This Special Thursday Edition of the MMMAC was created to include a great little project that I just learned about tonight. The deadline is looming fast for this one! September 25th!
Find all pertinent details below….
I am reaching out for your help with an art project that is related to politics/government…
Connect-the-Dots is an organization dedicated to the de-construction, examination, and re-imagination of “social constructs.” Visit http://www.connectthedots.community for the full picture of what we do.
This year, our programming is examining the idea of “government.” We are asking questions like, why do we need a government? Is our government living up to its ideals? Why do we have such a divisive two-party system? What other forms of government exist? What is personal autonomy? What are your feelings on “the issues?” How has the government affected YOU?
We are looking at “government” through lectures, workshops, conversation, and the arts. One component of that examination is an installation piece created through “Mail Art.”
Mail Art was started as part of the Fluxus movement of the 1960’s. “Fluxus artists did not agree with the authority of museums to determine the value of art, nor did they believe that one must be educated to view and understand a piece of art. Fluxus not only wanted art to be available to the masses, they also wanted everyone to produce art all the time. It is often difficult to define Fluxus, as many Fluxus artists claim that the act of defining the movement is, in fact, too limiting and reductive.” – The Art Story
We are inviting all humans to contribute to this “Mail Art” installation, regardless of artistic experience. We are hoping to get a wide range of perspectives, and your voice is important!
Please pass this on to your friends, family, community.
All the technical information you need to participate and info on when and where this will be shown is here:
Details from the website link above:
Mail Art can draw many parallels to the democratic system; from its large-scale social element to its economy driven fight. The first, showing that 1.) there is strength in numbers, 2.) many little ants can build a strong wall when they work together, and 3.) that people count no matter their geographical location; and the latter proves that art (i.e culture) can be of the masses, not only of the elite.
We are asking artists who consider themselves artists and also those who don’t to help us draw and build this wall.
A rectangular thick paper (like watercolor paper for example, or cardstock, if it’s too thin USPS will not mail it) with dimensions of 4″ x 6″
On one side draw a vertical line slightly off centered towards the right. To the right of it, underlined, you will write the following address:
P.O. BOX 408951
On the other side you will create your art piece, it can be a doodle, a painting, a drawing, a collage, anything else that is flat that you can think of.
Here are some questions to think of when creating your piece:
– Is the government living up to its ideals and/or our expectations, and if not, why?
– What, in your opinion, would help our current situation?
– What direction do you see the country heading in the next elections?
– What do you think about the people who represent us (as a country)? How does the rest of the world view us?
– How does the government affect your life?
– Why do we have such a divisive two-party system?
– What are “the issues” you care about, and how does that affect your perception of government?
– Do capitalism and democracy work well together?
– What could we learn from other forms of government?
– What does a re-imagining of government look like to you?
When you are done, drop it in the mail box. Here we will connect all the postcards that we receive and hang them as a wall or curtain, so that both sides can be seen.
Please send postcards before September 25th, 2016.
If you live in Chicago or will be around during these dates, please come see the final piece and enjoy a night of music, human connections, good conversation and maybe some dancing, all surrounding these subject that need so much revision from all of us who get affected by it but feel like we don’t have a voice, WE DO!
The event will take place at:
Hairpin Art Center
2810 N Milwaukee Ave,
Chicago IL 60618
Saturday, October 15th, 2016
If you have any other questions or want to get in touch with us you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or friend us on facebook at Connect-the-Dots.
Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!