The You Are Here Project
“ The practice of everyday life determines the terms of the space.” ( Michel DeCerteau)
In collaboration with youth, community members and local artists, The You Are Here Project documents and intervenes in sites of daily practice. As an art collaborative, through photography and sound, we document living monuments to reveal the intersections of pre-existing and existing histories in an effort archive “ourselves.” Through this work we create spaces of exchange and dialogue and possibilities for new encounters.
In collaboration with ASITESPACE, a traveling sound booth serves as our context from which to start community dialogue and exchange. Our collaborations include local artists, Slanguage Studios, Inner City Arts , Cal State University Long Beach Arabic Studies Program and Oral History Program, and the City of Bell . Through these collaborations we document community spaces, broadcast stories through our mobile sound booth and conduct art workshops in and around these sites.
“Individual experience has huge social implications, unmotivated by commercial or institutional desire.” ( Lacey)