Tuesday, Dec 10, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
18th Street Arts Center // Otis MFA Public Practice program Space
Join us for a lively conversation between Dana Yahalomi, founder and leader of Public Movement and research-based artist Carolina Caycedo with Suzanne Lacy, internationally known artist and founder of the MFA in Public Practice at Otis College of Art & Design.
Dana Yahalomi is the founder and leader of Public Movement, a performative research body which investigates and stages political actions in public spaces. It studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals. Among Public Movement’s actions in the past and in the future: manifestations of presence, fictional acts of hatred, new folk dances, synchronised procedures of movement, spectacles, marches, inventing and reenacting moments in the life of individuals, communities, social institutions, peoples, states, and of humanity.
In the last six years, Public Movement has explored the regulations, forces, agents, and policies, formations of identity and systems of ritual which govern the dynamics of public life and public space. The Movement was founded in November 2006 by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi, the later assumed sole leadership in 2011.
Public Movement has taken responsibility for the following actions: “Accident” (Tel- Aviv, 2006), “The Israel Museum” (Tel- Aviv, 2007), “Also Thus!” (Acco Festival, 2007), “Operation Free Holon” (The Israeli Center for Digital Art, 2007), “Change of Guard (With Dani Karavan, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, 2008), “Public Movement House” (Bat Yam Museum, 2008), Emergency (Acco Festival, 2008), The 86th Anniversary of the assassination of President Gabriel Narutowicz by the painter Eligiusz Niewiadomski (Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2008), “Spring in Warsaw” (Laura Palmer Foundation, 2009), “Performing Politics for Germany” (Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, 2009), Positions (NL, Van AbbeMuseum, 2009), First of May Riots (Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, 2010), “University Exercise” (Heidelberg Theater, 2010), “SALONS: Birthright Palestine?” (New Museum, New York, 2012), Rebranding European Muslims (Berlin Biennial 2012, Steirischer Herbst 2012), Debriefing Session (Baltic Circle, Helsinki 2012), “Civil Fast” (Jerusalem, 2012), Honor Guard (Asian Art Biennial. Taipei 2013) and “The Reenactment of the Mount Herzl Terrorist Attack” (Upcoming).
Carolina Caycedo is a Los Angeles-based artist, of a Colombian and British background. She engages with issues and contexts that affect a broad public on an everyday level. In her practice, art functions as a pretext for offering up utopian models to inhabit a world in which individuals and communities are increasingly subject to com-modification, exploitation, and discrimination. Many of Caycedo’s projects are enacted and exist solely in public space as a form of urban intervention. Her work has been exhibited widely in venues such as Foundation Cartier and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris; Iniva in London; Creative Time, New Museum, Queens Museum, Ford Foundation and Apex Art in New York; Serralves Museum in Porto and Museu da Cidade in Lisbon; House of World Cultures and NGBK in Berlin; Secession in Vienna; Moderna Galerija in Slovenia; MUSAC in Leon, Santa Monica Art Center in Barcelona, and Casa Encendida and Matadero in Madrid; Wattis Institute in San Francisco; LACE and 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles; Teorética in San José; Alianza Francesa, Espacio La Rebeca and Galería Santa Fé in Bogotá. She was included in the 2013 Paris Triennial, the 2009 Havana Biennial, the 2009 San Juan Poligraphic Triennial, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the 2003 Venice Biennial, and the 2001 Istanbul Biennial. In 2012 Caycedo participated in DAAD’s prestigious Artist-in-Berlin program (Berliner Künstlerprogramm). Additionally, Caycedo received the Cultural Exchange International grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in 2009, the fellowship of the Arts and Humanities Research Board in London in 2005, the Cultural Diversity Award from London Arts in 2002, and the Year of the Artist Residency from the Arts Council of England in 2001.
Suzanne Lacy is an artist and writer whose work includes large-scale public performances and installations, photographs and text on issues of social justice and equity. She is Chair of the new Master’s in Fine Arts: Public Practices at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
Lacy is a proponent of audience engagement and artists’ roles in shaping the public agenda. She lectures widely, has published over 60 articles, exhibited internationally, and been reviewed in the L.A. Times, the New York Times, Art in America, and numerous books. Her fellowships include the Guggenheim Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her book, Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art (1995), was responsible for coining the term and articulating the practice. Most recently Lacy completed a 5 year community development art project in a small town in rural Appalachia, a performance with teens in Taipei, and is worked on three projects for Los Angeles in Spring 2007. Recent awards include the Henry Moore Fellowship in Great Britain. She is working on a collection of essays for Duke University Press and a book describing her ten-year projects with youth and civic sectors in Oakland, California with the On the Edge research program at Gray’s College of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Images (from left to right):
Dana Yahalomi, Spring in Warsaw, Laura Palmer Foundation and Nowy Teatr, Poland. Photo: Tomasz Pasternak
Suzanne Lacy, Between the Door and the Streets, a performance initiated by Suzanne Lacy with Creative Time
Carolina Caycedo, research image Be Dammed
This program is made possible through the generous support of The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation and Artis.