The Vienna Model / Das Wiener Modell
Apr
6
to Apr 28

The Vienna Model / Das Wiener Modell

WHAT BELLINGHAM CAN LEARN ABOUT DESIGNING HOUSING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Bruna Press + Archive and Localgroup.studio in collaboration with Paul Schissler and Galen Herz are pleased to present an exhibition featuring Vienna, Austria’s innovative approach to housing, architecture, and affordability, as well as urban, neighborhood, and community development.

The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century – on view at 221 Prospect Street from April 6 through April 28, 2018 – presents social housing in the context of a stable housing market where over 60 percent of Vienna’s residents live in homes owned by the municipality or limited-profit organizations and where almost everyone who lives in Vienna can afford to live in the city.

This exhibition (curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menking) illustrates how Vienna has an expanded menu of urban planning options. Bringing the exhibit to Whatcom County provides a space for dialogue around the future of our local cities and towns, where we hope the quality of life will be affordable.

The Vienna Model spotlights eight key principles through a series of photographs and interpretive displays: Social Mixing, Developing New Urban Areas, Diversity and Integration, Citizen Participation, Environment and Climate Protection, Developing Existing Housing Stock, Building on the Outskirts, Use and Design of Public Spaces, and the Role of Art. These principles have made Vienna one of the most livable cities in the world without making homes unaffordable for the people who live and work there.

Related Events

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a series of public programs that invite the community to attend and participate. All events will take place at Localgroup Studio, 221 Prospect Street, Bellingham.

April 6 (6pm-9pm)   

Opening reception free and open to the public

April 7 (11am-4pm)   

Community Discussion: Bellingham to Vienna

Join local community activists, professionals, representatives, and residents in a discussion on Bellingham’s current housing crisis and what might be learned from The Vienna Model. Special guests include Sabine Bitter and Jeff Derksen, organizers of the Vancouver, BC iteration of The Vienna Model exhibition and members of the research collective Urban Subjects.

April 16 (6:30pm-7:30pm)   

Documentary film screening: How to Live in Vienna (2013)

April 25 (6:30pm-8:00pm)   

Documentary film screening: Urbanized (2011)

April 28 (1pm-4pm)   Community Discussion: What If...?

Join local community activists, professionals, representatives, and residents in a discussion on what a better housing future might look like and what lessons from Vienna might work in our region.

We acknowledge that the activities of Bruna Press + Archive take place on the sacred and ancestral home of the Lummi and Nooksack peoples. We are grateful for their loving stewardship of the land and its inhabitants, and intend to be good guests and neighbors as we recognize their sovereignty and rich cultural practice + heritage.

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Cultural Orientation to Coast Salish Concepts of Time and Space
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Cultural Orientation to Coast Salish Concepts of Time and Space

Bruna Press + Archive is pleased to present an ongoing series of monthly full moon gatherings that will explore and introduce seasonal moons, the gathering of foods, and some of the ideas and values that sustain First Nations Coast Salish peoples. This course is led by Lummi Elder, William John, X'welwelat'se.

First Class: Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4 to 5 pm

Fee: Sliding Scale $5-$10 per class. Scholarships are also available and no one will be turned away who wishes to join the class.

For more information, contact info@brunapress.org.

We acknowledge that the activities of Bruna Press + Archive take place on the sacred and ancestral home of the Lummi and Nooksack peoples. We are grateful for their loving stewardship of the land and its inhabitants, and intend to be good guests and neighbors as we recognize their sovereignty and rich cultural practice + heritage.

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Mutter Courage #2: The Earth Archives
May
19
4:00 PM16:00

Mutter Courage #2: The Earth Archives

Bruna Press + Archive is pleased to present the second event in the MUTTER COURAGE program, an occasional reading series + conversation space curated by YANARA Friedland, which invites writers at the corner of poetic, embodied, and intersectional practices to share their work with the Bruna community.

For this event, poet, lyric essayist, and artist DANIELLE Vogel will present an artist talk about her project, The Earth Archives, during her week-long residency in Bellingham. During her talk, Vogel will reveal the inspirations of this archival project, as well as take time to collect sentence-specimens from those in attendance to add to the archive.  

ABOUT THE EARTH ARCHIVES

Water, earth, air and fire are often considered in their physical forms, rooted within a particular place and time. In Vogel’s The Earth Archives, they are invisible and set loose in the air as sound. An installation composed entirely of sound, The Earth Archives brings together the voices of hundreds of people creating what the artist calls a living, aural archive. Visitors are invited to listen as our earth aggregates around them through the voices of others. Those who feel moved to do so may submit their own recorded elements to the ever-growing collection.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

DANIELLE Vogel is a writer, interdisciplinary artist, and ceremonialist. She is the author of the poetry collections Between Grammars, the forthcoming The Way a Line Hallucinates its Own Linearity, the artist book Narrative & Nest, and the e-chapbook In Resonance. As a writer, Vogel explores the bonds between language and presence, between a reader and a writer, and how a book, as an extended architecture of a body, might serve as a site of radical transformation. Her visual works—or “public ceremonies for language”— celebrate the archives of memory stored within language. They have been exhibited most recently at The Nordic House in Reykjavik, Iceland, RISD Museum, MICA, Temple and Pace Universities, and The University of Arizona’s Poetry Center. She teaches at Wesleyan University and lives in New England with artist Renee Gladman.

ABOUT MUTTER COURAGE

Mutter Courage refers to the name of the main character in Berthold Brecht’s eponymous play. A relentless maker in a war-torn world, Mutter Courage inspires this series, which unfolds in expressions of courage in voice.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We acknowledge that the activities of Bruna Press + Archive take place on the sacred, ancestral, and perpetual home of the Lummi and Nooksack peoples. We are grateful for their loving stewardship of the land and its inhabitants, and intend to be good guests and neighbors as we recognize their sovereignty and rich cultural practice and heritage.

Photo credit: angela rawlings

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Mutter Courage: Book Launch + Poetry Readings
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Mutter Courage: Book Launch + Poetry Readings

Bruna Press + Archive is proud to present the first event in the MUTTER COURAGE program, an occasional reading series + conversation space curated by YANARA Friedland, which invites writers at the intersection of poetic, embodied + intersectional practices to share their work with the Bruna Press community. 

For this very special inaugural event, three poets, recently landed in Bellingham, will read from their work to celebrate the launch of ELY Shipley's latest project Some Animal, published by Nightboat Books, "a new cross-genre collection that engages historical and personal explorations of gender and self."

In support of this launch YANARA Friedland and JANE Wong will also read from their recent work.

ABOUT THE POETS

Besides Some Animal, ELY Shipley is the author of Boy with Flowers, winner of the Barrow Street Press book prize judged by Carl Phillips, the Thom Gunn Award, and finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; and On Beards: A Memoir of Passing, a letterpress chapbook from speCt! Books. His poems and cross-genre work also have appeared in literary publications including the Seneca Review, Western Humanities Review, and many others. He is currently Assistant Professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

YANARA Friedland is a German-American writer, translator, and teacher. Her first book Uncountry: A Mythology was winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Fiction award. "Abraq ad Habra: I will create as I speak,"  a digital chapbook, is available from Essay Press. She is the recipient of research grants from the DAAD and Arizona Commission on the Arts, supporting her current book project, Groundswell, a chorography of border regions in the German-Polish and Sonoran borderlands. She is the director of MyLife Tucson, a community archive, hosted by the Jewish History Museum in Tucson and teaches at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. She is curator of the MUTTER COURAGE series at Bruna Press.

JANE Wong is the author of OVERPOUR, published by Action Books, and is the recipient of The American Poetry Review's 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Pleiades, The Volta, Third Coast, and in the anthologies Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012, and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral. She is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.  

ABOUT MUTTER COURAGE

Mutter Courage refers to the name of the main character in Berthold Brecht’s eponymous play. A relentless maker in a crumbling war-torn world, Mutter Courage inspires this series, which unfolds in expressions of courage in voice.

We acknowledge that the activities of Bruna Press + Archive take place on the sacred and ancestral home of the Lummi and Nooksack peoples. We are grateful for their loving stewardship of the land and its inhabitants, and intend to be good guests and neighbors as we recognize their sovereignty and rich cultural practice + heritage.

 

 

   

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Reading the Migration Library with Lois Klassen
Nov
5
3:00 PM15:00

Reading the Migration Library with Lois Klassen

bruna press + archive is pleased to present Reading the Migration Library. For the bruna press presentation of the project, Klassen will discuss the visibility and audibility of "migration culture” with particular emphasis on the way visibility is deliberately thwarted in anti-imigration policies. She will also provide context by talking about her overall approach to publication and distribution as an artist and researcher. Her talk will be followed by an open mic (first come first serve) and an informal chapbook exchange. Local writers are invited to bring and read short texts that take up the subject of human migration. Everyone who attends will receive a complimentary chapbook, of their choice, from the traveling library.

About the project: Reading the Migration Library is an archive of multi-form publications (images, poetry, narrative texts, and more) that describe personal experiences with human migration and displacement. This collection is designed for easy distribution and public circulation. Other publications from Reading the Migration Library will be available for visitors to assemble and take away or to locate on-line browsing and reading. http://www.readingthemigrationlibrary.com/

About Lois Klassen: Klassen is a Vancouver-based artist and writer whose work combines research and creative methods. Her projects, including Renegade Library, Comforter Art Action and Slofemists (in collaboration with Lori Weidenhammer), combine collective actions with public dialogue and exchange. Her texts have appeared in Word Hoard, Fillip, Public Journal, Border Crossings, LIVE! Performance Art Biennale blog, and more. Her work has been hosted by Anvil Centre, Santa Fe Art Institute, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art and Plug In Summer Institute in Winnipeg, Banff New Media Institute, SOMA Summer Institute in Mexico City, Charles H. Scott Gallery (Emily Carr University), University of Salford in Greater Manchester, Glenbow Museum, Western Front, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and more. She is currently a doctoral student of Cultural Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Reading the Migration Library was previously hosted by Anvil Centre’s Artist in Residence program and the Santa Fe Art Institute Immigration/Emigration Residency. It is supported by Graduate Research-Creation/Community-Based Research and Action Fund, Cultural Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

The growing list of Reading the Migration Library participants (authors and content contributors) includes:

Deanne Achong, Oana Capota, Frederick Cummings, Margaret Dragu, Francisco Fernando Granados, Alan Hill, Sandeep Johal, Kaitlin Kazmierowski, Sarah Klassen, Franci Louann, Graham McGarva, Mistiko (Dawn Livera), Karen Ngan, Peggy Ngan, Christine Riek, Kattia Samayoa, Natasha Sanders-Kay, Elisa Yon

Photo Credit: Lois Klassen, Reading the Migration Library (chapbooks); Elisa Yon, Dwelling (furniture for migration books and their exchange)

We acknowledge that the activities of Bruna Press + Archive take place on the sacred and ancestral home of the Lummi and Nooksack peoples. We are grateful for their loving stewardship of the land and its inhabitants, and intend to be good guests and neighbors as we recognize their sovereignty and rich cultural practice + heritage.

 

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Opening Event: Zizi Show with the Rocca Family
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Opening Event: Zizi Show with the Rocca Family

bruna press + archive is excited to open its events program with the Zizi Show, a philosophizing platform by the Rocca Family. 

Monsters under the bed
Statistics of ways one can end up dead.
Insurance companies thrive
Pensions are a serious drive.
Armies deployed --
Countries destroyed.

The Zizi Show, a traveling performance taking a variety of manifestations by the Rocca Family (Zizi and DJ Taita O), engages audience members and pre-arranged guests via rituals, movement, music, interviews, and interventions, both planned and spontaneous. The Zizi Show, a soiree with bruna presents a site-specific version of the performance for the bruna press + archive audience. This event will involve an evening of drink, food, music, and will introduce the bruna press project to Bellingham while also sharing some of the Rocca Family's Road Notes, to be published later by the press. 

Guests are encouraged to bring a queered/gender-fucked accessory to share (for the duration of the soirée).

About Rocca Family: Six years ago, the Rocca Family (two humans and one feline named Rocca) traveled through space and time from the faraway (some refer to it as Jordan for highly politicized quasi practical reasons) and landed in San Francisco. Recently, they locked their SF home for the last time and embarked on their RF USA 2017 Road Trip. Through its practice, in search of home perhaps, the Family uses all its folkloric know-how, trusting in humor, to make friendships, and talk about immigration, family, freedom, and the meaning of life. https://www.roccafamily.org/

About Ola El-Khalidi: Arts collaborator and curator, Ola is the founder of Makan art space in Amman, Jordan (2004-2015). She is presently on the road continuing to examine the complexities of family structures and wondering about home and intimacy through travel, music, eating, and writing. Ola holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts (2012).

About Diala Khasawnih: The road trip has certainly changed in ways that will manifest clearly and mysteriously now and later. Still expecting (with half closed eyes) a monster to appear out of little leaf brushing sounds in the forest (urban and wild), and hopes that she will still manage to share a bag of chips. Born in amman, jordan in 1975/5'2"/185lb/brown what else do you need?

Photo credit: Rocca Family

We acknowledge that the activities of Bruna Press + Archive take place on the sacred and ancestral home of the Lummi and Nooksack peoples. We are grateful for their loving stewardship of the land and its inhabitants, and intend to be good guests and neighbors as we recognize their sovereignty and rich cultural practice + heritage.

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