For “The Roof is on Fire” (1994), two hundred and twenty high school students in Oakland sat in parked cars on a rooftop garage and talked to each other about violence, sex, gender, family, and race for an afternoon. Organized by Suzanne Lacy, Chris Johnson, and TEAM (a group of teens, educators, artists, and media workers), the event was designed as a positive media spectacle and continues to be widely discussed and exhibited as a seminal work of new genre public art. The local KRON news team produced a documentary about the event, which will be screened at Kadist as part of the exhibition “Living as Form (The Nomadic Version)” from April 21-28.
On the afternoon of the 21st, Chris Johnson will join us to talk about “The Roof is on Fire” and his more recent collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas, “Question Bridge: Black Males,” on view at the Oakland Museum of California through July 8.
Johnson will be joined in conversation by artist and educator Amanda Eicher. Eicher, in turn, will bring a group of teens from Richmond, California who will respond to their experiences with both “The Roof is on Fire” and “Question Bridge.” http://metapuentes.wordpress.com/metapuentes-an-art-and-community-partnership/
Discussion will begin at 3pm on April 21st.
Screenings of “The Roof is on Fire” documentary:
April 21st at 12, 1, and 2pm
April 25th at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6pm
April 28th at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5pm
After working with shepherds’ communities in the Spanish Pyranees to establish A Shepards School (2004), among other cooperative endeavors, Fernando García-Dory became aware of the existence of national and continental networks of mobile pastoralists. In 2007 the artist organized a world gathering of nomadic and transhumant pastoralists, which brought together three hundred representatives from forty-four different countries in Segovia, Spain in 2007. In twenty-five different languages, participants from the peaks of the Hindu Kush, the Sahel, the Andes and the Mongolian steppes, the wetlands of Tamil Nadu and the deserts of Jordan had the opportunity to speak of their similar issues, joys, and journeys. As a result of this gathering, the movement established a global organization, the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Pastoralists (WAMIP), currently registered in Switzerland, which joins together grassroots organizations, tribes and pastoralist communities from around the world.
Fernando García-Dory talks about “A World Gathering of Nomadic Peoples” (2005-2007) in a video interview produced by Kadist Art Foundation for Living as Form (The Nomadic Version).
Video will be on view:
April 7, 12-5pm
April 11, 12-7pm
April 14, 12-5pm
April 18, 12-7pm
The video showing at Kadist SF tonight was originally shown as part of the 29th São Paulo Biennial. In this Art in America essay on the show, Kristen Chappa discusses Dora García’s video:
“The Spanish artist addresses revolutionary reforms in psychiatry that grew out of the political foment of the late 1960s, and alternative treatment programs practiced today. The piece is structured around three meetings: with the Psychiatric Hospital of Trieste’s theater company Accademia della Follia (Academy of Madness), comprised of both patients and healthcare workers; Rio de Janeiro’s Freaked on the Scene Theater of the Oppressed; and activist Carmen Roll, former member of the German Socialist Patients’ Collective (SPC).”
Read the rest of the essay here.