[NetBehaviour] PERFORMING CHANGE, talks at EYEBEAM on Oct. 19th. 4pm to 8pm. NYC.

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PERFORMING CHANGE, talks at EYEBEAM on Oct. 19th. 4pm to 8pm. NYC.

This Saturday,

Panel series: Performing Change.
Saturday October 19th from 4–8pm. At EYEBEAM, Chelsea. New York City.

Live lectures and discussions on Ontologies of Media Art Interventions; 
Tactical Fiction for Alternative Realities; The Art of Performing 
Political Innovation; Performing Alternative Art Economies.

Featuring speakers: Vito Acconci, Wafaa Bilal, Stephen Duncombe, Peter 
Macapia, Carne Ross, George E. Sánchez, Denisse A. Arévalo, Mark 
Amerika, Marisa Jahn, Lina Srivastava, Laurel Ptak, Carlo Zanni, Jose 
Curated and organized by Paolo Cirio.

Details and full schedule of the panel series:

Performing Change will be held in tandem with What Do We Do Now?
At EYEBAM on October 18th and 19th.
The Alternatives Fair offers direct access to and dialogue around 
numerous resources in NYC that provide alternative economic models for 
artists, art workers, and more—based on practices of mutual aid and 
cooperation. Alternatives Fair organized by Arts & Labor Alternative 
Economies Group. More details here: http://whatdowedonow.info

Performing Change features panels intended to inspire alternative 
aesthetics, interventionist tactics and economic models for critical art 
practices. In a time in which the conventional economic, social and 
culture values are in crisis, there is a need for new strategies and 
points of reference in art and politics, while diversifying resources 
for living and producing meaningfully.

Ontologies of Media Art Interventions – 4:00PM
Speakers: Vito Acconci, Stephen Duncombe, Wafaa Bilal. Moderator: Peter 
The talk will consider the practice of media art interventions through 
the lens of performance art – examining a number of Vito Acconci’s 
projects and The First Work of Media Art in 1968, which was an art 
performance consisting of pure information staged in the mass media. 
Wafaa Bilal’s provocative performances with new media will make the case 
for today’s expanded notions of space, body and audience, as flows of 
informational entities orchestrated over digital networks still affect 
physicality. Stephen Duncombe will present others form of performative 
media interventions for socially engaged art that he studied and 
fostered for decades. Artist, scholar and curator Peter Macapia will 
facilitate a discussion among the speakers to define informational 
bodies and arenas through post-structuralist theories.

Tactical Fiction for Alternative Realities – 5:00PM
Speakers: Lina Srivastava, Marisa Jahn, Mark Amerika. Moderator: Paolo 
Cirio .
The talk will explore the potential of inventive forms of storytelling 
to penetrate and change reality. Captivating plots and characters who 
perform via pervasive media can actively engage the public in 
alternative scenarios that inform, educate and inspire. Lina Srivastava 
will introduce Transmedia Activism in order to design social change 
through storytelling in NYC. Mark Amerika, a pioneer of interactive 
fiction, will explain the critical qualities of mediated realities and 
his recent transmedia fiction within the art world and its fads. Writer 
and artist Marisa Jahn will tell the story of the living legend of El 
Bibliobandido, which was produced in a region of Honduras with an 80% 
illiteracy rate.

The Art of Performing Political Innovation – 6:00PM
Speakers: Carne Ross, George E. Sánchez, Denisse A. Arévalo. Moderator: 
Paolo Cirio.
The talk will examine forms of political innovation as a potential art 
form. During accelerated ideological and economic crises, society still 
possesses powerful tools and knowledge that can be applied towards 
radical social change as never before. Today, reinventing social 
structures is a crucial creative challenge, which is a process of 
experimentation dedicated to a renewed political project. Carne Ross 
will discuss a form of participatory radical democracy through 
decentralized leadership and alternative banking. Performer George 
Emilio Sánchez will present projects that engage with participatory 
budgeting and learning through performances as a means to foster social 
engagement. Curator Denisse A. Arévalo will talk about art practices 
that, from a critical standpoint, evoke collectivity and suggest an 
engagement with - directly or indirectly - oppositional movements.

Performing alternative art economies – 7:00PM
Speakers: Laurel Ptak, Jose Serrano-McClain of Trust Art, Carlo Zanni. 
Moderator: Paolo Cirio.
The talk will look at cases of alternative economic models for 
contemporary art. In a time of high speculation in the secondary art 
market and with a shortage of funding for young artists, new models are 
emerging that challenge the notion of consuming and collecting art. 
Laurel Ptak will present ideas regarding mutual aid for art labor and 
critique of art economies, while Jose Serrano-McClain will introduce a 
new platform for sharing resources and means of production among 
artists. Carlo Zanni will present his project PeopleFromMars.org to 
experiment new distribution models for media art and to share revenues 
on the sale of artworks among the artists involved in the platform.

Bios speakers:

Ontologies of Media Art Interventions – 4:00PM

Vito Acconci’s design & architecture comes from another direction, from 
backgrounds of writing & art. His poems in the late 60’s treated 
language as matter (words to look at rather than through) & the page as 
a field to travel over; his performances in the early 70’s helped shift 
art from object to interaction; later in the 70’s, his installations 
turned museums & galleries into interactions between spaces & people; in 
the early 80’s, his architectural-units were meant to be transformed by 
users. Most of his early work incorporated subversive social comment. 
His performance and video work was marked heavily by confrontation and 
Situationism. By the late 80’s his work crossed over & he formed Acconci 
Studio, a design firm that mixes poetry & geometry, computer-scripting & 
sentence-structure, narrative & biology, chemistry & social-science. The 
Studio uses computers to give form to thinking; they use forms to find 
ideas. They make not nodes so much as circulation-routes, they design 
time as much as space. His work has been shown and collected by the 
major art museums worldwide.

Wafaa Bilal is Iraqi-born artist and Associate Arts Professor at New 
York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, is known internationally for 
his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about 
international politics and internal dynamics. For his 2010-2011 project, 
the 3rdi, Bilal had a camera surgically implanted on the back of his 
head to spontaneously transmit images to the web 24 hours a day. Bilal’s 
2007 installation, Domestic Tension, also addressed the Iraq war. Bilal 
spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun that people 
could shoot at him over the internet. The Chicago Tribune called it “one 
of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time” and 
named him 2008 Artist of the Year. Bilal suffered repression under 
Saddam Hussein’s regime and fled Iraq in 1991 during the first Gulf War 
and spent two years in refugee camps in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. His 
work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County 
Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, 
Chicago, IL; MALTAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; amongst others.

Stephen Duncombe is an Associate Professor at the Gallatin School and 
the Department of Media, Culture and Communications of New York 
University where he teaches the history and politics of media and 
culture. He is the author of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in 
an Age of Fantasy and Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of 
Underground Culture amongst other books. He is a life-long political 
activist, co-founding a community based advocacy group in the Lower East 
Side of Manhattan and working as an organizer for the NYC chapter of the 
international direct action group, Reclaim the Streets. In 2009 he was a 
Research Associate at the Eyebeam where he helped organize The College 
of Tactical Culture. With funding from the Open Societies Foundations he 
co-created the School for Creative Activism in 2011, and is presently 
co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism. Duncombe is currently a 
Senior Research Fellow of Theatrum Mundi, an international consortium of 
artists, designers and scholars.

Peter Macapia is an architectural designer and artist, founder of 
labDORA, and adjunct assistant professor at Pratt. He focuses on 
advanced computational design and the politics of urban space. He has 
taught at Columbia University and Sci-Arc, as well as ESA Paris, TUS 
Tokyo, and TU Delft. His work is collected by such institutions as FRAC 
Orleans and published in Architectural Record, Log, Domus, A+U, and 
PinUp. He is currently preparing exhibitions in Guadalajara Mexico on 
immigration and space and Zagreb Croatia on economies of borrowing and 
robbing space. He is completing a book on the history of force in the 
work of Foucault and Deleuze. Macapia studied at RISD and Harvard, and 
received his PhD from Columbia.

Tactical Fiction for Alternative Realities – 5:00PM

Mark Amerika is a pioneer of net art and hypertext fiction since 1992. 
His work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the 
Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute 
of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. In 2009-2010, 
The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, hosted 
Amerika’s comprehensive retrospective exhibition entitled UNREALTIME. He 
is the author of many books including remixthebook (University of 
Minnesota Press, 2011) and his collection of artist writings entitlesd 
META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (The MIT Press, 2007). Amerika is a 
Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Marisa Jahn is an artist, writer, and activist of Chinese and Ecuadorian 
descent. Jahn is the Executive Director of REV- (as in to rev an 
engine), a nonprofit studio whose public art projects combine 
creativity, bold ideas, and sound research to address critical issues. 
REV- is a women and minority-led team of artists, techies, media makers, 
low-wage workers, immigrants, and teens seeking to impact the immediate 
and long-term. A 2013 Open Doc Lab Fellow at MIT and former MIT 
graduate, Jahn’s work has been presented at venues such as The White 
House, Studio Museum of Harlem, Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center; 
received grants and awards such as Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media 
Fund, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund; and received reviews in 
media such as ArtForum, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, 
BBC, and more.

Lina Srivastava is a social innovation strategist, working at the 
intersection of social impact, transmedia storytelling, and design. Lina 
has been involved in social engagement campaigns for several 
documentaries, including Oscar- winning Born into Brothels, 
Emmy-nominated The Devil Came on Horseback, Oscar-winning Inocente, and 
Sundance-award winning Who Is Dayani Cristal?. The former Executive 
Director of Kids with Cameras, and the Association of Video and 
Filmmakers, Lina has taught design and social entrepreneurship at 
Parsons, The New School of Design, and is on faculty in the Masters of 
Fine Arts Program in Design and Social Innovation at the School of 
Visual Arts.

The Art of Performing Political Innovation – 6:00PM

Carne Ross is a writer and political activist. A former British U.N. 
diplomat who resigned over the Iraq war, Carne founded and now leads 
Independent Diplomat, an expert team of former diplomats which advises 
democratic but marginalized governments and political groups so that 
their views are heard internationally. His recent book, The Leaderless 
Revolution, analyzes the current failure of governments and alternative 
forms of political organization, including anarchism. Carne has also 
been heavily involved in an Occupy Wall Street initiative to offer a new 
kind of banking – The Occupy Money Cooperative.

George Emilio Sanchez is a writer, performance artist and educator. For 
the past six years he has directed Henispheric Institute's Emergenyc 
program that aims to explore the intersection between arts and activism. 
Since 2011 he has worked with New York City Council Member Brad Lander's 
Participatory Budget Committee as a delegate and facilitator. He is the 
chairperson of the Performing and Creative Arts Department The City 
University of New York/College of Staten Island. He is currently 
collaborating with Patricia Hoffbauer on her piece, "Para-Dice" which 
will premiere at St. Mark's Church and Danspace in November. His most 
recent solo performance, "Buried Up To My Neck While Thinking Outside 
The Box" will be presented at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in fall 2014.

Denisse Andrade Arévalo is an activist, and an independent curator 
currently pursuing a PhD in Geography at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She 
also teaches at Hunter College. In 2012 Denisse co-curated the 
exhibition Creative Destruction at The Kitchen in NYC, regarding the 
economic recession and related global outcries.

Performing alternative art economies – 7:00PM

Laurel Ptak employs curatorial, artistic and pedagogical modes to 
critically attend to social and political dimensions of contemporary art 
and technology. Based in New York City, she is currently a fellow at 
Eyebeam, teaches in the Art, Media and Technology department at The New 
School and together with artist Marysia Lewandowska is co-editor of the 
recent book Undoing Property? which explores artistic practices in 
relationship to immaterial production, political economy and the 
commons, published by Sternberg Press in 2013.

Jose Serrano-McClain is an organizer and artist interested in the 
economics of the creative spirit. He started his career as an economic 
analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In 2009 he co-founded 
Trust Art (trustart.org) to experiment with economic models for public 
and socially-engaged artistic practice. In 2010, he joined the Queens 
Museum of Art in a unique role that reports to both the curatorial and 
community engagement departments of the museum, identifying 
opportunities for commissioned artist projects to make meaningful 
connections with community organizations in Corona. Through the museum, 
he is also one of the lead visionaries of Social Practice Queens, a 
partnership with Queens College to develop an MFA concentration in 
Social Practice. Jose has presented at the TED Conference in California, 
the Feast Conference in New York, and the Open Engagement conference in 
Portland. Jose graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania 
in 2001, where studied literature, theater, politics, philosophy, 
economics. Jose has done graduate work in architecture at Columbia 
University and is currently completing his MFA in Social Practice at 
Queens College.

Carlo Zanni is an Italian new media artist. Since the early 2000’s his 
practice involves the use of Internet data to create time based social 
consciousness experiences investigating our life. Carlo Zanni has shown 
worldwide in galleries and museums including: Hammer Museum, Los 
Angeles; New Museum, New York; Tent, Rotterdam; MAXXI, Rome; P.S.1, New 
York; Borusan Center, Istanbul; ACAF Space, Alexandria; PERFORMA 09, NY; 
ICA, London; Science Museum, London.

Curator's bio:

Paolo Cirio is a media artist known for his controversial and innovative 
artworks. Cirio explores the idea of information’s power through 
rearrangements of flows and structures of social, legal and economic 
networks. His artworks unsettled Facebook, VISA, Amazon, Google, Cayman 
Islands and NATO, among others. He won several awards such as Ars 
Electronica, Transmediale, Eyebeam fellowship among others and his 
projects are often covered by global media such as CNN, La Fox, Toronto 
Standard, The Age, Der Spiegel, Libération, Apple Daily HK, among many 
others. Cirio artworks has been presented in major art institutions such 
as at Museum of Contemporary Art Museum of Sydney and Denver, 2013; 
Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, 2012; Wywyższeni National Museum, 
Warsaw, 2012, SMAK, Ghent, 2010; National Museum of Contemporary Art, 
Athens, 2009; Courtauld Institute, London, 2009; PAN, Naples, 2008; 
MoCA, Tapei, 2007; Sydney Biennial, 2007; NTT ICC, 2006 Tokyo; among others.

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