The Portable City is about creating a social space through which to engage people in conversation and exchange, using an arts based approach to building human connection while ending the silence that exists between us; it is a study on creating dialogue amongst those who experience urban alienation and isolation: The conversations held in real time platform the idea of connection and dialogue.

 

Portable City is an an urban survival kit,  it is a set of articles or implements used for a specific purpose:the articles are stored and transported within a mobile system and they are assembled and put together. This kit represents a packaged set of related materials. The kit is a tool box for social interaction.

 

Portable City Project was recently invited to participate in Creative Time’s multifaceted exhibition Living as Form—an unprecedented survey of the last twenty years of socially engaged art. Living as Form (September 23–October 16, 2011) will include a survey exhibition, six new commissions, a multitude of events, the third annual Creative Time Summit, and a dynamic and interactive website documenting hundreds of historic projects. Find out more about living as form at: http://www.creativetime.org/programs/archive/2011/livingasform/about.htm

 

Jules just started to moderate this social media site: https://www.facebook.com/communityarts. Please join in on the conversation.This conversation supports the belief that the arts are an integral part of a healthy culture, providing both intellectual nourishment and social benefit, and that community-based arts provide significant value to both communities and artists.

 

Earlier this spring 2011, Jules was awarded a scholarship to attend The National Conference for Media Reform which was a large conference devoted to media, technology and democracy. Thousands of activists, media makers, educators, journalists, policymakers and people from across the country traveled to Boston for the fifth NCMR on April 8-10, 2011.

 

She recently on a panel at Open Engagement, a conference in Portland Oregon about Art and Social Practice, May 15th,2011. As part of research for Voice of the People, she attended ALMS 2011:Highlighting Grassroots Archives and the Academy Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections. A conference by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Archives.

 

In March 2011 she participated as an artist in residence at Knowles West Media Center, Bristol UK.

 

Last spring, LACE ( Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) has invited Portable City Projects to stage a series of interactions with Hollywood community members throughout the year. Find out more here: About my LACE residency.

 

Last November 13, 2010 Portable City was invited to participate in PUBLIC INTEREST: Projects & Prototypes Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE).  Otis MFA Public Practice Program and LACE co-host this day-long event with a Los Angeles-centric look at the burgeoning field of arts-based public projects and practices. Fifteen artists and collectives offer rapid-fire presentations to examine a range of arts approaches, followed by a series of peer-to-peer roundtable workshops. This program is presented through Otis Graduate Public Practice’s educational events, a higher degree college program dedicated to furthering dialogue within the Los Angeles public arts community; and through LACE's current year-long initiative, PUBLIC INTEREST, a series of installations, artist residencies and interventions to showcase contemporary art, architecture and design practices that challenge standard notions of public space through creative actions.