Byproduct: The Laundromat

interactEarly February marks the launch of Byproduct: The Laundromat, a project organized by Sean Starowitz, which will cultivate a deeper understanding of socially-engaged art practice in Kansas City. Through small-scale tutorials (classes), invited conversations, and site-specific projects (during which program attendees actually do their laundry), Byproduct will connect audiences that are interested in art that involves the community in unexpected ways: art goers, supporters, artists, and the immediate community.  The majority of programming will take place at Walnut Place Laundromat, an unusual venue for such an event, but one that Starowitz hopes will challenge the notion of traditional art spaces.

Scheduled programming for Byproduct: The Laundromat will begin at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 9th at Walnut Place Laundromat (4241 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64111). During the first wash cycle, the series will begin with a screening of Kentucky-based filmmaker Ron Schildknect’s My Porcelain Past, a short documentary about the final hours of an iconic neighborhood restaurant before its closure. During the dry cycle, the programming will continue with KCAI professor and poet Jordan Stempleman, who will host a Common Sense Reading.

Please email seanstarowitz@gmail.com to rsvp, (seating is limited to the amount of washing/drying machines) and please bring   your laundry…

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