Public Space Camp (PSC)

What is Public Space Camp?
Public Space Camp (PSC) is proposed as a part of the Self-Reliance School (SRS) at Compound Yellow.
PSC is a series of talks, workshops, performances and events.
PSC is designed to engage members of the public in creatively defining, determining, imagining, observing, representing and using public spaces.


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Nell Taylor – Read/Write Library: Grassroots research workshop

Saturday, Apr. 21st, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Saturday, May 12th, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM



In this workshop, participants will discuss the role of libraries and other institutional keepers of knowledge and explore simple approaches to transferring that authority to their own communities by challenging and adding to the record. We will generate questions about Oak Park and the Chicago area, neighborhoods, parks, public art, streets and transportation, or whatever line of local inquiry participants choose, and work together to compile potential sources to answer them using the expertise of local media and our family, friends, and neighbors.

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Norman W. Long – Sound Walk

Sunday, Apr. 29th, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM



Norman W. Long is a sound artist/designer/composer born and raised on the south side of Chicago. His current work focuses on sound art production within the larger context of landscape. He has exhibited and/or performed in galleries Chicago, Ithaca, New York, London, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The processes involved in his practice lie within the area of field recording, electro-acoustic composition and dub technique. His art/studio practice includes collecting, performing and recording to create objects, environments, and situations in which the audience and himself are engaged in an open-ended dialogue about memory, space, value, silence and the invisible. 



What is a soundwalk? It is a guided exploration of a site using listening focused skills. We will listen to how the site sounds, as we are moving through it. I believe that through listening we have a tool to define communities and ourselves. We also can use those tools to shape who we are and where we live. We will be listening for changes, interactions, conditions, weather, traffic, animals, insects, people, vehicles and other factors in what makes a place what it is. We start by listening in our own silence. Being mindful of our own consciousness.  Then we focus on how we sound as we move throughout the site. We then expand our listening to what is near to us, what just passed us and then what is ahead.

At the end of the walk we should be able to answer the following questions:

How do these sounds define where you are on the site? What sounds are constant? What sounds change the site? What moves through it? What are the durations? What do you expect to hear? What did you remember hearing? What sounds do you like? What sounds don’t you like?


Dylan Cale Jones – Drawing Session

Sunday, May 6th, 2018
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM



Dylan Cale Jones (b. 1988, Chicago) is an inter-disciplinary artist, craftsperson and educator. He is interested in engaging publics/public spaces through deliberate, performative, playful, and critical ways of seeing. He has shown his work in cities throughout the continental United States, including Chicago, Dallas and New York. Dylan currently manages a fabrication studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches woodworking, digital fabrication, sewing and plaster processes. 



“Observation Devices” invokes the network of surveillance cameras called “Police Observation Devices” (PODs) by the Chicago Police Department.  When this surveillance program (Operation Virtual Shield) was introduced, Mayor Daley declared it was the city’s goal to have a camera “on every corner.”
Dylan's work deploys varied modes of observation as responses to extensions and complications of the Chicago Police Department’s surveillance network. It attempts to de-center the primary point of view from the Chicago Police. It aims to treat PODs as invitations to participate in a broader conversation on the power dynamics, meanings and ways of seeing, being seen in and making use of public space.
For Public Space Camp, Dylan will lead an observation and drawing session with members of the public. Participants will be asked to bring their own drawing/observation devices. Dylan will supply a limited amount of paper and drawing utensils. 
The observation and drawing session will take place at the intersection of Central and Lake in Chicago, IL just east of Oak Park and Compound Yellow. After the drawing session, participants will be invited to walk back to Compound Yellow to share, view, and discuss drawings



Hui-Min Tsen – "At Bounded Space" Performance

Sunday, May 13th, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Hui-min Tsen's work explores the act of exploration itself with an emphasis on the individual’s everyday relationship with place, wonder, and the unknown. Through a series of projects ranging from boat-building to walking tours, she has sought to cross the distance between here and over there by reaching for the myth and mystery present in our everyday landscape. She received a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has showed and published with Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Artists Coalition, MDW Fair, and Sector 2337, among others. Her book “The Pedway of Today" was published by Green Lantern Press in 2013.  She currently teaches photography at Wright College and Loyola University.



At Bounded Space

You have met a boundary line. Have you crossed this line before? Can you see it? Does it have height? Does it surround you? Does it provide you with a homeland? Does it give you shelter? Can the wind cross it? Did someone make it visible? Does it legally divide? Does it follow the flow of water? Did someone tell you not to cross it? Is the boundary dangerous? If you cross this boundary, can you still breath? Does the air become water? Do your lungs seize up in fear? Once you cross the line, can you come back? Would you want to? Do you feel more free? Is it a mirror image of where you came from? Are your stepping in? Are you stepping out? Do you feel different? Does it smell different? Do you belong?


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Hannah Barco – Infrastructures of Encounter: the Sidewalk Workshop

Sunday June 3rd, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Due to limited capacity please RSVP


Hannah Barco is a performance artist, walker, writer, sculptor and image maker.  She works from a Fluxus sense of humor and poetry, a Surrealist obsession with the uncanny, and stands firmly within the Feminist legacy that the personal is political.  In her research into the materiality and praxis of everyday life there is an urgent call to reconsider what is at stake in the quotidian.  In what ways are we culpable in the social-political systems that make up our neighborhoods, countries, world? How can we regain our agency in these narratives? Currently a Chicago-based artist, Barco was raised in Durham, NC and received a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she currently works as Assistant Director in the Department of Exhibitions. Barco has exhibited and performed her work in Chicago at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Artist Coalition, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Sullivan Galleries, the Out of Site Public Performance Series, Defibrillator, and out on the streets. Barco was included in the survey exhibition “Walking Sculpture 1967-2015” at the de Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA and recently the Arizona State University Art Museum hosted her as an artist in residence to create the exhibition “Fathomings” in Tempe, AZ.



This one-day intensive workshop will use the observation and sculptural reproduction of urban sidewalk to examine the systems that create, shape, and maintain both the infrastructure and culture of public space.  Through a morning of observation and an afternoon of making, workshop participants will discuss their experiences of, hopes for, and concerns about public space, while creating a new sidewalk path to welcome people into the front yard at Compound Yellow.  How might the sidewalk play a vital role in contemporary democracy? 


Aaron Walker – The unsanctioned sign company: the sign game Workshop

Sunday May 27th, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Aaron Walker is an artist, self-publisher, and organizer whose projects often germinate from an active interest in localized, independent artist-run communities and the systems of support formed within.

Aaron co-authors projects that involve and highlight individuals whose work is often taken for granted, done behind the scenes, or in support of others. This has included collaborations with social service providers, session musicians, street paper vendors and line cooks.


Public signage is erected and sometimes forgotten as new relationships towards a city are conjured and then enforced. Looking to the idiosyncratic syntax of signs that have outlived their initial didactic function, The Unsanctioned Sign Company publishes sign texts that hover in between public commemoration, private intervention and personal advertisement. Taking the ubiquitous form of city wayfinding signage, sandwich boards, and yard signs, these guerrilla texts add jokes, non sequiturs, musings and missives to the landscape. Past sign writers have included Kelly Lloyd (pictured), Jesse Malmed, Chris Little, Yvette Nepper and Aaron Walker.
As part of Public Space Camp, representatives from the USC will lead "The Sign Game Workshop," an informal public sign writing and fabrication session, in which easily deployable signs will be created over the course of an afternoon. Upon completion, participants will be encouraged to install their signage in the public space of their choosing.



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