A movement-research collaboration with students at Dudley High School and artist Athena Kokoronis to create a site-specific dance for downtown Greensboro.
The Listening Story of No Words explores a dance process that draws inspiration from the tradition of quilt making, line drawing, personal experience and expression through movement and improv. The project was developed during a 3-week residency at Dudley High School and Elsewhere museum.
Collaborators: Angela Robinson, Athena Kokoronis, Kelley Ann Walsh, Christopher Kennedy, Anna Luisa Daigneault, Kirsten Bauer, Nakaia Branch, Amber Carter, X’Zavia Crowell, Naima Durrett, Essence McKellar, Miracle McPherson, Zoey Plum, Nasaura Richard, Ashleigh Robinson, Jackie Stackhouse, Jala Tillman, Hawa Trawally, Donjeta Vila, Toine Woodard
ecoartspace action guides are a platform for artists addressing environmental issues. Each guide supports both learning institutions and community organizations that are interested in educating youth and adults about the principles of ecology through aesthetic experiences in the natural and built environment. Over the past several years I’ve helped developed activities and projects for 2 of these wonderful resources including Eve Mosher’s Highwaterline Guide and Tafftoo Tan’s S.O.S. Action Guide. To download each guide visit: http://ecoartspaceactionguides.blogspot.com/
Ecoartspace was founded in Los Angeles in 1997 by Patricia Watts, who partnered with Amy Lipton in New York City in 1999. They created one of the first websites that offered information on artists who, through their artworks, teach about our interdependence with the natural world. In 2000, Watts and Lipton developed an art and nature program, bringing artists into classrooms in Malibu, California, and New York City. This project was the initial inspiration to develop arts activities for both in school and in after-school programs.
What is the connection between one woman’s 58-year collection, a nomadic assemblage of queer ephemera, a high-tech teen hangout, and the treasured remains of a fishing town?
Beginning in a lake Michigan lagoon and sustained through a trans-continental Skype conversation, Museum Futures is an interview project developed by three people with a shared investment in the dynamic ways a museum can perform. Although we often think of a museum as a static collection of objects to be kept a safe distance from, behind this seemingly impenetrable identity is a network of individual actors that have a stake in their museum’s role as a public actor. Whether it be through the vehicle of a button jar, an ipod touch or a fish trap, a museum has the potential to perform as a dynamic public commons and a place to confront the Other. In the spirit of such possibility, Museum Futures provides a glimpse into the work of educators, anthropologists, consultants, and curators who are re-thinking the performance of the museum’s past, present, and future.
Museum Futures started as a conversation between three people in different parts of the world. Presented on the previous page are some our first communicae. We identified a common interest in what museums could and should be, and decided to investigate ourselves. Over the course of a year and a half we collected interviews, essays and ephemera from museums in our own communities and those we have become a part of. Museum Futures has since become a transdisciplinary collaboration between Living Archives in San Diego, California, Elsewhere in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Institute for Empirical Cultural Science in Tübingen, Germany. Museum Futures is a project by Kate Clark (interviews/illustrations/editing), Christopher Kennedy (interviews/design/layout) and Pablo von Frankenberg (interviews/research/scholarship). Thanks to Elsewhere, University of California San Diego Visual Arts Department, the University of California San Diego Center for the Humanities and Living Archives Research group, Hermione Spriggs, and David Serlin.
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I Don’t Do Boxes is a magazine exploring LGBTQ experience, published at Elsewhere and edited by a team of queer-identifying youth. The first issue, Schools Out! collects over 30 artworks, stories, poems, comics and essays exploring queer southern experience and beyond.
Alive in the Kitchen is food performance for the internet & real life. Alive in the Kitchen re-imagines the cooking show format as a platform for participatory culinary experiments, inviting local communities, puppets, and artists to broadcast a-live from Elsewhere’s kitchen commons. A-LIVE in the Kitchen is also an educational platform for intergenerational communities to understand the importance of a balanced and locally-sourced meal, notions of radical ecology and the art of cooking through play, humor and the magic of puppetry.
PSYCHEDELICATESSEN from Elsewhere on Vimeo.
99 Books About Love is a project about shelving, sharing and second-hands, collecting 99 books from people all over North Carolina that explore love in its many forms. The project was an Elsewhere collaborative commission for the Ackland Museum in Chapel Hill, NC during the exhibition More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing since the 1990s. The project asked readers from the across the state to select a book about “love” in their personal collection, and inscribe each book with a personal message, poem or note. A sculptural shelving unit was designed by Elsewhere’s building curator Paul Howe to house the books which were on sale during the exhibition at the Ackland Museum Store. Proceeds from 99 Books supported Elsewhere’s QueerLab, a youth-led media project that brought together queer identifying youth to produce I Don’t Do Boxes, a publication exploring LGBTQ experiences in the South.
For four years now I have served as a teaching artist and education curator for Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency program set inside a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC.
In August 2013 I conducted a residency at the Roberts Street Social Center, a collection of projects dedicated to providing free or affordable access to independent and alternative media, art, and education in Halifax, CA. Below are some images from my time and collaboration with Center community members:
A collection of images archiving the Kennedy family through the 20th century.