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Sun, Sep. 16, 2018 ⁄ 2:00–4:00pm

C.R.E.A.M. – An afternoon on Money, Art, Activism, & Intentionality

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We’re very excited that two heavyweight minds will be joining us at Beyond Repair’s Assembly space for an afternoon of readings and lectures on Money, Art, Activism, & Intentionality (& More!).

Please join us in welcoming Max Haiven and Cassie Thornton for the launch of Max’s new book from Pluto Press, Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization, and Cassie for Collective Psychic Architecture, an artist talk.

 

“Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization” book launch with author Max Haiven

From the publisher (https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745338248/art-after-money-money-after-art/): We imagine that art and money are old enemies, but this myth actually reproduces a violent system of global capitalism and prevents us from imagining and building alternatives. From the chaos unleashed by the ‘imaginary’ money in financial markets to the new forms of exploitation enabled by the ‘creative economy’ to the way art has become the plaything of the world’s plutocrats, our era of financialization demands we question our romantic assumptions about art and money. By exploring the way contemporary artists engage with cash, debt and credit, Haiven identifies and assesses a range of creative strategies for mocking, sabotaging, exiting, decrypting and hacking capitalism today. Written for artists, activists and scholars, this book makes an urgent call to unleash the power of the radical imagination by any media necessary.

“Perhaps the most theoretically creative radical thinker of the moment” David Graeber

“Daring, brilliant, provocative. At last a radical critique of the crypto-approach and an abolitionist approach to the problem of money and art”  Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi

Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakhead University in Northwest Ontario. His books include Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons (Zed 2014) and Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).

maxhaiven.com

@maxhaiven

“Collective Psychic Architecture” – artist talk with Cassie Thornton

Cassie will discuss a current architectural project in process, (in collaboration with Curator, Taraneh Fazeli) that gives physical form to the invisible, psychological and social ramifications of financialized healthcare and social support. As part of the traveling workshop and exhibition series called “Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying” Thornton used plain building materials and many hours of help from gallery preparators to produce the physical architecture of financialization, whose invisible powers keep most US residents from getting the care they need to thrive. Collective Psychic Architecture is an opportunity to see, touch, hit or break through the wall that keeps us from seeing or experiencing a world organized around life and health.

Cassie Thornton is an artist and activist from the U.S., currently living in Canada. Thornton is currently the co-director of the Reimagining Value Action Lab in Thunder Bay, an art and social center at Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada.

Thornton describes herself as feminist economist. Drawing on social science research methods develops alternative social technologies and infrastructures that might produce health and life in a future society without reproducing oppression — like those of our current money, police, or prison systems.

http://feministeconomicsdepartment.com/

@femnistecondept

Sat, Jun. 23, 2018 ⁄ 10:00am–2:00pm

Rebel Kids: An Anti-Authoritarian Workshop for Children!!!

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Join Robby Herbst (Llano del Rio Collective, former Journal of Aesthetics and Protest), Sam Gould (Beyond Repair, former Red76, Tools in Common), and their children (Louis, Honora, Esme, and Juniper) for an afternoon of tactical crafts and group conversation about how kids of all ages can work together to bring about a safe, caring, and critical world of the future, free from bullies, dunderheads, jackasses, litter bugs, fire starters, Nazis, and all who would tilt power in favor of the few over the many.

Come and enjoy barricade and shield building work shops, seed “bomb” cultivation, and training in Jedi Mind-Tricks.

Parents are welcome, as well as those who are young at heart.

Thu, Jun. 21, 2018 ⁄ 7:30–9:30pm

A Talk by Robby Herbst: Imagining A Different City/Llano Del Rio Rebel City Los Angeles

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City as Commons Group Presents:

A Talk by Robby Herbst: Imagining A Different City/Llano Del Rio Rebel City Los Angeles

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In this talk spanning sociology, movement theory, and urban practices, Robby Herbst of the Llano Del Rio Collective will introduce the new Rebel City Los Angeles guide; presenting the ideas behind the guide, the evolution of the collective’s work, and share their vision for what the city can be.

The Rebel City Los Angeles guide answers the question, what would Los Angeles look like if vertical power as we know it disappeared?. The illustrated two sided guide helps users visualize the city from below, providing details of a developing infrastructure of people-centered institutions supporting human activities outside corporate dominion; from electricity, housing, education, medicine, and banking. Los Angeles born saint Vaginal Davis said “riding on the subway system and buses,,, are the Southland’s true barometer and soul of the city” and the guide hopes to help you take the temperature. Publication lists over 60 sites, and includes essays by Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal and Robby Herbst. Rebel City Los Angeles is a part of the Llano Del Rio Rebel City Project.

Inspired by the 2015 movie Tangerine, the Spanish Municipalist Movement, and David Harvey’s book Rebel Cities, the illustrated two sided guide helps users imagine the city from below, providing details of an infrastructure of people-centered institutions supporting human activities outside corporate dominion; from electricity, housing, education, medicine, and banking. The publication lists nearly 100 sites and includes essays by Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal and Robby Herbst. It is a part of the wider Rebel City Los Angeles project.

Rebel City Los Angeles guide is the 6th guide to Los Angeles created by the Llano Del Rio Collective. Previous guides include: Power Points, Utopias of So.Cal., An Antagonists Guide to the Assholes of L.A., Scores For the City, and A Map For Another L.A.

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Links:
Llano Del Rio Collective https://ldrg.wordpress.com
Robby Herbst http://cargocollective.com/robbyherbst

Thu, May. 17, 2018 ⁄ 6:00–7:30pm

Laura Corcuera // The State of the Media in the Post 15M Spain

Join the City as Commons group, in collaboration with Palmar Alvarez-Blanco, as we host a presentation by writer, performer, and co-founder and member of the newspaper DIAGONAL, Laura Corcuera González de Garay.

Laura will speak about the media, performance, feminist activism and municipalist politics in post 15M Spain.

Located at Beyond Repair / Assembly
2854 Columbus Ave.

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Laura Corcuera González de Garay is a founder and member of the newspaper DIAGONAL, where she writes about science, sexual and gender diversity, LGBTQIA movements and performing arts, an area that she coordinates for the supplement Culturas. She has collaborated with the theater magazines Primer Acto and Artez. Since 2014 she has collaborated with the international magazine Punto y Coma.

She combines her work and communicative militancy with feminist activism and performance. She’s no taller than 5’2’’, but she has studied with great teachers like Jango Edwars, Phillipe Gaulier, Eric de Bont, Esther Ferrer, Antonia Baehr and el Odin Teatret, among others. Her last performative experience was realized in conjunction with the US collective La Pocha Nostra (Atenas, June 2015).

“I combine writing, journalism, performance, theater, and public dissemination of the sciences. I am a feminist activist of the interstellar precariousness, before being a salaried employee of highly respected State institutions. I demonstrate a spirit and vocation for public service; I am a creator of the imaginary institution of society, I can be a transformer for material and immaterial realities, I have a strong commitment to ethical practices, justice, beauty, and wealth distribution. I love the Mediterranean arc, southern Europe.”

Laura Corcuera González de Garay, has a degree in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a master’s degree in Semiotics of mass communication, with the thesis “The scene as a tool of sociopolitical dynamization.” She was the Press Officer at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, (MNCN/CSIC) between 2005 and 2007, founded the Periódico del MNCN and the science news agency SINC (FECYT), where she worked as coordinator and chief editor from September 2007 to December 22, 2010.

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