such omissions, and do so with fierce integrity.” — LUCY R. LIPPARD, writer, art critic, activist and curator, author most recently of Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics and Art in the Changing West

“The Map is Not the Territory” is a phenomenal project … a terrific collection of words and images. The connections among Natives, Palestinians and Irish are both fruitful and under explored, so this show will go a long way in addressing a deficit in transnational exploration of the communities who withstood colonization. I feel profoundly enriched having engaged the creativity of these artists. — STEVEN SALAITA, scholar, writer and public speaker, author ofThe Holy Land in Transit: Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan

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Ramadan is coming soon At the Arab british centre

Arab British Centre

RAMADAN IS COMING TO TOWN!

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R amadan Night
This evening will revive old Ramadan traditions from the Arab and Muslim world. Arts Canteen will gather musicians, poets and story tellers for a magical evening.
Saturday 20 June, 9pm @Rich Mix |£12 -£15
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T he MapIs Not the Territory
This exhibition looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation, and colonisation.
12 June- 25 July @P21 Gallery |Free
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PALMUSIC UK Concert
An evening of Western Classical and Arabic Music with Palestinian and British musicians   dedicated to the students and teachers of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine.
Thursday 25 June, 7:30 pm @St James’ Church | £70- £40-£25-£15
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B E F estival: MOUVMA! Collectif Corps Citoyen (Tunisia/Italy) 30 min
Three actors take us back to the beginning of the Arab Spring in Tunisia. Torn between a desire to witness change and a desire to escape the chaos, a time of anger, dignity, and dull helplessness.
June 27, 7pm, @The Studio, Birmingham| £12-£22

Proud To be part of this show: a preview of The Map is Not the Territory at P21 in London

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The Map is not the territory now showing in London at P21 Gallery

I am very honoured to announce that the Itinerant show curated by Jennifer Heath and Dagnar Painter is showing at P21 Gallery in London.

P21 gallery presents The Map is Not the Territory, looking at the relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation, and colonization – not as novelty or polemic, but as history and current events. To understand history is the first step toward peace.

Press-release: http://www.p21.org.uk/AboutTheMapisNottheTerritory.aspx

The Exhibition continue 12 June 2015 – 25 July 2015 | Open Tuesday – Friday 12 – 6pm, Saturday 12 – 4pm, Wednesdays until 8pm

Location: 21 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD | Nearest underground: King’s Cross/St. Pancras and Euston Station | Tel: 020 7121 6190 | Web: p21.org.uk

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Video documentation of my graduation work

ONIONS: from the rabbit hole you make the rules!
Video Projection: 4-day documentation of artist writing her MFA thesis with audio of ______ played on boombox.