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Projects for a Revolution in New York


Projects for a Revolution in New York

Under the title “I am the Revolution? Desires, fears and body politics” Karen Hakobian and Harout Simonian attempts to challenge the boundaries of revolution and the revolutionary, both as process and as practice of/on a collective and individual level and choice, by bringing in those who act, think, talk and appear revolutionary through sexuality, gender-transfer, and body analysis.

For this they have invited Ignacio Rivera, transgender activist and sex educator; Peppermint, renowned drag queen; Dacia Ray, sex worker and activist; and Edgar Rivera, anthropologist at Columbia University.

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Projects for a Revolution in New York
Experiments in Collective Research and Action: Some Proposals
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Event is FREE and open to the public
New Museum / 235 Bowery / New York, NY 10002
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Schedule
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PART I

12:45 – 3:15

Includes: Benj Gerdes, Jennifer Hayashida, Dara Greenwald, Ona Mirkinson, Susan
Rosenberg, Jesal Kapadia, Amin Husain, Nitasha Dhillon and Patricia González

INTERMISSION

3:15 – 3:45

PART II

3:45 – 5:30

Includes: Karen Hakobian, Harout Simonian, Ignacio Rivera, Dacia Ray,
Peppermint, Edgar Rivera, Emily Forman

EXIT MUSEUM

PART III

5:45 – 7:00

Lower Eastside Squat And Land Reclamation Tour with Frank Morales

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Short Intro:

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What do we mean by the word revolution today? Where are itspotential arenas of explosion and suppression? Where to place New York in a context of revolutionary discourse, thought, or practice?

Where to begin to dismantle the blockages of our own imaginary? Where to begin to dismantle the material blockages preventing social, political, body, and economic experimentation.

Please join us for an afternoon program at the New Museum this Saturday beginning at 12:30. The day will span multiple formats of performance, lecture, conversation, and screening, providing an opportunity to collectively consider the contemporary political circumstances we find ourselves in, while looking at specific contexts of research or work done by a group of artists, activists, and researchers over the last few months.

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Description:
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On April 15, a group of artists, agitators, and thinkers gathered at the New Museum to discuss the political challenges each foresaw in our contemporary context and the lived city. Moreover, they addressed the possibility of each engaging in some kind of militant research, locating a problem, finding a group of individuals to engage with in the city, and attempting to understand a situation more profoundly.

Organized by Programs for Research and Outreach (PRO) as part of the exhibition “Museum as Hub: In and Out of Context REDUX,” this event shifts between elements of a seminar, performance, screening, lecture, discussion, spoken-word event, conversation, and encounter. Those involved include Ayreen Anastas, Emily Forman, Dara Greenwald, Jesal Kapadia, Rene Gabri, Benj Gerdes, Jennifer Hayashida, Karen Hakobian, and Harout Simonian, alongwith their collaboratorsand guests. The event migrates aroundissues such as immigration and work,political suppression and political prisoners, homelessness and housing, sex and transgender politics, and issues of political agency, autonomy, and education in contemporary New York.

Specific contributions include the following:

Benj Gerdes and Jennifer Hayashida will discuss immigration struggles in light of the Lower East Side’s history and present anti-immigration legislation in Arizona and elsewhere. They will address immigrants’ rights struggles in relationship to the creation of cross-ethnic solidarity networks, as well as the generation of new tactics attuned to transnational flows of people and capital in border as well as non-border states. This research and discussion will culminate in their project “Postcards to AZ,” to launch at the
New Museum Block Party on July 24 between 12 and 5pm.

Dara Greenwald with Ona Mirkinson explore questions concerning political repression in New York by looking at the activity of militant care as expressed through writing, visiting, and advocating for political prisoners. Through discussions on the links between the repression of today with the repression of the movements of the ’60s and ’70s, they examine its influence on current feelings of fear surrounding political speech and action. Former political prisoner and writer Susan Rosenberg will participate in the discussion.

Jesal Kapadia collaborated with her students Amin Husain, Nitasha Dhillon and Patricia González, and together they have invited MTL, a new kind of an organization in New York CIty to speak about its work and vision for the future. On the cusp of a truly un-dis connectable global world, where rapid change is the norm, MTL is actively engaged in the business of radical re-education and proliferation of an infinite platform of ideas to facilitate change.

Under the title “I am the Revolution? Desires, fears and body politics” Hakobian and Simonian attempts to challenge the boundaries of revolution and the revolutionary, both as process and as practice of/on a collective and individual level and choice, by bringing in those who act, think, talk and appear revolutionary through sexuality, gender-transfer, and body analysis. For this they have invited Ignacio Rivera, transgender activist and sex educator; Peppermint, renowned drag queen; Dacia Ray, sex worker and activist; and EdgarRivera, anthropologist at Columbia University.

Emily Forman will lead a discussion about post-capitalist urban transformation strategies. Ideas generated collectively will inform her design for a landscape-chest tattoo which envisions the reclamation of an L.A. freeway overpass. After the event at the museum, we will continue the discussion around urban reclamation, abandoned infrastructure, and relative autonomy with a special tour of the Lower East Side squats, led by Frank Morales of Picture the
Homeless. For those who will be unable to join theLower Eastside Squat And Land Reclamation Tour on Saturday, there will be an additional tour scheduled for the 18th of July, on Sunday at 3pm.

Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri and a few guests will intervene between each session and involve the public in narrating anthinking through some of the questions brought up over the course of the day.

12/07/10


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