Project Your Vote
Center for Aesthetic Activism
In this contentious election season, many people are wondering how we can move past division and tension to celebrate democracy and our freedom to vote. Artists, in the business of storytelling and culture-making, are working around the country to turn the focus to honoring and encouraging participation in our democratic process.
One of these projects was selected to be exhibited at Fine Art Complex 1101. Entitled #ProjectYourVote, the imagery uses original, moving video footage and high powered projectors to project video onto windows and walls near large polling places, drop boxes, and vote counting sites in major cities around the 2020 election.
#ProjectYourVote was zonceived, filmed and edited by Packard Jennings with development, consultation, styling and casting by Felicia Gonzales w/ Loushana Roybal Rose and project production by social practice artist and political wonk Jessica Tully. Song contributed by Medusa Feline Science. Messaging consultation by Anat Shenker and Amanda Cooper.
The projections are an effort to tie the recent protests to the history of voting via the civil rights movement of the 60’s, inform voters about where to find help for voting issues, inspire people to vote / build voting energy and excitement, and then ensure every vote is counted.
Packard Jennings is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses appropriation, humor, and interventionist tactics to explore public spaces and to address political and corporate transgressions against public interests. He has put Anarchist Action Figures into Walmarts, put an illustrated guide to achieving an anarcho-primitivist utopia into junk mail business reply envelopes and mailed them back, and put a hypnotic mindfulness meditation chair into the Emeryville Police Department. His work has garnered critical media attention in Artforum, Flash Art, the Believer, Adbusters, the Washington Post, and the front page of the New York Times. His website destructables.org is a user generated, D.I.Y. website of projects that encourage anyone to share step-by-step instructions for art interventions, protest strategies, and other forms of public action.www.packardjennings.com
Felicia González is a Mexican American visual artist, make-up stylist, and production designer. She moved to the Bay Area 20 years ago from LA to train at the SF Academy of Arts in fashion design and theatrical production. Since that time, she has worked with hundreds of Bay Area recording artists and MCs as a makeup artist and stylist. Felicia is part of the Laney College Fusion theatre group and has worked as a costume designer and actor in the collective. Felicia is a visual artist who started showing her work through the Bay Area artist collective Herstory. She has taught summer art classes for the youth at the Mission Cultural Center and has shown her art at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley and recently participated in Oaklands Black Joy Parade assisting Moonwood Co. with production, styling, and makeup.
Mone Smith aka Medusa
Mone Smith aka Medusa is the “Gangsta Goddess” of Project Blowed and is known as the “Godmother” of West Coast Hip Hop. Medusa is known to turn most lyricists into stone with her rhymes, stage performance, style, and grace. Medusa overlays lyrics and free-style raps to her live band, Feline Science, which charted new musical paths in their blend of soul, funk, and Hip Hop. Being one of the pioneer women in Hip Hop, Medusa also embraces her political activism through her writing, music, acting, and dance (pop locking). She currently teaches performance and Hip Hop Art forms at CalArts in Los Angeles and independently teaches lyrical writing workshops, classes, and coaching.
Jessica Tully is an award-winning social practice artist, organizer, and producer. Her media-genic public stunts and installation videos remix core themes of the precariat including voter protection, feminism, fair wages, housing displacement, the public commons, and water as a spiritual technology. Her work has been seen nationwide supporting Walmart workers, voter registration, and progressive campaigning in nine presidential cycles, in major museums and cultural institutions, underwater, and on the Bay Bridge. Jessica was a key member of the Rock the Vote staff that invented voter registration online and founded Rap the Vote. She co-produced the first nationwide rollout of Take Our Daughters To Work Day, is a co-founder of UMA Productions, an all-female music promotion company, Herstory, an all-female Hip Hop arts collective, and Regime Change Cafe, a political breakfast series in LA. Her limited edition multiple, The Cell Phone Sleeping Bag, was acquired by The Jewish Museum in NYC in contemporary Judaica and featured on the cover of the Style section of the New York Times, on Comedy Central’s Moshe Kasher Show and distributed to hundreds of thousands of participants through the National Day of Unplugging.
Loushana Roybal Rose
Loushana Roybal Rose is a California born artist working in visual art, music, and the culinary arts. Drawing on touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste, Loushana specializes in community engagements that center a safe environment for cultural expression. In 1998, she co-founded an all female production company called UMA Productions (Universal Music Awareness), which produced large-scale live concerts and other happenings with numerous high profile artists, musicians, and chefs. In 2008, she earned a B.A. with honors in public art, education, and painting from CCA. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she co-founded Align Gallery, located in the heart of Highland Park. She hosts supper clubs featuring health, urban gardening, and farm to table concepts. Most recently, she started the “Mother Garden,” an aqua-ponic garden located at the East Los Angeles home of the Roybal Foundation, named after her grandfather, Congressman Edward R. Roybal (D-CA), and grandmother, Lucille Beserra Roybal, and where Loushana serves as a board member. The Roybal family legacy in the fields of health advocacy, social activism, and dedication to the community of East Los Angeles plays a tremendous role in all her work.