Squaring the Circle
Curators Cindy Rehm and Hinterculture
Celebrating the 100 Year Anniversary of Llano del Rio
May 3, 2014
L.A.A.G. Make Camp
Organized by Stephanie Allespach
Chloe Boleyn, Krista Chael, Sydney Croskery, Micol Hebron, Fellis Stella, Kelly Thompson, Marjan Vayghan
Defacto LAAG: Cathrine Larson, Oona Nelson, Stephanie Oxley
LAAG - A camp or encampment formed by a circle of wagons, a wandering.
Squaring the Circle is a project curated/produced by Craftswomen House (Cindy Rehm) and Hinterculture. Several artists, dancers, musicians and historians gathered at the ruins for this Llano del Rio pilgrimage, on May 3, 2014 to square the circle.
Make Camp is a site-specific project organized by Stephanie Allespach with the L.A. Art Girls for this site-specific event. Each LAAG contributed to the configuration of the camp, including workshops and installations. Make Camp is inspired by architect, designer, city planner, radical feminist Alice Constance Austin. Her most ambitious project is Llano del Rio, the most important non-religion utopian colony in the history of the United States. Lawyer, politician and socialist Job Harriman hired Austin to help realize his city, a cooperative community in Palmdale, California. Austin’s feminist concepts greatly complemented Harriman's socialist ideals by questioning the patriarchal history of social status. Launched in 1914, the circular city plan included administrative buildings, restaurants, churches, schools and markets.
Make Camp pays homage to Alice Austin's efforts in building a new kind of community, in particular her use of design as a means of questioning the status quo. Austin's concept of kitchenless homes and communal spaces helped promote actions of shared domestic labor. For Make Camp food production becomes an important element, with each participant contributing a dish to the collective meals. The food preparation takes into consideration ideas relating to the Slow Food movement, which links the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture and environment.