November 3, 2017

Common Field Convening

Making Space: The Performativity of Embodied Networks, or the Big Question: Can Third Spaces Benefit from Institutional Structures?

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Los Angeles

Heavy Breathing will be at the Common Field Convening in LA from November 2-5 to participate in a conversation about art outside of institutional frameworks, organized by  Living Room Light Exchange and featuring Place Talks.  If you'll be in LA, please join us!


Common Field is a national network of independent visual arts organizations and organizers that connects, supports, and advocates for the artist-centered field. Founded in 2013 and launched in 2015, the Common Field network has 700+ members across 43 states. Programs include national convenings, grants, research, resources, forums, meet-ups and advocacy. Our vision is to increase understanding, involvement and knowledge of artists organizations and their value, and increase their capacity through national connectivity, dialog understanding and support.

Common Field’s network includes contemporary, experimental, noncommercial artist-centric organizations and organizers including alternative art spaces, publications, digital exhibition venues, residencies, platforms, collectives, collaboratives, and individual organizers. These projects and spaces provide interdisciplinary and hybrid forms for art production, reception, and exchange. They generate independent, responsive, grassroots, artist-centered cultures. They support artists, connect artists with the public in intimate, experimental, and generative ways, and they are deeply involved in the shape and characters of the contexts where they work. Our members stimulate ideas, imagination, and innovation in their communities.

THE LIVING ROOM LIGHT EXCHANGE is a monthly salon dedicated to new media forms and dialogues amongst artists and cultural theorists. Each month, three members of The Exchange present recent projects and works in progress; discussion - in couches, drinks in hand - follows.  Art is research. The Exchange commits itself to looking critically at new media art as a form in and of itself, rather than as a spectacle. We are a collection of cultural producers; every member of The Exchange engages in artistic practice or contemporary scholarship.

PLACE TALKS is a platform for performative research, and a dynamic framework for location-oriented inquiry. PLACE TALKS supports the Bay Area creative community by creating a context for exchange that encourages interdisciplinary practices and forges connections through the commonality of place.

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Heavy Breathing ︎ 2018

Critical thinking often feels heady, abstract, and divorced from the body. How do conversations change when we are moving our bodies and out of breath? What new modes of thinking become possible?