Carousel: Group Image Inspiration Machine 2
Date: August 8, 2014
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: Kaka'ako Agora, 441 Cooke Street
Free, no RSVP
Twenty-eight creatives, ranging in backgrounds from architecture and engineering to history and performance art, were invited to select images for projection in either 35mm slide film or digital file format. What’s missing is the lecture, however—no talking heads or “experts” will tell the audience what they’re looking at or even who selected the image. CAROUSEL is not a place for niche knowledge. Nor is it a playground for art nerds to battle it out over who knows the most about Basquiat or Baldessari.
CAROUSEL is about: WORD ASSOCIATION. In this way, everyone is an expert. Everyone comes to the Agora armed only with her/his own ideas and associations. Whereas in an art history class or the conference room at work, the expected behavior is: BE QUIET, LOOK, LISTEN, LEARN, CAROUSEL participants are encouraged to:
LOOK, SHOUT, LISTEN, LEARN. In this media-dominated, image-saturated age where obsessively checking Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat on your smartphone—all before that first cup of coffee—is
considered normal, an event centered around looking at images may seem trivial and unnecessary. What differentiates an event like CAROUSEL from these personal image-viewing rituals?
CAROUSEL aims to have fun while looking at images AS A GROUP. THINK: COMMUNAL LIVE TUMBLR WITH STRANGERS AND FRIENDS.
Invited image selectors include:
Amber Abinsay & Camryn Bonifacio, architect & construction engineer
Siempre Aldo, vocalist/composer
Beau Bassett, attorney/filmmaker
Kahiau Beamer, visual artist
Desoto Brown, Historian/Archivist, Bishop Museum
Marion Cadora, Assistant Curator, The John Young Museum of Art/University of Hawai'i Art Gallery
James Cave, Editor, The Offsetter
Geremy Campos, Stylist, Aloha Rag
Lesa Griffith, Director of Communications, Honolulu Museum of Art
Jordan Harrison, Cultural Philosophy and Psychology of Art Scholar
Chris Kahunahana, filmmaker
Reise Kochi, stylist/designer
Laura Konecne, visual artist
Primo Lagaso Goldberg, visual artist/musician
Annie Nguyen, graphic designer
Aaron Padilla, Curator of Education, Honolulu Museum of Art
Ihilani Phillips, architect
Stephen Salel, Robert F. Lange Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art, Honolulu Museum of Art
Travis Sasaki, visual artist
Lawrence Seward, visual artist
Davey Shindig, DJ, KTUH
Daniel Simonich, Planner, Hawai'i Community Development Authority
Haren Soril, photographer/graphic designer
Blaine Tolentino, writer
Misa Tupou, performance artist
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of History Anonymous Image Selector
Haru Yasumi, visual & performance artist
KTUH DJ James Charisma will set the mood with music pre- and post-projection and The Sunny 16 will be on hand with vintage slides, snapshots, darkroom prints from old negatives, and slide reprints for sale. A specially designed drink menu will be hosted by bartender extraordinaire Selena Makaena and popcorn will be available to keep energy levels high and to help fortify courage for blurting out word associations!
CAROUSEL: group image inspiration is the brainchild of independent curator and community art organizer, Trisha Lagaso Goldberg. The event was organized with the help of style-maker and emerging art historian, Erika Enomoto.