Sunday Tea ‘n Chats series

THE VALUE OF OUR (COLLECTIVE) WORK
SUNDAY JUNE 17TH 2012, 4PM

Slide from The New Gallery’s archives, photo credit: Wednesday Lupypciw

For the first in our afternoon boozy tea n’ chats series (featured cocktail: “the cheap n’ cheerful”), we invited cultural workers and community members to a conversational skill share on resiliency in these challenging times of austerity budgets, privatization of culture, and eroding public funds. We looked at the work of several other collectives including Temporary Services, CARFAC, Working Artists in the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) and Artivistic. Arts writer and organizer Amy Fung presented a performance about ethical stewardship, and designer and community organizer Kevin Lo joined us via Skype to discuss Artivistic’s Promiscuous Infrastructures project at Skol. You can read an edited transcript of the conversation in our new publication, or you can download a PDF excerpt: The Value Of Our (Collective) Work.

As a follow up to this discussion we’ve been interested in acknowledging and sharing the work of other artists and cultural workers  who are raising similar questions. Alongside the groups and projects mentioned above, we’ve been collecting articles, links, and projects that have inspired and informed our discussions.

Here, we offer an incomplete and growing list, and we welcome any suggestions for other resources and information to post and share:

Carrot Workers
Precarious Workers Brigade
Republicart
Syphon
FUSE
Should I Work For Free

Hyperallergic
Sarah Wookey’s letter
Broken City Lab
Ragpickers
BFAMFAPHD
Who Pays Artists, Bad At Sports
Standard Deviation
Art Work


SUNDAY JUNE 24 2012, 3:30 PM
WHAT DO PANTIES HAVE TO DO WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE?

LIDS will discuss their Panty Raid laundry line, an ongoing community-based collection of women’s underwear to donate to local charities.

Featured cocktail: “hair of the cat”

Interdisciplinary and performance artist Cindy Baker will be on hand to discuss the power of collaboration, intervention and metaphor, using examples from her own work featuring panties, dressing up, and taking it off.

Local filmmaker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi will screen and discuss his film One Problem, a documentary about a cross-country drive to collect much-needed underwear to donate to homeless shelters. Ramin has worked as a filmaker/media artist in Calgary, Alberta since 2005. He has directed a number of award-winning projects from art installations and documentaries to broadcast, commercial, music videos, dance on film and a slew of short films.

Sharon Stevens, Clothes line of truth, sooth & goofs, 2012. Photo: Wednesday Lupypciw
Sharon Stevens, Clothes line of truth, sooth & goofs, 2012. Photo: Wednesday Lupypciw

We also went to the Activist Past-Times event at the Old Y Centre to participate in Sharon Stevens’ clothesline performance. She graciously included our “lazy” panties alongside other messages, wishes, reminiscences, and slogans from Calgary’s amazing activist community.