Please join us on May 29th! Email us at serc @ ds4si.org if you'd like materials or more information. For more on Teju Cole's "We are not safe, even in the most banal place", click here or check out his instagram @tejucole
Equity Summit, Chicago
Thursday, April 12th and Friday, April 13th
For anyone attending Policy Link's Equity Summit in Chicago, come check out our SERC! It will be in the Randolph 2 Room (Concourse Level) of the Hyatt Regency. If you'd like to lead something there, please contact us. If you'd like more information about the social emergency and our on-going artist and activist led Social Emergency Response Centers, click here.
Artists, historians and activists came together at DS4SI to explore how Black History is a creative force for imagining, depicting and creating the present and future. Listen to some amazing ideas from our panelists and audience.
Hosted by Beatriz E. Balanta, PhD
Assistant Professor of Art History, SMU | Meadows School of the Arts
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, HonAIA
Professor of Urban Policy and Health, The New School
Author of Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities
Faith Smith, PhD
Editor, Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean (2011)
Today is the day Black Panther opens across the U.S.! Meanwhile, the amount of anticipation and exhilaration--particularly in the black community—is garnering its own coverage. (Already Black Panther is the most tweeted about movie ever.) Efforts far and wide have been organized to make it possible for black children to see the movie for free. Central to this narrative is the power (and rarity!) of seeing ourselves in a black hero.
Along with the narrative of visibility, we at DS4SI believe that the exhilaration for Black Panther speaks to a kind of affective, haptic yearning, a thirstiness for black public joy. We haven’t had a moment of joy like this since Obama won in 2008. That was 10 years ago! We see meeting this need as a political act. We see it as an intentional act of radical, inclusive joy in opposition to the default position of white public joy in the U.S.. Whether it’s symbolically laundered as Red Sox Nation, a Bruce Springsteen concert, the Academy Awards or the Winter Olympics, white public joy gets to be ubiquitous—it doesn’t even have to claim its whiteness. (And if you don’t believe this, read John Moody’s pathetic nostalgia for the white hero in his lament of the U.S. Olympic team as “darker, gayer, different”.)
After we all go see the opening night of Black Panther (and a few other nights too!), let’s be about the making of joyful black experience as part of our political duty. Let’s not assume that Black Panther will quench our thirst. That will take the building of new kinds of public life, visibility and vision. Let’s claim a radical, inclusive black joy—a darker, gayer, different joy—as our collective super power.
An amazing set of activist-artists are coming together for a weekend-long SERC this weekend! We are so inspired. If anyone is nearby, don't miss it!
HOME Series: The Portal
How do we find home?
DS4SI wraps up this season's HOME Series with a return visit from Trinidadian contemporary artist Christopher Cozier. Cozier will present on his piece Home/Portal, inspired by his time in the Upham's Corner area, that has since engaged artists from Kingston, Jamaica to Bogota, Columbia, Port of Spain, Trinidad and here in Boston. Collaborating artists from those cities will join us via Skype, while local artists from HOME 1 and HOME 2 (Intelligent Mischief and Keith Deviere Donaldson) will join us in person. Together we will explore how we find--and make and connect--home in a time of global environmental and political crises.
THIS Thursday, November 9th, 6-8pm
Design Studio for Social Intervention
1946 Washington St, Roxbury, MA
Future Shock Disco
What does home sound like? An immersive, generative and evolving sound sculpture.
Keith DeViere Donaldson (Boston) and Jamal Moss, aka Hieroglyphic Being (Chicago)
The Future Shock Disco is an immersive, generative, and evolving sound sculpture that will elicit a journey through time – past, present, and future, by enabling participants to communicate with the space and other beings within it using the universal language of music. In Mark Dery’s 1994 essay, “Black to the Future,” he asks, “Can a community whose past has been deliberately rubbed out, and whose energies have subsequently been consumed by the search for legible traces of its history, imagine possible futures?”
Sound sculptors Moss and Donaldson have created interactive sound panels that will both trigger and manipulate a series of sounds when they are touched or a body comes near. Participants will be able to interact and engage with one another as they explore the relationship between interface, interaction, and sound. The output of the interaction will be a generative soundscape, which will continue to evolve as the piece is interacted with and as participants engage with one another and create a sense of place through sound.
Location: Dorchester Arts Collaborative,
COME FEEL AT HOME!
Come check out this week-long cross-border collaborative art making intervention along Dudley and Upham's! We're so excited to be working with Chris Cozier, Bruce Cayonne and Intelligent Mischief!
ANNOUNCEMENT: Friday Feb 10th event has been postponed to Friday March 3rd.
Stay warm everyone!
6-7pm: Sheldon Scott, DC-based performance artist, "Artists' Responsibility In These Times"
7-8:30: Come bang a taiko drum! Join The Genki Spark in their interactive "Joy Bubble" intervention
4-5pm: Heal Flow Yoga with Ivor Edmonds from Taireiki Yoga
4-5:30pm Open Mic! Join us for dance performances by Smallie Michelle and McKersin Previlus, spoken word by Ashley Rose, Emceed by GaJah
12-1pm: Sheldon Scott, DC-based performance artist, "Artists' Responsibility In These Times"
1-2:30pm: Film screenin: Ovarian Psycos (radical women's bike crew in LA)
4-5pm Yoga with Michelle Mendes
JOIN US FOR BOSTON'S FIRST S.E.R.C. MEETING
TUESDAY, DEC. 20TH
DESIGN STUDIO FOR SOCIAL INTERVENTION
1946 WASHINGTON STREET, 2ND FLOOR
ROXBURY, MA 02118
Learn more here and we hope to see you soon!
DS4SI is super excited to host Houston-based artist Carrie Schneider as part of our on-going Art Unfolded Series. She will be at the Studio Wednesday, October 12th, from 5:30-7:30.
Carrie Schneider is an artist interested in collapsing moments across time and the ability of people to reimagine their space. Her projects include Hear Our Houston(2011) a hub of public generated audio walking tours, Care House (2012) an installation in the house she grew up in considering the roles of caregiving/caretaking and the bodies of mother/home, The Human Tour 2013 with collaborator Alex Tu, a 40 mile caravan tracing the outline of a human onto the streets of the city, Sunblossom Residency (2009-2015) in which middle schoolers who are resettled refugees chose seven multidisciplinary artists to teach them their processes of making, and Incommensurate Mapping (2014) an exhibition which excavated the Contemporary Art Museum Houston's past visions of its potential futures and invited visitors play with/in the institution. Schneider co-organized Charge , a Houston convening of local and national presenters to platform artist-led models, advocate for equitable compensation of artists, and consider artists’ work in the larger economy. She teaches art to kids and loves dancing queer tango. http://www.carriemarieschneider.com/
The People’s Redevelopment Authority asks the question, “What if residents had the formal authority to engage in urban development?” What kinds of policies would they make and what kinds of spatial strategies would they choose to forward? How would they work with planners, architects and other spatial specialists to prototype and implement new ideas?
Combining the best practices from creative placemaking and participatory planning, the PRA will demonstrate how residents can frame and lead urban development, rather than being the recipients of it. As a kick off, Fairmount Cultural Corridor partners are hosting a 4-part series to engage folks in digging in to a REAL People's Redevelopment Authority.
We invite everyone—residents, practitioners, community leaders, merchants, artists, youth—to be a part of the People’s Redevelopment Authority.
This powerful set of performances by artists in response to state-sanctioned violence against the black community is just as relevant now as it was a year ago...
Many thanks to all the artists, our videography team and Roots Media! Each performance will be posted in its entirely on our website shortly.
Explore the future of Roxbury through a series of playful “productive fictions”--interactive installations that create glimpses of a more just and vibrant social and civic life. Building on the Design Studio for Social Intervention’s Public Kitchen and Dance Court, this immersive and speculative tour / activity / performance will invite participants and passers-by to join over 20 local artists in five different locations. The tour will function as both a fun and highly interactive experience and an imaginative canvas where participants can experiment with their own ideas for new, more vibrant social infrastructures.
We're excited to share Danchi no Yume with you here at DS4SI and discussion with filmmaker, Sam Cole! Bring yourselves and friends - there will be pop corn! Free and open to all.
Sam Cole is a filmmaker and photographer living in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. His first feature documentary Danchi No Yume tells the story of Japanese hip hop artist Anarchy and his rise to prominence from the south side Kyoto ghettos.
We are delighted to host the first screening of Danchi no Yume in Boston
Check out the trailer here: