In spring, 2009, apexart selected the League of Imaginary Scientists to receive a grant to produce an exhibition and workshop seriesof participatory and experience-based mapping. The project took place at Outpost for Contemporary Art in LA, with satellite workshops and interactions around the city.
X, Y, Z, and U is an exhibition and a series of related workshops and interactions by artists and scientists who use participatory and experiential mapping in their work. The League of Imaginary Scientists is an art collective whose work pairs the creative experimentation of the science lab with free-floating and far-fetched ideas that are decidedly not guided by science. x, y, z, and u includes artists and scientists who are not members of the League, but whose practice also marries their creative practice to experimentation.
related workshops, discussions and community interventions included:
Kim Abeles' open studios at Outpost, where she ironed trash for the construction of a human-shaped sculpture
Hello, Weather! workshop with Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga
a conversation on participatory mapping with The League, Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga, and xtine at ART|SCI salon at UCLA
workshops with psychogeographer Liz Kueneke to map the local area through participatory embroidery
Farmlab salon with The League of Imaginary Scientists and psychogeographer Liz Kueneke
Kelly Jaclynn Andres' Urban Habitat Lab in the neighborhood of Highland Park, connecting people with their surroundings
DIYbio workshop with Jason Bobe and Mackenzie Cowell- collecting genetic materials on the street for BioWeatherMap launch