Funniest Joke in Cincinnati
January 26 - February 23
Wave Pool is excited to be welcoming UK-based, social practice artist, Sophie Lindsey for an ‘Art Space Is Your Space’ residency during the months of January and February 2019. During her time in Cincinnati she will be bringing together a range of voices and perspectives across the different communities through a portable Joke Booth. Funniest Joke in Cincinnati is a project that seeks to explore the identity of Cincinnati through the jokes told within it. There are many ways you can gain an understanding of a place through humor and the jokes told/shared within different communities. Many things influence the jokes we tell, from the personal such as your family, friends and specific experiences, to current affairs, political situations and local news. Humor is as subjective as art, with tastes varying depending on demographics, cultures and personal preferences. By mapping these differences she aims to build up an image of Cincinnati, in all its complexities. Taking place alongside a growing map in the gallery space, which will be open to the public with scheduled drop in events, allowing people to see the progress and continue to share jokes. The project will culminate with a chicken crossing the road parade, as well as the production of a small publication that brings together a selection of the jokes collected, creating a Pocket Joke Book, as a legacy of the Funniest Joke in Cincinnati.
Lindsey will debut with a soft opening and community event in the gallery on Saturday, January 26th from 6-9pm, light refreshments will be provided. The opening will coincide with Beyond The White Savior, opening in our upstairs gallery following a film screening and discussion from 4-6pm.
The project will include a chicken making workshop, February 2, 2-4pm.
And the residency will culminate February 23rd with a chicken crossing the road parade, as well as the production of a small publication that brings together a selection of the jokes collected, creating a Pocket Joke Book, as a legacy of the Funniest Joke in Cincinnati.
The 2018 Art Space is Your Space residency program is supported by the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile JR/U.S Bank Foundation as well as by individual contributions.
Featured social practice Project:
The Welcome Project (a project of Wave Pool) was chosen as the partner organization for a pilot project developed as part of United Way’s ‘The Shift’ program, entitled ‘Cincinnati’s Table’. With this grant The Welcome Project will hold one meal per month for 13 months. These dinners will be held in neighborhoods where we have immigrant and refugees living, inviting the local neighborhood to be part of the meal, allowing everyone a chance to get to know each other, building friendships, and highlighting the neighborhood.
The Welcome Project is planning each of these meals to revolve around theme or focus (such as peace- making, introductions, diaspora, etc.), which will be introduced by a local artist through an interactive artwork or installation, and also strengthened by food cooked by both by an immigrant or refugee of the neighborhood in order to best start conversations across many groups and bridge divides within our city. Each dinner will be in a different part of the city and will be a partnership with another community organization in order to best reach and include a diverse group of neighborhood voices at each dinner table.
This series of meals began in late October at Tikkun Farm in Mt. Healthy with the theme of “repair/restore”. In October 2019, the final meal will be a pot-luck and will also be the reveal of a culminating cook book that features all of the chefs, artists, and organizations that partook in this year-long project.
This project is supported by United Way.