We are Makers – A Community Mapping Initiative

“What percent of our world goes unmapped?  What hidden economic potential, support, intersecting roads would be find?
YBCA and THEOFFCENTER look to erase perceived boundary lines and  invite local art making communities to declare their coordinates and find what roads might connect us to resources, intentions, and possible collaborations.”
Following THEOFFCENTER’s Blog Salon: On Mapping our World– I would like to introduce
We are Makers – A Community Mapping Initiative


With We Are Makers we aim to engaging the creative community in discussion around mapping efforts from within.

To also engage community in the creation of an actual map (an artifact] revealing an already thriving community of makers.

When:              August 20th 2011
Discussion:   YBCA Forum – Performative Interaction: An Edgeless Discussion – 1 to 3
Action:            Yah Yah Room – Community Mapping Project (all day)

Lead Artists:

Annie Danger
Annie Danger wants it all: she is a fervid backer of the perfect hybrid in any situation. She thinks art making is mostly problem solving and she wants your help doing the math. Annie wants your undivided attention to go toward one simple goal: utopia. She is a performing artist and activist who lives in San Francisco’s Mission district. She is a trans woman born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2012 she will be initiating a collaboration with Keith Hennessy to be performed in San Francisco and Brussels.
URL:  www.anniedanger.webs.com

Mica Sigourney 
As a student of theater and performance for 25 years, Sigourney has specialized in physical theater, improvisation and site specific performance.  6 years ago he fled the proscenium stage and traditional venues and refocused his energies on go-go performance installations and the populace stages of the nightlife. 2 years ago he created drag persona VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! and since has performed on stages and festivals in San Francisco, L.A. New York, and London, and in the deYoung, the New Museum (nyc) and Yerba Buena Center for the arts. Sigourney produces the WORK MORE! series, a twice a year drag production featuring nightlife performers presented in a “real” theater context, where their processes are exposed, and their boundaries pushed.  As a writer his work has been featured at the RADAR reading series. You can find him every Friday night at the STUD where he hosts SOME THING a weekly drag/art/dance party.

Philip Huang
Philip Huang is the founder of the Home Theater Festival and the author of A Pornography of Grief.
URL: http://www.youtube.com/user/spider75berkeley?feature=mhee


Sam Sax
Sam Sax graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Social Change and Identity Performance—a track he created himself to get credits for the community performance organizing he was already doing. Hailing from the slam tradition, Sam recently toured the country for more than a year with the collective We Are the Unreal, performing poems and (probably) drinking too much. He is on the San Francisco Slam Team and has just finished his first manuscript, Hella Gay Notes from Underground. Last March Sam assumed the duties of co-hosting the Poetry Mission with Andrew Paul Nelson and Nic Alea.
URL: facebook.com/samsax

Xandra Ibarra
La Chica Boom/Xandra Ibarra is a performance artist, ecdysiast, and community organizer that explores Chican@ iconography, issues of race, gender and sexuality. Through the practice of ethnic drag, alternative dance, theatre, performance art, neo-burlesque, and clowning, La Chica Boom provides a biting satire that points to contemporary and historical escandalos. In addition to touring North America as a solo performer and with the various Vaudeville and Burlesque Roadshows, she is the founder and producer of Kaleidoscope, An Annual National People of Color Cabaret, the first national event dedicated to cabaret and neo-burlesque performers of color in the U.S.
URL: http://lachicaboom.com/


Itroduction and Group Discussion facilitated by:

Robert Avila
Robert Avila is an arts writer based in San Francisco. He writes regularly on theater and performance for the San Francisco Bay Guardian.



Curated by:       Ernesto Sopprani, Director – THEOFFCENTER
Presented by:    YBCA as part of the BAN6 Program



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