Interdisciplinary artist and ExquisiteKnowing founder, Ashley David (Calif.), teams up with Momentum Bike Clubs (South Carolina) to bring underserved high school students and their mentors to Silicon Valley from Greenville County, August 5-10, to collaborate with Bay Area youth in an immersive and cycling-based 6-day examination and living experiment in community, working homelessness, and innovation.
ExquisiteKnowing Challenge 2017 is a Bay Area summit to explore poverty and privilege and create possibility through experience and exchange. Participants will visit Facebook, YouTube, and a San Jose incubator space, volunteer in East Palo Alto/Redwood City/San Jose, cycle for sport and transportation, shelter at a church, shower at a gym, and process their experiences through ExquisiteKnowing workshops to create text, audio, and video artifacts to share online and with their local community.
This social practice art project is designed to catalyze empowerment, empathy, and compassion, and to build bridges between communities holistically. It challenges participants to take “building resilience” to the next level, and it expands the scope of Momentum Bikes Clubs to include national focus and exposure. In its pilot year, the project will match Greenville youth with Bay Area youth. It plans to flip the geography in subsequent years, bringing Bay Area youth to South Carolina to continue the dialog, redefine perspectives, expand the spheres of influence, and continue cultivating the experience.
ExquisiteKnowing expands to include its own imprint with the publication of Abacus Creek: Ekphrastic Poems by Dr. D’s 2017 Creative Writing Workshop. The limited edition collection includes poems by Menlo School’s Class of ’23 (6th graders at the time of publication) responding to Nick Cave’s Soundsuits, which were installed at Stanford University’s Anderson Collection. The volume is archived in the Menlo School library.
About the collection, Dr. D aka Ashley David, says, “What impresses me most about this work is its diversity. Each of the twelve students contemplated Cave’s work and responded in deeply personal ways.”