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Statues And Attitudes
February 3 - February 5
STATUES AND ATTITUDES
An imagined feminist vision
Jade Gordon and Megan Whitmarsh with guests
FRI FEB 3 – Opening Event 7pm-10pm
SAT/SUN FEB 4/5 – Exhibition Open to the public 1pm-8pm
plus WORKSHOPS, SCREENINGS, and PERFORMANCES (see below for details)
Open during all exhibition hours: A Wider Net, reading room curated by F.L.O.W. (Feminist Library on Wheels); also GIANT fabric magazine, masks and sculptures. Singing with Becky Stark. Everything is participatory!
RSVP for workshops: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday Feb 3 OPENING EVENT
- 7pm Live music with Von Doog
- 8:30pm VIDEO SCREENING – New Developments, Inc (5:30 mins, 2017), The Open Door (6 mins, 2016), Women on the Edge of Time (5:55 mins, 2015)
- complimentary cocktails by The Spirit Guild Distillery
- 11am – 1pm: How Do You Stand In Relation To These Many Realms? Somatic workshop with Anne Howland – Feel into the wisdom contained inside your own body. Participants are invited to bring something (an issue in their lives) that is important and emotion provoking and alive for them in the moment. No one will be required to share this with the group. (RSVP Required)
- 1pm – 8pm: Exhibition OPEN TO PUBLIC
- 2pm – 4:30pm: Rainbow of Desire – Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop with Jade Gordon – Part of Brazilian director and activist Augusto Boal’s liberatory political theater methodology, Rainbow of Desire is a range of exercises, games and techniques to identify, analyze and respond to internalized oppression. (RSVP Recommended)
- 4:30pm – 5:30pm: CO-OP SPUTNIK: How to start a babysitting co-op. Talk by Rachel Allen – This workshop will outline the benefits of babysitting cooperatives, for babies and their parents; describe a couple different kinds; and provide a guide on how to start one for yourself, your family and your community, and close with a few tips on how to sustain it over time. We may also have some testimonials from members of the Northeast LA Babysitting Cooperative, aka Co-op Sputnik. (RSVP Required)
- 5:30pm – 8pm: Light on The Path, drop-in sewing workshop with Megan Whitmarsh – Resist branding by external forces by creating and broadcasting the message that you want to send. Claim the political space of your chest / breast by making a (fabric) message button.
(No RSVP required)
Saturday Feb 4
Sunday Feb 5
- 11am-1pm: The Heart of The Matter, Query-based workshop with Dorothy Henderson – We will use deep listening and clear questions to help participants gain deeper understanding of a concern, inquiry, or decision that they bring to the workshop. (RSVP Required)
- 1pm-8pm Exhibition OPEN TO PUBLIC
- 2-4pm: Activating the Feralscape: Somatic Plant Writing Ceremony with Amanda Ackerman and Saewon Oh – Working with time traveling plants, we will explore the language embodied by each: by ingesting plants, we’ll be sharing our bodies and co-creating a feral language to uncover stories of shifting timelines, ancestral recovery, and collective remediation. (RSVP Required)
- 5pm: VIDEO SCREENING – New Developments, Inc (5:30 mins, 2017), The Open Door (6 mins, 2016), Women on the Edge of Time (5:55 mins, 2015)
- 5:30-6:30pm: PERFORMANCE: Aaron M. Olson’s Musical Tracing Project – Taking familiar songs and musical pieces and reinterpreting them through a filter of naïveté via an unsuspecting large musical ensemble. This performance will feature the work of female composers.
- 6:30-8pm: Past Lives Crystal Guided Meditation & Workshop with Azalea Lee of Place 8 Healing – Crystal healing is a form of metaphysical energetic healing facilitated by the vibrations in crystals and stones. (No RSVP required)
We will not know our own injustice if we cannot imagine justice. We will not be free if we do not imagine freedom… Dislodge the mind from the lazy, timorous habit of thinking that the way we live now is the only way people can live.
— Ursula K. Le Guin
Statues and Attitudes is a three day exhibition and series of free public workshops and events; an imaginary educational institute and retreat center; a portal and a liminal space. Examining 1970s feminist speculative science fiction and themes such as environmentalism, aging, consumerism, and time travel, Statues and Attitudes investigates the trope of the futuristic female-only utopia as an exploration of female agency and liberation from patriarchy. Society faces a sudden catastrophic event. At this moment even the hope of human survival seems like a utopian desire. We seek to create a ritualized, aesthetic space within which we will consider strategies for collective healing, self-critique, and social change. Metaxis is a Greek word that means an in-betweenness, a way to exist in two different worlds at once. We visit astrologers and crystal healers. We have a sense of humor and a sense of responsibility. We find ways to protect and love each other. Statues and Attitudes gathers a chorus of women’s voices, past and present, that sings of things to come beyond the terrifying immediate future and of old possibilities that were never allowed to exist. We can make things happen.
We invite you. You are not a consumer but a participant. We want to uncover our connections and reveal our communities. What are you are thinking? How are you feeling? There is no outside where you can simply stand and watch. We travel through time. We are laughing and crying. We are listening and reaching out. Anyone willing to participate is invited. Climb the ladder and throw it away. The body is engaged with our process of thinking. Thinking takes place simultaneously in the brain, the body, and the world around us. The universe is participatory. The universe is relational. The space from here to there is fixed. Those are the riverbanks. But the space between is unforeseeable. The river you enter is always new.