Making Plans . 18Mar – 26Mar . Opening Reception Sat 18Mar 7p-10p . Film Screening Sun 26Mar 6p-8p @ Human Resources

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Human Resources
410 Cottage Home Street . Los Angeles . 90012
presents
MAKING PLANS
MAKING PLANS brings together a coalition of artists engaging with issues of labor, access, invisibility, and power through various actions. In the introduction to Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974), a transcription of interviews with working people, oral historian Studs Terkel begins by likening work to violence. This “daily humiliation,” is at the root of a Capitalist condition which, as Marx wrote many years prior, “uses up its material factors, its subject and its instruments, consuming them,” yet continues to endure, despite an established discourse and data all but exhausting its systemic flaws and troubled histories.  
This violence also emphasizes a search for daily meaning, rationale for the empty hours, dissent and hopelessness of that condition. In MAKING PLANS, new economies of production emerge or return in retaliation, deliberately positioning life and practice in such a way that acknowledges complicity, yet still consistently working to eradicate that which does not work.
If we accept that Capitalism has failed us, but that a true Communism cannot [yet?] be achieved, how do we proceed? As Paulo Freire’s writes,“only human beings are praxis;” a constant and vigilant re-examination of the pervasive, endangering methodologies are needed, so that something else, something better, might arise. MAKING PLANS unsettles politics of the felt sense, the haptic, oral, performed and unforming; laboring for emancipation through an indeterminate apparatus, unfolding through the show’s duration.
“I’m not so much despairing as asking a question about making plans.”
Fred Moten
Artists in the exhibition include: Astrovandalistas (Rodrigo Frenk, Lleslie Garcia and Thiago Hersan), Díaz Lewis (Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera and Cara Megan Lewis), Ishi Glinsky, Nuttaphol Ma, Jimena Sarno, Aram Han Sifuentes and Kim Zumpfe.
MAKING PLANS is organized by two artists, Kyle Bellucci Johanson and Matthew Lax, who work as preparators, facilitating and fabricating the work of others.
Time:  Sat 18 Mar 2017 – Sun 26 Mar 2017
Opening Reception:  Sat 18 Mar . 7p-10p
Film Screening:  Sun 26 Mar 6-8p > work by Nuttaphol Ma, Behrouze Rae and others will be presented.
Gallery Hours:  Wed – Sun 12-6p
Directions:  http://humanresourcesla.com/visit/
Link:   http://humanresourcesla.com/event/making-plans/
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My proposed work is entitled Mr. Proud, why do I have to memorize the Star Spangled Banner?  It is a durational performance resulting in a site specific wall intervention in reference to the sketch above.  Over the course of the performance the intervention shall transform a wall space into a form of a flag – a nameless, stateless flag that honors the heroic mundane with the dimension repurposed from the standard size of a typical drywall, often referred as the “4×8 drywall”.  The intent is to flip this around to an 8’ x 4’ size that shall serve as the blueprint to house the flag.
The labor of these wall markings will take place during Human Resources “off” hours at 8hr shift intervals starting on Mon 13Mar to Thu 16Mar from 11pm to 7am.  These hours replicates the graveyard shift and shall be my proposed work hours.  It is suggested not as an artist’s attempt to romanticize and patronize the idea of invisible labor but it is my honest truth.  I, too, juggle multiple jobs between teaching and my retail day job.  The only available hours in the day to navigate around this is from 11pm to 7am.
The resulting evidence or marks of my actions on the wall shall be accompanied with a screening of a film entitled A Grain of Rice Under a Microscope. Together, they make a contemplative couplet on the heroic mundane.

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Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed – Double Zine Launch . Women’s Center for Creative Work . Sat 11Mar2017 . 5-8p

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Women’s Center for Creative Work
2425 Glover Place . Los Angeles . 90031
presents
Double Zine Launch : Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed (Issue 2: Spirit(s) . Issue 3: Love&Struggle)
Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed, a community-based publication featuring Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists and writers, is celebrating the double launch of issue 02 [spirit(s)] and issue 03 [love & struggle].  Join us for readings and performances from our contributors.  Please bring a dish for our potluck!  Zines are for sale – $5 (cash only).  A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).
Contributors include:
Issue 02: Spirit(s) >>> Byron Au Yong . Elizabeth Ahn . Emily Ryan + Isabel Ryan . johanna hedva . Nuttaphol Ma . Sally Chung . t.k. lê . Thinh Nguyen . Victoria Tao . Yoshie Sakai
Issue 03: Love & Struggle >>> Alan Nagakawa . Amy Uyematsu . Carol Zou . Cat Chiang . Guan Rong . Heisue Chung-Matheu, Grace Hwang, SoYun Cho . huang xiao mei + mei mei + zhao wen + feng yuan . Jennifer Moon . Pearl C. Hsiung + Michael C. Hsiung . Ranu Murkerjee . Scott Oshima . Satpreet Kahlon . Seo Yun Son . Surface . Tomorrow Girls Troop . Toro Castaño

Co-edited by:  Audrey Chan . Connie Ho . Soyoung Shin

Time:  Saturday 11 Mar 2017 . 5p – 8p
Contact:  info@wccw.us
Link:  http://womenscenterforcreativework.com/events/would-be-saboteurs-take-heed-double-zine-launch/

Nuttaphol Ma: “Readings from The China Outpost @ La Maison” . Performance / Screening @ La Maison du Bonheur > Sat 12Nov16 . 4p-7p

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2225 13th Avenue . Oakland CA 94606
presents
Nuttaphol Ma:  Readings from The China Outpost @ La Maison
From MayDay to 27May 2016, multidisciplinary artist Nuttaphol Ma relocated The China Outpost, Ma’s nomadic self-imposed sweatshop, to Santa Fe New Mexico as part of his residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute.  There, he occupied open lots of big box stores along Cerrillos Road – a major thoroughfare leading to Santa Fe that has eroded its intimacy to a web of megastores.  At these contested sites, Ma continued to process discarded plastic bags into threads, amassing the material to be used for the eventual reconstruction of his ancestral house. 
Conversations, both verbal and nonverbal, arose. Delicate moments unfolded. The unknown script became known.  Ma recorded these open ended gestures into poems and moving images. Readings from The China Outpost @ La Maison chronicles Ma’s durational work with a performance reading of his recollections and a premiere screening of The China Outpost @ Santa Fe . 01May-27May 2016.  An interactive installation inviting participants’ responses to five selected poems from Ma’s recollection whilst in Santa Fe will accompany the performance and screening.  The evening event launches Ma’s artist’s book about The China Outpost’s intervention in Santa Fe.
Time:  Saturday 12 November 2015 . 4p – 7p
Site:  2225 13th Avenue . Oakland CA 94606

Visual Poem > “Ten Crows” published in 2nd edition of Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed . Oct/Nov 2016

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The China Outpost @ Santa Fe NM . MayDay – 27May 2016 . image of conversation with Ten Crows
Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed is a zine that echos the voices of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). This zine, inspired by radical AAPI publications like Gidra and named after a song by an all-AAPI riot grrl band Emily’s Sassy Lime, weaves together AAPI stories to construct a collective voice.  I am thrilled and honored to contribute my visual poem entitled “Ten Crows” to the 2nd edition of Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed.  The writing of Ten Crows resulted from my recollection of a conversation I had with the Governor of Abiquiú Pueblo during my durational performance in Santa Fe New Mexico.
Editors (2nd Edition):  Audrey Chan . Connie Ho, Soyoung Shin
Contributors:  Elizabeth Ahn, Thinh Nguyen, Victoria Tao, T.K. Lê, Nuttaphol Ma, Yoshie Sakai, Johanna Hedva, Emily Ryan, Isabel Ryan, Byron Au Yong, Sally Chung
Link:  Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed . vol.01
Publication Date:  Oct/Nov 2016

Screening > “Passages of our Inner Longing” in conjunction with “Border Crossings” – multidiciplinary work by Emma FitzGerald . Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier21 . 15Oct2016 > 6p-midnight

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The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier21 presents performances and screenings in conjunction with Nocturne Halifax.  The evening features the work of multidisciplinary artist Emma FitzGerald entitled “Border Crossings”, a work that excavates the motives of people who are forced to migrate and those that stop them as well as the motives of an institution like Pier21, which celebrates a particular Euro-centric narrative of immigration.  Inspired by readings of “The Beast” by Salvadorian journalist Oscar Martinez which recounts migrants’ perilous journeys from Central America to the US, FitzGerald translates these collective stories into a durational performance of mark-making the word “wall” for 12 hours on a wall inside Pier 21.  A time-lapse projection of FitzGerald’s earlier durational “wall” markings at Santa Fe Art Institute illuminates the pedestrian walkway outside the museum. Three films will accompany the outdoor projection. The films, “Border Cantos” (Israel Haros Lopez, Mexico / USA), “Passages of our Inner Longing” (Nuttaphol Ma, Thailand/USA), and “Meatball” (Mauricio Esquivel, El Salvador), all deal with the trauma of forced migration.
Date:  Saturday 15 October 2016 . 6p-midnight
Location:  Canadian Museum of Immigration @ Pier 21 . 1055 Marginal Road . Halifax CANADA
Links:  “Border Crossings” – Pier21 / Nocturne Halifax

The China Outpost @ Santa Fe NM . MayDay – 27May 2016 . a socio-cultural intervention at public spaces along Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe New Mexico

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The China Outpost
presents
The China Outpost @ Santa Fe New Mexico  
The China Outpost project is a nomadic self-imposed sweatshop created by Nuttaphol Ma.  The source of this undertaking is a cross section of Ma’s experiences at his retail day job and the research of his ancestral house in Southern China. Since the project’s inception in Jul 2010, Ma stages these temporal settlements throughout Los Angeles. They function as makeshift forums to perform mundane tasks of transforming discarded plastic bags into plastic threads, a material he will use as the core building material for the eventual reconstruction of his ancestral house.
As part of Ma’s residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, The China Outpost will occupy open lots of big box stores along Cerrillos Road – a major thoroughfare leading to Santa Fe that has eroded its intimacy to a web of megastores. The sociocultural interventions at these contested sites function as make-shift forums that invite curious passerby to open ended conversations about migration and the labor of adapting to a new home. 
Duration:  Sunday May Day 2016 to Fri 27 May 2016
Week of 01May16 :
+ Sun 01May16 : Open Lot of Airport Cerrillos STORAGE . Airport Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-1p
+ Tue 03May16: Open Lot of Fashion Outlet . Beckner Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Wed 04May16: Open Lot of Walmart SuperCenter . Herrera Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Thu 05May16: Open Lot of Santa Fe Place Mall . Rodeo Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Sat 07May16: Open Lot of Target . Zafarano Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
Week of 08May16 :
+ Mon 09May16: Open Lot of Lowe’s . Zafarano Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon – 2p
+ Wed 11May16: Open Lot of Home Depot. Richards Avenue + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Thu 12May16: Open Lot of Walmart. Camino Consuelo + Cerrillos Road . 3p-5p
+ Sat 14May16: Open Lot of Target . Zafarano Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
Week of 15May16 :
+ Sun 15May16: Open Lot of Walmart SuperCenter . Herrera Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Mon 16May16: Open Lot of Airport Cerrillos STORAGE . Airport Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Tue 17May16: Open Lot of Fashion Outlet . Beckner Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
+ Wed 18May16: Open Lot of Santa Fe Place Mall . Rodeo Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-2p
Week of 22May16 :
+ Mon 23May16: Open Lot of Target . Zafarano Drive + Cerrillos Road . noon-230p
+ Wed 25May16: Open Lot of Home Depot. Richards Avenue + Cerrillos Road . noon-230p
+ Thu 26May16: Open Lot of Airport Cerrillos STORAGE . Airport Road + Cerrillos Road . noon-3p
Details of these forthcoming passages along Cerrillos Road will be posted via The China Outpost’s
Twitter feed @thechinaoutpost
Instagram feed @thechinaoutpost
Tumblr feed @thechinaoutpost
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Access Denied . Creative Responses to Borders . “Bells from an Empty Flagpole” responds . Wed 20 Apr 2016 . 7-9p @ Santa Fe Art Institute

 

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The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) presents an evening of screenings and performances as a response the US government denying entry visas to Salvadoran artists selected to take residence at SFAI.  The evening brings together, in solidarity, artists, filmmakers, activists, journalists and cultural producers to explore what it means to have your access to the US and access to physical safety, denied.
Participants include:  Julián Cardona (Journalist, Mexico), Mauricio Esquivel (Artist, El Salvador), Ernesto Bautista (Artist, El Salvador), Mauricio Kabistan (Artist, El Salvador), Bryan Alexis & Allegra Love (Student/Immigration Lawyer, El Salvador & USA), Israel Haros Lopez (Artist, USA & Mexico), Erika Harrsch (Artist, USA & Mexico), Tings Chak & Sheena Hoszko (Artists, Canada), Nuttaphol Ma (Artist, USA & Thailand), Carlo Abruzzese (Artist, USA), Emma FitzGerald (Artist, Canada), Lois Klassen (Artist, Canada), Gregory Waits (Architect, USA)
Date:  Wednesday 20 April 2016 . 7p-9p
Location: Santa Fe Art Institute . 1600 St. Michaels Drive . Santa Fe . NM 87505
Link:  SFAI > Access Denied . Creative Responses to Borders
Contact:  505 424 5050   .   info@sfai.org
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As part of Access Denied . Creative Responses to Borders conversation at SFAI, I will activate SFAI’s courtyard space with an installation entitled Bells from an Empty Flagpole that gestures a symbolic grafting of two plant species – one blossoms El Salvador’s national flower, flor de izote, the other gives New Mexico’s state flower, the yucca. In preparation for the work, I had asked the Salvadoran artists who were denied entry visa to the US, Ernesto Bautista and Mauricio Kabistan, to courier their cuttings of the yucca gigantea to Santa Fe. These stems, together with my cuttings that resulted from my meandering search for the desert yucca plant, will propagate within a hand-crafted container where I will continue to nurse and cultivate them throughout the duration of my residency at SFAI.
Nuttaphol Ma
10Apr2016 . Santa Fe NM USA