Posts Tagged ‘Proposition Tent’

The Weekender: Prop Tent, BlackStar Film Fest, queer beats, and a puppet (r)evolution

Posted August 1st, 2013

Pizza Tent is here and this month’s First Friday is a biggie! From 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Columbus Avenue and Race Street, come to the Tent and help yourself to a free pizza dinner and propositions by San Francisco-based artist team Futurefarmers and local artist Salem Collo-Julin, and a statement from TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone. After the Tent, Small Stakes: Performance Edition will carry the night through from 7:00pm to 9:00pm featuring a special concert by West Philadelphia Orchestra.

black-star-fest-300uwThe 2nd Annual BlackStar Film Festival runs this weekend from Thursday, August 1st and runs until Sunday, August 4th. The festival, a filmic celebration of the infinite experiences cultivated by the African diaspora, touts more than 75 films by black independent filmmakers, stimulating discussion panels boasting cinematography big-hitters like Bradford Young (Middle of Nowhere, Pariah), a King Britt concert at Johnny Brenda’s, and reputable attendees including Spike Lee. Tickets to individual films range from 5 to 12 dollars and full festival passes at 125 dollars! Take a look at the schedule, browse the program guide, and have at it. (TIX)

The city will run rampant with fiercely beauteous punk, rock, electronic, and hip-hop beats when Phreak N Queer Arts & Music Festival rolls around this weekend. Uplifting queer voices from Philadelphia through the celebration provocative, daring artwork, the four-day extravaganza will kick off August 1st and crank out performances and visual exhibitions sure to spark vigorous conversations around the way we perceive the multiplicity of LGBTQ* identities. Check the festival website and Facebook for day-to-day schedules, venue details, and prices!

PrintThe Puppet Festival (r)Evolution blows through the halls of Swarthmore College, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore Pennsylvania this Monday, August 5th, through the 10th. Join the week-long shaking up of the puppeteering world by participating in workshops, talks, parades, exhibits, films, and performances such as The Woodchopper Opera and Dreams In the Arms of the Binding Lady. Browse the schedule and read the festival blog!

944586_10151663628624317_1263411083_nJoin First Person Arts at City Hall Courtyard on Monday at 5:30pm as they wrestle through the overwhelmingly transient societal issues surfacing as a result of  the recent conclusion of the Trayvon Martin case. Philly reACTS| The Heart Beneath the Hood: Artistic Action for Trayvon Martin, is a free event hosted by Laiya Stclair of Hot 107.9 and feature performances by poets Sonia Sanchez and Michelle Myers, Freedom Theatre’s youth vocal ensemble, actor/tap dancer Khalil Munir, jazz vocalist/composer Ruth Naomi Floyd, hip-hop artist Badia, DJ Foxx Boogie, jazz musician Ernest Stuart, and an address from Mayor Nutter. Share your personal connections regarding the verdict and trial procession at video and audio stations, bring a hoodie for collecton, and join the Philadelphia community in reconciling differences in an effort towards understanding and unity.

–Maya Beale

Waiting for Friday’s Free Pizza Proposition Tent

Posted July 31st, 2013

As I teeth on a luke-warm piece of triangular leather from around the corner, my faith in dough and cheese wanes. I know full well that I should have waited until Friday. This month’s Proposition Tent, like the swamp where I obtained this terrible excuse for a slice, is right around the corner on August 2nd. There, I will be able to lick my wounds among a range of compelling pizza ideas rooted in local Philly neighborhoods, the international stage, and of course, free quality eats. From the hours of 5:30 to 7:30pm at Race Street Pier, North Columbus Boulevard, we will at last be privy the euphoria of the big red tent, gorging on propositions from Philly artist Salem Collo-Julin and San Francisco-based artist team Futurefarmers, along with a statement from Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio that will offer a denser conceptual profundity to the pie and cost-free treats from pizza museum and restaurant Pizza Brain. In all the anticipation, FringeArts had to get a hold of Futurefarmers’s Amy Franceschini to get the scoop on their project for the Tent, The Oven that Feeds Itself and Others.

FNAR_futurefarmFringeArts: What is Futurefarmers?

Amy Franceschini: Futurefarmers is a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an open practice of making work that is relevant to the time and place surrounding us. We are artists, graphic designers, architects, computer programmers, scientists, and farmers with a common interest in creating frameworks for exchange that catalyze moments of “not knowing.”

Through participatory projects, we create spaces and experiences where the logic of a situation disappears–encounters occur that broaden perspectives. We use various media to create work that has the potential to destabilize logics of “certainty.” For example, we have deconstructed systems such as food policies, public transportation, and rural farming networks to visualize and understand their intrinsic logics. Through this disassembly, we find new narratives and potential reconfigurations that propose alternatives to the principles that once dominated these systems. Our work provides a playful entry point and tools for participants to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry—not only to imagine, but also to participate in and initiate change in the places we live.

Collectively, we teach in the visual arts graduate programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Mills College in Oakland, California, and the joint masters program of art and engineering at Stanford University.

FringeArts: How did it get started?

Amy Franceschini: Futurefarmers began as a design studio that served as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residence program, and our research interests. The name stems from my personal background of living on farms as a child. My parents were both engaged in farming, but from very different perspectives. My father was a large-scale farmer who owned a pesticide company and grew commodity crops while my mother was a small-scale, organic farmer and activist fighting against the use of pesticides. Needless to say, they are no longer married . . . But, jumping between these two farming practices I saw a broad spectrum of what it meant to grow food—by whom, for whom, and the power structures that dominate the field both big and small.

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Posted May 1st, 2013

“These aren’t ideas irrelevant to your life.”

Money by Time/Bank.

Money by Time/Bank.

FringeArts debuts the Proposition Tent, a free laboratory and social space of ideas on how to engage the existing world, this First Friday, May 3rd, open from 7pm to 10pm. It will all be happening within (and a little bit around) a big red tent stationed in a lot at North 11th and Carlton Streets, across from Vox Populi and the Trestle Inn. You can stop by at anytime.

The Proposition Tent comes courtesy FringeArts resident curator Nato Thompson and visual arts program director Theresa Rose. It will appear each First Friday from May to July 2013 and feature propositions on a theme by four sets of participants: a local artist, an international artist, a local business or non-profit, and the words of a thinker/philosopher. May’s theme is CASH MONEY and it showcases work by Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle of e-fluxMiranda JulyPaul GloverSouth Philly Food Co-op; and a statement by Antanas Mockus, former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, which will be read aloud by Ariel Vasquez.

And there will be FREE PIZZA!

FringeArts: How did the idea for Proposition Tent come about?

Nato: The Proposition Tent is the result of myself and Theresa Rose trying to think of simple ways to shake up exhibition models. There are two basic undercurrents running through the project. The first is on the concept of propositions themselves. We are interested in the idea that the propositions for projects are sometimes enough in and of themselves.

Theresa: There is often more freedom, sincerity and idealism in a proposition or proposal.

Nato Thompson by a brick wall.

Nato Thompson by a brick wall.

Nato: The other idea is that we wanted to combine more than just art in a project. We think it is rather boring to show only art next to art. Instead we are interested in producing a conversation between art and other aspects of daily living from amazing thinkers and poets to alternative infrastructure builders who are in our city. We want to put art into a dialogue with the lived world because not only is it more meaningful, we think it is more fun.

Theresa: And so we chose topics like alternative economies (i.e. CASH MONEY), pizza, and love as an effort to relate to everyone, or at least most people.

FringeArts: May’s theme is CASH MONEY, what are some of the ideas being presented?

Nato: Alterative currency systems based on time are featured by Anton Vidokle and Julieta Aranda as well as by local activist Paul Glover. There is a simple participatory project by Miranda July. We have a statement on economies and the fluidity of money by the philosopher and ex-Mayor of Bogota, Columbia, Antanas Makas, and we are so pleased to have the South Philly Food Co-op and Mariposa introducing folks to what cooperative food distribution systems could be, and hopefully will be, in Philadelphia.

FringeArts: How do you see visitors interacting with the participants?

Nato: I am hoping they engage in the conversations. We’ve selected meaningful projects and people. These aren’t ideas irrelevant to your life. I mean money is a big deal and thinking of new ways to deal with it might prove useful.

Theresa: We hope that our visitors will ask questions of the local participants—in person Friday will be Paul Glover, Lisa Kelley of the South Philly Food Co-op, and Nora Meighan of Mariposa. We will also have volunteers to guide one through the tent, if needed. Miranda July’s contribution to the Tent calls on strangers to participate. There will be a guide with instructions.

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