From the indigenous Vanyume, to the early colonies of Almondale, the Quakers, and the socialist Llano del Rio Cooperative, Llano is a memory site that has hosted artists including Gregory Ain, Alice Constance Austin, Bella Lewitzky, Aldous Huxley, Frank Black and the Catholics, David Hockney, Jesper Just, Mary Ellen Mark, the Llano Del Rio Collective, and many others.
Acting as a feminist geography of digital embodiment, activities that engage the senses such as perfume making, tasting recipes, and speculative visual design can construct your looking glass connection to the high desert by envisioning a geographic imagination and aesthetic experience of place through its cultural memory, collective present, and social futures.
The Yestermorrow: Llano, An Artist’s Field Guide to Llano, California is supported by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Antelope Valley Arts Outpost creative placemaking initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council with support from Metabolic Studio.
Outpost partners include: the Otis College of Art and Design MFA Public Practice program (Otis), the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA), the Department of Regional Planning, and the Office of 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
This is a third space project without traditional spatial forms intended to research and discover place through feminist digital and sensory engagement. Llano is a geographic place in the Los Angeles county high desert region, however visitors are participating in this project through digital embodiment and not physical access which is situated on private lands, and not open to the public.
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