betonsalon

10/11: Idea for Bétonsalon Project: The Green Exchange
An exchange in sustainable technology+modalities between Portland, Paris (Bétonsalon), and New York City (apexart), through presentations, field trips, and hands-on workshops. Sustainability criteria to be explored: urban planning, buildings, “waste,” green space, food, water, energy, transportation, healthcare, society

o    In Portland

o    In Paris

o    In NYC

o    Return to Portland

Bétonsalon
Parties Prenantes

Dec. 5-20, 2009
University of Paris Diderot – Paris 7
France
http://www.betonsalon.net

My project at Bétonsalon will involve an exchange in best practices of sustainability between Portland and Paris.

o    I will learn from the neighborhood about their methods for living sustainably by meeting with neighbors to get a “sustainability tour” of their homes, businesses, energy utilities, water sewage treatment plants, landfills, subway system etc.
o    I will also teach them techniques used in Portland, such as creating vermiculture composting bins, rain barrels, eco-roofs, renewable energy, biking as transportation / urban bike path design, gleaning and incorporating food plants and native plants into urban landscaping.
o    I will organize hands on workshops where the neighbors and I will create the green technologies and systems; what we create will be something the neighbors can share and build upon in the future.
o    Upon return to Portland, I will do a hands-on presentation at PSU to share Parisian and New York City techniques for living green.

apexart
The Incidental Person

New York City
http://www.apexart.org

At apexart, I will exhibit documentation (drawings, writing and photography) of my Parisian sustainability exchange project. I will also host a sustainability-exchange workshop at apexart.

o    This workshop will be similar to the one in Paris but more focused on exchanging Portland and Parisian techniques with the techniques developed by New York City’s environmental sustainability nonprofits and community organizations, such as the Lower East Side Ecology Center and Added Value / Red Hook Urban Farms, subway system.
o    I will organize the workshop and contact NYC sustainability organizations before my trip to Paris.

o    Logistics: The exhibit runs from January 6 – February 20, 2010. I will fly from Paris to New York City on December 25. From December 25 – January 5, I will create an artistic documentation of my Paris project, install the art exhibit at Apex, and make any final arrangements with New York City sustainability organizations. The workshop will happen on the morning of January 6. The exhibit will have an opening celebration in the evening of January 6. On January 7, I will return to Portland.

*****

10/09: I handed in the marie brown graduate travel award application
If I am accepted, I will receive $400 towards my trip to Betonsalon and apexart. Lexa Walsh and I worked on our proposals together. It was a huge help to get her feedback. Its amazing how much easier things go when you work as a team!

Here is an excerpt from the proposal I turned in:

MARIE BROWN GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD 2009-2010

APPLICATION

This proposal is for two exhibitions of my artwork: the first in December 2009 at Bétonsalon in Paris; the second in January 2010 at apexart in New York City. These opportunities are fiscally connected because on my return flight from Paris, I will stop in New York City to exhibit at apexart and then return to Portland.

Trip Overview
Dec. 4 – Fly from Portland to Paris
Dec. 5 – Dec. 24 – Artist Residency at Bétonsalon
Dec. 25 – Fly to New York City
Dec. 25 – Jan 5 – Prepare and install exhibit at apexart
Jan. 6 – Workshop and exhibit opening at apexart
Jan. 7 – Fly from New York City to Portland
Bétonsalon: The Center for Art and Research
University of Paris Diderot – Paris 7
France
http://www.betonsalon.net

I will exhibit my artwork at Bétonsalon, an artist residency based at the University of Paris Diderot. Bétonsalon has invited me as well as Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA students and professors Harrell Fletcher & Jennifer Delos Reyes to create a neighborhood-based artistic and pedagogic project. We are invited to collaborate with:
o    French and Cuban University Professors and Students
o    Parisian artists and curators
o    Bétonsalon’s neighborhood residents, including: nonprofit organizations, shopkeepers, employees, the elderly, children, and other local citizens.

The collaborative artwork created will explore the specific role the artist can play in society. I, as well as fellow artists from PSU, will be leading and designing these collaborative art projects, which will take shape in the form of educational lectures, workshops, and socially engaged projects.

My project at Bétonsalon will involve an exchange in best practices of sustainability between Portland and Paris. I will learn from the neighborhood about their methods for living sustainably by meeting with neighbors to get a “sustainability tour” of their homes, businesses, energy utilities, water sewage treatment plants, landfills, etc. I will also teach them techniques used in Portland, such as creating vermiculture composting bins, rain barrels, eco-roofs, renewable energy, biking as transportation / urban bike path design, gleaning and incorporating food plants and native plants into urban landscaping. These green systems will be created through hands on workshops and be something the neighbors can share and build upon in the future. Upon return to Portland, I will do a hands-on presentation at PSU to share Parisian and New York City techniques for living green.

The Incidental Person
apexart
New York City
January 2009
http://www.apexart.org

I will exhibit my artwork at apexart. Apex has invited me as well as Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA students and professors Harrell Fletcher & Jennifer Delos Reyes to exhibit in an art show entitled “The Incidental Person” curated by Antony Hudek. Hudek is a London, Great Britain based curator and Research Fellow at Camberwell College of Arts, London; he has curated at renowned institutions including the Tate Modern. The Incidental Person expands on “British artist’s John Latham’s original definition of the Incidental Person to include those persons for whom all aspects of life – political, social, esthetic, professional – are integrated into a unified whole. The new Incidental Person can be an artist, but does not need to be since for her or him meaningful production is not the exclusive property of any one member of society: the Incidental Person can be anyone as long as each of her or his actions partakes of a larger, unified life practice.” (www.apexart.org/exhibitions/hudek.htm).

At apexart, I will exhibit documentation (drawings, writing and photography) of my Parisian sustainability exchange project. I will also host a sustainability-exchange workshop at apexart. This workshop will be similar to the one in Paris but more focused on exchanging Portland and Parisian techniques with the techniques developed by New York City’s environmental sustainability nonprofits and community organizations, such as the Lower East Side Ecology Center and Added Value / Red Hook Urban Farms. I will organize the workshop and contact NYC sustainability organizations before my trip to Paris.

Logistics: The exhibit runs from January 6 – February 20, 2010. I will fly from Paris to New York City on December 25. From December 25 – January 5, I will create an artistic documentation of my Paris project, install the art exhibit at Apex, and make any final arrangements with New York City sustainability organizations. The workshop will happen on the morning of January 6. The exhibit will have an opening celebration in the evening of January 6. On January 7, I will return to Portland.

10/07 update #2: Meeting with AAA Advisor Dr. York at 4:30 Wednesday, Oct. 7

Questions:

1. General advice on how best to apply to the AAA (“dos and don’ts”)
2. Advice on where to look for additional funding
3. Advice on what type of on campus event to host and how to publicize it
4. Should we apply as individuals or as a group?
5. If we apply as a group, can we apply as a separate entity from the art department?


We will be applying for funding for approx 4 PSU MFA Social Practice students to exhibit at a conference/residency in Paris. Is there a way to make this trip or Social Practice its own entity? Or can we each apply for $750 as individuals? If at all possible, would like to avoid usurping the $4,000 allotted to the Art Department.

William H. York
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies – Humanities
Chair, Academically-Controlled Auxiliary Activities Committee
University Honors Program
Portland State University
P. O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Office: 207 University Honors Program Building, 1632 SW 12th Ave (Mill and 12th)

Phone: 503.725.5215
Fax: 503.725.5363
Email: why@pdx.edu
Honors Website: www.honors.pdx.edu
AAA Website: aaa.groups.pdx.edu

10/07 update:
Talked to Shannon Timm, learned about Marie Brown Travel Award
current status:
Awaiting response from Dr. York (AAA advisor) about scheduling a meeting

1.
I spoke with Shannon Timm and she informed me to check out the Marie Brown Travel Award for graduate students. It is for $400 per student to travel to present at a conference. If we want to apply to fund the Paris trip, we need to apply by OCTOBER 9.

http://www.gsr.pdx.edu/forms/marie_brown_0910.pdf
http://www.gsr.pdx.edu/ogs_funding_scholarships.php

2.
SALP: We are too late to receive funding for the fall and possibly year (Shannon didn’t know exactly). She said if we want to become a club we can be recognized in the spring and we should get in touch with her no earlier than November 15 and no later than February 1. I’m going to put this on the back burner and reconsider it when February nears.

AAA: Shannon said she is no longer handling AAA and we should contact Dr. Harry York, why@pdx.edu.  I will sent him an email to schedule a meeting. I believe Hannah spoke with Dr. York when she was getting funding for the Yukon Trip.


10/06 meeting between Katherine, Lexa, Michelle, Jason

AAA

AAA funds travel to academically related conferences. Our intention is to get AAA to fund travel to Betonsalon residency in Paris. Lexa willing to file papers, goal to file papers by 10/25. Sandy and Connie got AAA funding last year.

AAA contact:
Shannon Timm Watson – Advisor for AAA and SALP fine arts clubs
503.725.5652
shannonw@pdx.edu

Questions to ask:
Can we each get $750? $4,000 maximum.
Ask Shannon if we can be considered a separate group, so our funding doesn’t infringe on a $4,000 maximum for the art department.
Can we apply for funding as a student group?

To do:
Meet with Shannon Timm
File papers by Nov. 1 (Goal of filing by Oct 25)
Buy tickets 6 weeks in advance.
Schedule follow up presentation in January at school.

People going to Betonsalon:
Cyrus
Cyrus’s girlfriend
Ariana
Lexa
Jason
Katherine
Sandy

AAA directions:
The following information and documentation must be included for the application to be considered, by Nov. 1:

SALP – Club

Using club $ to fund travel
Do we need undergraduate members?
Deadline is passed to get recognized and funding
Access to advisor and rooms
Appeals through committee, not sure they are hearing appeals

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