2014 Artist Community Engagement Grantees in Los Angeles

Formerly the YoYoYo Grant

Shagha Arriannia and Gelare Khoshgozaran, All the Cops in the Donut Shop
The project will feature a unique, collaborative dance performance by two Iranian born artists living in the US. The live performance will take place on September 11, 2014. Funds from the grant went to cover costs of the project, including artist fees, props and costumes, musicians and documentation fees.

David Bell, Process of Elimination
Process of Elimination will be comprised of a 20 mile walk through the rapidly changing art scene of East Los Angeles, providing for enrollment of up to 100 participants. Funds from the grant go towards the costs of emergency personnel, maps, refreshments and commemorative backpacks.

Kate Brown, Owen Land
This project will bring all of the available 16mm films of Owen Land to Los Angeles for a screening in a show curated by Kate Brown, which will also include films by LA artists. Funding went toward the film rental, projection and general expenses of the project/screening.

Claude Collins-Stracensky, The Retreat at Hoarsemore
This project will help initiate a retreat in rural Connecticut for creative professionals of mixed genres from Los Angeles, New York, Boston and abroad. The retreat carries forward the mission of Collective Field, started in 2009 by Collins-Stracensky, to share knowledge of diverse fields through creative experiences in new and interesting contexts. Funds from the grant will be used for the project director’s travel as well as preparations for the Fall 2014 invitees.

Fiona Connor and Ramak Fazel, Placeholder for a Grand Central Market Archive
Over the course of two years, the team will create an archive of 24 photographic prints and recorded interviews at the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. Upon the completion of the project in 2016, the archive will be given to the Los Angeles Central Library, where it will be accessible to library users. The grant funds monthly costs, photography, recorder cost and purchase of domain name.

Akina Cox and Joseph Imhauser, lyeberry
The founders of lyeberry will host a screening of new video works that explore Camp Mozumdar, and expand on the project by filming in upstate New York and hosting an event in Mexico City in November. Funds from the grant paid for artist fees and travel to New York City and Mexico.

Michelle Dizon, Year Zero
Year Zero is a hypermedia project that explores the intersection between art and ecology with a specific interest in indigenous peoples and climate change. Year Zero will exist as a hyperlinked archive of the artist’s footage as well as footage that other communities will add over time. The fund will provide general support for the project, including web development costs.

Jonathan Hornedo and Veronica Duarte, Rock, Paper, Guns
Rock, Paper, Guns is a binational curatorial project that aims to create an exchange of visual and conceptual ideas between artists from Ciudad Juarez (Mexico) and Los Angeles (U.S.). The project features an exhibition (in LA and in Mexico), panel discussion, and 2-5 workshops. Funds from the grant will go towards project and artist costs.

Ian James and Matt Siegle, PCS DVD
PCS DVD is a nine month experimental video series connecting contemporary LA video artists with video makers from abroad. Exhibitions began in June 2013, and continue to occur in weeklong exhibitions at metro pcs, a Chinatown artist project space. The grant was used to assist with equipment and production costs.

Zach Kleyn, Adam Overton and Jay Erker, Doubtful: Creative Uncertainty and Transformation
Doubtful is an interview-based radio show within the creative community in Los Angeles that aims to examine the connections between art-making, fear, and the evolution of culture. Doubtful began recording in September 2014 and will initially be available as a podcast. Funds from the grant will cover costs of recording equipment, a website and interview stipends.

Simone Montemurno, Wik-Ed Women
Wik-Ed Women will be a series of Wikipedia editing sessions / workshops for Los Angeles women in the arts to contribute their expertise to Wikipedia, specifically expanding its contents about women artists. Wik-Ed Women will take place on the first Wednesday of each month beginning in September 2014 at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA). The grant funded supplies, printing costs, and research subscriptions.

Ignacio Perez Meruane, Area
Area is a group exhibition scheduled to be held at Commonwealth and Council in December 2014 / January 2015.  Funds from the grant were used for the shipping and framing of work for the three artists currently committed to the show as well as materials.

Monica Rodriguez, Tobacco Factory Readings
This project features a collective reading group, taking as a starting point the tradition of reading aloud from the Tobacco Factories in the Caribbean, and featuring a different reader each month to create a collaborative, discussion-driven forum. The grant will be used for supplies, refreshments and artist fees for a series of five readings.

Asha Schecter, Image and image and image and image…..
The project is a newsprint publication dealing with our contemporary relationship to image production, circulation and consumption, consisting primarily of interviews with artists and professionals. The publication will be distributed at art bookstores. The grant went toward design, printing, and transcription of interviews.

Martine Syms, Black Radical Imagination
Focusing on the Black Diaspora, Black Radical Imagination will be a publication that comes out of a touring program of visual shorts that delve into the worlds of new media, video art, and experimental narrative. The book will be between 100-200 pages and the project will launch in October 2014. The grant funds a portion of the printing, writer’s fees and distribution.

Robert Wechsler and Christopher Stewart, Specie
Artists will combine their expertise to create ultra-high resolution images of uniquely patinated US Pennies, to be explored via a “Google-Earth” like website. The grant provided funds for technology services, a developer, and design costs.

Marisa Williamson, Hemings in Paris: A Film Project
Marisa Williamson will travel to Paris to make a short film exploring the experiences of Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson’s slave and, according to most historians, his mistress of almost forty years. The funds from the grant went toward overall travel and artist costs.