Friday, March 14, 2014 - Friday, May 9, 2014
We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust
OxyArts is pleased to present "We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust,” a public sculpture created by Los Angeles-based artist collective Finishing School, in collaboration with artists Nadia Afghani and Matt Fisher.
"We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust" is a participatory sculpture that employs the fabrication of a full size replica of a MQ-1B Predator drone aircraft. Over two hundred people assisted Finishing School and collaborators to hand-finish the drone with an age-old application method applying architectural-grade mud to the surface of the cnc'd substrate. In the dichotomy between the drone's form and its surface, the sculpture initiates a discussion of technology and foreign policy while inviting multiple propositions about cultural legacies and possible resistances in the era of pervasive global surveillance and warfare.
The project essay by Matt Fisher is available for download here.
About the Artists
Finishing School is a socially-engaged artist collective that explores an expansive range of subject and media territories. The collective has 5 members who represent a broad range of skills. Finishing School produces interdisciplinary actions, installations, workshops, design, studio art, performance, and new media. They have presented work throughout the United States and internationally. Finishing School was established in 2001 and is based in Los Angeles, California.
Matt Fisher is an artist and writer living in Oakland, California. His studio practice interrogates intersections of analytical abstraction and identity politics. Trained in Southern California, he moved to New York just before 9/11 and spent a decade there before relocating to the Bay Area in 2011. He writes regularly on contemporary art for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and ARTnews.
Nadia Afghani is a Los Angeles-based conceptual artist, whose work investigates the parameters of subject versus object, the mechanics of language, and the ambiguity of meaning and understanding. She received a BA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach and a MFA in Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - Sunday, March 16, 2014
Hack for Pasadena
Hack for Pasadena is looking for data hacks, technologists, and idea-makers to inspire the next round of technologies that will shape Pasadena's future in a data-driven economy.
Prizes: Over $6,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning team(s) along with meetings with Venture Capitalists and other prizes valued at over $1,000.
Judging Panel: Features influential and prominent CEO's and Investors including: Andy Wilson, Co-Chair of Innovate Pasadena and CEO of Rexter; Isaac Garcia, Co-Founder & CEO of Central Desktop; Steve Reich, Chief Sales Officer at Malauzai Software and Pasadena Angels Investor, and Erik Wingren, Partner & UX Design Consultant at Interactivism.
Data Sets: Includes transportation, transit, parking, bike routes, public art, city finance and budget, purchasing, business licenses and more. Feel free to submit any ideas for additional data sets.
Register at: www.hackforpasadena.com