Spatializing Sovereignty . 4th Annual Symposium of The Society of Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life . Friday 04 Mar 2016 10a-6p @ Mills College > Carnegie Hall . Bender Room

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The Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life presents the 4th annual symposium entitled “Spatializing Sovereignty”. This year’s symposium seeks explorations of how sovereignty is spatialized at all levels. How do variously defined geographies determine the limitations and possibilities of sovereignty as concept, as process, and as discursive and political strategy?
Keynote addresses include Dr. Mishuana Goeman, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and Gender Studies at UCLA and Gelare Khoshgozaran, writer and multidisciplinary artist.  Presenters include: Stevie Ruiz, Bedour Alagraa, Johanna Breiding, Shoghig Halajian, Dan Bustillo, Michelle Potts, Neil Nunn, Claire Urbanski, Heike Schotten, Nuttaphol Ma, Khadeeja Avvirin Gray and Billy-Ray Belcourt.
Conference Date: Friday 04 Mar 2016 . 10am – 6pm
Location:  Mills College . Bender Room @ Carnegie Hall . 5000 MacArthur Blvd . Oakland CA 94613
Full Schedule of Events:
Event is free and open to the public . to register:

summertimeshift . 14Jun15 – 28Jun15 . Reception > Sun 14Jun15 5p-8p @ Summercamp’s ProjectProject

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Summercamp’s ProjectProject
3119 Chadwick Drive . Los Angeles CA 90032

summertimeshift, organized by Fatima Hoang, Elonda Billera and Janice Gomez, brings together artists whose work has a shifting relationship to time, be it through sands of the hourglass, endurance, clashing of past and present, memory, or comedic timing.  Artists include:  Michael Ano, Deborah Aschheim, Neha Choksi, Kohl King, Nuttaphol Ma, Anna Mayer, David Prince, Emily Sudd and Billy Kheel in Guestroom.

14 Jun 2015 – 28 Jun 2015

Reception . Sun 14 Jun 2015 5p-8p with Musical Guests: Ray & Remora, Abe Lagrimas Jr.
Related Events
+ Michael Ano : Fountain Workshop > Sun 14Jun 5p / Sun 21 & 28 Jun 2-4p
+ Performance by Nuttaphol Ma : Sun 28 Jun 4p
Hours:  by appointment
Link:  summertimeshift @ summercamp projectproject

Nuttaphol Ma: Ghosts Can Cross Oceans . Curated by Ciara Ennis . 17May15 – 28Jun15 . Reception > Sun 17May15 2p-5p @ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)
4800 Hollywood Boulevard . Los Angeles CA 90027

Nuttaphol Ma:  Ghosts Can Cross Oceans . Curated by Ciara Ennis
Ghosts Can Cross Oceans comprises a meditative sitting space on LAMAG’s balcony, which houses a white jade orchid tree that once grew in Nuttaphol Ma’s parent’s garden before being cut down. The installation references the artist’s memory of his father’s daily ritual of collecting the tree’s blossoming flowers called dawg jam bee—loosely translated as ‘flower remember year’ in Thai—to make offerings to the family altar.  Lining the perimeter of the balcony are store-purchased lemongrass plants that Ma has cultivated and brought back to life. Ghosts Can Cross Oceans navigates between longing and not BE longing and the conflicting desire for stability versus perpetual flight.
17 May 2015 – 28 Jun 2015 (***extended to September 2015***)
Reception . Sun 17 May 2015 2p-5p
Gallery Hours: Thu – Sun  > noon to 5p
Phone: 323.644.6269

Across the Sky . Screening at École Internationale de New York . Fri 24Apr15 . 10a-noon

École Internationale de New York (EINY)
111 E 22nd Street
New York . NY 10010
Across the Sky by Nuttaphol Ma . Screening at EINY
Across the Sky follows a propeller to a meditative journey into a man’s past, his recollections of overflowing riverbanks, his sitting on the steps of his childhood home watching planes and kites passing by.  The film invites viewers to a poetic experience about the longing and not BE longing.
As a result of a week-long residency with EINY’s 4th and 5th Grade students in February 2015, Ma introduced the uses of symbols and meanings of kites to engage with students to open-ended dialogues about place and memory. The film incorporates students’ kite markings and their wishes across the sky into the narrative.  An artist talk will follow the screening of the film.
Film Screening & Artist Talk:  Fri 24 Apr . 10a – 11a
Contact:  Tel . 818 859 3812
Link to Across the Sky:

The China Outpost > on the road . Open Engagement 2015 / Place and Revolution 17-19 Apr 2015

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Open Engagement (OE2015) is an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. The three-day conference will take place at Carnegie Mellon University from 17-19 April and explore the theme of Place and Revolution.
The China Outpost is thrilled and honored to be selected as part of OE2015 Open Platform programming. Nuttaphol Ma will present his on-going project entitled The China Outpost > on the road, a nomadic self-imposed sweatshop created by Ma.  Over the years, Ma has staged temporal settlements throughout Los Angeles.  They function as make-shift forums to demonstrate how the artist transforms discarded plastic bags into plastic threads, a material he will use as the core building material for the reconstruction of his ancestral house.  The sociocultural intervention invites passerby to conversations about migration and the labor of adapting to a new home.  As part of OE2015, Ma will present The China Outpost’s contextual backdrop, highlight significant events that shape its current form and share future direction of the project.
Conference Date: 17 Apr – 19 Apr 2015
Full Schedule of Events:
Open Engagement:
The China Outpost > on the road
 . Presentation:
SAT 18Apr2015 . 1540-1600 . Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
1/F College of Fine Art Building . Carnegie Mellon University

Across the Sky . an artist-in-residence project in collaboration with 4th/5th Grade Students at École Internationale de New York . 03-09 Feb 2015

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École Internationale de New York (EINY)
111 E 22nd Street
New York . NY 10010
Across the Sky
   an artist-in-resident project by Nuttaphol Ma in collaboration with 4th/5th Grade Students at EINY
For Nuttaphol’s residency at EINY, he will work with EINY’s 4th and 5th Grade students in a week-long workshop that will culminate in a collaborative kite installation entitled Across the Sky.  Leading up to his residency, Ma and the EINY faculty have been working with students via social media to have conversations about his practice.  Ma uses the symbols and meanings of kites to engage with students to an open-ended dialogue about place and memory, the longing and not BE longing.
Across the Sky draws inspiration from a site-specific performance in 2009 in Death Valley California where Ma constructed a handheld kite and ran with it towards the middle of Badwater Basin.
This collaborative installation comprised of objects, writings and drawings display a process-based approach to discovering one’s own symbol associated with place and memory. Across the Sky is a collective mythology of our meanderings, our longing and not BE longing. As our kites take flight in the sky, we reflect on our surroundings, our neighbors, our families, our enemies. What are our wishes for the world? Some wishes are attached to our kites while some remain sheltered. In the end, we simply let go.
Residency Date : 03 Feb – 09 Feb 2015
Opening Reception:  Mon 09 Feb 2015 . 8a-9a
Film Screening & Artist Talk:  Fri 24 Apr . 10a – 11a
Viewing Hours:  By Appointment Only through Thu 23 Apr
Tel . 818 859 3812

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A Grain of Rice Under A Microscope . Screening at Monte Vista Projects . 10 & 11 January 2015 . noon – 5p

Monte Vista Projects
5442 Monte Vista Street
Los Angeles CA 90042
A Grain of Rice Under A Microscope by Nuttaphol Ma . Screening at Monte Vista Projects
A Grain of Rice Under A Microscope was inspired from an event that took place at Ma’s retail day job on a busy autumn Sunday in 2010.  A co-worker approached him looking deeply distraught.  She saw their managers watching their activities on the office’s computer monitor.  The artist woke up the following day feeling like a grain of rice under a microscope.
In 2013, Ma set out to retrace his experience of that busy autumn Sunday.  He performed an act of sitting and surveying in and around the premise of McDonald’s to mirror the 8 hour shift of the workers behind the counter. Two rolls of B/W super 8 film were deconstructed to shoot one frame for every four seconds in order to capture his 8 hour sitting where he recorded unfolding events and conversations that occurred between management, himself and two police officers. The film is a poetic experience that slips between work and memory, protest and meditation, surveillance and watcher.
Sat 10 Jan & Sun 11 Jan 2015
Screening Time:  noon – 5pm
Link:  montevistaprojects