a charlotte street 15 year anniversary project considering the history and future of artist-driven pioneering in Kansas City and the changing nature of the city's "frontiers"

Beating the Bounds

Follow these links for more historical context and local context for Beating the Bounds.

Kansas City is undergoing another great phase of urban development that many call a renaissance. This process is, however, fraught with all the tensions associated with negotiations between private investment and ownership, and commonly held rights and properties.

Cities are places where people live, gather, experiment, fail, protest, play, intervene, dream and model alternative ways of living. While the friction generated by boundaries of all kinds is energizing, the pressure from both sides must be equal (or close to equal, or fluctuate over time) to prevent the erasure of either private or public space.

Wealth naturally accesses many resources to push forward private enclosure, the public must push back or community space and its freedoms will be overrun. This show manifests for the community.

Seven artists will be engaging in both material and immaterial production of artifacts, spaces, research, and events that will explore the difference between common boundaries and enclosure.

Jim Woodfill‘s influences as an artist have come from the built environment, its ad-hoc generation and regeneration, layers of function and the physical quality of materials as they are used to achieve an array of needs and aspirations.

In this exhibition, Jim will show a film called “Drive By” that is an actual iteration of “beating the bounds”, being an exploration of the crossroads area, that demonstrates its vast porousness. He will also build a site-specific table that will be for community use and bridge several projects in the show.

Michael Frisch is an assistant professor in urban planning and policy development here at UMKC, with experience in neighborhoods, Brownfields Redevelopment, the Biology of Natural Systems, and environmental planning and urban policy.

His project will repurpose work made by his students that deals with land use, community development, and the environment in Kansas City, with a focus on sustainability and mapping boundaries of inclusion and exclusion.

Laura Isaac has been fascinated by the way that a “sense of place” can include the established or dominant culture as well as information that filters in from “outside.” This has led her to explore the use of Social Media with it’s virtual communities and “town squares” in much of her latest work.

Laura’s project involves a give and take. She will be gathering statements, information and pictures, contributed through various Social Media sources, and incorporating them onto a long scroll by hand writing and drawing (which she will be doing in the gallery). While doing this, she will send images and information back out through the Social Media list. The scroll will therefore act as a physical manifestation of the social “feed”.

Here are links to the project and here  you can see the weekly topics she will be engaging that deal with different kinds of boundaries.

Drew Roth has worked with me previously as a documenter for the Imaginative Reinvention of Education Symposium. He will be similarly documenting this project – through drawings, images and writings.

He will be working with his colleague Amos Leager to produce an issue of their zine Infoduct specifically for the show, and much of the information will be gathered on journeys around the city boundaries – by foot, bike, skateboard and by floating down the river!

Charlie Mylie is interested in soft technology, sustainable micro-cultures, play, and the erosion of solid boundaries between private and public space.

In this project he will be developing a modified version of the Whole Earth Catalog’s Big Here Quiz for Kansas City urban space, and using it to help residents discover deep knowledge about our particular, local shared resources.

 Jamie Burkart will be looking for a way to bring his role as a bridging agent or “network jumper” into relationship with KC Metro’s more divisive social boundaries. His creative background includes managing group and legal dynamics in the midst of unprecedented situations and physical adversity, for transformative and emblematic outcomes.

For this project he will be undertaking research connected with the April 10, 2010 flash mob incident on the Plaza, with a goal of successfully accommodating the free and scalable flow of pedestrians through public streets, independent of each person’s individuating characteristics.

In addition to support from the Charlotte Street Foundation, this project has received a community funded grant through BREAD! KC.

Julia Cole, curator. March 2012

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