2017 Convening LA: Perspectives and LA Partners

OCTOBER 18, 2017

As we gear up for our Los Angeles Convening (it’s in two weeks!), we’d like to highlight the second round of essays from our Field Perspectives series — as well as the insightful programming organized by our Los Angeles Convening partners.

Take a look — and don’t forget to get your tickets before they sell out.


In week two of our Field Perspectives 2017 series, Common Field is excited to share three new texts. Field Perspectives is a co-publishing initiative organized and supported by Common Field as a part of the Los Angeles 2017 Convening. It’s a collaboration between ARTS.BLACK, Art Practical, The Chart, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, contemptorary, DIRT, Pelican Bomb, Temporary Art Review, and X-TRA.

Art Practical (Bay Area) published Anuradha Vikram’s essay “The Big Lie”that questions how the city-wide initiative PST LA/LA is situated within the socioeconomic history and future of Los Angeles.

Contemptorary (Los Angeles) published Dan Bustillo’s essay “Like Piss in Motion: Race, Gender, and Filtration Systems in the work of Candice Lin” that take a closer look at Candice Lin's use of piss to remind us that histories of race and gender do not become sterile over time.

Pelican Bomb (New Orleans) published “The Power of Place” a conversation between Andrea Andersson, Imani Jacqueline Brown, L. Kasimu Harris, and Charlie Tatum about how place affects arts workers in New Orleans; the challenges and obligations of working in a small city; and balancing local, national, and international concerns.


Last week, X-TRA (Los Angeles) published Travis Diehl’s “Op-Ed: An Ultra-red Line” that has yielded an unfolding debate and dialog. Follow the conversation at


Common Field’s lead LA Convening partners include Aurora Tang from the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Eric Kim from Human Resources Los Angeles, Jia Gu from Materials & Applications, and Sarah Williams from Women’s Center for Creative Work — organizations all essential to the dynamism of LA’s arts landscape and organizers all central to the ideas and themes taking shape in the 2017 Convening. Select sessions organized by them include:

...and more, here!

Our affiliate partners include Clockshop, contemptorary, Eastside International, Fathomers, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Machine Project, Side Street Projects, The Velaslavasay Panorama, and X-TRA. Thank you so much for your support.