Justice, it is said, must not only be done, it must be seen to be done (Homi K. Bhabha)
JUST SITUATIONS is a hybrid conference, festival, and “political science fair,” hosting artists and active citizens who are working in performative ways, moving beyond the trending commercialization of art “about” politics, into non-representational and non-reproductive modes of performance which directly construct, speculate, design. position, and posit “just” forms of political, social, and personal human being and becoming.
JULY 14, 15, 16, 17 & JULY 20, 21, 22, 23, 2017 in BROOKLYN, NY
THURSDAY, JULY 13 (@PPL)
Day One: Situation Room
We live in states of triage and embattlement, how do we strategize, convene, plan, and devise tactics? How do we experience the affects of this perpetual situation room?
6pm-8pm: convention welcome potluck
FRIDAY, JULY 14 (@PPL)
Day Two: Survival is An Art
Demonstrations of personal fortitude and ability, dealings with “natures” for art and the health of the art-making mindbody, transformations of the personal through time
SATURDAY, JULY 15 (@Grace Exhibition Space)
Day Three: Embodied Politics
How directly do we make political situations? What are the implications of our ways of thinking, seeing, moving, and being? How are we orbiting, channeling, tunneling, magnetizing as political, social, and spiritual agents?
Tal Beery/the School of the Apocalypse
7pm-ongoing throughout evening (site specific):
SATURDAY, JULY 15 (@PPL)
2pm-8pm: David Ian Bellows/Griess
SUNDAY, JULY 16 (@Grace Exhibition Space)
Day Four: (Meta)physical Manifestation
Laws, conceptions, and formal ways-of-seeing emerge from action and intra-action: how are conditions installed, reformed, revised? What forms of agency do we have, and how are these realized?
SUNDAY, JULY 16 (@PPL)
David Ian Bellows/Griess
THURSDAY, JULY 20 (site TBD)
Day Five: Reading Conditions
What are the elements of “a situation”? How do we inscribe, read into, interpret, and mark our world(s)? Abstraction, social magnetics, communication, and forms of semiotic transparency perform “reads” of our conditions, backgrounds, ethics, and ideals.
FRIDAY, JULY 21 (@Grace Exhibition Space)
Day Six: Moving between manifesto and manifestation
Negative, negating, and deconstructive efforts are compared and contrasted with “utopian” planning and construction of “ideal,” “positive” and “intentionally situated” contexts and conditions
SATURDAY, JULY 22 (@Grace Exhibition Space)
Day Seven: Taking Sides
Where do we stand? How do we balance belonging and inclusion with resistance and divestment? How do we move together with respect for difference and diffraction? For whom and what do we stand up?
Lorene Bouboushian Part I (workshop)
PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE/DINNER/note-reading/artist set up for evening
SATURDAY, JULY 22 (@PPL)
SUNDAY, JULY 23 (@Grace Exhibition Space and then @Raki Malhotra’s house)
Day Eight: This is undoing
States of unknowing, collectivity transcending and social becoming are workshopped and parsed, particulated and presented.
David Ian Bellows/Griess collaborative/participatory project (video screening)
“JUST SITUATIONS” ROUNDTABLE (OPEN TO ALL SITUATORS AND PUBLIC)
Feminist Art Group
CosmiKnots (Kk de La Vida and Simone Johnson)
Lorene Bouboushian Part II (workshop)
Raki Malhotra (at her home, leaving from Grace, meet us to travel together at 9pm sharp)
Every day except the 15th:
Clarinda Mac Low
Walks can be scheduled from 10 AM – 1 PM and from 2 – 8 PM. Each walk is in 30-minute increments, but you may sign up for two or more consecutive slots to extend the experience. If you wish the walk to remain private, please indicate this in your sign-up form. A meeting place will be sent to you once you sign up: http://bit.ly/2r60rvd or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karl Cooney (documentation)
organization/situation of convention (Leili Huzaibah, Esther Neff, Kaia Gilje)
Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) (104 Meserole, Brooklyn, NY)
Grace Exhibition Space (840 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY)
Raki Malhotra’s apartment
Across/Throughout New York City (mobile)
Particular public sites TBA
Digital and Social Networks (etc)
JUST SITUATIONS is a project of the Brooklyn International Performance Art Foundation (BIPAF). BIPAF is an ongoing (since 2013), communal, and demi-anonymous/open-source platform for performance of socially-constructive institutional critique.
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