Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour 2015

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

“The Mothership Depot”- Black Futurist Movement

"Art is Business" by Admin Oakland Art Enthusiast   2013

DeadEyes has begun creating free-standing installations

Dead Eyes, “The Mothership Depot” at

Redux Studios & Gallery

Oakland artist DeadEyes culminates his 2013 Artist in Residence at Redux Studios & Gallery, a creative community program within the Alameda Saint Vincent de Paul Society, with “The Mothership Depot” a solo exhibition celebrating “the key forefathers of the Black Futurist movement: Sun-Ra, a traditional jazz musician who transitioned into free jazz; George Clinton, who went from doo-wop to a self-made free-form style called P-Funk; and Lee Scratch Perry, the seminal reggae producer noted for his innovative studio techniques and production.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Inner-galactic Pop Up Research Station

"Art is Business" Alpha Bruton
Inner-galactic Pop Up Research Station Call for Artist.  
How do you envision the future present? 

 A group of practitioners are needed to come together who encapsulate all forms of media for the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, Inner-galactic Pop Up Research Station in Chicago for Chicago Artists Month. The installations will travel to Miami, FL during Art  Basel, December 3-6th 2015.

Phantom gallery invites submissions to
, perform, absorb, embrace, discuss, experience, and explore in  2D and 3D formats in a select  location, in Chicago, during Chicago Artists Month,  a podcast about the Popup Research Station  will be sent to other Phantom Gallery affiliates in our network. A slideshow of participating artists’ pieces will accompany artist and curator commentary as the post show online catalog.

Submit up to 5 images (jpegs) to phantomgallerychicago@gmail.
com with a brief statement on how your work addresses this theme.

Deadline Nov 1, 2015.

 EXAMPLES OF the Built Environment Installation:
Nick Bastis Featured Artist for Chicago Artists Month, 2010
 The building is the work of American Architect Frank Gehry and a magnificent example of the most ground breaking architecture to have come out of the 20th century.  For more information visit . Thanks to Nick he added East Garfield Park to the major international cultural circuits.

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Last year Google built out the third Kirkland building with a transportation theme. The lobby has an espresso bar designed to look like a cruise ship, ...

The Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership is a 1,200-pound aluminum stage prop that once stole the show at funk singer George Clinton's concerts.

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Sirota thinks that projects like The Mothership, which keep the city's history alive, are essential for Detroit in a time of major upheaval, 

Detroit architecture studio Akoaki's space age DJ booth, The Mothership, looks towards the future while referencing important moments from the city's musical past. The free standing booth is meant to be mobile, bringing funk music to pop up events around the city, and was inspired by George Clinton's P Funk Mother ship prop that was used on stage with the musician's legendary band, Parliament-Funkadelic (who hail from Detroit).

The colorful inside is fully equipped with a mixer, laptop, table and speakers on a metal platform a few feet off the ground, while outside, it's outfitted with smoke machines and lights to give it the appearance of a landing spaceship.

In addition to referencing the city's musical past, the shiny metallic outside of The Mothership used car customization techniques, an homage to Detroit's biggest industry. "We're blinging the surface with polished gold vinyl and dichroic film. 

The result is a glistening exterior that purposefully couples popular embellishment with psychedelic interior effects," Akoaki's co-founder Anya Sirota told Dezeen. The project was the first installation created for the O.N.E. Mile Project, an effort to revitalize Detroit's North End.




“Keep Bringing the Fu

Inner-galactic Pop Up Research Station in Miami, FL during Art & Soul Basel, December 3-6th 2015.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Screening of Work-In-Progress Doc 'Chronicles of Summer' (3 Young Black Girls Shaping Their Identity)

"Art is Business" article By Sergio            
Chronicles of Summer
Last year I wrote about Chicago based filmmaker and urban anthropologist, Ife Olatunji and her new documentary, "Chronicles of Summer: Childhood in South Shore," which centers around 3 close friends, Indigo, Ameera, and Akili all 8 years old and growing up on the South Side of Chicago.

Her goal in her film was to capture “the thought processes of the three small girls as they negotiated their way through the volatile and changing education system… (and was) interested in conveying the manner in which schools’ arts programs impact children’s construction of their own identity”.

Both girls were given the opportunity to participate in visual and performance arts after school. But when school ended for the summer, it was up to the parents to find a safe and affordable education for their daughters.

"Despite financial and family troubles, parents enroll their kids in summer programs with the hope of preparing them for more than just the fall semester… (as the film details the experiences of the girls as they learn while dealing)… with the personal and artistic challenges that shape their identity during a critical age. Confronting notions of a “poor education”, this community redefines what is worth learning."

The filmmaker was a 2014 Katemquin films/Community Film Workshop Diverse Voices in Documentaries Fellow, and calls herself a documentary filmmaker who specialize in methods of observational cinema, and ethnographic field work.
With a BA in Anthropology from Syracuse University, and a graduate MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester, UK, she says that her "anthropological field work has lead me to teaching media and art to students of all ages, and worldwide," and she has formed her own documentary production company Freedom Lover Films.

There are few films, whether narrative or documentary,  that focuses on the lives and experiences of young black girls, and for Ms. Olatunji, "Chronicle of Summer" will be important because it "seeks to capture the voices and experiences of elementary students as they explore the value of education and arts in shaping their identity."
Now this Friday there will be a special advance screening of her film as a “work in-progress” this Friday at the Black Cinema House in Chicago located at 7200 S. Kimbark starting at 7PM.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


 "Art is Business" Project Manager Lavon N. Pettis

How do you envision the future present? A group of practitioners are needed to come together who encapsulate all forms of media for the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, Inner-galactic Pop Up Research station in Miami, FL during Art & Soul Basel, December 3-6th 2015.

The brightest intellectual stars, including members of the arts & social science fraternity will collectively explore the theme of Abstract Rhythm & Blues Keep Bringing the Funk!
Sol Cyrans want you! This is a shout-out to our allies in all corners of the wilderness. We invite you to exhibit, perform, absorb, embrace, discuss, experience, and explore Miami with us during Art & Soul Basel!

Good vibes will be present, along with items for sale at this inaugural Phantom Gallery Chicago Network's Inner-Galactic Pop Up Research Station. Please go the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network to download a call for artist’s application:

Artistically yours,

Sol Cyrans

 “Keep Bringing the Funk”

Miami Art Basel Dec 3-6, 2015

Artists/Curators/Installation Artists/Performance Art/Film
Application Deadline July 31st, 2015
Application documents
Please ensure you upload all three pages of this application form together with the following information and documentation as ONE PDF DOCUMENT (max 10 mg) at /Miami/application-uploaded to Dropbox.