Against Competition / Towards Mutual Aid

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September 2016-February 2017

Seeking an alternative to the competitive atmosphere of art production and exhibition, this project was based on the idea that art should nourish collaboration. Against Competition required all artists to propose works themed around mutual aid; those projects were realized by all of the artists collaboratively over the course of a month.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2017

NEW YORK: ABC No Rio and Flux Factory are proud to collaborate on the process-based exhibition, Against Competition/Towards Mutual Aid. Seeking an alternative to the competitive atmosphere of art production and exhibition, this project is based on the idea that art should exist as a venture that nourishes collaboration. As such, competitive approaches should be replaced by more mutualist and participatory practices.

Unlike a traditional exhibition, the premise of Against Competition/Towards Mutual Aid requires all artists to propose works themed around mutual aid; those projects will be realized by all of the artists collaboratively over the course of a month. A core part of the exhibition will be the sharing of materials, skills, and labor. Visions will be realized, but not necessarily as originally imagined; this is part of the excitement of the project.

The work for this project will be planned in January, implemented and installed the first week of February, and made available to the public on Wednesday February 8. There will be a closing party and reception on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14.

On February 9, as part of Flux Thursdays, Flux Factory and ABC No Rio will present the panel Artist as Ally. Please join us for a potluck and discussion, as four artists will share how they engage the arts in ways that address social issues.

Against Competition/Towards Mutual Aid expands on an ABC No Rio project of several years ago that was inspired in part by Marc Fischer’s essay “Against Competition” and consisted of artworks made cooperatively by an artist and another who helped realize their vision.

Participants

Artists participating in Against Competition/Towards Mutual Aid include Razan AlSalah, Rachel Brown, Lee Brozgol, Kerry Cox, Elizabeth Demaray, Rachel Haberstroh, Robert Hieger, Rachel Hillery, Christopher Lin, Jemila MacEwan, Firoz Mahmud, Liz Naiden + Anatole Hocek, Patrícia Silva, Alex Strada, Julieta Triangular, Moira Williams, Ariel Zakarison, and Joanie Fritz Zosike.

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This project is organized by ABC No Rio Visual Arts Collective members Vandana Jain, Mike Estabrook, Brian George, and Steven Englander, and Flux Factory Artists-In-Residence Eleni Theodora Zaharopoulos and Christina Freeman.

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Founded in 1980, ABC No Rio, a center for art and activism on New York’s Lower East Side, is internationally known as a venue for oppositional culture. In 2016 ABC No Rio vacated its building on Rivington Street in preparation for demolition and the construction of a new facility for its projects, programs and operations. During the building of its new home, ABC No Rio will continue “in exile” at other venues and in collaboration with other organizations. This  renewed focus towards collaborative work brings ABC No Rio back to its roots  —  ABC No Rio was founded by members of  the 1970s artist group Collaborative Projects.

Against Competition/Towards Mutual Aid was supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, in-kind support from Materials for the Arts and Flux Factory.

Press: ArtFCity.com

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QUALITY PROGRAMMING FOR AGAINST COMPETITION / TOWARDS MUTUAL AID

THURSDAY February 9th as part of Flux Thursdays, Flux Factory and ABC No Rio will present the panel Artist as Ally. Please join us for a potluck and discussion, as four artists will share how they engage the arts in ways that address social issues.

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SATURDAY February 11th

6pm – 7pm – Projection in the Park: Site-Specific Projection @ Dutch Kill Greens created by current Flux Artist, Razan AlSalah, in collaboration with participating artists and friends.

7pm – 8pm – Feminist Cocktail Party @ Flux Factory
Artist extroardinaire, Moira Williams presents 1-877-FEMINIST COCKTAIL PARTY – a telephone hot line for everybody, a multilingual conversation around the many different forms of feminism, and a cocktail party.

8pm – 10pm – PARADISO: a subversive party
Cosmic artist, J Triangular presents PARADISO an evening of strong musical women w/ Coatie Pop + Space Meow Doll + Alice Cohen