Next Weekend: Occupy The Land! Unconference June 1, 2, 3

Conviviality in the Garden - with Brian Zegeer, Hsiao Chen, Forest Purnell, and Antonio Serna

As part of the Occupy The Land unConference June 1, 2, 3. and in the tradition of an unconference, members from Occupy Wall Street’s groups: OWS Food Justice, Arts & Culture, Arts & Labor, Making Worlds, have volunteered to organize a days worth of community garden events.

Members of the Common Coalition has specifically organized guid for Saturday June 2nd. Starting at 1pm in South Williamsburg, 4pm in the East Village. Culminating Conviviality in the Garden: potluck, projections, and informal presentations at La Petit Versaille Garden 8-10pm (see below for more info.)

NYC Community Gardens Coalition
June 1,2,3, 2012
(**complete listing of workshops & maps can be found here:
3 days of the unconference can be found at

Special guide:
Williamsburg and East Village Guide

Saturday June 2nd


**The workshops are planned as a route to begin in Williamsburg 1PM, over on the L to East Village at 4pm and then down towards the Lower East Side, ending around 10PM.**

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1-1:45pm – (WILLIAMSBURG)

Gardens as a Commons, A brief introduction.
Berry Street Garden.
Berry St, Between S.2nd and S.3rd St.,

Community gardens are a site of conviviality, reclamation, activism, education, urban occupation, and autonomy. It is a contemporary ‘commons’ shaped by a community through voluntary support from neighborhood gardeners, educators, activists, artists, and all those who enter the space.

Join Making Worlds Commons Coalition/Arts & Labor Alternative Economies in this brief introduction on the topic of Garden as a ‘commons’. We will also discuss the importance of gardens as a stepping stone to greater autonomy and sovereignty within a community.

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2-3:30pm – (WILLIAMSBURG)

Take on the (Vacant) Lot in Your Life (WILLIAMSBURG)
South Williamsburg Garden
Heweys & S.4th

The crew from 596 Acres will lead a workshop that draws on participants experiences and focuses on getting access to vacant public land for community uses. We can start at the South Williamsburg Garden and perhaps work through the 596 acres map to find lots in the area.

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4:00-5:00pm (EAST VILLAGE)

Children’s Garden-Art Workshop
Children’s Garden
E.12th St @ Ave.

A Children’s workshop in the gardens using natural and botanical materials. Ages 6 and up, younger children must be accompanied by an adult. This workshop will be conducted by artists and educators Suzanne Goldenberg and Begonia Santa-Cecilia, members of the Making Worlds Commons Coalition.

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4:00-5:00pm (EAST VILLAGE)

Swarm Organizing w/@Superglitch
Green Oasis Garden
E.8th Street betw’n Ave. C & D

Swarm intelligence is an emerging field of biologically inspired artificial intelligence based on the behavioral models of social insects such as ants, bees, wasps and termites. Biological Swarms involve the collective behavior of decentralized, self-organized systems. This session will involve a basic primer on Swarm Intelligence followed by a workshopping session whereby participants imagine how activists might apply Swarming techniques in practice. For example, the honeybees’ waggle dance technique could inspire new ways of locating housing for Occupy protesters.

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5:00-6:00pm (EAST VILLAGE)

Hey, Honey!
Green Oasis Garden
E.8th Street betw’n Ave. C & D
East Village, NYC

Skillshare on making lip balm with members of Green Oasis Garden.
Honey based treats will be served!

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6:00-7:30pm (EAST VILLAGE)

Squatting Vacant Lots
El Jardin Del Paradiso
E.5th Street, between Ave C & D
Meet near the willow tree house to start.

Workshop will detail the tactics and techniques of squatting (occupying, rehabilitating and defending) vacant lots for the purpose of creating community gardens and parks with and for the local neighborhood residents. Workshop by Frank Morales.

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An Evening of Poetry/Una Tarde de Poesia
Heckscher Children’s Garden
134-136 Scholes Street,

This is the first ever community event in our garden. Through poetry we will be opening this space to the community, the young, old, friends and neighbors. All are invited to read their favorite poetry of love, hope, struggle, peace, frustration, inspiration, worldly poems and your own poetry. Appetizers are
appreciated too.



Conviviality in The Garden with Artists
La Petit Versailles Garden
E. 2nd St. b’tween Ave B & C

“The garden is the smallest parcel of the world and then it is the totality of the world.” -Foucault, Of Other Spaces (1967)

The conviviality that is possible in the garden is multiplied by it’s ability to be at once many different spaces for those who are present, and exponentially so as one moves through the garden. As the sunsets on this long day of venturing inside gardens, we’ve invited several artists to this informal gathering to reflect on art projects related to nature, gardens, and conviviality. Invited artist include Brian Zegeer, Hsiao Chen, Forest Purnell, @AntonioSerna, and others TBA.

Free Art University? Start Planning

May 22nd Solidarity for Quebec & Takeshi Miyakawa at Union Square, photo © Stacy Layon

May 22nd Solidarity for Quebec & Takeshi Miyakawa at Union Square, photo © Stacy Layon


A call was made in solidarity with the students in Quebec by members of Occupy Wall Street and other affinity groups for a free university, stating tonight, and going infinity. What could this mean for artist & art teachers? In this movement it is up to us to come up with a new vision, can you imaging the end of student debt and a truly free education?

Communication w/ a call for an Infinite Strike:



6pm:   Night School in Solidarity with the Quebec Student Strike
Washington Square Park, Manhattan

8pm:   March Against Police Oppression
Meet in Washington Square Park, Manhattan

(reconvergence at Union square)

10pm:  Night School at Union sq.


read the rest of the communication at: Call for Art Student & Teachers Strike: Free Education & End Student Debt! – May 23, 2012

NYPD Coming Down Hard on Street Artist

takeshi miyakawa in his studio in new york city image © designboom


“At night, when it’s hung, it looks like the bag is glowing,” Lim said. “The reason he did this was to lift people’s spirits. He was simply trying to say that he loves the city and spread that attitude around.”

Artist Takeshi Miyakawa hangs a light art project on the street in Brooklyn and gets “charged with two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of placing a false bomb or hazardous substance in the first degree, two counts of placing a false bomb or hazardous substance in the second degree, two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of second-degree criminal nuisance.” […] “A judge ordered him held pending a psychiatric evaluation.”

This is absurd, please sign the petition to release Takeshi Miyakawa:

Complete article on Huffington Post:
Takeshi Miyakawa Arrested By NYPD For Hanging ‘I Love New York’ Artwork In Brooklyn (PHOTOS)
By MEGHAN BARR 05/21/12 05:55 PM ET AP

reblog from: NY Goes Hard on Street Art / vizKult

Online Auction to Benefit Wall Street 2 Main Street

Art work by Jerry Kerns, part of the portfolio for auction.

Online auction to benefit Greene County Council on the Arts’ Wall Street 2 Main Street project in Catskill, NY.

The auction closes tomorrow night at 11pm!  (Friday May 11th)
Click here to bid on Ebay.

“Originally created to support the Alternative Museum in 1992, the portfolio includes works by ten contemporary artists of international reputation whose work is focused on social and humanitarian issues; Ida Applebroog, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Leon Golub, Luis Jimenez, Jerry Kearns, Komar & Melamid, Adrian Piper, Ben Sakoguchi, Andres Serrano, and Lorna Simpson with an introductory essay and rare print by former MOMA curator, Robert Storr.”

Arts & Labor in the Age of Occupation

[With around 5+ subgroups each tacking different issues concerning the labor of artist, Art & Labor is perhaps the only arts working group within NYGCA that is still holding regular meetings. If you would like to join, they meet every Tuesday 7pm @ 60 Wall St, with the exception of the last week in every month when they meet on Wednesdays]


Publication: Afterimage
Author: Schwendener, Martha
Date published: March 1, 2012

In the fifteen years I have been writing and publishing art criticism, I’ve seen a few shifts in the art world. There was the rise of participatory art and social practice, and a version of these that flourished at biennials labeled “Relational Aesthetics,” which a fellow critic, Howard Halle, recently called “conceptualism for oligarchs.”1 There was the rise of interest in performance and calls to end object-making – although an artist friend recently asked, “Does that mean we’re going to leave it to Nike, Sony, and Walmart to put all the objects into the world?”

And then came the worldwide Occupy movement, influenced by the Arab Spring, the European Summer, and, in the fall of 2011, Occupy Wall Street (OWS). I was not involved in earlier iterations of OWS, like Bloombergville, an encampment near City Hall in New York that started in the summer of 2011. I became involved with OWS shortly after September 17, when the occupation started, and some of the questions it raised, naturally, involved how it might relate to the present and future of art. Continue reading