The Cultural Development Corporation of DC surprised the DC art community the other day with the launch of the DC Space Finder, a simple online search tool that will help those of us in the city who are looking for places to produce and rehearse plays deal with “the space problem,” as we’ve all come to think of it. It looks like a nifty resource, and I’ve heard anecdotal reports that it’s already made people aware of possibilities they didn’t know about… and that, to me, seems like more than half the game.
Such simple power technology has to change our perception: from believing there’s a “space problem” — i.e., no space to be had for things like this — to seeing possibility, in only a short time. I like that.
What I also suspect, but cannot prove, is that the “space problem” was really only code — even subconsciously — for a “money problem” (or a “support problem”), by which I mean that what people really want is free or cheap space, and not just any space, but “important” space. Time, I suppose, will tell; we’ll see if that’s what people are concerned about next. If so, we’ll at least have had one veil of our self-delusion lowered, and be one step closer to facing what strikes me as the innermost layer of the onion: that we want IN, whatever that looks like, and we don’t know how to get there.
The motto of the Cultural Development Corporation is “We Make Space for Art.” I think that’s what we really all ought to be doing: making our own spaces for art, whatever that looks like. I’m personally still figuring that out for myself, and I hope we can figure it all out together. Let’s make spaces for ourselves… and for each other. That’s the change — technological or otherwise — I’d really like to see.