Eagle Rock Gets an Exhibit... and a Mirror

Occidental College's Katie Mills convinced me that we should produce Departures: Eagle Rock with her students when she explained that Oxy was often perceived as an enclosed bubble plopped down in the middle of their local hood. A project like this would not only spotlight Eagle Rock, but could help both students and community members better recognize and understand each other.

The culmination of our production was, of course, Departures: Eagle Rock. But the process also produced a wonderful opening at Oxy's Weingart Gallery, where students and community members mingled with each other.

... and ate cupcakes from Auntie Em's.

In a nondescript Eagle Rock building we found a radio station, a newspaper, an adult day care center, and a shipping business called Filipino Village. Folks from the Village's Everlasting Adult Day Care Center came to represent - it was the first time they had seen a multimedia exhibition.

If you visit the gallery, make sure to tag your thoughts about Eagle Rock on the wall and if you visit on-line tag them on the site. Thanks to Dino and Gary, key in leading the students through the production of the project.

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Juan Devis is a Public Media artist and producer, whose work crosses across platforms – video, film, interactive media and gaming. His work, regardless of the medium is often produced collaboratively allowing for a greater exchange of ideas in the produ
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Thanks for this info, Juan!

Your comments on how a digital media / live opening combo helps build community reminded me of this recent post by our own D.J. Waldie - 35. What's Local Anyway?

>I write about why/how a particular place matters by writing about where I am. I’ll presume that particular places matter to you. I believe that places have a shaping power over lives, that they have something to do with our acquisition of a moral imagination. Places are where, in the crudest sense, politics happen. Places demand loyalty and continuity (and we are uncomfortable with demands and so footloose).

Can you acquire a sense of place at Facebook? That’s my part of the social media question that the bloggers circled around on Saturday. I didn’t have an answer. But maybe you might.

http://kcet.org/local/blogs/where_we_are/2009/03/35-local.html

At the end of the day, we always need that physical space where the atoms can bump up against each other.

Absolutely.... contact beyond the pixel is extremely important, I think, to build a long lasting community. It is much easier to disconnect or pull the plug of a virtual relationship or community because part of the personal investment lives in an imaginary world.

We have tried to create a sense of place on-line with some of the projects that we are producing here, bridging two worlds that need to coexist, feed and teach each other. But if we only rely on the virtual and the community it creates, we are simply categorizing....