Re:Group

Organized by Not An Alternative, moderated by Astra Taylor

Discussants:
Professor/author Jodi Dean; non-profit organization Not An Alternative; artist John Hawke

With participation now a dominant paradigm, structuring social interaction, art, activism, the architecture of the city, and the economy, we are all integrated into participatory structures whether we want to be or not. How are artists and activists navigating the participation paradigm, mapping the limits of collaboration, and modeling participatory forms of critical engagement?

 

Ghana Think Tank invites the general public, and a group of US thinkers and do-ers, to Think Tank the Think Tanks, analyzing the solutions produced by the Think Tank since 2006, brainstorming ways to implement those solutions, and generally examining the Ghana Think Tank process.

 

Christopher Robbins will explore some of the techniques he has encountered creating action- and collaboration- based works over the past ten years. Techniques we will cover include community mapping, transect walks, and other techniques for getting a foothold in new communities.

This workshop will focus on PRA techniques—also known as Participatory Rapid Appraisal / Participatory Learning & Action / Action Research—ways of exploring a community from the varied perspectives of the people in that community, without having to rely on the “Official” perspectives put forth by those who already have a voice.

 
"Mandatory Minimum" coroplast sign intervention by John Hawke

A workshop with John Hawke in conjunction with his work for the Re:Group exhibition, will start at Eyebeam with a presentation and discussion on the growing phenomenon of illegal coroplast advertising and the possibilities that might exist within this trend for art interventions.

While graffitti is a form of urban writing that aims to showcase the individuality and identity of the writer, sign interventions start from an opposite direction-- the milieu of business advertising.  As such, works that adopt this form may insert messages into the urban visual field at a far more subversive level.

This workshop will start at Eyebeam and following discussion and the construction of participants signs, we will go out as a group to wire the signs to high visibility fencing sites.

 
Peformance documentation: Institute for Infinitely Small Things, "Corporate Commands (Say It with Flowers)"

Join The Institute for Infinitely Small Things in a walking expedition and performance lab for Corporate Commands in the Eyebeam neighborhood. As a group, we will collect and discuss corporate commands in public space and choose one for a collaborative performance.

Corporate Commands are instructions from corporations in the imperative - they tell YOU to DO SOMETHING in public space (e.g. "Just Do It", "Have It Your Way").

The Institute for Infinitely Small Things, a performance research troupe, performs corporate commands in public space as literally as possible, carefully logging the results as a research endeavor.

 
Image from "7 Sign Revisions: Low Income Parking" by John Hawke

Organized and moderated by Noel Hidalgo, Director of Technology Innovation, New York State Senate

"In Code We Trust" is the new motto for Government in the 21st century. Across the country, geeks inside and outside of government are developing a new participatory and transparent Federal, State and Municipal governments. Built upon open-source tools, open standards, and best practices, this panel will highlight authorized actors as they  practical examples of initiatives from private, public and government sectors.

 
People: Noel Hidalgo
Research: Education, Open Culture, Urban Research
Tags: open gov't, Re:Group, SS2010, SS@N2010

Starting tomorrow morning and for the next 3 days we will work on a new edition of the Collaborative Futures book.

As I’ve done before I will keep updating with posts here every evening. In the meanwhile I will leave you with the spiel:

In January 2010 six authors and one programmer were locked in a room in Berlin and were assigned by the Transmediale festival to collaboratively write a book titled “Collaborative Futures”.

5 days and 33,000 words later the first incarnation of Collaborative Futures was finished online, and sent off to be printed. 5 months later the original authors together with three new people and will be locked in Berlin and New York to produce the second edition of the same book.

 
Projects: ShiftSpace, The Upgrade!, youarenothere, Collaborative Futures
People: Mushon Zer-Aviv
Research: Middle East, Open Culture
Tags: in English, collaboration, collaborative futures, eyebeam, flossmanuals, Re:Group, transmediale, honorary resident
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Orange Work - Lexicon

Mandatory Minimum—We Have Moved! is comprised of an urban intervention located adjacent to a Home Depot in Brooklyn and the chain link fence installation at Eyebeam that displays documentation of past Orange Work projects. The Home Depot intervention is comprised of a large printed sign that blandly announces a fictitious increase in the federal minimum wage. The Orange Work method might be summed up as: “Be The State”, by appropriating visual languages to contest issues of spatial dynamics.

Project Created: 
May 2004
 
Start Date: 
29 Jul 2010
Hours: 
7PM-9PM
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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What happens when we use a brand's code to distribute our own message?

Activist group GAIA will be collaborating with Hacking Couture in this workshop.

Hacking Couture is a platform for launching new fashion creations through an open source approach of reverse engineering fashion brands and making the code available online. Hands on workshops encourage participants to create using the codes regardless of their level of fashion knowledge, and to engage in the larger fashion conversation. By understanding the coding of established fashion, this project provides a platform to empower participants to step up and create.

Sign-up here.

 

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Start Date: 
20 Jul 2010
Hours: 
7PM-9PM
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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What is it like for another designer to follow the Hacking Couture structure? Come and design with us.

Led by Brooklyn based designer Charlotte Gaspard, Creative Director of C.Spot Designs.

Hacking Couture is a platform for launching new fashion creations through an open source approach of reverse engineering fashion brands and making the code available online. Hands on workshops encourage participants to create using the codes regardless of their level of fashion knowledge, and to engage in the larger fashion conversation. By understanding the coding of established fashion, this project provides a platform to empower participants to step up and create.

Sign-up here.

 

Check out related Hacking Couture workshops:

 
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