The Art School in The Art School News May 18, 2010

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Upcoming events

The AS in The AS will be relocated to XL Projects, 303-317 South Clinton Street until June 5, where we'll be participating in the Open City Workshop with Spectres of Liberty. We're also looking for people to help out and get involved--contact Joanna if you're interested:

Some of the awesome events you can attend:
OPEN CITY WORKSHOP * May 17-June 4, 2010 * 307 S. Clinton Street (map)
Open Tuesday to Sunday noon - 6pm

The Open City Workshop is part of a larger project called The Great Central Depot in the Open City, a public art project that explores the connections between Syracuse’s abolitionist history and the present. In the mid-19th Century, Syracuse, New York, was central to the anti-slavery movement in the United States. Called the “Great Central Depot,” its residents, and those of the surrounding region, helped thousands of individuals escape slavery. Jermaine Loguen, a local Reverend and station master in the Underground Railroad, called Syracuse an “Open City” because he and fellow abolitionists spoke and published anti-slavery sentiments while openly providing sanctuary for freedom-seekers. During these three weeks, we'll be holding discussions, conducting interviews, printing posters and pamphlets, making animations and radio programs, and developing an outdoor installation. Stop by!

Open Access, Open Art - discussion with Community Folk Art Center
Tuesday, May 18,  6pm

Brenda Cave-James will open the evening with a story relating to liberty and Jermaine Loguen. The discussion participants include: Dr. Kheli Willets, Academic Director of Community Folk Art Center, Dr. James Rolling, Chair of Art Education at Syracuse University, Rachael Gazdick, Executive Director of Say Yes Syracuse, Kimberley McCoy, ArtRage Gallery, Joanna Spitzner, founder of the Art School in the Art School, and the Spectres of Liberty collective.

Happy Hours Speakeasy @ the Open City Workshop
Wednesday, May 19, 5-7 pm

come to Happy Hours at the Open City Workshop. Because of various rules, we’ll be doing this speakeasy style: check our facebook wall for the password, then find the person wearing the hostess badge and s/he will give you further directions.

Open Movement - discussion about boundaries and mobility
Wednesday, May 19 7pm
The freedom to move and freedom to stay put are two sides of the same coin of creating an open city. For the May 19 evening on Open Movement, we will be discussing mobility and boundaries (to mobility) in Syracuse. Who can live in Syracuse and under what conditions? Who is free to come and go, and what are some of the barriers dividing (and uniting) different groups of people and parts of the city (region, nation, and world)? What are the dreams and plans that people have for creating freedom of movement and the right to stay put?

Panelists include:
*Kafui Attoh grew up in Ithaca NY, attended school in Minnesota, and has been living and studying in Syracuse for four years. He is interested in urban transportation, mobility and rights. His research on Syracuse's public transportation system looks at how it has shifted in response to welfare reform, attempts at urban revitalization along with outside political pressure.

*Meagan Chapman is a graduate student at Syracuse University studying Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Geography and Queer Theory. Born and raised in Syracuse, she has taken interest in learning more about her hometown by focusing her studies on local issues. She is currently a member of the LGBTQ Community Center Planning Committee, working to plan the construction of a community center uniting various LGBTQ organizations in CNY.

* Caroline Kim has been working with immigrants and their families since 2005. She has worked with the Detention Task Force in helping families communicate with loved ones who have been arrested by ICE and Border Patrol, assisting with the bail process, and accompanying individuals and their families to Immigration court.

 * Jenna Loyd, a onetime resident of Syracuse involved with the Detention Task Force, is a scholar-activist now living in Brooklyn. She is interested in how abolitionism and Right to the City provide holistic frameworks for building visionary coalitions for just, free, and vibrant cities. She will facilitate the evening’s conversation.

* Aly Wane is an activist with the Syracuse Peace Council. Originally from Senegal, he is active in the immigration rights movement and has worked with ACTS (The Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse), the NYCLU and the RIFA (Reform Immigration for America) campaign.

Open Options - discussion about Civil Rights & CORE in Syracuse
Thursday, May 20, 7pm

a screening of The Activist Story: The Legacy of George Wiley, and discussion with Kendall Phillips

Open House Party!
Friday, May 21, 8pm

with DJ Jesse Stiles

Open City Reading Group
Sunday, May 23, 2-4 pm

We’ll discuss:
* The Rev. J. W. Loguen, as a Slave and as a Freeman. A Narrative of Real Life.
* Jurgen Habermas, The Public Sphere – An Encyclopedia Article (1964)
Then stick around for:

Open Economy Ice Cream Social - sponsored by Milk Not Jails
Sunday, May 23 4pm
with FREE! Families Rally for Emancipation & Empowerment and locally produced ice cream

Happy Hours Speakeasy @ The Open City Workshop
Wednesday, May 26, 5-7 pm

come to Happy Hours at the Open City Workshop. Because of various rules, we’ll be doing this speakeasy style: check our facebook wall for the password, then find the person wearing the hostess badge and s/he will give you further directions

Open City Reading Group
Sunday, May 30, 2-4 pm

We’ll be discussing:
* David Harvey, Right to the City
* Iris Marion Young, City Life and Difference

Open Sessions - lunchtime interviews & discussions.
May 24-June 4
We'll be interviewing individuals and groups about what "Open City" means to them. Contact Joanna if you would like to be involved.

Spectacular Outdoor Public Art Event
The Great Central Depot in the Open City * Saturday, June 5, 2010 * Lipe Art Park
(West Fayette between West and Geddes Streets; Rain Date: June 6, 2010)

Other news:

The Anti-Christ of Video: the Work of John Orentlicher: download our first publication and read an interview between John Orentlicher and Joanna Spitzner

Orentlicher started working in video in 1969, embracing the medium's dexterity, and fusing it with his involvement in performance and sculpture. He created work in which women shared their experiences on camera, exploring topics ranging from body image to spousal abuse. This work focused, in part, on creating alternative representations to those found in mass media; it grew into a body of video works which examine such communities--groups formed around 'alternative' interests--including war gamers and train hobbyists. In the 1990s, Orentlicher returned to Chile, where he'd served as a Peace Corps volunteer thirty years prior; he created several videos which explore place, infrastructure, technology, and broader cultural histories. During this time, Orentlicher also began composing studies of the flanuer, and the commodification of women, which draw from Walter Benjamin's "The Arcades Project." Throughout his work, Orentlicher's imagery, clear sense of place, and the very act of his looking form alternative narrative structures rife--or ripe--with tension.

The Bee Hive Collective talk on the Cost of Coal is online!! If you missed this great lecture, you can listen here:

We're making plans for the summer. Some activities in the works include:

*New reading groups
*Video workshop: learn how to shoot, edit, and distribute video
*The archive: readings and a discussion about the archive as collection, memory, and non-hierarchical organization.
*The Boilermaker: Joanna has registered to run the 15k Boilermaker run in Utica on July 11. There will be a variety of sponsorship opportunities to raise money for the Art School: buy space on her uniform and body during the run; buy the chance to be her coach in be in charge of her training for the day.
*Casino Night
*Romance Novel Writing Group
*Ubuweb film/video marathon
*Happy Hours and AGAUEL



Fundraising Survey
Help the AS think of ways to support itself, provide resources, and fund artists. Take our survey (you can check as many ideas as you like). These ideas were generated at the Alternative Funding Workshop on March 10. We'll try to do those that get the most votes.

Art School Q: share your experiences and thoughts about art school:

Bottles needed!!
Please donate your bottles--brown and green glass, non twist-off bottles. Contact Joanna to make a delivery or pick-up.

Design a label:
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