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Education Debates Hit the Streets of Fresno, Dec. 2nd
Graduate Public Practice at Otis College of Art & Design, working with artists S.A. Bachman and Krista Caballero present DISMANTLED, an innovative visual arts collaboration. At a time when students across the state are facing tuition hikes, emerging artists from Otis are participating in this exploration of public education, critical pedagogy, and the privatization of our school system.
DISMANTLED encompasses a series of outdoor projections and performances addressing debates surrounding the current educational crisis. This statewide project acknowledges California's unique history while questioning what the future holds if our institutions of learning are no longer shaped by the core principle of affordable education for all. California educators including Peter McLaren, Gilda
Haas, Janna Shaddock Hernandez and Ricardo Dominguez have informed this project.
DISMANTLED employs visual analysis to highlight narratives from a wide cross?section of Californians and seeks to frame key issues such as the severe cutbacks in funding and financial aid, access to education, and students and families burdened by debt. In addition to interview texts, images of blowing bubble gum, historical footage from Brown vs The Board of Education and superhero school
uniforms are utilized to raise awareness and provoke questions.
Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in the project's ongoing interviews as well as contribute to the creation of a site?specific installation. Projection sites (San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, Ventura) will serve as gathering spaces for sidewalk conversations and will run the gamut from neighborhood storefronts to high schools, colleges and libraries.
Otis College of Art & Design: Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.
Bachman and Caballero Cellular: 323.889.9878