Microcosm

OCTOBER 13th – 21st

2016

Art Sparking Conversations

Atlanta is home to many rich histories. The city is constantly becoming. As a cultural community, we grapple with issues of socioeconomic disparity and identity politics from a uniquely Southern, and specifically Atlanta perspective. Aesthetics and conversations of Race, Gender, Class, Ability, Nationality, Sexuality and other identities are not things to neutralize but to acknowledge and celebrate. The citizens of Atlanta exist at various intersections of these identities, so rather than an individual vision, the curatorial team brings together a few different perspectives in order to execute an accessible yet nuanced presentation. The curators of Microcosm represent a sample of the diverse Atlanta art community and its relationship to the economics of the built environment. The curatorial team is made up of Allie Bashuk, Monica Campana, Mark DiNatale, and Pastiche Lumumba, who aim to bring often whispered conversations out into the streets through public art, dialog, and performance. South Downtown, like the rest of our city, and country, is situated at a crucial moment in its history. This time and space is a Microcosm from which we can unpack a multidimensional dialogue about the past, present, and future of cultural value in South Downtown.


404 Dinner

The 404 South Broad Dinner was a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Living Walls, artists, businesses and residents of the South Downtown Atlanta Arts District. The dinner served as a platform for Atlantans to create a vision for the area. Through the act of dining, attendees conducted a research project that discovered what the residents of South Downtown wished to see in their community in the coming years. The dinner helped to uncover the histories of the residents in the area. 

Atlanta is amidst rapid changes, particularly within the South Downtown area. As a way to strive for more organic change and growth, the dinner asked the residents of South Downtown what is it they envision for the future of the neighborhood, and what can we all do better to keep the history of the neighborhood alive.

404 Dinner hosts included Monica Campana, Priscilla Smith and Patrick. Special thanks to Quianah Upton, Priscilla Smith, Patrick, Jared Pepper, Kyle Kessler, William Kennedy, and many more South Downtown residents and businesses.


Workshop: C4 Atlanta - Won't You Be My Neighbor?

C4 Atlanta facilitated a conversation about the arts, gentrification, and moving toward a vision of diversity, inclusion, and equity in the city of Atlanta.


Block Party

Several artists performed on Broad St. SW in South Downtown while each arts organization in the area hosted art installations.


Sisters Song: Awaken

Sisters Song: Awaken was an all-women exhibition that explored, from a womanist perspective, the impact that migration, development, and gentrification have had on the city’s inhabitants, old and new. The hopes, fears, tensions, and collaborations that grow out of the changing racial and cultural narratives of contemporary Atlanta was the nexus of the presentation. Featured photographers included:  


CHROMA: Red for ELEVATE - Opening Night Performance

CHROMA is a multimedia installation of photography and movement based in the healing practices of chakra activation and color psychology, inviting audience immersion into single colors. 
 
CHROMA: Red for ELEVATE featured the color red and highlighted themes of grounding, safety, and the ability to build a foundation that can be called home. The work was based on exploring the effects of gentrification, as there are individuals and entire families who have grounded themselves in a home space for decades while gentrification continues to uproot and remove them from the places they call home. 


Artworks on view


Murals


Atlanta City Studio - 


Georgia Tech


Cartooning for Peace - Art of Democracy

Forty political cartoons from more than thirty different cartoonists from Cartooning for Peace organization were displayed on the sidewalks of Martin Luther King Dr. SW and Peachtree St. SW. 

Cartooning for Peace is an international network of more than 140 dedicated press cartoonists from around the world who use humor as a universal language to promote freedom, understanding, and mutual respect between people of different cultures and religions. Cartooning for Peace organizes conferences and exhibitions showcasing cartoonists’ works and expressions of peace. Offering a platform for people willing to challenge intolerance, dogmatism, prejudice, and intellectual conformity, the organization has served as a tool to advance democracy and freedom of expression.


Digital Good Times Experience

This Digital Good Times Experience was an evening driven by art and education. Upon entering Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery attendees were greeted by the sounds of 10th Letter and STLNDRMS as they provide the evening’s soundtrack. The music was complemented by an interactive light/projection mapping from LASII, and film mashups and screenings provided by the Atlanta Film Festival, Thehouseofjune, and Come Here Benji Productions. As you continue through the DGT Experience you will be presented with solutions that can have positive impacts on our city and environment. Fort Negrita along with Fresh2Health, will showcase an interactive kitchen to illustrate the habits that we can incorporate in our daily lives to accomplish this goal. Finally you will have the opportunity to experience and tinker with the newest and most innovative technology emerging from Atlanta including 3D Printing courtesy Jesse Kovarovics and more. Come experience the future of our city ATown!


Bike Tour: Red Bike & Green


Noé Soulier - Removing (Remixed)

Noé Soulier and his company traveled to the United States for their first US premiere of this work, Removing. Soulier choreographed a shortened version for ELEVATE: Microcosm dubbed Removing: Remixed. In this work Soulier seeks to explore actions motivated by a practical purpose such as hitting, avoiding, or reaching. Unlike movements determined geometrically or mechanically, dancers share a vocabulary of gestures with the audience. The result is a fascinating composition interlaced with organized solos and duos. Soulier’s gesture approach is always puzzling, questioning one’s perception and certainties. 

This performance was made possible by a partnership with France Atlanta and the Consulate of France in Atlanta.


Bent Frequency

Bent Frequency presented the US premiere of a A Wave and Waves with a 100 percussionist performance by California-based composer Michael Pisaro. The work is loosely based on John Ashbery’s poem “A Wave.” Pisaro describes the work as “an idea about confounding the small and the large: small sounds, many different kinds of them, very soft, on a large time scale.” It’s a unique piece of sonic art that examines the idea of individual soft sonic events overlapping and combining to make large-scale sonic structures in a manner that’s akin to individual water molecules in the ocean combining to create wave patterns–“the collective action of granular sounds making shapes of great mathematical complexity.”


Jortsfest

Jortsfest held a free, all ages, accessible music performance event on the rooftop of Eyedrum, which explored the multitude of genres and identities held by Atlanta’s music scene and how those identities relate to the geography of the city. In each of the four geographic corners of the rooftop there was one performer playing in turn, representing the sound of their neighborhood (NW, NE, SE, SW) as the audience goes on an auditory tour of the city of Atlanta.


Elysia Crampton


Southern Fried Queer Pride


Talk: Diverse Groups

Talk with local organization, Diverse Groups, with the topic: 


Bike Tour: Civil Bikes


Panel: History and Aesthetics of Trap


Truth Booth


Panel: Who Will Survive in Atlanta?


Panel: Public Art & Spaces


Comedy Night

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Jane Jacobs Walk

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Artists Talk


Talk Back with 2016 ELEVATE Curators


CHROMA: Red for ELEVATE - Closing Night Performance

CHROMA is a multimedia installation of photography and movement based in the healing practices of chakra activation and color psychology, inviting audience immersion into single colors.

CHROMA: Red for ELEVATE featured red and highlighted themes of grounding, safety, and the ability to build a foundation that can be called home. The work is based on exploring the effects of gentrification, as there are individuals and entire families who have grounded themselves in a home space for decades while gentrification continues to uproot and remove them from the places they call home.