W.A.G.E., Marina Vishmidt, and Melanie Gilligan have co-organized events on Saturday October 3rd around the theme of 'Value' as part of WE (Not I), a four day and night convening of discursive meetings, presentations, and events that bring together a wide range of female artists, writers, curators and thinkers identifying with feminist practices to exchange and produce content addressing questions around the role of "we" in contemporary art practice.
Taking on the question of value in an art context means immediately going beyond it but also through it, via the contradictions of race, gender, language, money and violence that structure the seen and said in the spaces we all try to carve an existence in. Departing from the challenges posed to value as it is reproduced in the spaces of art as in the political economy at large, we want to focus on how those challenges can and have been formulated through practices of collectivity, poetics, feminism, de-coloniality, technology and politics around race. The labor of reproduction and a non- or alter-reproductive futurity are close parameters here. Three main approaches to value will be pursued: conceptual, economic and the living-deathly of identity categories.
11am-5pm: An all-day work meeting
open to anyone who is interested. Workshop leaders and presenters include Aliza Shvarts, Melanie Gilligan, Marina Vishmidt, W.A.G.E. and others TBA. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
7pm: On Value
Marina Vishmidt, Melanie Gilligan, Lise Soskolne, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz and Silvia Federici will lead a discussion around the value relations of art production, and what kinds of (feminist) value-critical politics can create transversal connections between crises in the different spaces where we practice.
The Alliance of Artists Communities presents the 2015 Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, bringing together arts leaders, funders, policy-makers, board members, educators, and artists from across the globe for three days of performances, trainings, tours, and talks.
Thursday, Oct 15, 11am: The Matter of Money: Compensation, Equity, and Valuing Artists
This discussion will explore the ethics of artist support: how our practices around charging fees to or paying artists impacts who we serve, how organizations and artists can better navigate the value of non-monetary support, and how organizations can ensure artists are given adequate resources to succeed.
Elizabeth Chodos | Executive + Creative Director, Ox-Bow
Alec De León | Program Specialist, National Performance Network - Visual Artist Network
Carolina García Jayaram | CEO, United States Artists
Laurel Ptak | Director, Triangle Arts Association
Lise Soskolne | Core Organizer, W.A.G.E.