PLOT: ARTS ASSEMBLY
June 6 – August 31, 2018
We are pleased to announce ARTS ASSEMBLY as our forthcoming guests in PLOT! Holding tenure from June 6 – August 31, 2018, Arts Assembly will facilitate reading groups, workshops and artistic research in their temporary administrative and programming space within Access Gallery.
Common Ground | Uyuşma Temeli
As a part of their tenure in PLOT, Arts Assembly will host reading groups, workshops, and a micro-artist-residency as a part of Common Ground | Uyuşma Temeli, a collaborative project with Istanbul-based halka sanat projesi and m-est.org. As a part of this programming, Sasha J. Langford will be reading a hybrid-essay work that considers the political implications of object relations theory. Additionally, Arts Assembly has invited Istanbul-born, Vancouver-based artist Damla Tamer to be a guest artist-in-residence in the PLOT space in early August. Focused on international concerns around spatial precarity, the project seeks to establish resistance and innovation through fostering long term transnational bonds and systems of support in the face of common challenges.
Throughout Arts Assembly’s tenure at PLOT, community members are welcome to contribute a text to our library in relation to the concepts which Common Ground addresses. All texts donated will be made available to the public and act as a research resource for the Arts Assembly team. As Common Ground is a collaboration with halka sanat projesi of Istanbul, all texts referenced and created throughout the program will be made available in both Turkish and English.
ARTS ASSEMBLY x UNIT PIT
ARTS ASSEMBLY will host COLLECTIVE RECKONING: SESSION 2, on June 10, 2018. COLLECTIVE RECKONING is a joint project between UNIT/PITT and ARTS ASSEMBLY in the wake of socially driven calls to address sexual harassment, violence and trauma that disproportionately impacts womxn identified and non-binary folks. Through a series of open forums, discussions and resource sharing, COLLECTIVE RECKONING hopes to not only tangibly address these issues within our creative community, but to foster long term accountability and change.
ARTS ASSEMBLY is a not for profit community-centric arts organization that emphasizes artistic collaboration. Co-directed by Bridgette Badowich and Meichen Waxer, it was co-founded in 2016 by Brynn McNab and Meichen Waxer. With a focus on social practices and research, they aim to foster relationships between the community and professional artists, hoping to expand the notion of what art can be and do, and provide a high calibre of diverse and inclusive arts programming. ARTS ASSEMBLY seeks to fairly compensate artists for their work and research, and acknowledge womxn’s leadership in the creative community. They encourage work that doesn’t necessarily end in a product to be sold, but rather builds relationships between communities, allows for in-depth research, and creates unique experiences.
Image credit: Lara Ögel, houses were rooms, i had forgotten (variation II), 2017, site-specific installation with closet doors, wood, ceramics, gemstones, moss, soil, grass (photograph of exterior view). Athens, Greece.