This week’s roundup is short and sweet. A couple of items that are curiously
linked made their way across the information super highway to the sprawling offices
First, an article in the New
on Saturday got me thinking about politically/socially engaged
art as a catalyst for change and how that change doesn’t always equal the
artist’s enthusiasm for the cause. Though the man in the article, Duraid
Lahham, is an actor his sentiments cross genres. In context with the announcement,
at the end of the Roundup, that PICA
sent out, it seems a perfect opportunity to engage in a dialogue about political
art and the expectations that artists have for their work.
COME TOGETHER/ Social Action
TBA: 06 Festival“I encourage everyone to do their own research and find
out more about The American War in Vietnam and all of the other American Wars
that have been happening ever since, sometimes covertly and other times, as in
the current situation in Iraq, outrageously overtly…”
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: In conjunction with Harrell Fletcher’s TBA exhibition,
The American War, PICA is looking for volunteers to participate in COME TOGETHER/Social
Action. COME TOGETHER is a social platform devised by Harrell Fletcher with the
aim of bringing a diverse community together to give ten-minute talks about their
direct or indirect experience with the American war in Vietnam. The idea is that
ten people each select one person to speak on the subject and share their experiences.
The selector doesn’t have to personally know the speaker they select, but
they are responsible for making sure the speaker comes to the event, and for introducing
him or her. The talks can be formal or informal, poetry, soapbox, personal memoir,
whatever the person finds meaningful on the topic. After each talk, there may
be a few minutes of questions and answers, and then the next speaker is introduced,
and so on.
-10 participants to select 1 speaker each & introduce speaker on
Sunday, Sept 10 at an appointed time
-10 participants to speak on Sunday September 10, 12:30 – 3pm
-We are looking for diversity in all ages, genders, etc.
-Volunteers should feel comfortable speaking to a crowd of 30+ people
-Two vouchers to any PICA TBA Festival performance will be offered to
each participant (except for Laurie Anderson)
WHERE: Corberry Press : Building A
NW 17th and NW Northrup
CONTACT: David Banyan at 503-242-1419 x223, email@example.com. PLEASE RESPOND NO
LATER THAN FRIDAY AUGUST 25.