garage talk: Alternative Universes

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On March 3, 2006 the haudenschild Garage presented the panel Alternative Universes in collaboration with the Visual Arts Department of . Alternative Universes took place at Estación Tijuana (Tijuana, Mexico) a space founded and run by Tijuana-based artist Marcos Ramirez . A presentation at Lui Velazquez followed the panel.

Participants included Renoud Proch Founder and co-director of ART2102, Los Angeles; Nate Harrison Founder and co-director of ESL (Esthetics as a Second Language), Los Angeles; Founder and co-director of Slanguage, Wilmington; Founder and co-director of Lui Velazquez, Tijuana. The moderator was C. Ondine Chavoya Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Williams College.

Conceptualized by Rita Gonzalez (Assistant Curator, LACMA) and Bill Kelley Jr. (Independent curator and PhD candidate, UCSD Visual Arts), they wrote:

Four innovative and independent art spaces were invited to discuss their work and their practice. Each of these alternative universes treats the white cube space in different ways, engaging their communities and mapping themselves in their urban setting while pointing to the educational institutions and relationships from which many are formed. Some act as wedges in the cultural matrix, some fill the gaps while others behave more parasitically on the city and its institutions. “Alternative Universes”  also provided a forum to discuss the ways artists and curators are working together to reinvigorate the counter-tradition of the alternative art space. We also hoped to address how spaces developed on the edges or in the barrios of major cosmopolitan spaces are specifically addressing issues such as marginalization, gentrification, and cultural tourism.

About the Alternative Spaces

ART2102, organized by Erlea Maneros, Renoud Proch, and Ronni Kimm is based in East Los Angeles. ART2102 acts as an option for research and exhibition practices unsuited for traditional institutional engagement. Click here to visit their website.

ESL (Esthetics as a Second Language) organized by Nate Harrison, Hugo Hopping, and Mario Garcia Torres brings together an interest in collaboration and a one night only exhibition project in Los Angeles. Click here to visit their website.

Lui Velazquez, organized by Shannon Spanhake, Camilo Ontiveros, and Sergio de la Torre in Tijuana, is an emerging residency program that brings together visiting scholars and writers for research based projects and presentations. Click here to visit their website.

Slanguage is organized by Mario Ybarra Jr. and Karla Diaz and is invested in community projects such as art classes for school kids and participating in the cultural space of Wilmington, the city adjacent to the largest port in the country. Click here to visit their website.