March 29, 2017

Eurythmy

 

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.

Public info

Date:  May 23dr, 2017, 9pm @door, performance @9.30pm 

Followed by a collaborative sound improvisation between Haco (Electroacoustic) + Nava Dunkelman (Percussionist) + Jakob Pek (Guitarist) + Gabby Fluke-Mogul (Violinist)
 
3234 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Doors 9PM /Show 9:30PM
 
* The fiber sculptures involved in Eurythmy are in part conceived together  through the String series of workshops with divers communities from the Bay Area and from Portland in partnership with The Museum of Performance and Design and with a lead support of the Fleishhacker Foundation and Grants for the Arts; the Glean artist residency, a program by Recology, Metro and Crakedpots from both Portland and San Francisco.
Supported by APICC, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center

Biography
Haco is a Japanese composer, sound artist, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who created numerous recordings both as a producer and an engineer. She has given performances and created live installations throughout Japan and worldwide. With her unique sensibility, she has developed her own sound art based on principles of post-punk, electro acoustics, avant-garde, ambient, and improvisation. She has received recognition internationally as the lead singer, lyricist and composer of the band After Dinner in the 1980s. In 2002, she established the View Masters sound collection, an environmental sound project seeking to select, extract and define sounds from daily life. Since 2004, she has been using voice and self-programmed electronics as an organic method to develop her performances, sometimes accompanied by video projections. In 2005, She was awarded the digital music category at Prix Ars Electronica in Austria for Stereo Bugscope 00. Her original vocal style while using experimental pop sound and improvisation encompasses conventional genres and continues to attract new listeners around the world.
www.hacohaco.net

Latifa Medjdoub is a visual artist and social art practitioner whose work is conceived through its synthesis of sculpture, painting, photography, installation and performance art often using textile art as a central mode of communication. She was born in France from Algerian descent and lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Since 2013, she has developed social art projects which successfully transcend cultural divides such as the Roots, placing the public in an active self-reflective and meditative mode of dialogue within metatheatrical concepts in order to engage awareness. Her extensive experience in the diverse fields of performance and design among outstanding international artists allowed her to study the social behavior in the expression of acting and to conceive elaborate and intricate artistic tools stimulating creative social interactions, communication and social transformation. Her work has been shown internationally in Museums, galleries, including the Museum of Art and Industry, in France; Cheongju Art Center in Korea; De Cordova Museum, MA; Santa Fe Art Institute, NM; National Building Museum, DC; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, TX and at The Old Mint in San Francisco CA.
www.latifamedjdoub.com

Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, her musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she studied with William Winant, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein. Since graduating with a degree in music performance in 2013, she has performed and collaborated with William Winant, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, and many others. Nava has performed classical and contemporary pieces with the William Winant Percussion Group, inkBoat, The Luna Ensemble, San Francisco Girls Chorus, among others.
www.navadunkelman.com

Jakob Pek is a musician and artist based on the West Coast, USA. His work has been described as "transcontinental" and "transhistorical". His creative practices interweave chaos and order, offering refined expressions of established musical palettes juxtaposed with escapades into uncharted domains of abstraction and experimentation. His work is necessitated by a the urge to love, transform and renew.
jakobpek.com

Gabby Fluke-Mogul is a performing, teaching, composing, & collaborating improviser based out of the bay area. they have existed as a body//violin-body in south florida, western massachusettes, & the wider new england area. through improvising//composing, gfm hopes to create space for individual & collective deep listening, laughter, intimacy, negotiation of identity & narrative, love, & healing. gfm performs in & with a variety of projects, installations, bodies, & instrument-bodies in addition to facilitating community-based workshops, & teaching (toddlers-adults) in public, private, & non-profit learning spaces. gabby holds a MFA in music performance and literature with improvisation specialization from mills college where they worked with pauline oliveros, zeena parkins, jennifer wilsey, india cooke, fred frith, roscoe mitchell, kala ramnath, & kara davis.
www.gabbyflukemogul.com

 

 

 

March 19, 2017

Les Glaneurs et La Glaneuse


The Gleaners and I, one of my all time favorite documentary film by #AgnesVarda
A must see (or see again) Varda’s portraits and approach to the topic helps us reconsider our  relationship to objects and goods, echoing the grace of Millet’s painting “Les Glaneuses”. Here, at the Metro Transfer Station, a surprising place to meditate on the cycle of life it’s essential it’s rawness #gleanresidency #environmentalart #socialart photo: Transfer #1-4 from the Transfer series (more images at: Prints )
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

https://www.eventbrite.com 


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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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