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Specters of LA History & Site-Specific Resurrections
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Organizing Committee:

This class would be an investigation and resurrection of the spectres
of LA History through theory, urban remapping and site-specific art/activist
projects.

Part one would consist of theoretical and historical reading about Los
Angeles (Norman Klein's History of Forgetting? Cadillac Desert? Joan
Didion? others?) and would try to focus on communities, spaces and ecosystems destroyed by hegemonic political and economic powers in LA.

Examples might be the original Llano del Rio Collective, the Chavez Ravine neighborhood pre-Dodger stadium, punk rock Hollywood Boulevard in the 80's, dead orange groves and restaraunts that served bear meat.  We might even

get pre-historic and study the geology and palentology of the area,
for a truly panhistoric look at the specters of the landscape.

Part two, after researching we would locate and visit the sites of burial of past L.A. we want to focus on, map and reimagine them in preparation for a final project / intervention.  The key here is to examine the forces
behind the disappearances (gentrification, water rights issues,
anti-communist feeling, legal changes etc...) and analyze how these
forces continue to impact the same space in LA.  But furthermore, we would try to show how that past is still encoded in those spaces and continues to haunt them.

Part three, would involve a creative remapping of these "haunted"
places in order to resurrect the history.  For example, (and this might be too simplistic) but
opening a guerilla punk club on Hollywood boulevard for one night
might "resurrect" the punk LA 80's, especially if it disrupted the
normal flow of commerce & tourism and used key sites from the LA punk movement.

Other projects could include site specific art to be
embedded into the landscape permanently, buried time capsules, online
zines/webpages, spatial takeovers or other forms of art that remake
the terrain to reflect its spectral history.  Monuments?  Projects would be open-ended and
could be collaborative or individual, depending on interest in a given location.  

All these events could happen / be installed on one day and it could be called Spectral
LA 2010 or something like that.

Part Four The end "product" if we want one, might be an online map of historical Los
Angeles, with a list of our artistic interventions (and some of these art
interventions would hopefully remain permanently or semi-permanently)
as well as a website with information, video clips & photos of the "Spectral LA Night"

Methodology: "A historian who takes this as his point of departure stops telling the sequence of events like the beads of a rosary. Instead, he grasps the constellation which his own era has formed with a definite earlier one. Thus he establishes a conception of the present as the ‘time of the now’ which is shot through with chips of Messianic time."

-- Walter Benjamin

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I got an email from CAFAM announcing an event that may be of interest:

March 12
Folk Art Bike Tour
12:00 to 2:00pm (approx)
Ride begins and ends at Rudy Ortega Park in San Fernando
FREE, no RSVP required
The ride begins at Rudy Ortega Park, where tour-goers will learn about the history and culture of Native American tribes who preceded European settlers in the San Fernando Valley. A guest speaker will provide some background on the site, formerly a Tataviam Village, in what is now the city of San Fernando. Then the ride will meander through San Fernando and Sylmar, ending at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore, a cultural space offering books, workshops, art exhibitions, presentations, readings, family events, performances and more. Tia’s just formed a new bike collective, which is holding a bike safety and repair workshop that afternoon.

Please arrive no later than 12:15 to hear comments by guest speaker.

Total mileage: Approx. 6 miles, with only slight hills. Great for beginning to moderate cyclists.

victoriadelgadillo's picture

Thanks for the invitation Zen. This week's specters of the LA riots was very enjoyable. I will ponder if there is something I can share---but most definitely will be looking for additions to this series that I can join.

Dear Specters,

Do you want to design your own Specters class? Want to explore the Jazz scene on Central in the 40's, the pre-history of the tar pits, the history of industry in Vernon, the Llano del Rio socialist colony or anything else?

Right now the January and February site visit slots are open. If you are interested in organizing a class with your friends (or by yourself), you can now do so! Plus, it's not all on you -- you can work with a member of the Public School Committee to sketch out a plan and make it happen.

For more info just email me: xenon@ucla.edu

Best,
Zen

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Just a reminder that tonight Taeyoon Choi will be joining us from NYC to discuss Specters of the Riot, 7pm @ TPS.

victoriadelgadillo's picture

Yes, I will be there on December 13, 2010---7pm!

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Thanks Zen and Caleb.
I've made small but significant edits in the proposal with help from TPS NY. This version is closer to what will happen.

Hello LA Public School.

This is a proposal for a class - conversation - performance about the history and effects of riots in the Los Angeles area. I would like to present my research questions about the patterns of and conditions for urban riots in the American cities between 1965~1992, and the methods of site specific research which I have done in other cities. The research is at it’s early stage and my presentation will be a series of speculations and contextual questions, and I would like to learn from the residents of LA and experts who are more familiar with the riots. So far, it seems like the patterns of urban riots have been identified and studied by many sociologists and others. The questions remain unanswered, because after riots exhaust urban space, violence becomes invisible, but reemerges in different forms and in different times.

What are the similarities and differences in factors that triggered and the manifestations of violence in the 1965 Watts riot, 1992 Rodney King riot, and present day violence in LA?
More generally, what are the social and economic conditions that surround the riots?

How have the events been portrayed in the collective narratives of different local ethnic groups, in popular culture (film and music), and in the mainstream media?

Why did violence erupt as instances of riots? Why weren’t non-violent methods employed? Why did these events not build towards a larger sustained movement? Or did they?

My name is Taeyoon Choi, an artist based in New York City and Seoul. I am also the committee member of The Public School New York. I was inspired by the ‘Specters of LA and Site specific resurrection’ class and want to experience it by contributing my interpretation of ‘Specters of the Riot’, a term borrowed from the LA Public School. I’ve made artistic research and site specific walking tours about catastrophic events in the urban space, such as the collapsed Sampoong department store in Seoul, South Korea and Oklahoma City Bombing site in Oklahoma City. Such projects were made as part of ‘Urban programming’ series, which imagines restructuring of the urban experience through workshop and performance. Previous projects were presented at the Medialab-Prado in Madrid, 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, Nam June Paik Arts Center in Korea and documented in my book ‘Urban programming 101: Stage Directions’ published by Mediabus.

I would like to develop new project about riots in the LA area, please be present and share your thoughts. My short presentation will transform into a longer time devoted to discussion and collaboration on the ‘Specters of the Riot map’ based on locational information of photographic and video documents, memory of personal experience and the local folklore. The map will be used to conduct tours of the site in the following days until December 16th, also open to participation.

The class will happen in December 13th - 7pm at the Telic Arts Exchange. The class is supported and hosted by the ‘Specters of LA History and Site Specific Resurrection’ at the Public School and also the Public School New York.

Calling all Specters:

Next MONDAY at 7PM, we will have Taeyoon Choi coming to visit from New York to discuss the specters of riots in LA ('65-'92).

Come to the Public School for a discussion not to be missed!

Details below...

Best,
Zen

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Specters of the Riot:

A lecture - performance - conversation about the history and effects of riots in Los Angeles area, this class invites the public to discuss about specters of the riot. Specters of the riot, in this class, is the systems in which riots reappear, from 1965 Watts riot to 1992 Rodney King riot and the present day violence, control, and resistance in the urban space. In large, it is also the social and economic conditions which lead to the riots, the effects they have on architecture and the built environment, portrayal of the event and the specific ethnic groups in the media, and the ghost of desire and violence shared by the community. Although each riots are unique incidents with different cause and effects, there is a prevalent pattern of violence which exhausts urban space. The patterns have been identified and studied by others, but the proposed solutions are often futile as the violence stays invisible, only to emerge in different shape.

My name is Taeyoon Choi, an artist based in New York City and Seoul. I will present my ongoing research about the relations of urban space and collective violence. The presentation is built as a series of examinations and propositions, leading to the question of ‘Why are events today become riots, not revolution?’ shared at previous Public School New York classes such as ‘There is nothing less passive than the act of fleeing’ and ‘French Theory Today - An Introduction to possible futures’. The research is the latest in ‘Urban programming’ series which imagines radical restructuring of the urban space through workshop and performance. Not only a historic research, the project intends to become a tool to look at the present day urban space through the lens of history, past as well as the future. Previous projects focused on the issues of activism and new media, participation and community, some of which were presented at the Medialab-Prado in Madrid, 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, Nam June Paik Arts Center in Korea and documented in my book ‘Urban programming 101: Stage Directions’ published by Mediabus.

I am reaching out to experts and local residents to participate in the class, please help by inviting and participating in the class. The presentation is designed to encouraged participants to discuss the topic and collaborate on the ‘Specters of the Riot map’ based on locational information of photographic and video documents, personal experience and memory and the local folklore. The map will be used to conduct walking tours of the site in the following days until December 17th.

The class will happen in December 13th - 7pm at the Public School. The class is supported and hosted by the ‘Specters of LA History and Site Specific Resurrection’ at the Public School.

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exin itil

Just a reminder that Specters of LA is tomorrow! We'll meet at noon at the northeast corner of Echo Park (the park).

Best,
Zen

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