Chicago Calling: Move/Remove//Place/Displace explored themes such as migration, immigration, and gentrification—in Pilsen, across Chicago, and with resonances around the world. Pilsen, like other Chicago neighborhoods, is a neighborhood that’s constantly in transition. Some of those changes can be seen and felt quickly, whereas other changes manifest themselves slowly over years and generations.
CC: MRPD program:
* artist talk by Shir Ende
* "Backhoes and Palmyra," a presentation by Janina Ciezadlo
* artwork by Chicago Public School students -- created in response to a mural by Marcos Raya, facilitated by Arturo Barrera
* screening of "Broadway Corners" by Orin Buck
* music and poetry performance with Joe Vajarsky (tenor saxophone), Kenyatta Rogers (poetry), Roger Carroll (tenor saxophone, piano), Matthew Feingold (upright bass, piano) and Dan Godston (cornet, percussion)
* Immigration, Gentrification, Arts and Activism -- panel discussion with Tony Diaz, Amanda Gutierrez, Lupe Mendez and Dan Godston
* "Out of the map: a collective itinerary of displacements" -- Amanda Gutierrez in collaboration with Film Front
"Out of the map: a collective itinerary of displacements" was a critical itinerary in collaboration with Film Front, which utilized a group walk as a reflective tool—revising the role of community centers that have been closed, displaced, or played historically important roles in the development of the Pilsen neighborhood. The walk was meant to be a collective process of memory, inviting three collaborators with their own historical narrative, who have studied or participated in the featured organizations and cultural centers.
The walk featured Casa Aztlan, Thalia Hall (highlighting its role with the Bohemian community), and Yollocalli Arts Reach. The walk finished at Film Front -- including a short screening of a documentary about gentrification and post-screening discussion.
CC: MRPD happened during the Tenth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival. Chicago Calling is a multi-arts collaboration festival; during the Tenth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival people in Chicago work with people outside of Chicago — both here in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations include a range of art forms, such as music, dance, film, literature, and intermedia — and they are prepared or improvised. Some Chicago Calling events involve live feeds between Chicago and other locations.
The 2015 Chicago Calling Arts Festival was part of the 20th Annual Chicago Artists Month, which highlights the work of hundreds of artists throughout Chicago with performances, exhibitions, open studios, tours and neighborhood art walks. The 20th annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM) celebrates the City as Studio: from October 1 – November 15, 2015. Join this community-contributed showcase of Chicago's artists and creatives and experience art in the parks, dance in the neighborhoods, installations in the alley, and concerts on the front porch. CAM is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in collaboration with the Chicago Park District and numerous community partners. CAM is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in collaboration with the Chicago Park District and numerous community partners.
CC: MRPD: borderbend.org/blog/ccmrpd
Amanda Gutierrez: amandagutierrez.net
Chicago Artists Month: chicagoartistsmonth.org
Chicago Calling: chicagocalling.org
Film Front: filmfront.org
High Concept Labs: highconceptlaboratories.org
Janina Ciezadlo: janinaciezadlo.com
Lupe Mendez: thepoetmendez.org
Orin Buck: orinbuck.com
PILSEN deriva: pilsenderive.tumblr.com
Shir Ende: shirende.com