Los Angeles Poverty Department’s new work “The Back 9: Golf and Zoning Policy in Los Angeles” is a multidisciplinary art project interrogating the power structures that have literally built Los Angeles.

City zoning codes are now in process of being re-written as part of the Re:Code LA initiative and the new codes will first be applied in downtown. Artist Rosten Woo works with us in translating the political obstacles into a miniature golf course. He will create the exhibition and facilitate community/artists workshops, with the possibility that workshop creations be utilized in the exhibition.

The Back 9 will take the form of a visual arts exhibition at LAPD’s Skid Row History Museum & Archive and a thematically related performance work as well as additional contextualizing programming (talks, films, workshops) to take place during the 4-month run of the exhibition.

Tom Grode summarizes our first workshop on Affordable Housing – on January 7, 2017 – by Rosten Woo.

Rosten Woo is an artist, designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He makes things that help people understand complex systems, re-orient themselves to places, and participate in-group decision-making.

Materials & Applications (M&A) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a public culture of experimental architecture in Los Angeles. Our mission is to advance innovative and critical ideas about architectural design through public projects and programs. We produce outdoor installations, workshops, and dialogues in collaboration with architects, artists, and communities.

This program has been made possible by a grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts with additional support from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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