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December 05, 2006

This is the Public Domain


A Viable Practical Framework for Common Land

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents: This is the Public Domain :: 7pm December 5th :: Timken Lecture Theater, California College of Arts, 1111 8th Street, SF, CA 94107 ::Free admission.

A panel discussion organized by San Francisco-based artist Amy Balkin to debate and explore ways to achieve a viable practical framework for common land in the 21st century. With Keith Aoki, UC Oregon law professor and co-author of, among other works, the comic book 'Bound By Law - Tales From the Public Domain'. Iain Boal, Director of the Environmental Politics Colloquium at the Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley, and co-editor of the recent book 'Afflicted Powers'. Brady Moss, senior project associate for the Trust for Public Land, a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization. Ramon Sender, writer, activist and participant in the Morning Star Ranch open land experiment of the early seventies.

Amy Balkin's art practice combines cross-disciplinary research and social critique with a search for unrealized possibilities outside conventional systems. Her ongoing project This is the Public Domain is an effort to create a permanent international commons from 2.5 acres of land purchased near Tehachapi, California.

As part of the Wattis Institute's exhibition Radical Software, Balkin has organised a public conversation between artists, legal experts, and people who have been engaged personally and politically with open land and commoning, exploring the search for a real-world framework for —with the aim of proposing a solution that the artist will then implement.

Balkin's recent projects include Invisible-5, a collaborative environmental justice audio tour of the I-5 corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Public Smog.

For more information, call: 415.551.9251

Posted by jo at December 5, 2006 03:41 PM