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Whose Alternative? A Discussion at the Armory

Whose Alternative? A Discussion at the Armory

The discussion brings together individuals and collectives that use non-traditional formats of knowledge production and pedagogy to organize experimental artistic platforms in Los Angeles. It considers the improvisational processes these individuals/collectives have adopted to expand on their research and artistic, activist practices, oftentimes with long-term community building in mind. Asking Whose Alternative?, the conversation reflects on the various complex approaches and programs of organizing today and considers how these platforms engage with notions around an active audience. It further asks: What constitutes this desire to organize an ongoing process of redefinition through programming? What is being responded to and negotiated in the drive to create something both intimate and urgent? The event brings together five practitioners to address these questions, including Michelle Dizon of at land’s edge, Kate Kershenstein and Addie Tinnell of Cake and Eat It, Jimena Sarno of analog dissident, and Sarah Williams of the Women’s Center for Creative Work. The discussion is organized and moderated by Suzy Halajian.

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Michelle Dizon is an artist, filmmaker, writer, theorist, and educator. She is the founder of at land’s edge, an artist-led, autonomous, and experimental platform focused on intergenerational mentorship and engaged programming in community-run spaces across east and south Los Angeles.

Kate Kershenstein and Addie Tinnell are Los Angeles-based artists who began their collaboration, Cake and Eat It, while working with radical political communities in Denver, and continued their work together while attending Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA in Public Practice. They create works that deal with the underbelly and sometimes intersection of gift economy, fashion, anarchism, queer identities and radical unionism. By questioning the utilitarian veneer of politics, they seek to elaborate fem methodologies and aesthetics to better mediate between affective bonds and bonds of political solidarity.

Jimena Sarno is a multidisciplinary artist and organizer based in Los Angeles. She is the organizer of analog dissident ― a monthly, non-hierarchical discussion gathering aimed at queer/radical/immigrant/ feminist/politically inclined artists and curators to engage critically outside of traditional art institutions, school, gallery openings, and, most importantly, outside of social media.

Sarah Williams is an organizer who co-founded the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) in 2013 along with Kate Johnston and Katie Bachler. Located on the Los Angeles River in the Frogtown neighborhood of Los Angeles, the WCCW is a network of women based who promote art and feminism. Combining a co-workspace, project incubation facilities, and residency programs, WCCW operates through exhibitions, workshops, dinners, and other special events that connect creative women and feminists.

Image: Artist Neha Choksi presents her work at analog dissident, November 2015.


Sunday, February 7, 2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103