Eighteen-thirty, Michael G. Bauer, Alison Kudlow and fellow collaborators once again come together to organize the second annual Thank Tank 2008, a no-budget, grassroots educational and performative experiment commencing during the second weekend of December in Los Angeles, California. Last year, the two day long, concentrated event featured activists, artists and cultural creatives who explored imperatives such as food, shelter, transportation and education. The intention was to consider viable alternatives to daily hardships by highlighting basic needs and potential alternative resources through art and activism.
The nature of Thank Tank 2008 is decentralized, and takes place in public with the intention of engaging a diverse and intergenerational audience. 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 course of a day. A map and schedule will set the stage of events. The second day will take place in Elysian Park and will take the form of discussions, performance, a one day long exhibition and various activities.
Our initial outreach simply takes the form of three questions (posted below) and we hope that a varied group of contributors can interpret and address the following questions as they see fit when conceiving presentations and performance.
Thank Tank 2008 Questions:
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?