THANK TANK 2008: GOING PUBLIC
December 13th and 14th 2008
Thank Tank 2008, a no budget gathering of activists, architects, artists, and musicians bring performance, celebration and conversation to the public realms of Echo Park, Los Angeles on December 13th and 14th.
Eighteen-thirty, Michael G. Bauer, Alison Kudlow and fellow collaborators once again join to organize the second annual Thank Tank 2008. The nature of Thank Tank 2008 is decentralized and takes place in public. We intend to engage a diverse and intergenerational audience. Considering our trying financial times Thank Tank attempts to create a public platform for artists with no financial overhead and minimal resources.
The project plans to utilize marginal public spaces around the Echo Park and downtown Los Angeles vicinity. We intend to activate street corners, neighborhood homes, parks and parking lots in an ad hoc and celebratory manner through public performance, and conversation. Thank Tank 2008 will exist first as a mobile group which will convene, part and reconvene in four to five locations with 4-5 performances during the first day. The second day will take place in Elysian Park and feature a one day exhibition. We asked our varied group of participants to address the following questions as they see fit in their contributions:
1 What is the freedom gradient/where?
2 Who's responsibility is the public space?
3 How can creative approaches to space get us closer to an infinitely creative world?
For updated information please access our website at www.thanktankannual.net. Schedule is Subject to change.
noon Introduction at Ms. Donuts (1353 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026) by Light and Wire, Michael Bauer, eighteen-thirty and Alison Kudlow.
1:00 Led over to Alvarado/Sunset by Mormons to see Megan Daadler's performance. After Megan’s performance, Alice Wood distributes foot noise contraptions and leads us in discussion down Sunset through the Glendale bridge, downstairs and under bridge to Secret Barter Mart by eighteen-thirty].
1:30 Secret Barter Mart War by eighteen-thirty under Glendale Bridge.
2:15 Walk down Glendale to Echo Park Lake (grass area) and meet Fallen Fruit, Michelle Horejs, Nick Lucking tacos. This will be our lunch break for the day.
3:00 Walk along lake to south side for Mecca dance performance on the lake.
3:30 Continue walking along lake up to Lemoyne alley way for
"opening" of alley installation with found objects with Alice.
4:15 Bus ride over to Silverlake Blvd and Sunset for Daveed Kapoor and Will Wright's discussion.
4:30 - Daveed Kapoor and Will Wright will conduct a discussion on urban renewal and community designed public spaces on private property.
Sunday: 1 day exhibition + events at Elysian Park, (cross streets Stadium and Academy)
12:30 Intro/Discussion with artists in exhibition moderated by Jessica Minckley and Gladys Hernando of Light and Wire. Discussion about future alternatives.
1:45 Alison Kudlow, Karen Lee and Jenny Yurshansky talk on green graffiti.
2:00 Oscar Santos, acoustic dance experiment.
2:30 Conclusion of Secret Barter Mart.
3:00 Ryan Lieu, Thank Tank Protest
3:30 Arsfidelis (Kathryn Hargreaves and Tim Quinn of Dangerous Curve)
Pull Your Own Weight. A mini-durational participatory metaphor of your community obligation
to fulfill your natural purpose, and your community's choice to help you.
4:00 Survival Talk by Anna Kochesberger.
5:00 Closing with John Kim and participants
John plans to hold a crit with everyone involved and make that process visible to the public, “I think it can benefit both the artist and the public. It will be more like a dialogue of after thought. . . Hopefully cheerful and constructive.”