07.22.2006

The Black Factory @ FARMERS MARKET

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Date/Time: 22/07/2006 12:00 am


The Black Factory @ FARMERS MARKET
JULY 22, 2006
“The Black Factory”
William Pope.L
Saturday, July 22, 2006, 12 to 5PM
The Farmers’ Market at Union Square South
New York City
Free Admission
A “performance-installation on wheels” created by artist William
Pope.L, THE BLACK FACTORY is a truck caravan that tours the country,
stopping in select cities and towns to produce a day-long event of
interactive performances that address class, diversity, and race. Using
personal objects brought to the “factory” by audience members as
starting points, THE BLACK FACTORY’s “factory workers” combine rehearsed
skits with improvisation to stir up conversations, community action, and
social transformation. The Black Factory caravan also contains a library
where years of Black Factory history are collected, and a store where
transformed BLACK FACTORY objects are sold, with their proceeds donated
to a local community partner, in the case of this presentation to The
Foodbank for New York City.
According to William Pope.L, “THE BLACK FACTORY does not make
blackness, it makes opportunity; the chance to imagine the color of a
future we want instead of one imposed on us. The Factory is action art
on wheels. It’s a place for folks to get together to make things happen,
open their hearts, minds and mouths, laugh, get silly, talk freely, get
real, and disagree in order to create a brand new fresh ‘us’ of
possibility.”
* * *
William Pope.L is a multi-disciplinary installation and performance
artist and an educator. He participated in the Whitney Biennial 2002,
and has garnered recent acclaim because of his three-year traveling
retrospective “eRacism” and the accompanying monograph “The Friendliest
Black Artist in America.” Pope.L is a 2005 Guggenheim fellow and is
currently the featured American artist at the Dakar Biennial 2006.

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