Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Next meeting Wednesday, March 31th, 2010, 7-9 pm - Dara Greenwald on School as Art‏

A warm welcome to the NPBIAC gathering on Wednesday, March 31th, 7-9 pm. We are proud to have Dara Greenwald as host for this meeting.

NPBIAC has invited Dara Greenwald to discuss some of the questions she has posted on the justseeds.org blog School as Art, around the current trend of the school form as artist project. On the blog she has listed a number of examples both to inspire but also to open a discussion on who these art projects serve and if they have oppositional possibilities or are just another venue for people with privilege to socialize with each other and engage in "knowledge production"?
What does this type of art practice say about the current conditions of both official education and/or art? These and more questions can be found on this blog post School as Art and will be raised during the meeting.

Reading: Liberation School for Women, author(s) unknown

Dara Greenwald is a media artist, writer, and researcher. Her current research is about collective cultural production and creative public action coming out of social movements.
More info: www.daragreenwald.com

This occasion is open to 20 participants and you need to RSVP to nobodyputsbabyinacorner2009@live.com to be able to join, please do so before March 29th at noon. (The reason for the early reply is that Dara has a text she would like to share with participants to preferably read before the meeting.)

Join us for another unforgettable evening!
NPBIAC/Dara, Johanna and Malin

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Next meeting Friday March 26th 2010, 7-9 pm - Amy Scholder, editorial director of the Feminist Press

A warm welcome to the next NPBIAC gathering, Friday, March 26th, 7-9 pm. We are proud to have Amy Scholder, editorial director of the Feminist Press as host for this meeting.

Amy Scholder writes:
I would like to generate a conversation/think tank for how to enact feminist publishing. I became the editorial director at the Feminist Press a year and half ago. (FP is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year; I have been editing books for independent publishers for over 20 years.) The Press had had a mission to publish books by women/for women. I felt such an idea of feminist publishing was outmoded, and have now changed the mission to something more about choice, gender equity, and social justice. You can read the new FP statement here.

With this new program, I have published a dozen books or so, and have another dozen in the works (and many more proposals to read!). I list a number of them below, with a shorthand to describe what they're about. This list should give the NPBIAC group a good idea of what kind of feminist publishing I'm doing.

My interest for the meeting would be for each person to come up with and present an idea for a new Feminist Press book. Not a general idea of what I should be publishing, but a specific idea that promotes a particular subject, author, title, or project.

Any book that I publish at FP needs to have a potentially wide readership (3,000 readers or more), so I can not publish artist books, monographs, or books that have a singularly contemporary art audience. That said, I am very open to ideas, and want to learn what young feminists want to read. FP books can be for scholarly discussion or for a popular audience (or both). What I hope is obvious from the list below is that I’m interested in books that challenge what we mean by gender, books that question issues of race and class in dominant culture, books for activists and thinkers and poets (but no poetry!). FP publishes fiction and nonfiction (including memoir, essays, biography, etc), and graphic books. Please also see the FP website.

This occasion is open to 20 participants and you need to RSVP to nobodyputsbabyinacorner2009@live.com to be able to join, please do so before March 31th at noon. 

Join us for another unforgettable evening!


NPBIAC/Johanna, Malin and Amy

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Next meeting March 10th 2010, 7-9pm - Expressions of anger and reason for action

A warm welcome to the next NPBIAC gathering, Wednesday, March 10th, 7-9 pm. Malin Arnell, one of the NPBIAC organizers, will host this meeting.

We will follow up the last meeting in which Catherine Lord and the group shared some strategies and methods using anger as driving force. For this meeting we suggest to collectively explore some expressions of anger and reason for action. (You can definitely attend even if you were not in the last meeting!)

Between 2002-2007 Malin Arnell was one-fourth of the feminist performance and artist group High Heel Sister (together with Line S. Karlström, Anna Linder and Karianne Stensland). The starting point for High Heel Sisters collaboration were their shared, yet varying, experiences of physical attributes of height (minimum 178 cm), shoe size (minimum 41) and age (minimum 30yrs). With a large dose of humor and a burning feminist zeal High Heel Sisters examined and took on many of society’s (and their own) expectations and accepted norms primarily associated with gender, sexuality and class.

We will start the meeting by screening two of High Heels Sisters videos: Scream (2007) and a documentation of our last performance, Screaming Mountain (2007) (now showing in the exhibition Gestures - Performance and Sound Art, at Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark). From this body of work - let's try to embody some collective emotions...

This occasion is open to 20 participants and you need to RSVP to nobodyputsbabyinacorner2009@live.com to be able to join, please do so before March 10th at noon.


German Socialist Clara Zetkin (1857-1933) initiated International Womens Day. Here togehter with Rosa Luxemburg and an anonymous feminist.

Monday, March 1, 2010

What makes the engine go? Desire, desire, desire.

Did you ever dream of a collective mode - your body as part of a mass of bodies?

NPBIAC makes a guest appearance at VOLTA NY on March 6th, 5.30-7 pm. Come together to share dreams, wishes, fantasies and desires. Join us in our search for collective solutions to individual problems! The workshop will include speaking in rounds, physical exercises, intimate discussions and of course end with an orgasmic enegry massage.

The workshop is open to an exclusive group of 10 participants. Registration can be made at Holistic Healing Center, Scaramouche Gallery, VOLTA NY. Location: 7 West 34th Street (betw. 5th Ave. and 6th Ave. ) ny.voltashow.com