Oct
21
8:00 pm20:00

CHROMA

  • Gallery 72

CHROMA-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 will feature red and highlight 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.

Oct
21
7:00 pm19:00

Talk Back with ELEVATE 2016 Curators

  • M. Rich Building

Talk Back with Elevate 2016 Curators Allie Bashuk, Mark DiNatalie, Monica Campana, and Pastiche Lumamba

Opening up the floor to feedback, criticism, and ideas for the future.

Oct
21
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Talk

  • M. Rich Building

Various artists from ELEVATE 2016 will talk about their work and conduct a longer conversation about how their work is relevant to Microcosm.

Oct
21
11:00 am11:00

Jane Jacobs Walk

  • Mammal Gallery

Meeting outside of Mammal Gallery

Jane Jacobs Walks are free self-organized walks and discussions led by committed citizens sharing their knowledge about and love for places.

Oct
21
11:00 am11:00

Truth Booth

  • Woodruff Park

The Truth Booth will be located at the southern end of Woodruff park, closest to Edgewood Avenue.

This interactive project is comprised of a touring, portable Truth Booth. Iconically shaped like a cartoon speech bubble, it houses a photo booth-like interior that compiles the public’s two-minute video responses as they finish the statement, “The truth is…”. The aim is to reach a broad and diverse range of people and locations in an attempt to represent and celebrate the world’s diversity. Throughout this long-term project the video footage will be compiled and edited into a video installation found on their website.

This is a public art project created by Cause Collective artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester, and Hank Willis Thomas.

 

Oct
20
Oct 21

Comedy Night

  • Mammal Gallery

Comedic acts include David Perdue, Samm Severin, and Kia Comedy. There will be an open mic to follow.

Oct
20
7:30 pm19:30

Panel: Public Art & Spaces

  • Gallery 72

Public Art & Spaces: Pedro Alonzo, Anne Dennington, Ryan Gravel, Camille Love, Moderator: Victoria Camblin

Our city as a gallery - how can we use public space to push the boundaries of where stories and information are experienced.  How might people engage with content and each other in new and different ways? How can Atlanta use art to interact with it’s citizens?

Oct
20
6:00 pm18:00

Panel: Who Will Survive in Atlanta

  • Gallery 72

Who Will Survive in Atlanta: Past, Present, and Future Thoughts featuring: Zahra Alabanza, Tim Keane, Liliana Bakhtiari, Moderator: Rohit Malhotra

Let’s talk about how we got here and where we are going -- with an emphasis on value in our city center!

Oct
20
11:00 am11:00

Truth Booth

  • Woodruff Park

The Truth Booth will be located at the southern end of Woodruff park, closest to Edgewood Avenue.

This interactive project is comprised of a touring, portable Truth Booth. Iconically shaped like a cartoon speech bubble, it houses a photo booth-like interior that compiles the public’s two-minute video responses as they finish the statement, “The truth is…”. The aim is to reach a broad and diverse range of people and locations in an attempt to represent and celebrate the world’s diversity. Throughout this long-term project the video footage will be compiled and edited into a video installation found on their website.

This is a public art project created by Cause Collective artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester, and Hank Willis Thomas.

 

Oct
16
4:00 pm16:00

Group Discussion: History & Aesthetics of Trap

  • M. Rich Building

What A Time To Be Alive: History and aesthetics of Trap panel featuring: Rodney Carmichael, Moderator: Pastiche Lumumba

The purpose of this panel is to unpack Atlanta’s central role in the innovation of Trap music. The panel will talk about aesthetic roots and the influence Trap has had on mainstream culture in the last few years, unpacking Atlanta’s central role in its innovation.

 

 

 

Oct
16
3:00 pm15:00

Bike Tour: Civil Bikes

  • M. Rich Building

Civil Bikes  provides guides and historic bike tours in Atlanta. The tours are accessible, educational, and fun. Experience Atlanta in a way that will give you fresh eyes for the city.

Start/ End at CCI/ M. Rich Building (Relay bike stand)

This tour will view:
Forsyth
Marietta
Woodruff Park/ Rise from the Ashes
Decatur Street
Courtland
Circle Capital Square
MLK
Central
Underground
Peachtree Street
Trinity
Ted Turner
Mitchell
CCI- M. Rich Building 

Oct
15
Oct 16

Southern Fried Queer Pride Presents SWEET TEA Variety Show

  • Eyedrum

SWEET TEA is a queer variety show that serves as an open stage for queer and trans talent, art, music, performance art and overall creativity! SWEET TEA is an all-ages, refreshing beverage of entertainment and community!

Oct
15
9:30 pm21:30

Elysia Crampton Performance

  • Eyedrum Gallery-Rooftop

A Time Slide into the Future is a play that unfolds as a DJ production and performance that works alongside Demon City (Crampton’s sophomore album). The narrative follows Aymara Revolutionary, Bartolina Sisa’s limbs after they were severed, continuing from the perspective of the entrails as they turn into stone, petrified on a time slide into a distant future where the sun has gone out and trans-humanoid arachnids have inherited a world free of the prison industrial complex. The work is Elysia’s attempt to bridge the Aymara oral history tradition/theater legacy with her own trans-femme abolitionist grasp of futurity, always amidst the cataclysmic, irreducible horizon of coloniality.


 

Oct
15
7:30 pm19:30

Jortsfest

  • Eyedrum Gallery-Rooftop

Jortsfest will hold a free, all ages, accessible music performance event on the rooftop of Eyedrum, exploring 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 will be 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.

NW - Yani Mo
https://yanimo.bandcamp.com/ 

NE - Pop Weirdos
https://popweirdos.bandcamp.com/

SE - Fantasy Guys
https://fantasyguys.bandcamp.com/

SW - Blue Tower
https://bluetower.bandcamp.com

Oct
15
6:00 pm18:00

Bent Frequency

  • Laz Parking Garage

Bent Frequency  will present the US premiere of a A Wave and Waves for an 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.”

Oct
15
5:00 pm17:00

Noé Soulier Dance Performance

  • MLK Federal Building

At 29, Noé Soulier is considered one of the most innovative contemporary artists in his field. In Removing, he 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.

In partnership with France-Atlanta

Oct
15
12:00 pm12:00

Jane Jacobs Walk

  • Mammal Gallery

Meeting outside of Mammal Gallery

A public walk with discussions led by Kyle Kessler, Community Program Manager of the Center for Civic Innovation, who will share knowledge about and love for downtown Atlanta.

Oct
15
11:00 am11:00

Bike Ride: Red Bike & Green

  • Troy Davis Park/Woodruff Park

Red Bike & Green is a collective of Black urban cyclists improving the health, economy & local environment of African Americans by creating a relevant & sustainable Black bike culture.

 

ELEVATE:TheRide

11:00: Meet at Troy Davis Park (Woodruff Park)

11:30pm: ELEVATE-TheRide

WHAT TO EXPECT:
ELEVATE-TheRide will get you lit.  With ad ATLien soundtrack in the background, 

ELEVATE-TheRide will explore south downtown and beyond.  During this experience ELEVATORS can expect to: enjoy scenic routes, meet new people, build community, engage with Black and bike friendly business, explore and learn about historic neighborhoods, have fun, sweat a little or a lot, and so much more.


WHO CAN RIDE: Beginners, veterans, causal riders, families and everyone in between are welcome and encouraged to come. *This ride is open to everyone

WHAT TO BRING (not required):
-water
-snacks
-helmets
-ID, cell phone (for safety purposes)
-cash
-bike lock

If you have any of the following items (and don’t mind sharing with the community) please bring:

- Patch Kit
- Frame Pump
- Spare Tubes

Oct
15
11:00 am11:00

Panel: Intentional Space

  • Gallery 72

ELEVATE presents a panel discussion led by community activists and organizers Nina Dolgin (Ladyfest), Taylor Alexander (Southern Fried Queer Pride), Marcella Campbell, and Toni Williams (TASTE), who will discuss meaningful, constructive discourse on the need for intentional and exclusive spaces for marginalized communities.

Panelists include Nina Dolgin (Ladyfest), Taylor Alexander (Southern Fried Queer Pride), Marcella Campbell & Toni Williams (TASTE)

Oct
14
Oct 15

Abdu Ali

  • Mammal Gallery

Erected from the ghettos of Baltimore, Abdu Ali raps, sings, and chats over unorthodox and future sounds, creating music that’s visceral, spiritual, and very real. From his energetic visceral performances, spiritualizing audiences as a cosmic, punk, and soulful tempest on stage, his work transcends musical boundaries with afro-futurism and “post-apocalyptic” sounds.

Oct
14
8:00 pm20:00

Danielle Deadwyler aka Didi Xio (MNLU ii) Performance

In a follow up effort to bring the private to the public, performance artist Danielle Deadwyler performs MNLU ii, the second installation of her MuhfuckaNevaLuvdUhs: Real Live Girl series. MNLU ii seeks to further illuminate the public performance of black women’s labor, sexual and domestic, and witness its impact on the black woman’s body.

Performance Route

Starts near Atlanta Metropolitan State College- Metropolitan Parkway to Broad St. SW. More information coming soon.

The performer and witnesses are made privy to a black working aesthetic while traveling geographically and historically

Oct
14
6:00 pm18:00

"The Yard Sign Activation Project" Flux Projects Installation

  • Grass Area

The Yard Sign Activation Project is presented in the form of a pop-up tented “campaign headquarters” to include printed banners with artwork by Carrie Mae Weems and Hank Willis Thomas. At various Atlanta locations prior to the exhibition (including the ELEVATE block party), the Atlanta community was invited to complete bandit signs (outdoor yard signs used in political campaigns) that read “Freedom of _________” and “Freedom from ___________.” The outdoor sculpture on Broad St. SW collectively emphasizes the importance of the individual voice, the power of many, and the significance of voting in a democratic society.

Oct
14
6:00 pm18:00

Atlanta City Studio & GA Tech Installation

  • Atlanta Eye Care Building

Atlanta City Studio will install a collection of maps and long-term plans for the City of Atlanta in the Atlanta Eye Care building on Broad St. SW. The images will supplement the weeklong conversation of Atlanta’s Microcosm and the future of the downtown area.

GA Tech:Downtown Atlanta 2041 is a speculative look 25 years into the future at the opportunities available to build on parking lots and create a walkable network of Class A streets and distinctive neighborhoods around Downtown’s many assets. The design proposals are based on conversations with stakeholders, analysis of current conditions as well as bold assumptions about the future impact of autonomous vehicles. The work was produced by graduate students at Georgia Tech in the Master of Science in Urban Design, (MSUD) spring 2016 studio, under the direction of Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones in the School of Architecture in the College of Design.”
- Ellen Dunham-Jones

Oct
14
Oct 21

Artworks on View

  • 153-171 M.L.K. Jr Dr NW Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States

These works will be on view throughout the Elevate Festival

Friday, October 14th-Friday, October 21st

Gallery Hours

6:00-9:00 PM Daily

11:00 AM-4:00 PM on Friday, October 21st

Mural by Yoyo Ferro- Untitled

Located on Broad Street SW

Benito Yoyo Ferro created an abstract mural on the facade of the Atlanta Eye Care Building on the corner of Broad Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Before beginning to paint, Ferro met with residents and neighborhood groups to discuss and get approval for his brilliant design. He further engaged the community by working with them to paint the mural.

Artist Statement
“Since the beginning of this year, I’ve created a series of murals and gallery works that portray emotional characters interacting with an energetic abstract landscape. They’re part of a universe created from one continuous line, representing all things that are connected, that inevitably crosses itself, creating a diverse range of emotions and obstacles, represented by different colorful patterns, in my characters’ lives.”

Murals by William Mitchell- Victory!, High Roller, & Erase Scars

To address the concept of Microcosm, three murals were created by William Mitchell on and around Broad Street that beautify and promote the history of South Downtown. The murals will artistically open up barriers, connecting with the location and the history of Atlanta in a style that references older styles of sign painting and murals of Atlanta.

Locations:

1. 87 Broad St. SW
2. 97 Peachtree St. SW
3. 98 Broad St. SW

Light Installation by Meptik - Located on Broad Street SW (on view through the 18th)

“Our concepts center around the idea that light brings life to spaces. The use of light as an artistic medium can change an otherwise darkly lit street into an inviting and mesmerizing place for people to gather. The installation uses light to bring new life to both South Broad and Downtown Atlanta.


“One of the most iconic features on South Broad are its lumbering white awnings, remnants of the 1996 Olympics. By using these as a central aspect of our installation, we aim to revitalize these forgotten structures. The concept behind the installation is to create a highway of light down South Broad. The light patterns can also be synced to music, creating an immersive experience for all who pass through.”
- Meptik

Cartooning for Peace "The Art of Democracy" - Corner of MLK, Jr. Dr. & Peachtree Street

Forty political cartoons from more than thirty different cartoonists from Cartooning for Peace will be displayed on the sidewalks of Martin Luther King Dr. SW and Peachtree St. SW (concentrated at their intersection).


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.

CHROMA/Atlanta Women Photographers - Gallery 72

Gallery 72’s Kevin Sipp curated a diverse show bringing together various Atlanta women photographers from different cultural, ethnic, and generational viewpoints.

Sisters Song: Awaken is an all-women exhibition that explores, from a womanist perspective, the impact that migration, development, and gentrification have 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 is the nexus of the presentation.

Tiona McClodden "Sweet Atlanta Black Simulacrum" - Broad Street Visitor's Center

Sweet Atlanta Black Simulacrum is a multi-media installation consisting of projections, images, and sound. Set within a real estate style display, the installation subverts and challenges the current state of the city’s relationship to gentrification as a complicit and non-complicit act of cultural erasure and re-appropriation of the real. Rooted within the work of French philosopher Jean Baudrillard’s exploration of the concept of simulacrum–structured in a series of representations and moving from the prompt of producing a “copy of the real” – McClodden will feature her extensive video archive of Atlanta’s Black subculture communities from the years of 2000–2006 when she worked as a freelance videographer to fund her personal film and artwork, before leaving to pursue a career as an artist in North Philadelphia where she has lived and worked for ten years. This work will also feature McClodden’s longtime collaborator, Atlanta native Danielle Deadwyler, who serves as the main protagonist in McClodden’s four part film epic Be Alarmed.

HER: and exploration of the voices and images of the industry - Murmur Gallery

Curation & Monologues Tash Nikol, Koja Creative

Set Installation: Frko

Video Installation: Brandon English

Seemstress: Bianca Cooper, Biyunka Brand

Engineering: Andy Pruett, Second Story

Her: and exploration of the voices and images of the industry brings a true identity to the women who embody the art form of exotic dancing, highlighting the cultural and economic impact they have on our city. The identity of an exotic dancer is often separate from that of the woman, and made into an objectified, sexualized image we see in the media; one whose purpose is for the pleasure of men.
Through creating a visceral experience of lighting, sound, and effects, the installation will show performers reciting monologues that give an identity beyond the club to the women who make exotic dancing their profession.

South Downtown's Past W/ Atlanta History Center -Downtown Players Club

Historical imagery and noteworthy articles of South Downtown sourced from the Atlanta History Center archives will be on display at the Downtown Players Club.

Josephine Figueroa"You Are Here" HL Green

You Are Here is an experimental video and sound installation experience. The installation will consist of four enclosed screen with video projected on each screen accompanied by surround sound. The video will be an experimental expression of the unheard stories of South Downtown: stories of migration, of growth, of poverty, of life and loss. The title 'You Are Here' seeks to invite the audience to get to know not only the space in which they are visiting for the installation, but also the overall experience of the neighborhood.

Oct
14
6:00 pm18:00

Block Party!

  • The Main Stage

Main Stage located on South Broad Street between Mitchell Street and MLK Jr. Drive

Lineup includes:

Bae

Woman-lead DJ set
Bae, aka Bae Worldwide, is a two-women led music group that has teamed up to create a safe space and a dynamic support system for women in all fields. Anybody who has an understanding of what it is to be a woman in a male-dominated industry and exudes confidence in herself is a Bae.

Soul Food Cypher

Word Play and 1x1’s / Rap Cyphers
Soul Food Cypher utilizes the craft of freestyle lyricism to transform the lives of individuals and their communities. During Word Play, their emcees invite members of the audience to freestyle based on images and words they see appear on a screen.

Black Power Party #2- #BlackGirlMagic

Arielle Symone

Father Fannie

Jaixx

Bradlea-roi

Black Power Party No. 001 kicked off at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center. Now the power continues to be felt with another round of exhilarating and unique black performers–this time highlighting diverse female performers.

Bosco

Atlanta-based female singer will perform a musical set of ambient electro R&B.

 

Oct
14
6:00 pm18:00

Digital Good Times Experience

  • Eyedrum Gallery

To highlight Atlanta’s diverse industrial communities and cultures, Digital Good Times (DGT) will demonstrate how this Microcosm will ideally look in the future. Atlanta has the potential to be an example city, setting precedents in entertainment and arts, sustainability, equality, and innovation. DGT has had the pleasure to interview and become acquainted with individuals and companies that currently work in these pockets, and will provide interactive experiences that will engage participants and display what an arts district in South Downtown could be like in the future.

 

Oct
14
6:00 pm18:00

CHROMA

  • Gallery 72

CHROMA-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 will feature red and highlight 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.