LA Road Concerts

A Day Of Remembrance

11.20.16

DTLA

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Press Release

Day of Remembrance Road Concert

site-specific works along 1st, Spring, 9th and Main in Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles Road Concerts presents a showing of site-specific projects from Los Angeles artists in unused public outdoor spaces along a loop made of Spring St, 9th St, Main St and 1st St. For one day participating artists display installations, perform works, host spontaneous readings, and make music in unexpected spaces, such as on the sidewalk, between dumpsters, along streetlamps, as well as inside the audience’s earbuds as they traverse the path of the road concert. Audience members can walk, bike, skateboard, carpool or take public transit. They can time it to see it all, go it unplanned, or carefully curate their day. An official map of the day’s events along with project descriptions and other downloadable information will be available to the public starting a week before the event on the event website.

LA Road Concerts seeks to investigate the possibilities of LA's streets as sites for artistic exploration while offering a street-level window onto the city's diversity of people, buildings and landscapes, how the metropolis grew and cars came to dominate, and the in-between and negative spaces the city left behind as it expanded. Through a wide open call process, LA Road Concerts brings together art school graduates, working artists, local residents and other artists, writers, musicians, performers, to realize a broad array of kinds of interactions with the sites.

This particular road concert is part of the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (http://worlddayofremembrance.org/), commemorating the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families and communities. LA Road Concerts partnered with the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, the City of Los Angeles Vision Zero Initiative, and Alan Nakagawa, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s Artist-in-Residence to highlight the issue of traffic violence in Downtown LA. The City has adopted a Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities citywide by 2025.

Over 600 people on foot were hit by cars in Downtown LA over 12 years, averaging a person a week. This road concert asks participating artists of any medium to make works that bring awareness to traffic casualties, ponder solutions and utopias, remember the victims, investigate car culture, and explore the complexity of the problem, such as what causes people to make dangerous decisions like texting or drinking while driving, or how our transit systems reflect America's race and class inequalities and privilege the able bodied.

This year’s participating artists include Alan Nakagawa, Alex Khost & Amy Bauer, Alexia Lewis, Anna Wittenberg, April Guthrie, Avenue 50 Studios & DSTL Arts, Benjamin Desvallées, Beth Fiedorek, Cynthia Lujan, Dr. Brian Griffeath-Loeb, Gegham Sargsyan, Horse of Arabia, IHUG, Jonathan Gomez, L.A.P. (Love, Art, Participation) Dancers, Laida Aguirre, Linda Ravenswood, Los Angeles Walks, Marco DiDomenico, Matt MacFarland, Max Markowitz & Joe Potts & Stuart Rapeport & Sybil McMiller & Rebecca Guerro, Michael Rippens, Niko Solorio, Pauline Gloss, Robert Frashure & Miggie Wong, Scott Froschauer, Siluspress, Simone Gad, Sir Oliver, Skip Snow, Sophie Goldstein, Susan Joseph, Suzanne Joskow & Henderson Blumer, Taleen Kali, Tucker Neel, Victoria Goring, Vitamin Wig C, Zeina Baltagi, and more!

Works of the day include a keyhole listening garden, ambient protest music, a house made of art to create a conversation about the homeless, a Mt. Rushmore lawn chair to reflect on how the patriarchy lives in our culture, a delivering of the historical autopsy at Wells Fargo, a human size pizza box, live manipulations of sounds in response to the site as is expressed in public grieving rituals, a celebration and commemoration of the lives of victims of automobile fatalities through the traditional Mexican celebration of altar making, a temporary crosswalk using only the artist's footprints, a spoken word performance about the travails of a pedestrian, a magic photo booth, a station to craft memorials for people killed while walking in Los Angeles to be later posted at crash sites throughout the city, a funeral procession discussing the history of protest apparel and new designs, and many more works!

November 20, 2016, 11 AM - 5 PM

FREE

Call For Submissions

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Call for Submissions

Los Angeles Road Concerts is seeking artists of all kinds to install or perform site-specific works in unused public space in Downtown Los Angeles along a loop made of 1st, Spring, 9th and Main St. as part of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Sunday, November 20, 2016. Submissions may be sent through the online form or to laroadconcerts@gmail.com.

In four previous events, LA Road Concerts has shown work from over 250 Los Angeles artists in unused public outdoor space. In a “road concert” participating artists display installations, perform works, facilitate carpool happenings, host spontaneous readings, and make music in unexpected spaces, such as on the sidewalk, between dumpsters, along streetlamps, as well as inside the audience’s earbuds as they traverse the path of the road concert. Audience members can walk, bike, skateboard, carpool or take public transit. They can time it to see it all, go it unplanned, or carefully curate their day.

LA Road Concerts seeks to investigate the possibilities of LA's streets as sites for artistic exploration while offering a street-level window onto the city's diversity of people, buildings and landscapes, how the metropolis grew and cars came to dominate, and the in-between and negative spaces the city left behind as it expanded. Through a wide open call process, LA Road Concerts brings together art school graduates, working artists, local residents and other artists, writers, musicians, performers, to realize a broad array of kinds of interactions with the sites.

This particular road concert is part of the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (http://worlddayofremembrance.org), commemorating the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families and communities. For pedestrians, DTLA is the most dangerous area of the most dangerous US city. Over 600 people on foot were hit by cars in DTLA over 12 years, averaging a person a week. More facts and statistics can be found here. This road concert asks participating artists of any medium to make works that bring awareness to traffic casualties, ponder solutions and utopias, remember the victims, investigate car culture, and explore the complexity of the problem, such as what causes people to make dangerous decisions like texting or drinking while driving, or how our transit systems reflect America's race and class inequalities and privilege the able bodied.

Please contact us with any proposals, questions, or suggestions at laroadconcerts@gmail.com.. Or feel free to call or text me (Stephen van Dyck) at 505-331-9588 to discuss your potential submission. And please forward this along to anyone who you think would be interested in getting involved.

Thank you,

LA Road Concerts / Stephen van Dyck

Interactive Map

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  • LocationReception
  • LocationAlex Khost & Amy Bauer
  • LocationAlexia Lewis
  • LocationAnna Wittenberg
  • LocationApril Guthrie
  • LocationAshley Morgan
  • LocationAvenue 50 Studios & DSTL Arts
  • LocationBenjamin Desvallées
  • LocationBeth Fiedorek
  • LocationCynthia Lujan
  • LocationCynthia Lujan - Snapchat Filter
  • LocationDr. Brian Griffeath-Loeb
  • LocationGegham Sargsyan
  • LocationIHUG
  • LocationJonathan Gomez
  • LocationJoy Parris
  • LocationL.A.P. (Love, Art, Participation) Dancers
  • LocationLinda Ravenswood
  • LocationLos Angeles Walks
  • LocationLos Angeles Walks - Route
  • LocationMark So
  • LocationMatt MacFarland
  • LocationMax Markowitz & Joe Potts & Stuart Rapeport & Rebecca Guerrero & Sybil McMiller
  • LocationMichael Rippens
  • LocationNiko Solorio
  • LocationPauline Gloss
  • LocationRobert Frashure and Miggie Wong
  • LocationScott Froschauer
  • LocationSiluspress
  • LocationSimone Gad
  • LocationSir Oliver
  • LocationSkip Snow & Oscar David Alvarez
  • LocationSusan Joseph
  • LocationSuzanne Joskow and Henderson Blumer
  • LocationSynesthesia and Opera Del Espacio
  • LocationTucker Neel
  • LocationTracy Mollis
  • LocationVitamin Wig C
  • LocationZeina Baltagi

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