Imagine a freckled 14 year old girl at the mall who approaches a stranger and asks, "What is the weather like where you are?" The bewildered stranger cocks an eyebrow and replies, "It's pretty cold and snowing." The girl states, "It is 11 degrees Celsius here in Tehran." Thoroughly confused, the stranger narrows his eyes and furrows his brow. The girl goes on to explain, "I am sitting in my home in Iran, listening to you through my computer and speaking to you through this girl in front of you. I am a 30 year-old man and a musician. What kinds of music do you like?"
The brainchild of artists Jon Rubin and Felipe Castelblanco, this bizarre scenario will play out a number of times at Tower City Center as part of The Foreigner (February 1 – April 6, 2013). This project employs Iranian citizens to channel themselves through mobile technology and Clevelanders acting as physical avatars in public spaces.
Jon Rubin is an enlister. Most of Rubin's projects bring in visitors, passers-by and partners as collaborators—from pigeon coops placed at museums where visitors are sent home with the homing pigeons who find their way back to the museum, to look-alikes who imposter the Danish Queen and Prince Consort carrying protest signs broadcasting the complaints or opinions of any Danish citizen.
Two of his more prominent projects function under the guise of restaurants. The Waflle Shop (http://www.waffleshop.org/) was a waffle-based diner and community-run talk show that live streamed over the internet. Conflict Kitchen (http://www.conflictkitchen.org/) is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict.
The Foreigner emerges from aspects from these two latter projects. Come to the opening reception at SPACES on February 1st to meet an Iranian with an unexpected face, or wander through Tower City Center on select dates February 2nd through April 6th. It will definitely be a moment to remember.
Join the fun and make your own silkscreened t-shirt!
When: Saturday, October 27th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Arts Collinwood, 15605 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110
SPACES former artist-in-residence, Jef Scharf, has devised a process that can take a drawing to film, then to a screen and finally to print, on paper, a shirt, a table—whatever. The process depends on a silk-screen box named Shirley T and an exposure box for screens named Rose Louise (no, I don't know why. If you take the class, you can ask). In the class he will teach at Arts Collinwood, students begin by making drawings which are collected, scanned and cobbled into a single film for screen burning, which takes about two hours for exposing and washing out the screen (probably tedious for children, says Jef, but "adults and scientists" would enjoy it." Then the image is printed, on whatever the chosen medium is, and hung to dry until... everyone goes home.
A bundle of t-shirts have been generously donated by Gallery Wolfy Part II for the workshop. A limited number of shirts will be available for class participants to keep. Shirley T and Rose Louise will take up permanent residence at Arts Collinwood, to be used whenever someone is inspired to do another workshop. This one is funded by an Artists in Residence grant, thanks to the Kresge and Ford foundations, and supported by Arts Collinwood, CPAC, NSDC, LINC, Zygote Press, Bruce Edwards, Pat Deering and J.C. Shirley T in action (http://wolfypartii.blogspot.com/2012/07/shirley-t-print-press-at-shore-center.html)!
People are encouraged to bring ideas for the shirts that we could execute and expose on some screens. think light ink on black shirts.
The workshop will begin at 10am and go until 4pm with a 30 minute break around 12:30 or so. Free!
Note: This is not a SPACES-sponsored event, just Scharf-tested and SPACES-approved
SPACES Executive Director Christopher Lynn sat down to talk to Jef Scharf about The Euclid Square Mall Project (http://www.spacesgallery.org/project/the-euclid-square-mall-project) —Scharf's combination installation and non-narrative experimental video document. This interview is a second take, since the first time the audio sounded horrible. It's too bad, because there were some gems in that first conversation. That being said, the second take is chock full of goodness as well. Take a listen:
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