Thurs Oct 4th @7pm: Struggle for The Commons

The following event is being organized by The Base. The Base will be working with autonomous artist from Occupy Wall Street in the very near future, please sign up to the Art & The Commons email list to receive information on public organizing meetings:

Autonomous Movements: The Commons BrooklynOctober 4th, 7PM
Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis

The Commons Brooklyn
388 Atlantic Avenue
(A, C,G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; F to Bergen St;
B, M, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Atlantic-Pacific)

In celebration of the new radical space, The Base, we are pleased to welcome you to a talk with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis.

This talk will focus on the struggle for the commons, communalism, and autonomist movements, which will open a discussion on current struggles and the aspirations of this new space. We cordially invite you to take part in this discussion.

Silvia Federici is a scholar, author, teacher, and activist from the radical feminist Marxist tradition. George Caffentzis is a political philosopher and a Marxist. He co-founded the Midnight Notes Collective.

The Base will be a hub for radical organizing, free resources, and workshops.

Ballet on the Barricades: AUG-SEPT classes

Ballet on the Barricades: Casses for September 17th

August 20 at 7:00pm until September 17 at 8:00pm

Occupy Dance revives the presence of peaceful protest on Wall St. Absorbs the police barricades into our action, celebrates the iconic image of the ballerina on the bull, exercises our freedom of expression, grounds us in solidarity with the 99% and invites all to join in a full ballet warm up and creative practice.

Saturdays 7PM 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15
Mondays 7PM 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/10, 9/17

Facebook Invite: Ballet on the Barricades

This Sunday: Art & The Commons in Bushwick (OTS VI)


We’re back from our workshop and visits in Berlin. Visit our table to talk to us about commoning initiatives in arts, culture, and education. Currently we will be looking for new members to join Art & The Commons planning for the Commons Forum II in October along with other workshop possibilities in the near future.

Sunday, July 8th, 2012, 11am-5pm
Occupy Town Square VI: Bushwick (Facebook Evite)
Maria Hernandez Park @ Knickerbocker and Starr St
L train to Jefferson or M Train to Knickerbocker in Bushwick Brooklyn (Google Map)


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.

It’s The Political Economy, Stupid (Curator Walk Thru at 5pm Today)

It's the Political Economy, Stupid - installation view

It's the Political Economy, Stupid (installation view)

It’s the Political Economy, Stupid
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Gallery Talk and walkthrough of the exhibition, “It’s the Political Economy, Stupid” with special guest, co-curator Gregory Sholette. The show brings together an international group of artists who focus on the current crisis in a sustained and critical manner. The Village Voice featured the show in its Best in Show column, and Art in America called it “compelling,” and “well-curated.”

Austrian Cultural Forum
11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
event website

It’s the Political Economy, Stupid is on view daily from 10AM – 6PM, through April 22nd, 2012. Admission is free.

LISTEN LIVE 6pm: OWS Artists Interviews on WGXC

Greene Arts Wall Street 2 Main Street OWS Artist Interviews

WGXC radio show “To Be Determined” with Mark Read, Sarah Kendall and Gregg Osofsky interviewing Wall Street To Main Street Artist, Writers and Thinkers…

Listen LIVE 6PM!
In Greene and Columbia County 90.7 FM
OR online at

more info:
Six months after Occupy Wall Street (OWS) sparked a global 99% movement, Occupy with Art and Masters on Main Street launch “Wall Street to Main Street” (WS2MS) in historic Catskill, NY. Through a dynamic series of art exhibits, performances, screenings, happenings, public… discussions, community- and family-focused activities, WS2MS will not only illuminate the amazing phenomenon of OWS, it will explore possible futures of the movement and build a creative bridge to connect the protests with the real needs and values of Main Street, USA.

WS2MS will be on display throughout Main Street from March 17 until May 31. Please check back for more detailed schedules or visit our website at

Today: May Day Arts Assembly II

May Day by Seth Tobocman“Art Strike -> Creative Strike -> +++
Saturday, April 7th, 2-5pm
Union Square, NYC

May Day will be beautifully disruptive. As we shut down the privatized city of capital, we will open new public spaces that are empowering and inspiring. These spaces will be full of art. Everyone who leaves their house on May 1st should encounter some form of art. The strike will be an exercise in radical imagination informed by dreams of beloved community and histories of resistance. It will draw upon and reinvent the creative tactics of earlier struggles for freedom, equality, and justice from across the world. We will continuously add and multiply our collective creativity so that every act of defiance also demonstrates the possibility of another world beyond neoliberalism.

This is the second Arts Assembly, specifically targeted at different arts groups and artists within OWS, but also looking to expand our collaborations beyond the OWS crowd. Everyone is welcome.

We are particularly looking forward to making sure everyone has the resources to support the wonderful, creative, future-changing projects they are engaged in.

To join the May 1 Arts list, go to:
To email May 1 Arts:
The website:
Facebook Invite: May Day Arts Assembly II