P.S.1010 is a mobile laboratory for researching the connections between social spaces, art, and education.
What is P.S.1010?
P.S.1010 is a mobile school, built into a converted yellow school bus. We will transform the bus into a multi-functional space—with sleeping quarters, a project center, a conference table, and a library. As we travel across the country, we will connect with community organizers, teachers, social practitioners, and artists.
We will use the bus as a venue, inviting local artists, teachers, and thinkers, to board and give workshops, perform, install, and exhibit. The bus will also be an open forum for discussion, giving free entry to our onboard gallery, library, and archive (that we will continuously gather, re-arrange and present). Most importantly, the bus will be a connector: it can transport communities between spaces, and ideas between communities.
P.S.1010 will be a platform for the kind of unconventional learning that happens on a school bus. We will create an open place to gather, learn, talk and connect in; a social space, a bus-school for free rides and free dialogues. We want to re-visit the school bus you rode home on, you had your first kiss on, maybe you threw up on. This time though, we will create relational situations, theorize social moments, and engage in collective educational projects that have the potential to re-make our world.
Where will we go?
The bus has two planned destinations/exhibitions: Good Children Gallery in New Orleans in July and the Festival of the Future in California City in October. Stops en route include San Diego, Tuscon, Albuquerque, Marfa, and Austin.
What is Concord?
In July 2011, Concord was a 3,000 square foot warehouse in Cypress Park. Now, it’s a two-year old gallery where hundreds of artists, local and international, have exhibited their work, constructed installations, performed, lectured, partied, and actively participated as members of our ever-expanding community.
Some past highlights include a two week-long exchange with Verge Gallery in Sydney, immersive literary happenings, a bouncy castle party, and a spaghetti lecture series—where presenters cook for the crowd. Most recently, we started a press. Its first offering was large-format publication that we exhibited at the LA Art Book Fair, and is now available in MOCA, Printed Matter, and more.
Concord as a collective is made up of artists, writers, filmmakers, poets, archaeologists, choreographers, depth psychologists, architects, anarchists, geographers, cooks, and many many friends and fans. Our permanent members are Annie Danis, Arjuna Neuman, Clifford Pun, Dennis Rudolph, Eirik Schmertman, Erin Schneider, Marco Franco Di Domenico, and Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal.
Why this project?
Concord’s two main interests have been collectivity—both as a process and an object of inquiry—and participation—our audiences engage and interact rather than witness or view. This collective usership makes Concord a space where learning happens. Here, we learn through exploration, collaboration, and experience. What is learned is both embodied and intellectual, immersive and discursive.
How might we best explore the connection between art, sociality, and education? What is the relationship between the emancipated spectator and the empowered student? If activity and criticality distinguish both radical aesthetics and radical pedagogy, what happens when these contexts not only intersect but merge?
Where will your contributions go?
The $12,000 covers our project's minimum costs:
- Purchasing and maintaing the bus
- Gas to and from New Orleans
- Building materials for converting the bus
- A generator
- Our library & industrial copy machine
- Food, camping costs, facilities (wifi, showers, cooking supplies)
Beyond $12,000, our bus just gets better. We can compensate our guest lecturers, give stipends for commissioned works, build a better in-bus gallery, stop at more locations, and give more rides.
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We know this project will be an experiment. This is deliberate. If the goal is to let new practices emerge, our approach must be open to detours, contingent re-directions, mishaps and failures—often these are the ways we learn the most.
Our methodology as an art collective, as Concord, has always been to observe ourselves in process. This continual reflexivity, resourcefulness, and flexibility have primed us for such an adventure. We are a collective, we work together, we have a network of supporters, and we aren’t afraid to ask for help.
We are first and foremost a budding community, a community that would love you and your friends to ride with us.
Thanks so much to Basement Babies for letting us use their song "Walking" for this video.
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