2017 Common Field Convening Los Angeles
November 2-5, 2017
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

The four-day program includes panels, breakouts, skill-shares, celebrations, and more, augmented by evening-time programming organized together with our Los Angeles member network and partners. This year also marks programming proposed by our network through our inaugural Open Call.

Friday, November 3


Saturday, November 4



Thursday, November 2 - 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
LOCATION: 6522 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
Exhibition Walkthrough at 2PM and 4PM

Juan Downey: Radiant Nature
September 13th-December 3rd, 2017
Curated by Robert Crouch and Ciara Ennis

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Pitzer College Art Galleries

Juan Downey: Radiant Nature, is a two-part exhibition on the early works of Chilean-born artist Juan Downey as part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative exploring the vast subject of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.


Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI)
LOCATION: 9331 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Ongoing Exhibition, Open Daily 12-5PM


"Engaging Scale: The Railroad Landscape as Analog Macroscope" is on display at CLUI LA. Using video, interpretive panels, and touchscreens, this exhibit explores intersections between large and small scale railroad layouts and landmarks—from full-scale continental railroads to those built by railroad model clubs.

Saturday, November 3 - 5:30 PM 

Reading by Moonrise: Virginia Grise & Aleshea Harris
Saturday, November 4 at 5:30pm
Gates: 5:30pm
Reading: 6:00pm
Moonrise: 6:51pm

Bowtie Project
2780 W. Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Saturday, November 3 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

MYCO-COSMOS: An Evening of Music and Mushrooms in Space

LOCATION: Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles CA, 90012
Fathomers & LA State Historic Park present a live performance coinciding with the Common Field Convening


An Evening of Music and Mushrooms in Space with Phil Ross, Laraaji, Paul Stamets
Presented by Fathomers and LA State Historic Park

Free and open to the public!
ASL interpretation will be provided.

No-cost food truck meal onsite from 6-8pm for the first 100 Common Field Convening attendees -- be sure to bring your badge!

Sunday, November 4 

NowSpace and Gas / 12-5pm
LOCATION: 5390 Alhambra Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90032

NowSpace is an artist run project space, experimental performance venue, and art residency located inside a 3,500 sq ft. industrial warehouse in Northeast Los Angeles.  We are pleased to present Emily Marchand and Lena Wolek, our current artists in residence, who will be presenting sculpture and installation created through the duration of their month-long collaborative residency.  Their culmination of work is an exploration of materials and labor amidst current political and social climates.

Please join us for a special walkthrough of the show and discussion with the artists at 1:30pm on Sunday, November 5th. Open hours for the exhibition will run from 12-5pm.

Gas, a mobile, autonomous, experimental and networked platform for contemporary art located in a truck gallery and online, will be parked outside of NowSpace. Gas will present the current exhibit "Fuck the Patriarchy" which looks at hope and refusal in the Trump era. Artists include: Jibz Cameron, Paul Chan and Badlands Unlimited, Gallery Y2K, Angélica Maria Millán Lozano, Roy Martinez, Seth Price, Ana Roldán, Lauren Satlowski, Cristina Victor, YERBAMALA COLLECTIVE


Incendiary Traces / 2-5PM
This event will be held at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA):
Asian Center
709 N Hill Street
Suite 104-8 (upstairs)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Incendiary Traces invites Convening attendees to draw in the virtual battlespace of Arma 3. Developed with funding from the US Military as a Game for Training, Arma 3 is an open world military simulation game sited on the fictional island Atlis, based on the real-life Greek island of Lemnos. In 2012, two Army 3 developers were arrested on Lemnos by Greek authorities and charged with espionage. Through on-site drawing events, research and publication, Incendiary Traces collectively explores the role of landscape imagery - and the power of the gaze - in international conflict.


Official Convening programming starts at 6:30 PM on Thursday 11/2 and ends the night of Saturday 11/4.
Optional Pre-Convening Training for Anti-Oppression Work, in collaboration with the California Conference for Equality and Justice, is at 10:00AM - 4:00PM on Thursday 11/2. This is ticketed separately with limited enrollment.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM / Pre-Convening Workshop / Resisting Systemic Oppressions: from ourselves, our organizing and our field
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM / OPTIONAL: Self-Guided Adventures around Los Angeles                         
6:30 - 10:30 PM / Convening Registration & Check In
6:30 - 10:30 PM / Convening Kick-off Party

9:00 - 9:45 AM / Breakfast available. Coffee available all day.
9:45 - 10:15 AM / Introduction and Remarks
10:15 - 11:45 AM / Section 1: All Together Session
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM / Live archive by DIRT
9:45 AM - 6:30 PM / Community Care Space Open
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM / Break
12:00 - 1:30 PM / Section 2: Break Outs
1:30 - 2:45 PM / Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 PM / Website Help Desk
2:45 - 3:00 PM / Common Field Announcements
3:00 - 4:30 PM / Section 3: All Together Session
4:30- 5:00  PM / Break
5:00 - 6:30  PM / Section 4: Break Out Sessions
7:30 - 9:30 PM / Satellite Dinners around Los Angeles
9:30 - 11:30 PM / Evening Social and After-Party at the Velaslavasay Panorama

9:00 - 10:00 AM / Breakfast available. Coffee available all day.
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM / Live archive by DIRT
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM / Community Care Space Open
10:00 - 11:30 AM / Section 5: Break Out Sessions
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM / Lunch
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM / Website Help Desk
1:00 - 1:15  PM / Common Field Announcements
1:15 - 2:45 PM / Section 6: All Together Session
2:45- 3:15  PM / Break
3:15 - 4:45  PM / Section 7: Break Out Sessions
5:00 - 8:00 PM / Break and Dinner on your own
8:00 PM - MIDNIGHT /Evening Program: Start at Human Resources Los Angeles —> group walk to —> Closing Bash @ Metabolic Studio

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM / OPTIONAL: Walks + Self-Guided Adventures around Los Angeles

Community Conference Guidelines/Agreements
provided by California Conference for Equity and Justice ​

From the words of Assata Shakur “We must love and protect one another”. In order to love and protect one another as Assata commands, we must be mindful of certain guidelines. We want to ensure that this conference is a brave space for all people of different intersections – intersections of experiences, intersections of life journeys, intersections of identities, intersections of values. It is important to create and hold a container for one another during the convening so we are asking all of us to practice more intentional ways of communicating with ourselves and each other. We want to insure that we uplift and practice just communication in this space of building, learning, sharing and collaboration. As we create, generate and critique, we must reflect back on these guidelines. It is important to elevate voices, perspectives and experiences that can help illuminate the complexities of social oppression and how it can be combated.

Bring Your Best Self
Speak from the heart
Listen from the Heart
Intent and Impact
Say Just Enough
Don’t Yuck My Yum {I say I like chocolate you say ew, chocolate is nasty…You are yucking my yum”}
One Mic
Listen with Respect
Speak With Respect
Honor Privacy {If someone says something in confidence it must stay at the convening}