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.

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.

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!
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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!

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Respectfully,
Michael Klubock
Founder and Executive Director