Oakland California artist Packard Jennings will give a talk about his past work and proposed projects for his six-week residency at Cannonball. Packard is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses appropriation, humor, and interventionist tactics to explore the dynamics of public spaces and to address political and corporate transgressions against public interests. His public process also involves sharing tools and skills with others to affect positive social change. His project, Destructables.org, is a user generated how-to website of interventionist projects and tactics. While in residence, Packard will be developing a new project, The Social Media Soundstage, which gives the public access to a series of progressive filmmaking workstations, allowing the public to recount personal experiences through actors with the aid of a production staff, providing both production value and anonymity. The anonymous films will be posted to YouTube.
Although he works primarily in public spaces, his work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and internationally in Geneva, Turin, Paris, Stuttgart, Madrid, Ljubljana, Vancouver, and Barcelona. His work has been published in several books, including Art and Agenda, Urban Interventions, the BLDG BLOG book, and We Own the Night. His work has garnered critical media attention in The Boston Globe, Artforum, Playboy, Flash Art, the Believer, Adbusters, New American Painting, the Washington Post, and the front page of the New York Times. A native of Oakland, California, he received his BA from San Francisco State and his MFA from Alfred University in New York. Some of his work can be seen at packardjennings.com