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Friday, October 10th, 2008

Benefit featuring Swoon, McGee, Faile, ESPO + more

Transformazium, a non profit artist group including Swoon, is holding a benefit to raise funds for the further development of Points of Interest, a public arts programs in Braddock, PA. Braddock is considered an impoverished community, with little economic or job opportunity, high crime, and according to the 2000 census, an average family income of $20,000.  The event takes begins at 4pm tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 11, at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn, NY. It includes screenings about the Braddock community, a barbeque, and an art auction with works by Swoon, Barry McGee, Faile, Steve Powers, Bast, Aiko, Kiki Smith and many more.  Below is an abridged version of Transformazium’s Points of Interest mission statement. Do something good and go spend some money this weekend…

“Points of Interest responds to a perceived need for reinvestment in underutilized and neglected public spaces in Braddock and North Braddock…Integral to the project are several community forums, at which we will ask residents to give us their perspective on the areas of their neighborhood that are ripe for redefinition. The joint work of our asking for insight, and the community members’ considered response will begin the process of creating new structures for valuation…The thought, energy, care and memory of the community “insiders” with whom we collaborate, in combination with the time and talent of the visiting artists, is intended to lead to an active re-assessment of the neighborhood as a living thing, capable of being affected by individual and community effort…The invited artists will be working for a week in Braddock and North Braddock with teen facilitators from the area. Their visible presence is part of our intention to make the installation of artwork transparent and accessible…We acknowledge that art often has a relationship with priviledge. We ask: is it possible to subvert that relationship so that the addition of artwork in an area considered blighted can empower an individual or community to feel privileged to imagine change and to enact it?”

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