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ON ALL Day - 2021

Site UnSawn

ON ALL Day - Site UnSawn on May 1st, 2021 was our first completely virtual event.  After feeling cut off, worn down and reshaped by our experiences the past 14 months, we searched for a positive from the pandemic and were pleased to offer a day of art and public humanities at and around a little known remote ruin - a site impossible for a live group presentation and gathering.
In response to the location, Llano history and recent trauma to the area as a result of the Bobcat Fire in September 2020, Louise Mathias, Tanya Kane-Parry, Marlon D. Sherman and Monique Stevens share new works, installations, iterations and performances.
Through Positional Projects director Karyl Newman's research in private family archives, Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and UCLA's Special Collections, the event shared the evolution of the location with then and now photographs and oral histories.
We had some other surprises and of course a map!

ON ALL Day - 2020

Alluvial Albums Art Geocache

Like many, we were not able to accomplish our annual May Day event due to COVID-19.

While our intended offering is not abandoned, we were able to accomplish a new type of individual experience albeit later in the year as part of MAIDEN.LA.

Back in 2017, director Karyl Newman found two photo albums stuck in Big Rock Wash not far from the colony school and orchards. The photos, snap shots and ephemera survived, though emulsions were compromised by waters which irrigated the Llano del Rio Colony. The subjects in this collection would not have been accepted for membership in the colony. Our #recoveryjustice #artgeocache shares this important and little known legacy with visitors. A limited edition of postage paid cards created with rubber stamps by The Traveling Postal Club and images from the collection is an ongoing opportunity for discovery of postal art hidden in the desert. 

ON ALL Day - 2019

Earth Day Intervention

ON ALL Day - #storiesandstewardship at Llano del Rio marked an important coming together of projects across the Mojave in collaboration with High Desert Keepers and I Heart Lake Los Angeles. Faced with so much illegal dumping along the road to the silo, we decided to rally support for the site a bit earlier than May Day, for Earth Day.
We worked all morning to gather tons of waste including an abandoned hot tub present since 2017.

The silo is constantly bombarded by grafitti and in agreement with property owners we work with a volunteer crew and with the Home Depot to obtain donated supplies to paint out what we can. This is an ongoing battle.




ON ALL Day - 2018

Future Foundations

ON ALL Day - Future Foundations on May 6th, 2018 was inspired by the promotional postcard collection discovered at the Beinecke Library. Participants could visit a period tent and view the reproduction postcard collection created by Paul Greenstein, walk the residential foundations guided by Karyl Newman, create a postcard with commemorative stamps featuring Alice Constance Austin and her proposed residences for the colony organized by The Traveling Postal Club and enjoy a sound bath inside the silo with Anahata Mousai.

ON ALL Eve - 2017

Figuring the Volume of a Utopian Cylinder

Suggested by attendees at ON ALL Day, celebrating the last May Day at Llano del Rio, ON ALL Eve offered a desert evening walk with Karyl Newman, sharing history and the state of the socialist colony in August of 1917, as the residents decided the fate of their Utopia. Local artists Jean Monte, Moriah Cain-Gross and Kristen Cramer (Anahata Mousai) invited guests to recline under the waxing sturgeon moon to enjoy a sound bath inside the silo ruin. This ticketed event, held August 4, 2017, was made possible in part by a grant from California Humanities as an auxiliary project of ON ALL Day - A Desert Reflection at Llano del Rio.

ON ALL Day - 2017

A Desert Reflection at Llano del Rio

ON ALL Day - A Desert Reflection at Llano del Rio, on May 6th, 2017 marked the short-lived socialist experiment's last May Day in the Antelope Valley 100 years ago featuring historical exhibits, tours, art and experiences at four locations around the colony's holdings in the Antelope Valley in 1917. Organized by Karyl Newman and PositionalProjects.org, collaborators Dydia DeLyser and Paul Greenstein, Jean Monte, Kristen Cramer, Moriah Cain Gross, Leora Wien, Michelle Andrade created exhibits documented by Adriana Campos-Ojeda and Verlon Allen III. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

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