FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2015
First Friday at Elsewhere to feature public opening of two new South Elm Projects artworks in downtown Greensboro
(Greensboro, NC) - For the First Friday opening on August 7, Elsewhere will feature new public artworks created by current South Elm Projects artists-in-residence, Chat Travieso and Samara Smith. The event will kick off at Elsewhere at 6pm with a special performance and opportunities to tour the museum until 10pm. Additional pop-up performances will take place during the evening throughout the South Elm neighborhood and at Hamburger Square.
The featured South Elm Projects include Kit-O-Cart by Chat Travieso and On Hamburger Square by Samara Smith.
Kit-O-Cart is a mobile seating platform that fits in a parking space to travel around Greensboro for pop-up performances and staged events. It challenges notions about our pedestrian priority on the street and rethinks how we use parking space for public space.
On Hamburger Square is a site-specific mobile media project to explore the history and personality of Hamburger Square, while creating a contemporary digital monument.. Utilizing smart phones and augmented reality technology, this project will layer community stories â€“ audio interview montages and soundscapes â€“ over real-objects in Hamburger square.
Chat Travieso is an artist, designer, and educator. He creates playful and functional urban interventions that respond to everyday needs and reinforce social bonds. His work has been commissioned by The Architectural League of New York, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, WHEDco, Design Trust for Public Space, NYCDOT, and the Cambridge Arts Council. http://www.chattravieso.com/
Samara Smith creates site-specific documentary projects in and about public space. Her work, which utilize mobile strategies to invite â€œthe people formerly known as the audienceâ€ to actively explore common urban spaces, has been featured at the Hammer Museum, the NYC Transit Museum, Open Engagement/Queens Museum, Conflux Festival, Visual Evidence and beyond.
Funded by ArtPlace America, South Elm Projects brings 15 national artists and collectives together with neighbors to create public artworks that further civic engagement, public commons and urban wilds in advance of and with development. For more about South Elm Projects please visit, goelsewhere.org/southelmprojects. To get involved with the projects please contact, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public opening on Friday will also feature new artworks in the museum by additional artists-in-residence Iman Person and Regina Agu, as part of Elsewhere's Southern Constellations Fellowship program.
Elsewhere is a non-profit living museum and artist residency program set with a three-story former thrift store. Since 2003, Elsewhere has been transforming its former store and its vast material collection into a living museum that serves as a hub for local and global collaborations. goelsewhere.org
Elsewhere is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ArtPlace America, The Kresge Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The North Carolina Arts Council, ArtsGreensboro, Tannenbaum Sternberger Foundation, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, The Fund for Democratic Communities, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Guilford Green Foundation, The Harpo Foundation, The Gallucci Creative Fund, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Art Matters & friends like you.