730 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103

About Listening as (a) Movement

Side Street Project is proud to present Listening as (a) movement, a new public artwork by artist Elana Mann involving interactive sculpture and community based performance art events. Listening as (a) movement investigates sound and the voice as physical entities that can move us emotionally, form deep interpersonal connections, and be agents of social change. The project is taking place at Side Street Projects’ (SSP) mobile headquarters, where Mann has built three outdoor sculptures stemming from the designs of pre-radar sonic technologies. The sculptures simultaneously subvert and evoke the original aim of these early WWII technologies: they will promote active listening in the local neighborhood, symbolically negate the growing polarization of political discourse, and point to the erosion of personal privacy through recent developments in surveillance. 

The parabolic and horn shaped acoustic sculptures will be employed in a series of 

events produced in collaboration with local community groups and a selection of interdisciplinary artists. Community events include a dialog between the Youth Advocates of DayOne and the NW Commission, a sculpture created by students from YouthBuild, and a series of video interviews produced by Youthbuild and members of the Pasadena Senior Center. Local and national artists, including Alex Braidwood, Allison Johnson, Julie Tolentino, and Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow, are creating workshops, performances, and screenings in response to the sculptures and the site that will engage the public at large. Each participating artist, filmmaker, composer, and choreographer will uniquely explore ideas such as listening through the body, the politics of listening, and experimental sound making. 

SSP invited Mann to create this project in response to the listening needs of their neighborhood in NW Pasadena. This socially engaged artwork acts as an empowering device to amplify real concerns and questions of local individuals and communities. Simultaneously Listening as (a) movement addresses broader concerns about the human voice, acts of communication, and the role of listening in society. 

About Elana Mann

Elana Mann is the creator of Listening as (a) movement at Side Street Projects. She is a multidisciplinary artist whose artwork explores alternative economies, empathetic exchange, and the politics of resistance. Recently she has been investigating listening strategies in protest movements and armed conflict. She has presented work at REDCAT, Los Angeles; Apex Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Ford Foundation, New York; The Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; Galerie Califia, Horazdovice, Czech Republic; A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro; Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Mann is a recipient of California Community Foundation’s 2009 Visual Arts Fellowship and has produced six publications, in the form of books, newspapers, and 'zines. Four of Mann's books are in the collection of the Getty Research Institute. Her projects have been written about in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, NPR, O Globo, El Pais, La Reuppublica and X-Tra Magazine. She is the co-founder of the Artist Bailout Collective, the People's Microphony Camerata, and is half of the collaborative duo Chan & Mann. Mann received her B.F.A. with honors from Washington University, St. Louis in 2003 and her M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA in 2007. Currently, Mann is a Visiting Lecturer at Scripps College, Claremont, CA. 

About Side Street Projects

Founded in 1992 by Karen Atkinson and Joe Luttrell, Side Street Projects is a completely-mobile, artist-run nonprofit organization. Our mission is to give artists of all ages the ability and the means to support their creative endeavors. We teach artists how to roll up their sleeves and do things themselves with education programs that encourage self-reliance and creative problem solving in a contemporary art context. Side Street Projects is part of a growing alternative practice of artists who operate outside the gallery system by working inside communities. We engage in “complex public negotiations” rather than object making. The artists who run Side Street Projects are alumni of CalArts and RISD who approach the organization as both “social enterprise” and “meta-public art,” drawing inspiration from artists like Rick Lowe and Mel Chin, and collaborative teams like Fallen Fruit or ®™ARK. Colleagues have referred to our mobile art center as a “sustained happening” that is family-friendly, fun, yet still manages to be a conceptually rigorous contribution to contemporary art practice. We like to think of Side Street Projects as a functional piece of conceptual public art.

Special Thanks:

Emily Hopkins and the entire SSP team for their generosity and support, Melissa Margolis (Project Intern), Jean-Paul Leonard, Marshall Long, Brett Hatcher, Chris Noell, James Naish, Zorthian Ranch, Brenda Cruz, Kurt Joseph Stern, Raul Martinez, Carolina Gazzolo Clark, the NW Commission and staff, The Ramos Family, The Burt Family, and Barbara Cohen.

Side Street Projects 730 N Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103

This project is made possible through a grant from The Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs Arts and Culture Commission and an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation.

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