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In this series of virtual conversations, we bring together visual artists, scholars, composers, activists, writers, and others to explore what kinds of radical imaginaries can unfold in this moment of pandemic, racial reckoning, economic uncertainty, civil unrest, and environmental crisis? How do we think about what is possible? How can we use our imaginations to build a better present/future? How can we attend to the past in service of the future? And how can we retool and build better more equitable models for living and working together? 

Why Scratch Space?

On a hard drive, there is an area dedicated specifically to temporary storage called scratch space. This volume space is commonly used with graphic design programs as an overflow when there is insufficient computer memory. But a scratch space is also a space of ideas – a mental or physical scratch pad--somewhere we jot down concepts, make preliminary notes and sketches, and make connections. Montalvo is home to the third oldest artist residency program in the United States, and in many ways an artist residency is one large scratch space – a space to try things out, to experiment, and to imagine new ways of thinking and working. With Scratch Space, we are interested in open ended exploration, where we are allowed to fail and make mistakes, all in the service of reimagining a more just world.

Hosted by: Donna Conwell, Curator, Lucas Artists Residency Program and Kelly Sicat, Director, Lucas Artists Residency Program.


View past episodes of Scratch Space here.