Documents of Resistance 2: October 11, 2014 @ Free University

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DOCUMENTS OF RESISTANCE, 2

Uncovering histories and amplifying voices. Letters of protest by artists of color, past and present.

Saturday, October 11, 2014; 2–3pm / “Horizontal Art Action” Free University NYC/Art in Odd Places 2014 / Campos Plaza, 611 East 13th St, Nyc

Freeuniversitynyc.org | free.artinoddplaces.org

Uncovering histories. Amplifying voices. An informal discussion on race, class, and gender in art institutions. In this discussion we will look closely at various documents of protest by artist of color from 1960s to the present. Afterward artist Kenneth Pietrobono will discuss his work as it relate to class, race, and gender. www.kennethpietrobono.com | www.nationalrosegarden.com

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Documents of Resistance I: July 5, 2014 @ Free University

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DOCUMENTS OF RESISTANCE 1 @ Free University NYC - July 5, 2105

Uncovering histories and amplifying voices. Letters of protest by artists of color, past and present. 

“Subtleties of Resistance” Free University NYC @ Kara Walker/Creative Time

Freeuniversitynyc.org | free.artinoddplaces.org

Why did people of color protest museums and art institutions in the 1960s and ‘70s, and has anything changed today? Inspired by the Civil Rights movement, Black and Puerto Rican artists began organize themselves during the 60s and 70s. Spiral, and later the Black Emergency Arts Coalition, The Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition, AWC Black Bloc all questioned the position of people of color in major New York museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions. Many demands were made to the Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum, and the MoMa. These groups demanded that more artists of color be included in all levels of the museum operation–from staff, directors, and curators, to exhibiting artists and permanent collections.

While some demands were met, we should ask again of these museums, has anything changed? Within the past year, there have been a few protests by people of color. We should look, read, and listen to their voices and their demands so we can better assess the current situation: Adrian Piper withdrawals from NYU exhibit; Chaun Webster, Jeremiah Bey Ellison, Arianna Genis, Shannon Gibney, and Valerie Deus write an open letter to The Walker Center before the opening of 12 Years a Slave; Yams Collective withdrawal from the Whitney Biennial; BDS Arts Coalition protests Creative Time’s “Living as Form” art installation appearing at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in clear violation of art boycott against apartheid.

[Protest letters and documents from people of color from the 60s/70s and the recent open letters will be distributed by Arts & Labor Alternative Economies Working Group in anticipation of “Alternative To What?”, a collaborative group reading series exploring the idea of ‘alternatives’ in the art world.]

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Documents of Resistance

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DOCUMENTS OF RESISTANCE (Series)

Uncovering histories and amplifying voices. Letters of protest by artists of color, past and present.

Next: 3 Month Research residency at Triangle Arts Association Dec 2014–Feb 2015
Related workshop listing: Artists and Workers of Color Initiative / Reading, Research, and Production @ ThePublicSchoolNYC

 

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Ambassador Jerry Maguire’s Alternative Ecomonies

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Jerry Maguire for Alternative Economies

vizKult announces:

Ambassador Jerry Maguires’s AlterNative EcoNomiEs
A new Alternative Economies Affinity Group inspired by Ambassador Jerry Maguire plans to go beyond the typical activist handbook and dialectical double-speak of both the ‘left’ and ‘right’. In the coming months and perhaps next decade, the affinity group is set to unleash alternatives to lift us into a new lucid dimension of economic play with ‘Workers’ Saunas’, ‘Autonomous Yoga Zones’, ‘Community Supported Tropical Agriculture’, ‘Local Kwon Currency’, ‘Time-Warp Banks’, and other ‘Open Sourcery Projects’…

Kwan, Kwon, Quan
For  March 5-27, 2014 you can see the first Kwan prototype on display at Currency as Space @HDLU Treasury and Mint, Trg žrtava fašizma 16 Zagreb, Croatia  www.borroworrob.org

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Free University

May Day 2013 Free University at Cooper Union

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Free University

May 1st, 2013

vizKult believes that knowledge is a commons: knowledge originates from many, and is cooperatively produced. Knowledge should not be bought or sold but should be free. This May Day 2013, vizKult helped facilitate activities for a free university in solidarity with the students at Cooper Union. But vizKult would like to underline that it does not support reinstating free education for only a select few as it existed in the past, but free education for all via a progressive admissions policy. A policy that admits anyone who wants to learn, not based on merit but based on will, no mater sex, age, or background.

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三 人 行 必 有 我 師 (Three people walking, there is my teacher) – K’ung Fu-tzu (551–479 BC)

Commonalities

Commonalties at Altes Finanzamt

Commonalities

June 4th-9th, 2012

I. Is space the only thing that divides us? And is color and shape really the only thing that further differentiates our divided spaces? Even then, Spinoza’s physical theory tell us that in regards to individuality, our bodies are really only modifications of a single substance. We are all woven from the same thread, to put it in colloquial terms. Then can it be said that exchanges and engagements with in art can be a place where commonalities are created as a way to deal with this superficial division of space, color, and shape?

workshop & visual propositions

Altes Finanzamt
Schönstedtstraße 7
EG Neukölln 12043
Berlin

[We ask of the participants to expand this text using various sources, notions, scenarios, and incidences. These elements will be gathered and discussed at Altes Finanzamt in Berlin, June 4-9th. Expanding list of participants & collaborators: Antonio Serna (NY),  Are You Meaning Company (JP/DE), Ayaka Okutsu, Bruno Antunes (PT/DE), Christine Cheung(CA/DE), Christian Hincapie (USA), Darren Jones(USA), Diego Chamy(AR), Futo Akiyoshi + Kouichi Tabata(JP/DE), Kristin Trethewey(CA/DE), Lorenzo Sandoval(PT/DE), Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi(JP/DE), Michael Lee(SG/DE), MiYoung Sohn(USA), Snack HATOBA(DE) | Last Updated Sept 25, 2012 ]

Four Points and A Circle

Four Points and A Circle

Fall 2012 – ongoing

It is usually the grandeur of the wooded area surrounding The Manse that we recall from our history books. In American Romantic painting for example we are overwhelmed by the sublime depicted in the surrounding forms: nature, elements of the creator, man and nothing else. Within the framework of Four Points and a Circle we are called to uncover a different human condition hidden from our perspective.

One: A Search for a Different Economy
September 2, 2012
Complimenta (I)/The Manse
Ithaca, New York

A Line In Nature

A Line In Nature

Fall 2008 - ongoing

A research/reading group that examines the relationships between humans and nature throughout time, thus tracing a line in nature. Although the general goal is to explore, we are also open to presentations, proposals, and experiments (both collaborative/individual and formal/informal. [Original ideas for visual propositions on nature date back to 2008 but in October 2010 it was proposed as The Urban Foraging Reading Group at The Public School NYC.]

email to join or propose a walk: x@*this-website-name*.org

WALKS & READINGS & EVENTS

Introduction, Nov 20, 2010 - readings/date/location
Early Foragers and Farming, Dec 11, 2010 - rescheduled.
Farming & Domestication, Jan 29, 2011 - Reading/Date/Location
Marx, Proto-Nazis, ‘Primitives’ Feb 26, 2011 - Reading/Date/Loc
Magna Carta, Affluence/Egalitarian Neolithic Societies - March -Reading/Date/Location
Ritual and Nature pt 1 – Sacred Ritual + Africans discover America - Sept 11 - Readings/Date/location
Ritual & Nature - September 11, 2011
Ritual & Nature pt.2
October, 2011 CANCELLED
Conviviality in The Garden June 2, 2012

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