Housing Actions (2001-2005)
When the city of Chicago unveiled their latest corporate-sponsored public art project ‘Suite Home Chicago’ the project was ripe for a public intervention related to income inequality and affordable housing in the city. The result was Daley Village. Read an essay explaining the project here.
‘This is CHAos’ was a high-level public intervention and counter-PR campaign which threatened to implode the Chicago Housing Authority’s careful rebranding of its controversial public housing policies.
It was made by an anonymous group, in consultation with public housing residents and other experts, who felt that the CHA’s ‘Plan for Transformation’ was in fact an engine of displacement, corruption, and privatization of public land and services.
Listen to the short NPR radio segment about the Chicago Housing Authority’s ‘Plan for Transformation’ and the ‘This is CHAos’ intervention.
Visit the original chicagohousingauthority.net PROJECT WEBSITE HERE
Read about the campaign in the Chicago Reader, ‘Fighting Spin with Spin’ or in the article, ‘From CHAnge to CHAos.’
Mapping Lectures (2004)
Border/Hacking/Mapping/Culture Lecture Series at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004):
I developed this series of public lectures alongside the Visiting Artist Program at SAIC and was co-conceived with Romi Crawford, Claire Pentecost, and Mary Patten. The invited lecturers included: Emily Jacir; Mark Bradford; Brian Holmes; Matthew Coolidge of CLUI; Ellen Gallagher; and Coco Fusco. There was also a lunchtime “Lunchbox Discussion” featuring local artists working on similar themes that included “Mapping Chicago” with Temporary Services; “Confronting Division and Difference: Artistic Practice in Eastern Europe and the European Union” with Elena Jovanova and Paige Sarlin; “Landscapes and Monuments” with Deborah Stratman and Ellen Rothenberg; and “Artist as Urban Planner” with Emily Forman and Eric Triantafillou.
Occasionally I have organized public video screenings in conjunction with exhibitions or as discussion tools around current events. Some examples of this include:
- Cycle of Struggles (2012) – Video program co-curated with Brian Holmes for the UIC Social Justice Initiative “Pop Up Gallery”
- Guest Curator of “Youtube Assembly” (2011) at Homeroom Chicago on theme of POWER co-curated with Deborah Stratman [Chicago, IL] (See videos here)
- Public/Private Parties: Proposals for Reactivating Public Spaces (2010) – Video screening at CHIOSC in Chisinau, Moldova.
- Discount Cinema (2002): A short-lived Micro-Cinema curating collective that included screenings of Tony Conrad’s The Flicker and Anthony McCall’s Line Describing a Cone at Cinema Borealis; Series of screenings about social movements in Argentina and Brazil (2001-02) with Eye of the Storm Films at Buddy; Zack Stiglicz retrospective at Highschool.
Misc. Performances (1998-Now)
- Schizo-Culture live reading with Laurie Palmer and others (Curated by Mary Patten at Threewalls) (see video at 17:19)
- Radical Proposal Sing-A-Long – Live at Headlands Center for the Arts (organized with Rosten Woo, 2011)
- Community Supported Publishing live storyboard reading
- HEAD – Actor in Dean Rank’s Film
- Thirst – Actor in Johee Kim’s Video
- Dara Greenwald’s Ideological World Wrestling Federation performance at the Smart Museum.
- Imagine Agents – An irregular band with Kelly Burdick, Thomas Graves and Nicholas Cox
- Barbara and Eva – A street performance band in Louisville KY in 1998
Misc. Street Art (2000-2005)
Since 1997 I have occasionally developed public experiments to interact with the landscape of cities like Chicago. Including: Ladders; Rooftop with a View; Factboxes; GBGC Newspaper Boxes and Public Advertisements; Misc. Wheatpastes and Stencils; etc.
Retooling Dissent (2002)
Retooling Dissent documents the work of four art collectives (Las Agencias, Institute for Applied Autonomy, the Bikewriters, and StreetRec) deploying creative protest projects within the 2002 protests against the World Economic Forum in New York City. This work was documented in the video I co-edited with 4n6 and organized tours for: Retooling Dissent: Creative Resistance at the WEF 02-02-02. See the project website here and see the full video here:
Street Speaker (2001)
StreetRec (2001-2003) was a short-lived Chicago activist media collective focused on graphics and video production. Our main collaborative output included the graphics known as “The Heads” for use at the World Economic Forum protests in 2002 and subsequent anti-war demonstrations. This work was documented in the widely screened video Retooling Dissent.
This ad-hoc group of people continued to work together on other graphics campaigns including the Trans Atlantic Business Dialogue protests in Chicago in 2003. Some of those projects included a dis-invitation to the TABD meetings that explained the significance of these events in a manner that would engage a broad audience.
Versionfest and iNFO-eXPO (2004)
Version>04: Invisible Networks and iNfo-eXpo Networking Fair at the Chicago Cultural Center and various locations (2004). The fair included booths by 16 beaver Group, Angels of Def, Animal Factory, Antigravity Surprise, Bike cart Info shop and Open Air Public Reading Room, Champaign Urbana IL , Charles H Kerr Publishing, Chicago Gray Line, Children’s Studio Presents, Chris Wildrick, Chronozone 2, College of Complexes, Cooperative Image Group, De Player, Chicago Drag Kings, FeelTank Chicago, Films and Cities, Free Walking, Genewise, Gentrification Board Game, Grand Rapids Michigan, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Locus, Lumpen, Microrevolt, The Network of Casual Art A/V Dept., The Neighborhood Writing Alliance, Las Non Gratas Class, Pilot trans-feminist TV festival, Quimbys, Red 76 Arts group, The Stockyard Institute, Temporary Travel Office,Toyshop Collective, and We The People Media.
“BikeCartInfoShop and OpenAirPublicReadingRoom” was a platform for public literature dissemination created in 2004. Subsequently it was repurposed by Backstory Cafe and Free Geek Chicago. It was organized by Daniel Tucker and designed by Dave Grant, Michelle Faust and Dave Metcalf.