Carolina Aragón Flocks flies over the Cambridge Street Corridor
in East Cambridge - April 17 - July 8, 2011
:: View a video of Flocks, during its temporary installation, April-July 2011
Flocks is a temporary outdoor art installation of reflective, soft-sculpture "birds," suspended in five large groups along the one-mile stretch of Cambridge Street between Inman square and Lechmere station from April 18 through July 8, 2011. Inspired by bird and human migrations, the project by artist Carolina Aragón seeks to create a memorable experience that celebrates the dream that fuels long and difficult migrations and the coming together of groups to create a new life. For more information on Flocks, visit www.cambridgeflocks.com or call the Cambridge Arts Council at 617-349-4380.
The locations are the following streets: Cambridge at Springfield, Cambridge at Elm, Cambridge at Harding, Cambridge at Sciarappa, and Cambridge at First.
Cambridge Open Studios Kick-Off Event & Flocks Dedication
Saturday, May 7 at 11:30 am
Valente Branch of the Cambridge Public Library
826 Cambridge St. (in the garden in front of the library)
Join us for a celebration of Carolina Aragón's temporary outdoor public art installation Flocks as we launch COS in East Cambridge on Saturday, May 7. Hear live music performed by the School of Groove while enjoying coffee and snacks from 1369 Coffeehouse! FREE!
CAC Gallery Exhibition: Flocks - Art in the Schools
May 23-June 2, 2011
Reception: Wednesday, May 25 at 6pm
CAC Gallery, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Flocks: the Making Of, short films and presentation
Thursday, June 2 at 6:30PM
Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch, 449 Broadway
All events are free and open to the public.
About the Artist:
Born in Cali, Colombia, Carolina Aragón has lived and worked in Cambridge, Mass., and currently teaches architecture in Boston. Her work focuses on interior/exterior installations and paintings that explore environmental phenomena through a thorough investigation of materiality and a strong sense of craft. Carolina obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Design School. She migrated to the United States in 1995 and has a strong attachment to Cambridge - a place where she feels the most at home, surrounded by fellow immigrants from all over the world.
In addition to environmental phenomena, Carolina's recent work has focused on immigration. Her pieces speak of the immigrant experience as one that begins with rupture - the breaking up from one's original landscape and the process of re-creating a life in a new land. It is in this same spirit that Carolina continues to explore human migration as a source of inspiration for her artwork.
In May of 2010, Aragón was selected as the winner of an ideas competition for a public art commission in Cambridge. "The Cambridge Street Project: An Ideas Exhibition" revealed a unique approach to a public art commission that permitted a group of selected artists to develop a concept in any of the arts and design media (visual, performing, mixed media, architectural, landscape, social, etc). Residents and visitors were encouraged to review the artists' proposals, give feedback and leave comments over the course of the exhibition. A selection committee composed of Cambridge Street residents, business owners, and local arts professionals reviewed all projects and selected Aragón's project for implementation.
Important factors in the selection committee's decision was Flocks' potential visual impact and its ability to tie the length of the corridor together visually, combined with a strong emphasis on education and outreach, all within the underlying theme of migration that is important to the neighborhood.
Artist Carolina Aragón's Inspiration:
Flocks highlights the ongoing process of migration to Cambridge. Over 25% or approximately 26,000 Cambridge residents are foreign-born. English, Irish, German, Italian and Portuguese immigrants arrived in earlier migrations. More recent migrations have included Asian, West Indian, Latin American and Haitian residents.
A recent survey shows that the families of Cambridge Public School students speak more than 60 different languages at home. Cambridge Street is a particularly good example of the City's diverse history, with long-standing Portuguese and Italian communities, and Yiddish, Indian, Middle Eastern and Brazilian restaurants lining the route. Flocks celebrates the City's diverse communities and their historic and contemporary migrations.
:: Download photos: http://www2.cambridgema.gov/gallery/?albumID=434&level=album
More About the Cambridge Street Competition
Exhibition: April 1 - June 11, 2010
10 Area Artists: Finalists for Cambridge Public Art Commission
An eclectic group of ten Boston-area artists were selected as finalists for the public art commission through the Cambridge Arts Council (CAC). Chosen by a jury out of 110 applicants, the finalists are Dirk Adams, Carolina Aragon, Halsey Burgund, Bea Camacho, Catherine D'Ignazio, John Ewing, Lisa Greenfield, Yuna Kim, Nick Rodrigues, and Hannah Verlin.
The finalists were given an honorarium and ten weeks to explore and research the neighborhood and create a site-specific proposal for a one-mile stretch of Cambridge Street, spanning from Inman Square to Lechmere. A selection committee composed of the original art jury as well as a number of Cambridge Street residents and business owners will review all projects and select one project for implementation.
All of the finalists' proposals will be on view in the CAC Gallery (at 344 Broadway, Cambridge) from April 1 - June 11, 2010. Over the course of the research period and gallery exhibition the CAC will actively seek feedback and comments from residents and visitors.
The competition and process offers a public art opportunity for a Boston-area artist new to creating public art. The final commissioned project may be in any of the arts and design media - visual, performing, mixed media, architectural, landscape, social, etc., and can be temporary, durational, or permanent events or objects.
More about the Artists and their Ideas:
Dirk Adams: The Telephones
Concept Summary: The Telephones is a series of solar-powered, interactive audio sculptures installed at four sites along Cambridge Street. These sculptures are payphones redesigned as public listening posts. The distinctive colors, graphics and text adorning the sculptures both catch the eye of passersby and indicate the telephones' interactive potential. Listeners select audio using the telephone keypad. The audio selections include local oral histories and compositions created from common telephone sounds.
About the Artist: Adams resides in Roslindale, Mass. He creates work in a variety of media including performance, sound, installation and web-art. His sound work takes many shapes including audio walks, multi-channel work, sound installations, and as a supporting element in his art performances. Adams earned a BA in sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MFA from Tufts University.
Carolina Aragon: Flocks
Concept Summary: Flocks is a three-month long outdoor installation of reflective, abstract, soft sculpture "birds," suspended in 6 large groups from the street lampposts along the one mile stretch between Inman and Lechmere Squares. The project seeks to emphasize the historic and contemporary socio-economic diversity of Cambridge by celebrating and studying the theme of migration.
About the Artist: Born in Cali, Colombia, Carolina Aragon is an artist living in Cambridge, Mass. Her current art work focuses on interior/exterior installations and paintings which explore environmental phenomena along with a thorough investigation of materiality and a strong sense of craft. Carolina obtained an architecture degree from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Design School.
Halsey Burgund: Catch and Release
Concept Summary: Catch and Release is an audio project which will 'catch' the stories, experiences and personalities of people on Cambridge Street by recording their voices and then collectively 'release' those voices back to the community in the form of a composed musical piece. Over the course of the summer of 2011, Catch events will be held on Cambridge Street to record voices. In the early Fall, the resulting audio piece will be released during the ‘release' weekend via numerous methods including radio, phones and local playback. Catch and Release is intended to enhance and build off of a natural resource of human voices in hopes of strengthening the community through a shared experience.
About the Artist: Burgund currently works as a musician and sound artist living on the outskirts of Boston. Both his installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. He collects these voices from otherwise uninvolved individuals whom he records in various locations, from museums to street corners to rock clubs. Burgund graduated from Yale University with a degree in Geology and Geophysics.
Bea Camacho: Cambridge Street Stories
Concept summary: Cambridge Street Stories is an interactive installation that will actively engage the public by documenting personal stories related to Cambridge Street in order to bring to life personal connections with the street and to present the idea of the street as a repository of moments, or memories. In this project, stories of individual experiences that occurred on Cambridge Street will be collected from the public and displayed as painted notes on the Cambridge Street sidewalk.
About the Artist: Bea Camacho was born in Manila, Philippines. She is a visual artist who works with installation, video and performance to explore ideas of distance, absence, and memory, often in relation to family and home. She received her B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Albert Alcalay Prize for Outstanding work in Studio Art and the David McCord Prize for Achievement in the Arts.
Catherine D'Ignazio: The World's Largest Potluck Ever
Concept Summary: The Guinness record for the "Largest Potluck Party" currently stands at 602 dishes. The World's Largest Potluck Ever would stage a mile-long potluck dinner on the Cambridge Street Corridor in an attempt to break the record, showcase the diversity of the businesses and residents, build community and display a dazzling array of home-cooked meals. For one Sunday afternoon, the whole street would be transformed into a giant neighborhood block party with food, performers and fun.
About the Artist: D’Ignazio, a.k.a. kanarinka, is an artist and educator. Her artwork is participatory and distributed - a single project might take place online, in the street and in a gallery, and involve multiple audiences participating in different ways for different reasons. D’Ignazio has a BA from Tufts University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and an MFA in Studio Art from Maine College of Art. She has lived and worked in Paris, Buenos Aires, Michigan, and currently resides in Boston, MA.
John Ewing, Carmen Montoya, and Christopher Robbins: THE WPA-2010
Concept Summary: During the last Great Depression, the Work Projects Administration (WPA) produced a precious cultural reservoir of the American experience, employing millions of people through creative initiatives outside the usual government remit. WPA-2010 uses small-scale, community driven neighborhood actions to mobilize local talent and provide employment and skills for people to work in their own neighborhoods on creative projects of their own choosing. The result will be a body of collaborative work conceived of and created by the people of Cambridge for the people of Cambridge. The project will last for 4 months, taking place along and headquartered in an office on Cambridge St.
About the Artist: Ewing is a Roxbury-based, digital media artist who creates dialogic art with an emphasis on community participation. He works on large sustained projects that often last several years. His strong background in community organizing, in addition to visual arts, informs his ability to facilitate a wide spectrum of participation and to reach a broad audience. In addition to his own practice he teaches art to incarcerated girls ages 14-18. Ewing has a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA with honors from Rhode Island School of Design.
Lisa Greenfield: Shelter
Concept Summary: The bus shelters along Cambridge Street will be transformed from a utilitarian structure to a work of art, using colorful mosaics that enhance the daily experience of bus riders and pedestrians along Cambridge Street.
About the Artist: Greenfield is a Boston-based artist and urban planner. Her installation work is two-fold. Each piece can be taken at face value, enjoyed by young and old for what is merely visible, but is also challenging with multiple meanings. Her work includes whimsy and creativity, while providing a subtext dealing with contemporary issues of isolation, privacy, public space, the economy and the issues that face our neighborhoods. She received a BA in Fine Arts with Honors from Brandeis University, and a Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Yuna Kim: Cambridge Street Go Bike
Concept Summary: Cambridge Street Go Bike is an initiative to increase accessibility to Cambridge Street by creating 28 bike racks that thematically refer to the businesses on the street.
About the Artist: Kim is a Cambridge-based artist, who was born in Seoul, Korea. She works in mixed media, electronic, and new media. She has exhibited work in the Boston Cyberarts Festival, and has worked at number of design and architecture firms locally. She received B.A. in Media Arts and Sciences and Architecture at Wellesley College, and is currently a candidate for Master of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Nick Rodrigues: Gossiping Birds
Concept Summary: I propose to install clusters of bronze birds equipped with a mini projector in several locations along Cambridge Street. These birds will project live messages (generated from live twitter search results) about the life of the street.
About the Artist: Rodrigues is a Boston-based artist that is interested in the way humans relate with one another - and how technology and innovation can dramatically affect these interactions. His work often deals the how the introduction of commercial products alters human experience in profound ways. His work highlights the discrepancies between what is, what has been, and what could be normal. Rodrigues received his BFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art.
Hannah Verlin: Plumbing Perspectives
Concept Summary: Plumbing Perspectives will be a permanent sculpture series located at 7 sites along Cambridge Street. It will feature 12 brightly colored, interactive sculptures made from plumbing components and set on the sidewalks' periphery. Using simple acoustics and optical tricks, the sculptures will give different experiences of Cambridge Street. The installation will create a unifying image for Cambridge Street and its communities.
About the Artist: Hannah Verlin was born outside of Philadelphia and currently resides in Somerville, MA. Verlin’s installation pieces use simple, often recycled or repurposed, materials using simple construction techniques. Her work often employs a single set of mechanical operations that can be performed repeatedly, becoming beautiful through repetition. This simplicity, combined with a subtle sense of humor, offers a pathway into the art. She received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in affiliation with Tufts University.
:: download high resolution images of the proposed works