The Strings series Workshops
Fiber Sculpture + Social Practice
Open to all levels
Time: 2 to 3 Hours
Instructor: Latifa Medjdoub
Instructor provides recycled materials
Class Description: This project will invite physical interaction using handcrafted fiber sculptures and encourage reflection on the action of sharing and combining efforts in the act of creation.
In this workshop, we will first open up to a social practice together to reflect on the depth of the energy that links everything together. Using a set of handcrafted strings, we will experiment with movements and perspective in space.
Participants will be then working with a set of recycled items from varying material sources ranging from fiber, paper, plastic or metal to form a string or rope like open ended segment. They will study systems of formal imbrication, intertwined sequences, modulating rhythmic organizations of selected items while demonstrating a correlation between structure and sustainability.
In our age of social media networking, this innovative artistic approach pushes mental and physical boundaries, questioning our presence and responsibility to each other, challenging individual and shared perception and communication, and allowing an immersive space of self as well as a transformative collective experience to foster the idea that art makes us look at the world in fresh, new and restorative ways.
May 11th at N.E.W from 6pm to 9pm
New Expressive Work 810 SE Belmont, PDX OR 97214
Limited to 30 participants.
In San Francisco
May 20th at MP+D from 2pm to 5pm
Museum of Performance and Design 893B Folsom Street San Francisco CA 94107
Limited to 20 participants.
Contact me for more details and to register:
Latifa Medjdoub & Haco
Eurythmy is a social performance inspired by nature’s energy and rhythmical order and is inviting an active public to reflect on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals and networks. The project consists of the collaborative construction of an ephemeral flexible architecture using fiber sculptures* in relation to an environmental sound system speaking for interrelationship and unity while celebrating diversity.
Facilitated by French Algerian visual artist Latifa Medjdoub in collaboration with avant-garde experimental sound artist, Haco from Japan, this environmental social art exploration aims to open new avenues to the public practice in regard to the art of possibilities together, in a terrain designed to bring a wave of inspiration, awareness and energy.
Date: May 23dr, 2017, 9pm @door, performance @9.30pm
Last Friday I went on my first solo trip to the Portland Metro Transfer Station where an army of kind souls and smiling figures diligently work the physical task of recycling the massive amount of matter trashed daily in piles. Camus couldn't be more right: "One must imagine Sisyphus Happy".
I'm very pleased to be among the selected artists for the Glean program established by Recology, Metro and Crakedpots for the past 7 years to address the waste disposal and environmental issues. Artists are given the opportunity to glean materials from the transfer station for the program duration and are required to conceive a body of work relevant to their continuous efforts to reduce entropy while regenerating a significant amount of the refuse.
This compelling Artist in Residency program will allow me the very special opportunity to develop my current social practice art studies related to the sensitive topics of environmental issues. With materials gleaned from the waste stream, I would like to conceive elaborate and intricate artistic tools with the public stimulating creative social interactions combining mundane objects with sophisticated textile art techniques. The proposed experimental research will continue my ongoing ID# series reflecting on social identity and environment.
Public participatory will be encouraged to creatively interact in the compositional stages opening the project to an unusual immersive, dynamic and tactile social experience that reconnects the mind and the body and to allow a reflection on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals, networks and environment. I will be sharing soon the thread of this new adventure which will hopefully inspire possibilities.
David Schendel documents Latifa Medjdoub's interactive performance art piece "Conversation with the Roots." As performed at the 2015 San Francisco International Performing Art Festival.
Performers: Florentina Mocanu/ Amy Munz/ Nathalie Brilliant/ Val Sinckler/ Tonyanna Borkovi/ Latifa Medjdoub
Sound Art: Derek Phillips
Music: Ash In The Rainbow by Haco & Sakamoto Hiromichi
Time-Base Video Art: David Schendel
This lecture explores the possibilities of flexible sculpture as social practice that engage communities in a personal exploration and social connection.
The Roots is a site-specific, handcrafted, and interactive fiber sculpture. It was inspired by nature and employs a stunning ensemble of innovative fiber art and sculptural works, many of which were originally developed with varied communities as social art projects and have subsequently been part of installations, workshops, and performances, including the French American International School, The Old Mint, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and the Museum of Performance and Design.
After a brief lecture on textile and art industries, artist Latifa Medjdoub will discuss The Roots as a unique tool to generate creative and personal connections that inspire new reflections on larger social constructions.
Latifa Medjdoub was born in France. Her mediums include social art sculpture and installations, photography, painting, and performance. Her work raises questions of identity, social roles, and the metatheatricality that shapes humanity.
Educated at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et du textile of Roubaix, France, Medjdoub collaborated with leading performing arts artists. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries in Europe, Asia, and North America including the Museum of Art and Industry, France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; De Cordova Museum, MA; Santa Fe Art institute, NM; National Building Museum, DC; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, TX; Fort Mason, San Francisco; The Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco.
Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals will examine programs with a therapeutic benefit.
Thursday, September 29 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM
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Latifa Medjdoub- artist (http://latifamedjdoub.com/
Cecile Puretz- Access and Community Engagement Manager, Contemporary Jewish Museum
Sadie Harmon- Director, Performing Arts Institute, Stagebridge
Rachel Kadner- Parenting & Community Partnerships Manager, Habitot Children's Museum
Sylvie Minot- Executive Director & Founder- Syzygy Dance Project
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The Roots project is structured to engage with the unique installation of a massive, site-specific web of hand-crafted mixed natural fibers sculptural elements. The installation is designed to engage the public with the notions of energy and perception, space and history. Spanning the whole open space of the archive, the installation is an aleatory open-ended structure that evokes the passing of information and the interworking of life. As an interactive, kinetic sculpture,The Roots disrupts our reality and enliven our senses by offering a three-dimensional, immersive, dynamic, and tactile experience reconnecting the mind and body and actively encouraging creative thinking and inspired reflections on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals and networks.
The Roots employs a stunning ensemble of innovative fiber art and sculptural works, many of which were originally developed as social art projects and have subsequently been part of installations, workshops, and performances at the French American International School, San Francisco’s Old Mint, the SF International Arts Festival, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet.