Remember that in a recent exhibition mailer, we promised that you could download the desktop wallpaper of the fabulous Thunderdome drawing by Vanessa LaValle (http://topnotch-indeed.blogspot.com/)? Well, you've probably noticed that it hasn't been available. We've now repented and there are a variety of options for you below that you can use as your desktop (including your iPhone). Enjoy!
PRESSPAUSEPLAY examines the digital revolution currently transforming our concept of art and culture. With the knowledgeable input of several well-known artists and authors of today, this documentary opens a discourse about the positive and negative effects technology has had on the industries of music, film, photography, and writing. As the tools to create become more affordable and easier to use, a democratization of art has evolved – essentially enabling anyone to be an artist, a musician, a filmmaker. Some believe that the digital age has revolutionized art for the better and that this is the most fertile time for artists. With the invention of the Internet and the explosion of social media, we are now witnessing more art than ever before. But with the democratization of a culture comes the danger of mediocrity and the threat of confusing the artist with the audience. It's becoming increasingly harder for true artists to break through all the noise and there's a very probable chance that real talent will be lost along the way. Featuring a powerful myriad of images, sounds, and icons, PRESSPAUSEPLAY is an awesomely relevant film you won't want to miss. –M.M.
Wednesday, March 30, 9:40 PM
Saturday, April 2, 9:15 AM
Sunday, April 3, 4:15 PM
This past month, an impromptu group of twenty people took part in a social experiment on survival. They each chose a task essential to their survival that they didn't know how to do, and within the month of February, learned how to do it.
Cleveland puppeteer Diana Sette worked with a master weaver to learn how to process and spin wool, and built a large-scale "human loom" made out of people. Emelio DiSabato and Joel Solow chipped away at snow on the Abbey Bridge in Tremont, attempting to clear a path on one of the two walkways into their neighborhood that becomes unpassable to pedestrians and cyclists after snow. Simon and Giulia, members of a new farm collective in New York state, began the process of brewing a cup tea from scratch and spent the month learning how you decide what trees in a healthy woodland can be harvested for firewood and how to use a chainsaw. Maria Miranda, of Cleveland's Whisper to a Scream, translated the assignment into what it takes to survive within culture as it currently stands. She spent the month being "beauty-compliant," wearing makeup and fashionable clothes, processing her hair, and consuming the media and products marketed to her to craft a "successful look". Several people learned how to sew for the first time, Carmen Tracey making homemade menstrual pads after researching the toxicity of feminine hygiene products.
What they learned and how they went about it will be chronicled at Survival Postures, a community dinner and exhibit held at SPACES on Sunday, March 20 at 5:30 pm.
Survival Postures takes a cue from feminist performance artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles, who, since the late 1960's has used her art to make visible a hidden, stigmatized world of maintenance work that shores up our whole society. She once said that her work is a conscious attempt to re-link cultural practice with how we practice our own survival, saying that, "Art begins at the same level as basic survival systems."
We've seen a huge growth in interest lately in re-localizing the work that provides for our community's basic needs (the exponential increase of participation in Cleveland's urban farms, community gardens and farmers' markets is one great example). Many people are confronting head-on the profound disconnection of work we do to raise income from work it takes to produce the goods we need to live.
In doing so, it's become pretty clear that as an overall culture, we are very much in infancy when it comes to being actors in our own survival. Many basic skills are no longer in our vocabulary, and we rarely flex the muscles that make us producers rather than consumers, making for a strange atrophy.
The Survival Postures project is about practicing a culture that can take care of itself-- to re-link culture and survival deep within our own bodies.
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