Forest For The Tree is a subtle intervention in the Concord Hapgood-Wright Town Forest, that plays with the movement of consciousness or attention between the big picture and the more granular one (with its emphasis resting on the consciousness or attention of one particular tree.) Forest For The Tree is a part of The Umbrella's 2017 Art Ramble.
Coded explores the unique role language has played in queer culture as it has developed and flourished since the 19th century. From the outset, coded language has allowed connections and communities to form among gender and sexual minorities in the midst of a hostile dominant culture. As queer culture expanded, shifting and splintering into different subgroups, slang became a way for GSM-identified people to find others who shared similar interests and ideals within the larger milieu of queer spaces. And today, as LGBTQIA identities become more accepted and integrated into mainstream society, language serves as a way to subvert sexist, transphobic, heterosexist, and racist tropes in American popular culture.
Reception: February 16, 6:00-8:00 pm RSVP
Stop by AMP this Summer and fetishize bureaucracy with me!
Come participate in an orgiastic, interactive project designed to test the following experimental premise: Do we feel alienated from local, regional and federal democratic processes because they fail to arouse us?
Civic Engorgement attempts to build more intimacy into our experience of The State by eroticizing the entire zone of things that we think of as civic or political. The hope is to invigorate our collective political passions. Or at the very least, to make politics seem dirty in a different way than usual...
Bathrooms are unique spaces where many societal norms are put on pause. We use them without regret—degrading their every orifice and surface with abandon—though normally we avoid explicitly using things without giving something in return. Bathrooms are places where we feel comfortable letting our guard down along with our pants and where we often experience some of the most sublime moments of release that we are capable of.
If you pause in the process of using this space—set aside its utilitarian function and begin to appreciate the nature of the space in and of itself, you might recognize that you have been contributing to a very temple-like environment whenever you have flushed your offerings back towards the sea from whence we most likely all originated.
For the month of May, 2014, space whisperer Liz Nofziger and neurolinguistic acrobat Heather Kapplow explore and invite you to explore the surfaces and interior machinations of Broadway Bicycle School's most private and magical chamber.
Both ladies have done thorough explorations of similar rooms independently in the past and now bring their collective force (not witnessed publicly since May 2, 2010) to bear on this worthy subject.
Their installation Feelings has already been in place for an indeterminate amount of time and will continue to evolve throughout the month, culminating (but not necessarily peaking) in a rousing closing event on Thursday, May 29th from 7pm until 9pm.
Haven't had a chance to check out Feelings in person yet? Here's the perfect opportunity!
Broadway Bicycle School (351 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139) hosts a "mechanic-cooked" pancake breakfast on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 7:30am through 9:30am, feeding hungry bike-commuters and selling raffle tickets for cool bike-related prizes in support of Bikes Not Bombs' fabulous community activism.