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LLANO– On All day- Future Foundations: Desert Walking Tour, Mail Art, Historical Exhibit and Sound Bath in Silo Ruin
May 6, 2018 @ 3:00 am – 9:00 am$15
ON ALL Day – Future Foundations Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 10AM – 4PM Llano, CA
SEE YOURSELF IN LLANO – JOIN US FOR A DESERT WALKING TOUR, CUSTOM MAIL-ART AND HISTORICAL EXHIBIT REVISITING THE 104 YEAR OLD LLANO DEL RIO COLONY FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL SOUND BATH IN THE SILO RUIN.
Positional Projects in collaboration with Anahata Mousai, the Traveling Postal Club, author Paul Greenstein and artist/organizer Karyl Newman present “ON ALL Day– Future Foundations” a day long event featuring walks around the existing foundations, a historical exhibit, the opportunity to create a commemorative postcard and a meditative sound bath magnified by the silo architecture, reflecting on the end of the Llano del Rio socialist Utopian community in the Antelope Valley.
Each May Day the colonists at Job Harriman’s cooperative socialist experiment marked their progress on International Worker’s Day. By May of 1918, the residents had relocated to their new home in New Llano, Louisiana leaving behind their structures some of which exist today. PositionalProjects.org founder Karyl Newman will share her discoveries from multiple archives specific to their circumstance exactly 104 years ago – what foundations were abandoned in the desert and details of their exodus reconstructed from postcards discovered during her fellowship at the Beinecke Library and recent visit to New Llano. Each guest will receive a limited edition printed flyer and map created by graphic artist Bonnie Tanaka for “ON ALL Day – 2018”, our third centennial event marking May Day at the Llano del Rio Cooperative Colony ruins. ON ALL is Llano backward as demonstrated by Newman’s mirror installation on view. Join us on the hour from 10AM – 3PM for a 30 minute silo sound bath by local artists Anahata Mousai. Capacity in the silo is limited. Tickets for the day’s events are required and available for $15 in advance at http://bit.ly/ONALLDay2018 or $20 at the event.
The site of Llano del Rio (located near the border of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties) occupies over 2,000 acres of open desert dotted with evidence of the historic endeavor, which began in 1914. “ON ALL Day – 2018” takes place in and around the colony’s Main Street, with a walking tour of the fading foundations and a community conversation about the future. “Bread & Hyacinths” author Paul Greenstein presents the colony’s prolific promotional materials including the postcard set offered in the “Western Comrade” a monthly magazine inside our temporary tent mimicking the residences of the 900 former inhabitants. The Traveling Postal Club, artists Molly Meng and Anne Baumgartner, have produced custom art tools and supplies and postage are provided to create your own postcard from Utopia, mailed from the existing Post Office nearby with a special commemorative stamp honoring Alice Constance Austin, architect of the un-built permanent residences featuring feminist concepts.
“ON ALL Day – 2018” is produced by PositionalProjects.org with support from LaunchLA.org, the Llano Community Association and private landowners and is an auxiliary project of “ON ALL Day – A Desert Reflection at Llano del Rio”, a program supported in part by a grant from California Humanities, a non- profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2017. Visit calhum.org. Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino County, http://www.artsconnectionnetwork.org/ hosts the digital exhibit. Explore the “ON ALL Day” exhibit at http://bit.ly/4AllonLlano to learn more.
For further information and images please contact:
Karyl Newman firstname.lastname@example.org 310.766.9476
This program is part of a project whose earlier segments were supported by California Humanities through an Humanities for All Quick Grant.