March 06, 2017

Glean it, Clean it, Turn it to Energy

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".

 

February 27, 2017

GLEAN

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.

This program is made possible by #recology #metro #crackedpots

 

 

January 10, 2017

Video: Conversation with the Roots

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

 

September 15, 2016

The Roots: Engaging with a Social Sculpture

De Young Museum
Golden Gate Park | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118 | 415.750.3600
November 12, 2016,
10:00 am11:30 am

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.

Ticket Information

Admission: Free for current members of the Textile Arts Council
$5 for students and members of the FAMSF, $10 General Admission

Contact Information
Textile Arts Council
(415) 750-3627

 

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September 12, 2016

Therapeutics in Museums and the Arts

Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals will examine programs with a therapeutic benefit. 

Thursday, September 29 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Museum of Performance + Design

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Speakers:
Latifa Medjdoub- artist (http://latifamedjdoub.com/pages/the-roots)
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

Stay tuned for more details
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September 05, 2016

Art +Function: Latifa Medjdoub & Niki Ulehla

NIKI ULEHLA ///////// LATIFA MEDJDOUB

Shopfloor Design invites you to a SALE from artists and designers
Latifa Medjdoub and Niki Ulehla
1426 MINNESOTA STREET SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107
Hours: Friday, September 30, 3-8 pm
Saturday, October 01, 11am-6pm
               
 

After a successful and very pleasant time in one of the most beautifully conceived workshop and showroom of the Bay Area, we are back at Shopfloor SF! Join us and collect unique designs + share a drink from the neighbors (Shopfloor adjoins the wide open space housing Harmonic).
Expect original new one of a kind pieces and up to 60% off past collections. 


Inspired by the architecture of nature, Latifa's sculptural clothing designs blur boundaries between art and fashion.
Niki's jewelry explore pairings of plastic, wood, semi-precious gems, and fabric with silver and gold. 


November 30, 2015

The Roots

On view until February 15, 2016
The Museum of Performance + Design hosts
THE ROOTS
An interactive Participatory Installation by Latifa Medjdoub
November 2015 - February 2016
 

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.

MP+D// 893B Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 USA
415.255.4800
November 17, 2015

Echoes Of Nature


Please join us for the opening reception of Echoes of Nature, a sculpture exhibition, December the 13th from 3pm to 6pm. Parents, thank you for bringing your children.


The Red Vine, a silent social art performance will be presented during the opening reception starting at 4pm and will feature Florentina Mocanu, Amy Munz, Tonyanna Borkovi and Nathalie Brilliant.


The Echoes of Nature series was conceived and executed during the creation of the ever growing Roots fiber sculptures project (on view simultaneously at the Museum of Performance and Design in San Francisco until the end of December).  The sculptural pieces seek to bring the same materials, methods, and inspiration used in The Roots down to the scale of the body, celebrating life, energy and creativity.  Doing so places a renewed emphasis on the beauty of the textiles while highlighting the delicacy and fineness of their organic forms. These pieces invite the observer to meditate upon the complexity of the relationship of the form to the space. The interplay of the sculptural and wearable aspects of the pieces further invites the viewer to approach the work, while reinforcing our own places and relationships to the natural world.

 

Echoes of Nature, Dec. 10th through Jan. 4th, 2015-16

InSpace - Pacific Felt Factory/ 2830 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
 

 

October 16, 2015

FELT ENCOUNTERS, PAST AND PRESENT

GROUP EXHIBITION
Felt Encounters, Past and Present
November 7 - December 6, 2015
Opening Reception November 7, 6-9pm
Walk with Artists: 7:30pm, November 7
Location: Pacific Felt Factory • 2830 20th Street, San Francisco

Latifa Medjdoub, ID #09, 2015
Presented by In Space, Felt Encounters celebrates the history of the Pacific Felt Factory by featuring artists who represent a resurgence of felt works as fine art. Industrial felt is the material of choice for these artists. A wide range of multi-disciplinary approaches merge traditional felt-making crafts and fine art in this unique exhibit.
Latifa Medjdoub's ID series of print and painting on felt engages questions of identity at the intersection of technology and craftsmanship. The images incorporate a novel combination of techniques from several disciplines, including printing, painting, sculpture and photography. The
images reinterpret the enduring image of the doll, playfully evoking our multi-faceted, overlapping identities in modern society.
 
Represented Artists: Irene Carvajal, Donald Farnsworth, Jenne Giles, Pantea Karimi, Jonathon Keats, Kristina Larsen, Sebastian Martin, Latifa Medjdoub, Ealish Wilson
Curator and Media Contact: Hanna Regev (415) 425-1295
Sponsored by:  In Space Curatorial• Pacific Felt Factory Art Complex• Al’Myra Communications
May 02, 2015

Conversations with the Roots: May 2015

                      

                                          


Thur. May 21 7:00pm
Fri. May 22 6:15pm
Sat. May 23 2:15pm
Sat. June 6 5:15pm
Sun. June 7 2:15pm


Cowell Theater Lobby

Using Beautiful Roots a social art piece created in San Francisco in 2014 with the French American International School community, Conversation with the Roots is a site-specific installation and experimental performance designed to engage public awareness in the complex discussions surrounding the diverse facets of the question of surveillance as expressed through the movement of the material and the performers.


The sculpture's system of tension will be responding to the surrounding energies through a game of construction and altered structure causing a new mode of seeing, generating new relations between individuals brought to intersect and interact and seeking to meditate on what defines information in the age of mass surveillance.

The Installation will span the lobby of the Cowell Theater, and remain in place during the entire festival. The performances will feature Florentina Mocanu, Amy Munz, Nathalie Brilliant, Val Sinckler, Tonyanna Borkovi and myself. Sound artist Derek Phillips will create the audio for the performances and film maker David Schendel will be creating a time-based video art studying the process of creation and interaction with the public.


Join us for the opening night on May the 21st at 7.00pm
The structure will assume different forms at each performance, and you are welcome to attend multiple experiences.

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