Los Angeles Road Concerts is seeking artists of all kinds to install or perform site-specific works in unused public space within walking distance of the intersection of National and Washington Blvds for the afternoon of November 11, 2017 (Veterans Day). Submissions may be sent through the online form or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In five previous events, LA Road Concerts has shown work from over 280 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. Works can be in one location, many locations, or no location in particular. Participating artists don't need to be physically present and may choose to make downloadable work. Through a wide-ranging 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.
Projects might respond to the idea of nations (versus our planet), the constitution, and making art in a time of war. Additionally, projects might respond to the site of Culver City and consider the role of art in capitalism. This particular road concert is part of the Untested Address event series, hosted by UMM (the Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum) at Klowden Mann, a Culver City gallery. How could "we the people" and/or the greater art world benefit from bringing everyone together, even those who would never find themselves in Culver City? How do we make value outside the institution, or infiltrate institutions to amplify our voice? What does it mean to make and show art (right) outside commercial mainstream private galleries?
Choosing a time:The event will be on Saturday, November the 11th, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Each work can have an earliest and latest time for the audience to arrive at their respective spots, which will be listed on both the official website and the downloadable event program and map. Times are loose and overlap. Your piece can last for as short as a millisecond or longer than the event itself, and you don't need to be physically present or in just one location.
Event program/map, website and live blog:Maps, info and downloadable art will be obtainable at laroadconcerts.com a week before the event, as well as at the National/Washington intersection on the day of the event. In the program there will be room for optional program notes: your bio, a description of your piece, or any instructions. You might not even want to be listed in the program. The preferred deadline for submissions is October 24th, though submissions will be accepted until the week before the event. An official map of the day’s events along with project descriptions and other downloadable information will be available to the public a week before the event on the event website (www.laroadconcerts.com). Previous road concert projects can be viewed through the website. (site relaunch: TBD)
Please contact us with any proposals, questions, or suggestions at email@example.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.
LA Road Concerts / Stephen van Dyck