Events | Worlds of Homelessness

Los Angeles | October 22, 2019–October 27, 2019

© Goethe-Institut/Loredana La Rocca

In Los Angeles, where the phrase „Homelessness is just a paycheck away“ is all too well known, the divide between the „haves and have-nots“ is ever-present. While the city is best known for its Hollywood image, it is estimated that more than 60,000 individuals experience homelessness in LA County on any given night.  Among these are also students and working-class individuals, who have to live in their cars because they cannot afford to pay rent.

Worlds of Homelessness is a project of the Goethe-Institut that offers an interdisciplinary engagement with the issue of homelessness and its many related themes such as the gap between rich and poor, participation, inequality, gentrification, racism, and migration. Worlds of Homelessness seeks to bring together local and international artists, architects, scholars, and others in an effort to create a platform to share ideas, thoughts and to present their work, as well as examining different ways of engagement with the many questions related to the topic.

The project is developed in cooperation with the Los Angeles Poverty Department, who, for decades has worked with Skid Row artists, the Thomas Mann House, the architecture and design school SCI-Arc, the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin as well as other partners.

The event series including discussions, music performances, and film screenings takes place from October 22 – 27, 2019 in Los Angeles at the Skid Row Museum, Navel, and SCI-Arc, and culminates with the Festival for All Skid Row Artists from October 26. – 27. 2019 in Skid Row.

PROGRAM

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22: DAY 1

Framing the Issue: Homelessness and its many related themes

5:30 pm

Opening Remarks: Goethe-Institut and LA Poverty Department
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Discussion with
Ananya Roy, Los Angeles, UCLA
Michele Lancione, Sheffield, UK
Crushow Herring, Los Angeles, USA
Barbara Schönig, Weimar, Germany
Moderator: Catherine Wagley, Los Angeles, USA
9:00 pm
Reception & Music Performance by The LA Playmakers

Location:

Skid Row Museum & Archive

250 S. Broadway

Los Angeles CA 90012

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23: DAY 2

How can artists engage with homelessness in a meaningful way?

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Film Screenings:
LONG STORY SHORT by Natalie Bookchin                           
EX°ST by Radames Eger & Jonas Reuter
 
5:00 - 6:00 pm

Reception
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Discussion:
Introduction by Goethe-Institut and NAVEL
John Malpede and Henriette Brouwers, Los Angeles, USA
Radames Eger, Frankfurt, Germany
Licko Turle, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Fabian Debora, Los Angeles, USA
Moderator: Kerem Halbrecht, Berlin, Germany

Location:

NAVEL

1611 S. Hope St,

Los Angeles CA 90015

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24: DAY 3

How can design engage with housing insecurity and homelessness and nurture thoughtful processes with communities?

4:00 - 7:00 pm

Discussion:
Opening Remarks by Goethe-Institut and SCI-Arc
Michael Maltzan, Los Angeles, USA
Alexander Hagner, Vienna, Austria
Thorsten Deckler and Anne Graupner, Johannesburg, South Africa
Ana Elvira Velez, Medellin, Colombia
Moderator: Carlos Zedillo, Mexico City, Mexico
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Reception


Location:

SCI-ARC

960 East 3rd Street

Los Angeles CA 90013

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25: DAY 4

Knowledge Production and Ways Forward

3:00 - 6:00 pm

Discussion:
 
Opening Remarks by Goethe-Institut and LA Poverty Department
Jutta Allmendinger, Berlin, Germany
Hilary Silver, Washington D.C., USA
Cristina Cielo, Quito, Ecuador
Charles Porter, Los Angeles, USA
Moderator: Catherine Wagley, Los Angeles, USA

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Reception


7:00 pm

Film Screening “The Advocates” by Remi Kessler.
Q&A with filmmaker and guests.

 

Location:

Skid Row Museum & Archive

250 S. Broadway

Los Angeles CA 90012

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SAT-SUN OCTOBER 26-27: FESTIVAL

The 10th Festival for all Skid Row Artists

1:00 - 5:0 pm

Presented by Los Angeles Poverty Department, the annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists has become one of the most anticipated grassroots cultural events in the area. Since 2010, the weekend-long Festival has encouraged the artistry of known neighborhood artists, while also identifying and engaging art-makers who are unknown even in their own Skid Row neighborhood. LAPD documents the artists’ work and keeps a registry of Skid Row artists, which now numbers more than 800.

 

Location:

GLADYS PARK

808 E 6th Street

Los Angeles CA 90021

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An event by Goethe-Institut Los Angeles in cooperation with Thomas Mann House, the Los Angeles Poverty Department, Sci-Arch and the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin as well as other partners.

 

               


A part of "Wunderbar Together: Germany and the U.S."

 

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