Please join us this Thursday, October 20 for the next installment of Creative Activism Thursdays: Revolutionaries Live, a series by the Yes Lab, Not An Alternative, and the Center for Artistic Activism.
This week Not An Alternative is hosting an artist talk and multi-media presentation by Spanish artist/activist Leonidas Martin. We'll get a visual tour of some of the most creative art/activist interventions performed in the context of the alter-globalization movement, and in contemporary urban struggles in Barcelona and beyond, including Las Agencias, Yomango, Pret a Revolter, and New Kids on the Black Bloc. Leo will also discuss his experiences as a participant/organizer in this Spring’s M-15 encampments in Spain, massive occupations that took hold throughout the country and lasted several months. These occupations were a direct inspiration for #OccupyWallStreet.
Leo will explore the relationship between art and activism, how creativity can be a powerful tool for social transformation, how we can have fun while fighting back, and why direct action is one of the fine arts.
Thursday, October 20, 7pm
@ NYU Department of Performance Studies
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
NY, NY 10003
(photo ID required)
P.S.: this programming series is hosted at NYU, as No↔Space recently got rentrified out of our Williamsburg home. Good news is we've lined up a new spot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and we'll be ready for programming later this Fall. We just launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help pay for the build-out and upcoming programming and projects. Please watch the video, share it on Facebook or Twitter, and make a contribution if you can, every bit helps!
Leonidas Martin is a Professor at Barcelona University where he teaches New Media and Political Art. For many years he has been developing collective projects between art and activism, some of them well known internationally (Las Agencias, Yomango, Pret a Revolter). He writes about art and politics for blogs, journals and newspapers, has created several documentaries and movies for television and internet, and is a member of the cultural collective Enmedio; (www.enmedio.info). Last but not least, he is an expert telling jokes, often using this divine gift to get free beers and avoid police arrest. Leo will tell stories about the current upheaval in Spain, among other things.