April 2012

Imagining Edelia

Thursday April 12, 2012 at Parsons The New School for Design—A collective reading of David Harvey’s utopian fantasy, Edelia, the appendix to his book, Spaces of Hope that I’ve  read many times. Reena Katz organized this event, which was attended by around 100 people, students and faculty seated  in small groups in a big hall. Along with 8 other people I read out loud from the book while others listened. A wonderful evening with reverence for the book and for argument around it.

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June 25th 2012 More from Reena Katz—An upcoming  conference in Vancouver http://arcpost.ca/conference

October 12 – 14, 2012
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, Canada

Institutions by Artists is a three day, international event that evaluates and activates the performance and promise of contemporary artist-run centres and initiatives.

Convening a world congress of artists, curators, critics, and academics, Institutions by Artists will deliberate, explore, and advance the common interests of artist-run centres, collectives, and cultures, creating a catalyst for new as well as divergent assessments and perspectives on such phenomena today. Using experimental formats, performative frameworks, and participatory vehicles, the three day series of events is designed to challenge and generate new thinking about artist-run initiatives globally, examining many dimensions whether urban or rural, fixed or mobile, and local or regional, among others. Inspired by the many artists wrestling creatively with building, using, shaping, and deploying institutions by artists,we will explore economies of exchange and knowledge; institutional time and space; as well as intimate and professional networks, among other critical interrogations.

Throughout the Institutions by Artists week, artist-run centres will present special projects that link to the themes of the Convention. From internet art pioneers, to grassroots cinema collectives, to media pirates and institutional revisionists, this series of presentations will invite and engage the public to meet visiting artists, and to examine the many phenomena impacting and defining artist-run institutions globally.

Among the Convention’s experimental tactics are re-enactments of key histories from the annals of artist-run culture, radical distributions of printed matter, the re-purposing of data and systems, as well as DIY models of education, which ultimately support an in-depth examination of the innovative, critical, and irreverent spirit of artist-run cultures and initiatives.

221A Artist Run Centre is a non-profit organization that supports and facilitates dialogue between contemporary art and design. 221A’s programme manifests a unique interdisciplinary community by presenting work that creates new knowledge extensions between existing art and design practices.

Artist Reena Katz recently compiled an excellent  list of utopia sites and readings that I’m posting here as a PDF. Reena Katz—Utopia Sites

A link to The Institute for Wishful Thinking by Maureen Connor, Greg Sholette, Susan Kirby, Nathania Rubin, Andrea Del Felice, Matt Mahler, John Pavlou, Bibi Calderaro,Tommy Mintz can be found here. theiwt.com

World of Female Avatars

Francis Cape’s Utopian Benches

Joy Garnett’s The Bee Kingdom

More to come.







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