Two events happening in tandem on October 18 and 19th at Eyebeam—What Do We Do Now? and Performing Change—each explore ways we might think about the art world we know today very differently.
What Do We Do Now? Alternatives Fair organized by Arts & Labor Alternative Economies Group
Friday October 18 from 6–9pm Opening party with informal presentations
Saturday October 19 from 12–4pm Workshops, skill-shares, discussions and information tables
Using NYC.gov wireless hotspot data, “WiFi Spotting” topographically visualizes Wi-Fi saturation in the metropolis. Areas with higher saturation of access points form the peaks of these mountainous terrains, thus lending physicality to the usually ephemeral in our constantly changing cityscape. “WiFi Spotting” highlights how our immediate environments are saturated by constant signals, and it aims to materialize the underlying social contracts hidden within our ubiquitous noise.
STEP 1: Borrow a barricade
STEP 2: Tip it over
STEP 3: Attach hardware: 4 pcs 1" black plumbing strap with 3/4" wood spacers bolted to 14" tall wooden 2x6s, plus added safety attachments: 3 tennis balls on the ends, and a 1.25" diam. x 20" dowel for the extra leg)
STEP 4: Add a mattress (long cot mattresses work, as well as prison mattresses, or 29" x 79" foam from Canal Rubber)
STEP 5: Adjust design and email Caroline@ourgoods.org with revisions and modifications.
I think hackers, artists, activists, and community organizers should work together to make affordable housing in every neighborhood. I want to commit to one neighborhood for life, knowing that my neighbors are allies in a struggle to keep real estate speculation down and increase affordable housing instead. I want to build lasting relationships of trust and share resources: cooking, childcare, knowledge-sharing, and healing practices. What if hackers built software for the building? What if artists made site-specific art, clothing, and furniture for the building? What if community organizers connected people and facilitated conversations across race and class?