June 8, 9, 10 & 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
June 17 Matinee at 3:00 p.m.
Directed by John Malpede in collaboration with LAPD
June 10 through October 31, 2017
Opening: June 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Designed by Rosten Woo in collaboration with LAPD
The Back 9 is a multidisciplinary art project, interrogating the power structures that have literally built Los Angeles. LAPD’s new performance goes behind the scenes to look at the assumptions of public policy that get played out in private by the rich and powerful. Join LAPD’ers as they democratize the process by playing miniature golf during their performance that imagines and critiques the decisions made on The Back 9. The performance takes place on a zoning themed miniature golf course designed by Rosten Woo. While the project is a response to the re-zoning of Los Angeles (now in process), it has additional resonance in the current moment: a time when Golf is at the center of Trumpian world politics. The mini-golf course installation will be open and playable by the public starting Saturday, June 10, 2-5pm, and open Thursday – Saturday through October 31.
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. A new Community Plan for downtown is also in process, and as proposed it will have devastating consequences for the voice and autonomy of the Skid Row community. The plan now being written by the City Planning Department, claims that it will make Skid Row a “walkable community” by creating market rate housing on 5th, 6th & 7th Streets. Right now Skid Row, heavy with pedestrian traffic, is eminently walkable. The “Downtown Community Plan” intends to insert different people to do the walking. The Back 9 looks at the issues, mechanisms, hidden assumptions, and the consequences of the proposed plan.
Based in the Skid Row neighborhood since 1985, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) is a non-profit arts organization that connects lived experience to the social forces that shape the lives and communities of people living in poverty.
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) has partnered with LAPD and Rosten Woo in designing the public education workshops of The back 9. M&A is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a public culture of experimental architecture in Los Angeles. Their mission is to advance innovative and critical ideas about architectural design through public projects and programs. M&A produces outdoor installations, workshops, and dialogues in collaboration with architects, artists, and communities.
The Back 9 is an LAPD project and 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, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Surdna Foundation.