Austin's Atlas

Workshops

Below are workshop offerings. Interested in collaborating on one, or having the Atlas host? Just ask.

Austin Atlas Fabrication

What:  This workshop asks participants to actively use walking + mapping as tools to explore + uncover (sometimes unseen) aspects of place.  Throughout four workshops, we will briefly touch on the history of geography, and work independently and collectively to reveal information about a specific: street, alley, park, neighborhood, open space, urban topic, phenomenon, etc.  The resulting project(s) can be loosely described as part art project, part historical document.

Who: Novices, experts, and everyone in between…
Where: Varies
When: 4 sessions, 1.5 hrs each.
Cost: Varies

Supplies: comfortable walking shoes, a notebook, and a method of documentation (a camera works, but don’t limit yourself to photography alone…drawing, writing, sound recording, etc are viable ways to document as well)

Project Parameters: The places in which we exist day to day

Media: Open

Bibliography:

Wanderlust and Infinite City by Rebecca Solnit,
The Image of the City by Kevin Lynch
Walking and Mapping; Artists as Cartographers by Karen O’rourke
Everything Sings by Denis Wood
Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte
Walkable Cities by Jeff Speck

Related Topics: Boylan Heights Maps, Path to homoerectus, Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, Meditation labryinth, Ghandi’s Salt Walk, Richard Long, Francis Alÿs, Vito Acconci, Jejune Society, Situationists, Guy Debord, Janet Cardiff.

Related Links:
www.mixedmedialab.wordpress.com
www.austinsidewalks.blogspot.com
www.walkinginplace.org
www.thoreau.eserver.org/walking

 

History of (Street) Art

What: The History of (Street) Art; a compact survey tracing the roots of informal public art from cave paintings to the present day. Topics include ancient graffiti, boxcar art, tactical urbanism, political stencils, guerilla gardening, sculpture, animation, the street art of Texas, and more.

Who: Anyone with an interest in street art..
Where: Varies
When: TBD, One 2 hr session
Cost: Varies

Supplies: Notebook

Syllabus:
1) How do we define “street art?”
2) Precedents through time: Cave painting, petroglyphs, boxcar art, stencils, murals, sculpture, tactical urbanism, etc.
3) Defining our own practice, next steps, urban land art/improvised street art….

*Please note, though we cover some illegal forms of street art, the class does not encourage or endorse any kind of art acts that would be considered illegal or trespassing.  It instead focuses on encouraging practices that are temporal and/or involve permission.

Urban Land Art

…a response to existing conditions + the creation of meaning + in public space…

What: Urban Land Art is the practice of creating art from and in the urban landscape.  Over the course of four 1 1/2 hr workshops, we will brainstorm + share ideas + investigate precedents, execute an individual piece(s), and lastly, a group project.  Class size limit : 10.

Who: Artists, non-artists, and everyone in between.

Why: To define and create value + expand and/or refine our definition of art in public space

Where: 618c Tillery St. ATX / Mixed Media Lab

When: m

Supplies: enthusiasm, a digital camera, a (favorite) tool, or two, should you deem it necessary…

Project Parameters: 1) The projects undertaken should begin, and end, on the street. What happens between those two points is up to you.  The materials and mediums we engage should be sourced from the public realm (streets, sidewalks, alleys, parks, paths, etc)  You may chose to work with them in situ, or bring them home, but their final iteration/resting place should be, as described above, in the public realm. 2) Projects must be legal–something that would not be considered stealing or vandalism 3) All processes and projects should be environmentally considerate.

Media (any and everything, man made and natural): film, sound, paper, plastic, dirt, wind, air, shadows, light, conversation, words, bugs, books, crayons, movement, space, solids, paths, night, day, you, them, everyone, no one….

Readings: de Certeau, Guy Debord, Richard Sennett, Henri Lefebvre, John Stilgoe

Related Topics: Land Art, Public Art, Bricolage, Strategies vs. Tactics, Situationism, dérives, and whatever else you’d like to bring to the table.