Current Event

What's the Use?

Saturday November 3rd, 2012

2 - 5 PM What Goes Where and Why
at The Linkery
3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
RSVP required for this event only (30 spaces available)
6 - 7 PM You Are What You Eat
at Art Produce Gallery Garden
3139 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Music by Asha Sheshadri
Free and open to the public
7 - 9 PM Critical Postcards
at Art Produce Gallery Garden
Free and open to the public
9 PM Reception & Music by Island Boy
at Art Produce Gallery Garden
Free and open to the public

You are invited join us on November 3rd for What's the Use?, a day of programming organized by the There Goes the Neighborhood collaborative.

The first event of the day is a workshop called What Goes Where and Why from 2-5pm. This workshop is targeted at local advocacy organizations working in San Diego. Attendees will delineate their organization's current initiatives and obstacles with the intention of sharing these with other workshop participants. Ultimately a document will be produced that diagrams each participant's specific initiatives in relationship with the larger goals of workshop attendees as a whole. This document will be blown up large scale and handed over to the mayoral administration taking office after the November 6th election. This event takes place at The Linkery. Free snacks and drinks will be provided. Unfortunately there are only 30 spaces available for the workshop so please RSVP to info [at] theregoes [dot] org with the names of the individual from your organization that will be attending and organization name (please limit this to 3 people from each organization maximum).

After this workshop everyone is invited to join us for the rest of the day's public events taking place at Art Produce Gallery Garden. These events include You Are What You Eat a free dinner hosted by TGTN in which the contents of your meal correlates to how you view yourself as an active community agent. After You Are What You Eat TGTN will do a second iteration of Critical Postcards. Critical Postcards is a series of short 20-30 minute interviews that take place via Skype with artists and activists from around the country whose work engages public space in innovative ways. Music by Asha Sheshadri accompanies You Are What You Eat. Critical Postcards is followed by a reception with music by Island Boy.

Critical Postcards are live Skype conversations with artists and activists from around the world working on publicly engaged projects. Postcards that night include:

Jake Levitas
Research Director for the Gray Area Foundation For the Arts. GAFFTA is an organization that brings together the best creative coders, data artists, designers, and makers to create experiments that build social consciousness through digital culture. GAFFTA is the nation's leading organization dedicated to furthering the use and advancement of creative technology for social good and artistic advancement. In this capacity, we maintain relationships with the world's top academic researchers, innovative corporations, visionary artists, and civic leaders. By continually engaging and connecting this diverse community with challenges and opportunities, we extract forward-thinking technological solutions with proven capacity to create positive change.

Glen Wilson
Having included his recent film in the last iteration of There Goes the Neighborhood, Wilson will discuss the art space he operated on Ray street in North Park in the late 1990's. The space led to a film project included as part of InSITE '97 called You Are Here (named for the space itself). Wilson's film captures a snapshot of what the neighborhood was like before current gentrification. Recently Wilson has been revisiting North Park in order to continue the work on the film started some 15 years prior by examining changes from his time in the neighborhood through the current moment.   We will discuss Wilson's film and these changes over time.

Gk Callahan
Gk Callahan is a multi media and socially engaged artist in San Francisco, CA. Trained in painting at San Francisco Art Institute, earning his BFA in 2006. During his BA studies he facilitating public work under Catasta Gallery©, an alternative arts group he co-founded in 2003. 2008-2012 he set as the artist in residence at both the LightHouse for the Blind and Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy severing on both the LightHouse's Insight Art Show board and Harvey Milk's Comity Art board. In 2010, he began The Beaded Quilt project which is currently installed on the exterior of the LightHouse for the Blind in the Civic Center area of San Francisco. The Please Touch Community Garden is his current ongoing project. It was founded with a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2010 to build and maintain a multi-use community space. Gk has have also had an array of solo and group shows and most recently joined the MFA program at the California College of the Arts in Social practice.

What's the Use?* is a neighborhood colloquium organized by There Goes the Neighborhood (TGTN) collaborative. TGTN is a group of artists that facilitate creative forums for activists, advocacy groups, artists and concerned citizens to discuss issues relevant to the organizational strategies of our cities; to rethink how this planning is done; and to make connections across individuals and organizations in hopes of finding solutions to some of our common problems. We do this by mixing the spontaneity and fun of community arts festivals with the probing analysis of academic conferences to produce an artful forum for discussion.

Core TGTN organizers on What's the Use:
David White, Stephanie Lie and Jessica Sledge

TGTN collaborative members are:
Elizabeth Chaney, Micki Davis, Stephanie Lie, Jessica Sledge, David White and Megan Willis

* What's the Use? is programming developed by TGTN for Living As Form (The Nomadic Version) at the University Art Gallery at UC San Diego. Living As Form is sponsored by Creative Time. Nato Thompson is Chief Curator of Living As Form.

Past Event

TGTN 2012

The second There Goes the Neighborhood! took place May 31-June 1, 2012. This year the focus of the There Goes the Neighborhood is "the neighborhood" as a nexus of global conditions which manifest themselves in local, everyday, situations. These issues range from transportation networks to means of food production to how information (and knowledge) is disseminated publicly.


Past Event

TGTN 2010

The first There Goes the Neighborhood! took place June 1-June 3, 2010. It focused on issues relating to gentrification and how art can play a role in neighborhood revitalization and can also be complicit in the displacement of existing groups by those moving in.