Fwd: The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest at Southern Exposure, 5/18-5/19

Posted by ryan griffis | Thu May 17th 2007 6:15 p.m.

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A Weekend of Projects, Publications and Performances by the Journal
of Aesthetics and Protest
Friday, May 18 - Saturday May 19, 2007
Locations: Southern Exposure and locations throughout the neighborhood
Join the Los Angeles based Journal of Aesthetics and Protest for a
weekend of activity, dialogue and production at Southern Exposure.
The Journal's aim is to activate culture with smart, anti-
authoritarian discussions, publications, and events to help build
good things and stop bad things in the world. Founded in 2001, the
Journal is co-edited by Cara Baldwin, Marc Herbst, Robby Herbst, and
Christina Ulke.www.journalofaestheticsandprotest.org <http://
To participate or sign up for any of these activities call
415-863-2141 or emailprograms@soex.org <mailto:programs@soex.org> .
All activities and events take place at Southern Exposure unless
otherwise noted.
FRIDAY, May 18, 2007
*7:00 pm -
Presenting the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Issue #5 and
Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic and Social Practices. Readings from
the Journal's new book of essays, interviews and artwork that
together offer a minor history of failure and the newest Journal, an
issue dedicated to the speech, conversation and discourse that
creates meaning and facilitates movements.

SATURDAY, May 19, 2007
*11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Instant Publication Workshop
Move! People Activate Positions: A magazine writing workshop,
interactive dance and body movement seminar. Working interactively as
a group to create situations within the workshop that highlight
conflict and othering with a possible outcome of publishing a
magazine. The magazine may be a xerox, may be a poster, and may be a
street event.
To participate call 415-863-2141, email programs@soex.org
<mailto:programs@soex.org> , or come to SoEx.

*2:00 - 4:00 pm
Fragments from a strike: Reconstituting the SFSU Walkout a
Participatory Re-Speaking Workshop
In November 1968, SFSU's Black Student Union and Third World
Liberation Front led students and faculty in a walkout that closed
down classes for five months and resulted in the establishment of the
School of Ethnic Studies.

Artist-activist collective BLW invites you to re-constitute with us
recorded moments from the strike. Working with rescued archives of
newsreel footage, we will re-speak recorded student, faculty, and
community member statements, considering the relationship between
politics and education that this history brings to bear on today.
To participate call 415-863-2141, email programs@soex.org
<mailto:programs@soex.org> , or come to SoEx.

*3:30 - 4:30 pm
Anna Halprin Automobile Event and Blank Placard Dance Reenactments
LOCATION: Meet at SoEx, performed outdoors in Mission District
We invite you to join us in performing these simple powerful pieces
in the streets of San Francisco. These collective movements derive
from San Francisco's own avant-garde history. The San Francisco
Dancer's Workshop and Anna Halprin originally performed versions of
these two choreographies in 1968 and 1970.
About the choreography:
-AUTOMOBILE EVENT involves moving purposefully over a row of cars
parked on the street.
-BLANK PLACARD DANCE is a simple choreography where the dancers move
in a line carrying blank white protest placards.
Dancers are encouraged to wear a monochromatic outfit (originally
this peice was performed in all white).
To participate call 415-863-2141, email programs@soex.org
<mailto:programs@soex.org> , or come to SoEx.

*4:00 pm
Video Screening
Mark Tribe- Port Huron Project 1: Until the Last Gun is Silent-
The Port Huron Project is a series of reenactments of protest
speeches from the 1960s and '70s. Each event takes place at the site
of the original speech, and is delivered by an actor to an audience
of invited guests and passers-by. The first event in the series, Port
Huron Project 1: Until the Last Gun is Silent, took place in Central
Park, New York City on Saturday, September 16, 2006. This event
reenacted a speech given by Coretta Scott King at a peace march in
Central Park on April 27, 1968. The speech, which was based on notes
found in the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pockets, addresses the
war in Vietnam, poverty, and the power of women. We will be screening
this video in the SoEx space on Mission.

*4:45 - 5:05 pm
Performative Readings
Art Workers' Coalition (revisited)
In response to the spirit of Move! Activate! Remember! & inspired by
artist and Issue 5 contributor Kirsten Forkert's open call for
participation in historic speech and conversation about it's meaning
over time, Christina Ulke and Cara Baldwin of the Journal of
Aesthetics & Protest invite visitors to SOEX to actively participate
in a public speech re-enactment in front of Southern Exposure at 2901
Mission Street ( at 25th Street). Participants in this performance
are invited to select and read aloud in public space texts from the
Art Workers' Coalition, reflecting on the ways in which our voices
lose or retain meaning and agency in different social and temporal
locations over time.

The Art Workers Coalition (revisited) is a project by Kirsten Forkert
in which artists, writers and activists have been asked to select and
read a text that they thought had an interesting relationship to the
present; perhaps because it struck them as relevant today. The
performative act of reading aloud allowed for a reconsideration of
the ways in which the role of the artist or function of the art world
might be the same or different now. Moreover, it calls on readers and
listeners to reconsider how the language we use to talk about social
change might be the same or different now.Texts by: Architects
Resistance, Frank Hewitt, Iain Whitecross, Seth Sieglaub, Carl Andre,
Hans Haacke, John Perrault, Lee Lozano, Faith Ringgold, John Denmark,
Selma Brody, Lucy Lippard, Gene Swensen, Naomi Levine, David Lee,
Jean Toche, Dan Graham, Iris Crump, and Frederick Castle.
To participate call 415-863-2141, email programs@soex.org
<mailto:programs@soex.org> , or come to SoEx.

*5:15 pm
Coffee Shop Organizing Project
LOCATION: Meet at SoEx, walk to a local coffee shop
When a group of strangers get together in a coffee shop and figure
out what they can immediately do to stop the war in Vietnam. We will
have 30 minutes to acquaint each other with our comfort levels and
knowledge of tactics/activism and then up to an hour for any created
To participate call 415-863-2141, email programs@soex.org
<mailto:programs@soex.org> , or come to SoEx.

*7:00 pm
Panel Discussion
Remembering Forward; Bumping Into Yesterday's Mistakes Tomorrow. A
roundtable discussion dealing with radical legacies
Confirmed participants include: Sam Green (filmmaker), Patrick
Reinsborough (activist/smartmeme), and BLW (artist's collective:
Rozalinda Borcila, Sarah Lewison, Julie Wyman). A roundtable
discussion on how do we remember and how do we move ahead. Part of
the discussion uses performance and activated public space as a focal


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