Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces (exhibition)

ABC No Rio
156 Rivington Street
New York City
September 16, 2015 – October 15, 2015

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This exhibition expands on the new book of the same name and examines the post-1968 squatting movement in Europe, focusing on creative production and cultural innovation.

In Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces, “cultural production” appears in a variety of forms ranging from conventional art practices, to the organizing of communities and networks, to the production of media and setting up of information systems. Likewise, squats, occupations and social centers are figured as art projects themselves, housing and workspaces for artists, or, most significantly, constituent parts of an alternative infrastructure for the autonomous production of knowledge, discourse, and aesthetics.

All exhibition material was produced using a two-color overprinting system in which texts and images are printed separately and randomly superimposed. In this system, every exhibition consists of differently composed printed sheets. This system solves a persistent curatorial problem: how to order and arrange a vast database of archival material. Our goal was to activate this archive by randomly producing fresh combinations of its content.

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Program
Oral History in the Making
Friday September 18 at 6:00pm
Storytelling and discussion with squatters, artists and researchers, moderated by anthropologist and oral historian Amy Starecheski, author of the forthcoming “Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City,” and squatter archivist and artist Fly.

Culture Class + Cultural Production
Thursday September 24 at 7:00pm
Martha Rosler in conversation with Alan Smart. Rosler will answer questions about her book Culture Class and discuss the relationships between urban space, politics and art production in New York City.

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