155 Freeman Street
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This September, three New York-based nonprofits — Triple Canopy, an online magazine, Light Industry, a cinema, and The Public School New York, an open-source classroom with no curriculum — will launch a new arts-and-culture center at 155 Freeman Street, in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.
So all of this sounds nice, right? Culture! Arts! Usually free! All in one place and conveniently located just a few blocks from my apartment! (just me?)
But who are these people and just what to they do?
Light Industry is a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York. Every week they have an event organized with a different artist, critic, or curator. Every week! The idea is to bring together the worlds of contemporary art, experimental cinema, new media, documentary film, and academics to do cool stuff. Or “foster a dialogue.” You know, the usual.
Public School is “a school with no curriculum.” They have classes about everything from infographics to sewing circles to (your favorite and mine) Walter Benjamin. The way it works is like this:
First, classes are proposed by the public (“I want to learn this” or “I want to teach this”); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (“I also want to learn that”); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up.
So they’ll be host all their classes on Freeman St. The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction, indeed!
Triple Canopy is a place where people come together over a shared love of sticking their head through overhead projectors.
Triple Canopy is a beautiful online publication with a really fun domain name, and also a workspace and general hub for all kinds of curatorial and editorial activities dedicated to “slowing down the internet.”
They’ll have all kinds of readings, performances, screenings, and panels (who doesn’t love a panel?) here at Freeman St. Ellie Ga may even show up to stick her head through a projector again.
A collaboration like this lends itself to some pretty amazing Kickstarter awards, with music, writing, and original art from the likes of Rivka Galchen (Check it out — and I’ll see you at Freeman St. in the fall!