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Streetopia Book Talk: Art Against Gentrification
October 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Beyond Repair‘s Crisis Logic and the Reader series presents: On Streetopia and Creative Counter-Measures Towards Gentrification: A Talk and Conversation with Erick Lyle
After San Francisco’s new mayor announced imminent plans to “clean up” downtown with a new corporate “dot com corridor” and arts district–featuring the new headquarters of Twitter and Burning Man–curators Erick Lyle, Chris Johanson and Kal Spelletich brought over 100 artists and activists together with residents fearing displacement to consider utopian aspirations and plot alternative futures for the city. The resulting exhibition, Streetopia, was a massive anti-gentrification art fair that took place in venues throughout the city, featuring daily free talks, performances, skillshares and a free community kitchen out of the gallery. This book brings together all of the art and ephemera from the now-infamous show, featuring work by Swoon, Barry McGee, Emory Douglas, Monica Canilao, Rigo 23, Xara Thustra, Ryder Cooley and many more. Essays and interviews with key participants consider the effectiveness of Streetopia’s projects while offering a deeper rumination on the continuing search for community in today’s increasingly homogenous and gentrified cities.
Crisis Logic and the Reader: As sociological studies and our own experiences have shown us, crisis manifests relationships and modes of action uncommon outside of states of disruption. Egalitarianism, collaboration and cooperation, crisis highlights utopic possibilities in the midst of the destruction of the day-to-day.
But along with crisis comes anxiety. That boost of adrenaline, beneficial in small immediate doses, fracturing our clarity and composure over time.
Crisis Logic and the Reader, an area of inquiry centered at Beyond Repair this fall, promotes the notion of the “culture of reading” as a long-term, daily alternative to the logic which arises out of singular moments of crisis. This collective, and distributed, conversation will take form in multiple locations around the Twin Cities from Oct. – Dec. 2016, through talks, symposium, publications, art installations and more at Beyond Repair, St. Catherine’s University, Minnesota Institute of Art, and further afield.
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