‘Star Tours’ in the LA Diaspora

7 Jan
Network Map(Detail, in progress) 4x3', pen on paper

Network Map(Detail, in progress) 4×3′, pen on paper

Side Street Projects: Star Tours: January 11, 2014 11am – 2pm
On January 11 from 11 am to 2 pm Side Street Project visitors are invited to view the exhibition, learn micrography- an art form developed by 8th century Hebrew scribes that sculpts small text to form an image, and contribute to an artwork through sharing their stories.

Coming to a neighborhood near you in January 2014: Star Tours, an exhibition located within 16 foot truck by artist Corrie Siegel. This nomadic initiative intends to draw connections between local communities, Los Angeles history, and cross-cultural narratives of diaspora. Over the month of January Star Tours will function as a vehicle for collaboration and exploration at sites throughout Los Angeles.
Tourist van, moving truck, and migratory gallery, Star Tours will map the Los Angeles landscape with visits to sites throughout LA County. Visitors are invited to view the changing exhibition within the vehicle, contribute stories to form a collaborative map, and participate in distinct programs at each site. Programs include workshops, dining experiences, tours, presentations by artists and academics, oral history recording sessions, and informal games of beach volleyball.

Star Tours is a part of Cadastral Masorah, a multidisciplinary constellation of works created over the past 3 years. The drawings, papercuts, photographs, videos and performances presented are influenced by the history of map making from antiquity to the present. Siegel references cartography, graffiti, Los Angeles iconography, and traditional art forms that traveled along with the Jewish Diaspora to explore identity and place within the multicultural city of Los Angeles. Star Maps visitors are asked to work as collaborators to create and interpret abstracted maps in order to visualize paths within history and space.

Other Sites and tentative dates include:

Phenomenology Of The Spirit, 8x10", Cut paper

Phenomenology Of The Spirit, 8×10″, Cut paper

Watts Towers, January 18, 1:00-4:00pm -Tours offered of Watts towers and collecting stories

LACMA, January 19th- Mapping, Museum map guide, and collecting stories
Workmen’s Circle, Jan 20th, 12:00-3:00, collecting stores from Yiddish conversation group and bagels.
Human Resources, January 23rd 6:30-9:30, Google map memory talks with panel of artists and scholars
Taco Zone, January 23 10:00-10:30pm
Beach (Annenberg Beach House parking lot), January 25, 11:00-3:30- collecting stories and volleyball with globes
Actual Size Los Angeles

This project is made possible with support from The Six Points Fellowship. The Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists is a program of the Foundation for Jewish Culture, originally founded in partnership with Avoda Arts, and JDub, with significant funding from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, and the Righteous Persons Foundation.

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