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Update #1

#Occupy Art Build + launch of #whoOWNSpace

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Hi there! 

Not An Alternative is working on a number of projects related to #OccupyWallStreet, and we'd love to invite your participation.  

1) Over the next 6 weeks, we will coordinate an "art build" operation with the intent to launch a series of projects and actions that are both symbolic and tactical, in collaboration with members of #OccupyWallStreet and local and national community-based groups on the front lines of the economic crisis.  To pull this off we need you! We're calling on folks who can wield paint brushes and drills, have design skills and/or logistical organizing chops, can shoot video or take pics, or drive trucks...starting this week! Sign up here to get involved.

2) DSGN AGNC, Not An Alternative and DoTank:Brooklyn have just launched #whOWNSpace. The project arises from the questions that the #OccupyWallStreet movement has brought up about ownership and use of space in NYC and other cities.  It takes three forms: research, pedagogy, and action. More deets below. 

Cheers, 

Not An Alternative

 
 
 
 
 
 

ABOUT #whOWNSpace

#whOWNSpace is a collaborative started by DSGN AGNC with Not An Alternative and Brooklyn DoTank, organizations that have been dealing with spatial politics. Other groups, organizations, and individuals will be joining soon, contact us if you are interested.  Our goal is to gain many other collaborators and together learn from what has happened at Zuccotti park -- using design and art as an advocacy tool so that community groups and activists can continue to use collectively owned and organized urban spaces to further their political, social, and economic agendas.

Project goals are:

1- TO REVEAL conflicting rules and ownerships in the increasingly privatized and commercialized spaces that make up the contemporary neoliberal urban condition

2- TO QUESTION those rules and the current state of our "public" space; discussing the intentions and conditions surrounding our open spaces

3- TO ADVOCATE FOR AND PROPOSE new uses and designs that encourage more public and open spaces for neighborhood uses in accordance to the Call to Action for the Rights of Neighborhoods 

We Create Tools that Reveal Spatial Conflict / We Question Private Space / We Question Public Space / We Advocate for Change / We Conceive and Design Alternatives for Collective use

The 1% weOWNu map focuses on Privately-Owned Public Spaces (POPS) as well as institutions of private funding, specifying financial institutions that received bail-out funds in 2008. The goal of doing so, is to direct attention to the constitutions that control the flow of capital. These funding institutions are essential in the transfer of ownership from the city to private interests. 

The 99% weOWNu map focuses on publicly-owned open spaces and the city agencies that control those holdings.

Both maps provide a framework for a larger study to:

-Comparatively map POPS and publicly-owned open spaces, identify their intentions, and understand the political, corporate, and economic entities that control them

-Organize with community and activist groups so that designers can collaboratively strategize to advance the use of these spaces. 

In the next steps we will use interactive tools to gather information from a multitude of partners (RESEARCH), lead an event with The Public School NYC to begin to make sense of the information (PEDAGOGY), and work with designers and community groups to reclaim public space for the public good (#OCCUPY ACTIONS).

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