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Date/Time: 01/08/2004 12:00 am

The Same weekend:
2 amazing events
west coast and 3rd coast USA
DSLR LA: Creative Interventions & Underground Politics in LA October 8-11


PILOT TV Experimental Media (Chicago)
For Feminist Tresspass, October 8-11 2004
Calling all trans-activists, border crossers, and trespassers of all
kinds! Together we will stage a takeover/makeover of (capitalist)
TV through skill-sharing and community action.


DSLR LA: Creative Interventions & Underground Politics in LA October 8-11


Projects in & around LA-Highland Park
Contact us with questions and proposals:
email: opencall@theoctobersurprise.org
ph: 323-449-9019 (English)
ph: 323-227-5861 (Español)
or mail proposals to:
October Surprise
c/o Flor y Canto
3706 N. Figueroa Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
October Surprise
This is our city, let’s live in it!
Open Call for Artists, Activists, Social Interventionists, Architects,
Gardeners, Solar Engineers, and others for site-specific projects in
and around Northeast Los Angeles to celebrate our neighborhoods and
strengthen creative, grassroots power
-East of the LA River and stretching up along Figueroa and the Arroyo
Seco, Highland Park is girdled by Mount Washington, Montecito
Heights, Glassel Park and Eagle Rock. Highland Park is but one town
among many that we could all call home.
Global Capitalism asks us to ignore the unique histories, experiences
and knowledge that each spot of earth provides its residents. We
become global drifters – just one more consumer wearing a Hard Rock
Café T-shirt from Bangkok, Paris or Disneyland.
In response, October Surprise calls for site-specific installations and
interventions that make THIS place our home. We are calling for work
that reveals and celebrates the past, present and possible futures of
Northeast LA.
– October Surprise will converge artists, activists and the community to
celebrate our neighborhoods and strengthen creative, grassroots
power, using site-specific installations, interventions, art, monuments,
performance, and other events.
– Projects will be situated throughout the neighborhood.
-We are calling for projects throughout Northeast LA along the
boulevards and arroyos; in the public spaces, community places and
private homes.
-The Arroyo Arts Collective at 135 N. Ave. 50 in Highland Park will serve
as a convergence, or meeting space, where participants can present
and discuss their work. Additionally, we are interested in hosting
pertinent lectures.  And though the gallery space can be used to
present documentation of projects and ideas, we are specifically
looking for site-specific projects throughout the neighborhood.
-Projects will occur on the long weekend of October 8, 9, and 10, 2004.
Documentation of the events will remain in the gallery through October
into the first week of November and Election Day. (Ongoing projects are
-We hope to help reveal a city to itself and energize its communities.
One month before the election, we are organizing this event to show
where democracy really lives–in our neighborhoods, streets and
homes. Now is as good a time as any to strengthen political and
cultural discussions where it really counts- at the grassroots.
-Send us a proposal by August 18.  This is a non-juried exhibition but
we would like to have a basic participants list for organizational
purposes (including for fundraising, publicity, and for a possible
(Note: Having your proposal by August 18 will help us help you realize
your project)
-We don‚t need a fancy resume, just articulate some of your ideas and
tell us how you connect to this place called Northeast LA.
Questions to get you thinking:
-What memories of the neighborhood inform the way you live there
-What are the neighborhood‚s specific histories and geographies?
-What was it like to party at Flat Tops, to cruise Arroyo Seco Park?
Where can teens hang out now?
-Where locally must racism and classism be addressed? What
specifically can be done to reduce racial and class-based injustice and
-How can the diverse populations of the area find an equitable
common ground? Where have they found common ground in the past?
-Who and what are the political forces that make real change in our
-How can we make the power-holders more accountable to all of the
neighborhood‚s long-term interests?
-Will a Food 4 Less and a Trader Joes ever exist on the same block?
How about a locally owned store that sells inexpensive healthy food?
-The new Gold Line brings alternative transportation and more
gentrification; what does this all mean?
-What ways can we better live close to this beautiful land- should the
hilltops be lined with windmills generating electricity? Could the
hillside neighborhoods support orchards to feed the city?
-How can we strengthen the local economy to enrich the grass roots?
-What fun, beautiful, exciting things can you and your friends make
happen here?
-As we barrel toward an ugly national election with frightening
implications for our country, it‚s time to also ask questions about our
immediate community and figure out how to at least make this small
patch of earth better for all. Projects should speak to an audience that
is as diverse as the neighborhood. Take the dare. Find the language.
Northeast LA:
Northeast LA:
October Surprise unfolds in a neighborhood that has a long history of
art, politics, and cultural activism. This area once was the home of the
indigenous Tongva, old west outlaws, old time Hollywood elite and the
artists and intellectuals of the Arts and Crafts movement.
The area gradually morphed into a neighborhood of a mixture of
classes with all the inherent tensions that implies. Today‚s residents’
live in a surprising demographic patchwork with socioeconomic
groups are scattered across the landscape. Italians, Philippinos,
Mexicans, Central Americans and others hold onto niches carved out in
LA‚s oscillating real estate market and changing social attitudes.
Today, upwardly mobile newcomers from Silverlake, West Los Angeles
and elsewhere snatching the funky old houses, their tastes and
interests changing the neighborhood again.
Many residents are oblivious to the continued radical traditions of the
area. Many others are unaware of social technologies that can change
the way we all live in our towns. National consumer trends and media
driven taste tell residents that family histories and local sagas are
forgettable in the broad scope of the brave new world. New tastes have
brought in stores selling the latest necessity of Global Capitalism in
stores that threaten to replace the seemingly mundane auto body
shops and beauty parlors that line Figueroa and neighboring streets.
-October Surprise is based on an event known as the DSLR
(Department of Space and Land Reclamation) which originated in
Chicago in 1999. These events invite artists and activists to converge at
a central location and then go out into the city and create artwork about
the social issues of the city.
For more info on DSLR see:




See also Portland Oregon‚s City Repair Project


-October Surprise‚s title refers to Ronald Reagan‚s 1980 election year
duplicity. He illegally bargained covertly with the Iranian government to
postpone freeing the American hostages until after the November
Presidential election in order to reflect badly on incumbent Jimmy


Gentrification in Highland Park




Calling all trans-activists, border crossers, and trespassers of all
kinds! Together we will stage a takeover/makeover of (capitalist)
TV through skill-sharing and community action. Let‚s pilot a
new feminist take-off! Join us for PILOT TV Experimental Media
For Feminist Tresspass, October 8-11 2004.
PILOT is a do-it-yourself television studio. We invite you to take
part in 4 days and nights of participatory, creative problem-
solving to rethink how we „stage‰ protest. Help us turn a three-
story Chicago building into a fully functioning hollywood studio,
with fantastical sets, collaborative crews, and improvised
Stage a panel discussion as a talk show, lead a workshop as a
cooking show, get behind a camera, sew a costume, party all
night, or just show up and get involved in the conversation.
PILOT will be an open-ended space for those of us involved in
the global anticapitalist movement to come together in sweat-
space, build momentum, and strategize our biopolitical
resistance on (and off) camera.
As the last vestiges of public space, natural resources, and
community-control are bought-off, our bodies will continue to
be the final line in the struggle for autonomy. Join us at the
PILOT laboratory for 4 days of fleshy resistance, aesthetic
experiments and tactical performance! Trespass the corporate
control of media with nomadic TV, pirate radio broadcasts, and
guerrilla drive-in screenings! Enjoy parties, community meals,
and do things on camera that you could never do legally in real
How to Participate:
Although a proposal might take the shape of an idea for a
television show, there are many more possibilities for
involvement, ranging from costume design, to tech support, to
audience participation and everything imagined between! Let us
know what sort of thing you are interested in, or if you have a
collective agenda, and we will connect you to the people and
resources you need to complete a project. Send us a full script, a
drawing, or just a few sentence description.
Send submissions, questions, or related materials to
info@pilotchicago.org or
Pilot TV c/o Nightgowns
3012 S. Archer Avenue
Chicago Illinois, USA, 60608
Project descriptions will be included in a printed „TV Guide‰ to
the weekend.
The deadline for proposals is August 20th 2004

Questions? Ask us