Chats About Change Part II: Acts and Conversations on Art and Politics in Los Angeles follows a public symposium on art and social change (entitled Chats About Change) organized by Elana Mann and Robby Herbst in January of 2015 at California State University Los Angeles and LACE. This second iteration will be a forum involving artists and arts collectives engaging with the strategies and problematics of participation. The project consists of an artist’s residency by the Michelada Think Tank in the LACE Project Room during the summer of 2015. This residency will facilitate unique case studies investigating the role of race, ethnicity and class in participatory modalities. In the months leading up to the residency, Mann and Herbst will develop programming with the selected collective and individual artists, including group conversations and presentations of “artworks.” Chats about Change Part II will foster critical dialogue and build community between individuals involved in social change and social practice in Los Angeles.
Recent national events, such as the killing of Eric Garner and Freddie Gray, and local discussions, such as a high profile debate on the racial make-up of the Hammer’s “Made in LA” exhibition, have highlighted the urgent need to bring conversations about race, ethnicity, and class into the public sphere. MTT is a group of socially conscious artists who host conversations between people of color and their allies directly addressing questions of social, cultural, and political participation. MTT is a diverse group with deep roots in Los Angeles who also contributes to national conversations about social practice art. During their residency at LACE, MTT will present projects and structure dialogues as a collective and as individuals.