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Mary Mattingly reading response

Reading Response Questions:
  • Archigram, Buckminster Fuller, and other visionary architects are often critiqued for producing ideas that are impossible to execute. Do you think that this is a problem? What is the role of the visionary in society today? How might the impossibility of realization act as a strategy of resistance?
  • Utopian projects often fail because of the way in which they are executed. What, in your opinion, are projects that might have been successful had they been implemented in a different way? Would they be more cooperative? Non-hierarchical? Structured? Inclusive? Exclusive? What does it mean to “fail” or “succeed” as a utopian project?
  • How are Mary’s projects or The Grange enacting some of these past ideas? What are they doing differently? How are they benefitting from being part of this contemporary moment?
  • Mary Mattingly says she is less interested in utopia, which she describes as something that lives in our imagination, that she is in the idea of heterotopia, which Foucault described as environments where every day rules are turned upside down, like a brothel, or carnival. Mary said she tried to situate the Waterpod this way, as somewhere between real and imaginary, by designing it to be a modular system that was continuously able to change, to be constantly be new. From your research in the project, do you think that actually happened? What changes do you think could / should be made for her upcoming WetLand project to be more of a heterotopia?

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ABC NO RIO founder talking at New Museum this Friday, OCT 5!

Alternatives in Retrospect: Artist-run Spaces in the 1970s and 1980s

one of four speakers:

Becky Howland is a sculptor and painter based in New York City. In 1980, as a member of the Committee for the Real Estate Show (CRES), she co-organized “The Real Estate Show,” which occupied an abandoned building on Delancey Street. The ensuing clash with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development led to the establishment of ABC No Rio, a community center for art and activism. As one of the original co-organizers of ABC No Rio, Howland helped develop many exhibitions and performances, including “The Island Show” (1981), exploring the shared insularity of Manhattan, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic; “Brainwash” (1982), an outdoor fountain installed in the backyard of ABC No Rio; and “The Williamsburg Bridge Show” (1983), a large-scale sculpture show installed on the bridge’s neglected promenade.

DIY Heritage Foundation – Lauren

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in actual participation with:
Showpaper – a free publication about free/all-ages shows happening weekly in NYC
Light Industry Brooklyn – a film and electronic art event collective
Secret Project Robot – a DIY arts and independent music space in Wiliiamsburg
The Stone – independent jazz and avant guard music space
Silent Barn – a DIY living/arts/performance/litrary space in Ridgewood, Qns
ToddPNYC – one man DIY booking and performance organizer