About Emilia White

By     Jun 3, 2014
Lecturer and Programming Coordinator, University of Michigan

Emilia White

I’m an interdisciplinary performance artist functioning under the artist name Emilia Javanica, which is a small red flower that looks like a paintbrush. I’m originally from northern California and have also resided in Seattle, WA, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have a background in theater and puppetry, and am interested in the fusion of theater, visual art and community participation. I have performed across the U.S. and abroad, some of the highlights being at the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn and Dixon Place in NYC, the Northrup King Building in Minneapolis, the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Chicago Women's Funny Festival, Galeri Nasional and Salihara in Jakarta, Lembaga Indonesia Perancis, Jogja Nasional Museum and Taman Budaya in Yogyakarta.

My experience as an arts organizer started when I resided in Indonesia, where I worked closely with the political artist collective Taring Padi to initiate arts workshops for children following the devastating earthquake that hit Yogyakarta in 2006, and later open a small children's library in a rural village on the outskirts of the city. For the past three years I have co-curated an ongoing experimental performance series in Detroit, The Performance Laboratory. Since its inception, The Performance Laboratory has produced over 17 multidisciplinary performance showcases, bringing together artists from Southeast Michigan and beyond. I am also the Programming Coordinator at University of Michigan North Quad, where I work closely with students and faculty to collaboratively present an innovative events and exhibit program designed to support and enrich the intellectual, educational, and cultural life of the University of Michigan campus. During the Creative Community Fellowship I’ll be working on developing my project, the Artoit ArtBus, a unique vehicle aimed at transporting groups to cultural events between Ann Arbor and Detroit, in addition to offering programming on the bus itself. With no public transportation between Ann Arbor and Detroit, the Artoit Art Bus will offer the opportunity to converse with communities outside of the comfort zone, while also exploring the spaces that exist in between.