Join us for the release of the 2nd edition of “What Do We Do Now?” Art’s & Labor’s Alternative Economies Resource Guide for living in New York City. Find out what’s new and how you can contribute to this effort.
Bike Ride from Williamsburg to Eyebeam
Bike from Times-Up @ 99 S. 6th St. Williamsburg to Eyebeam (4.2mile~1hr30min)
Open Mics & Potluck
BaixoCentro Movement, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Fractured Atlas, Hibridos Collective, Lanchonete, Mayfirst/PeopleLink, Mutual Aid NYC, OurGoods, Trade School, Trust Art, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, NYC Anti-Eviction Network, Neighbor Squad, Strike Debt and more!
Art & Radical Pedagogy (Edu-Bloc Session 1)
Facilitator: Caroline Woolard of Trade School Participants: The Pedagogy Group, The Public School, and others
Open discussion for teachers and students interested in the intersection of art and social justice. How can we embody anti-capitalist politics in the ways we teach and learn? How do we build sustainable alternatives to art education that challenge existing systems based on debt, precarity and financialization? How can we practice radical forms of pedagogy that counter the highly competitive, individualist and market-driven subjectivities cultivated by traditional art education?
Art World Exploitation: the culture of free labor, volunteerism & feminism
Facilitation: Leina Bocar. Open discussion to learn more about the common practice in the art world of unpaid labor and steps one can take to empowering oneself. Leina Bocar will be discussing Suzanne Lacy’s “Between the Door and the Street” performance that takes place Oct 19th across from BK Museum, 4.30pm. She is one of 350 women performers advocating for payment for providing content and performing and free childcare. This performance is sponsored and curated by the Brooklyn Museum and Creative Time. There are 70 radical feminist organizations that are participating. Her and many other performers believe they should be paid since this piece deals explicitly with gender, labor inequality, race, class, gentrification, feminism and violence. This is an open discussion to learn more about the common practice in the art world of unpaid labor and steps one can take to empowering oneself.
OWS Screen Printers Guild
Recycling & Repair: Bring your broken items and get help fixing them up.
SPECIAL PROJECTS (all day)
Conversation: Alternative economies in Iran under Shari’a Law and U.S. Sanctions.
I Ran into Iran
Conversation: What Does It Mean to Live with Money?
Conversation: What Is Your Idea of Alternatives?
Bike Ride: Pass the Buck Bike Tour
Meta Local 12noon @Eyebeam – BYOBike! (See workshops for more details)
Alternative Spaces: Mexico, Greece, New York (CONFERENCE ROOM)
Participants: Embros (Greece), Mexicali Rose (Mexicali), La Pajarera (Puebla), Crater Invertido (Mexico City), Espacios Comunes (Juarez), Neter (Mexico City), NYC Anti-Eviction Network.
Most art institutions and organizations are run top-down with everyone following their expected roles. But is this the only model for organizing an art space? In this discussion we will focus on how autonomously run cultural spaces function to provide a more horizontal way to operate and provide inclusive methods for involving the community.
Pass the Buck Bike Tour* (SIDEWALK @EYEBEAM)
Boogie Down Rides by Meta Local
The Pass the Buck Bike Tour is a multi-borough bicycle adventure, presented by Boogie Down Rides, a project of Bronx-based collective Meta Local Collaborative. The tour will explore sites of commerce and exchange throughout New York City including the First Women’s Bank in midtown, and the Banknote building in the Bronx, where many of the world’s currencies were printed. Participants will discuss the tension between capitalism and democracy that shapes New York City, and explore the sites around the city where relationships between private interests and the public good have been negotiated.
*This ride is recommended for people who are comfortable bicycling in traffic at a moderate pace for approximately 20 miles and about 3 hours.
Alternative Economics and Media (MAIN SPACE)
Participants Global Revolution Media, The Illuminator.
Radical media makers host a community conversation on how to setup sustainable media projects under the principles of the movement.
TimeBanksNYC: How to use your local timebank. (THIRD SPACE)
Facilitator: Jessie Reilly. Build networks, trust, and mutual aid between residents and neighborhoods of NYC. TimeBanksNYC is a free city wide program that connects individuals and organizations that have agreed to exchange skills and services using time, instead of money, as currency. In this interactive workshop learn about timebanks, how to use them, and sign up for a free membership.
Protecting Stable Work Space for Studio Practice (MAIN SPACE)
Open discussion on the subject of philanthropy at work, imagining alternatives, the mechanics of ownership, and the mechanisms of action.
Video 201: Getting your video seen on broadcast programs (and in front of larger audiences)(THIRD SPACE)
Intended for media makers with at least a beginner’s knowledge of video, audio, and post-production editing. This fast paced presentation will focus on producing your video–activist, journalist, but not dadaist–specifically for use on broadcast programs. While the conversation will focus on video, many of the concepts will be applicable to other media formats. Technical but accessible, you’ll get it by the end. Reading material will be provided, as well as opportunities for Q and A. This presentation may not be recorded.
Worker Cooperatives Teach-in (CONFERENCE ROOM)
Facilitation: US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Participants: Art Production Cooperative and others.
What does a worker cooperative look like in the cultural industries? US Federation of Worker Cooperatives invites us to brainstorm and imagine alternative models of production and distribution in the arts. Participants include Art Production Cooperative and others.
The Bridge (MAIN SPACE)
Facilitation: Flux Factory. ”The Bridge” is a participatory workshop in which facilitators and audience members physically and symbolically face each other, our differences and similarities. “The Bridge” has simple rules: participants gather on one ‘line’. A facilitator asks a question, those who answer “yes” stay there while those who answer “no” cross the line and turn to face each other. Anyone can pose a follow up question, and participants continue to move to corresponding “yes” or “no” sides. During this process decisions get made, both individually and collectively, regarding where to stand. In the end, we will discuss our varying experiences, discomfort with any questions, and surprises. Which questions were the most difficult to answer? Why? Were there moments you chose to stand in the middle?
Building a Sustainable Para-Academia (Edu Bloc Session 2) (THIRD ROOM)
The Future of the Free Schooling Movement Facilitator: Claiborne McDonald. Participants: Free Cooper U, Claiborne McDonald, All In The Red, and others.
Roundtable discussion on the opportunities and challenges of this present moment in building long-term projects outside and in opposition to the Educational Power Structures. We will discuss some historical examples to build on, from Depression Era anarchist free school projects to experiments grown out of radical groups of the 60s & 70s, leading up to the present. The focus, however, will be in discussing what barriers we face in building a strong network of new groups and projects, in this present moment, committed to free, radical education.
Research Teach-in (CONFERENCE ROOM)
Sociologist Elyzabeth Gaumer shares information on sampling, survey development, data collection, and basic analysis for artists and activists. The workshop will be followed by a discussion of early findings, next steps, and obstacles among groups and individuals conducting survey-based research outside of an institutional context.