This weekend, across both Saturday and Sunday, REDCAT hosts a free conference that should be of interest to people who have ideas but think they lack the space to execute them. "State of Independence: A Global Forum on Alternative Practice" especially draws from contemporary artists and curators in Asia and Latin America; they'll share what they do and what they know.
The conference engages the relevance and sustainability of alternative practice today in regions where art, commerce, and cultural infrastructure are taking new forms. Alternative spaces grow out of necessity and in response to local conditions. They are experimental by nature, often temporary and operate as a provocation to the status quo. As such, the forum examines various independent strategies (spaces, archives, schools, events) as innovative models for imagining curatorial practice and artistic production, while looking closely at specific local situations in Asia and Latin America, in regions where art infrastructures are still developing, to question the possibility of more sustainable futures.
Of course, someone who fled Los Angeles long ago is the patron of the conference: it's being sponsored by Joel Wachs's Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Thank you in advance again, Joel.