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February 28, 2008

Group Work


On my reading list from Printed Matter "Based on a pamphlet published by Temporary Services in 2002 titled Group Work: A Compilation of Quotes About Collaboration from a Variety of Sources and Practices, this publication provides a multitude of perspectives on the theme of Group Work by practitioners of artistic group practice from 1960s to the present."

Posted by cat at 05:10 PM

Unrest at Footwear Factory

Rocky Shoes sweatshop abuses shed light on failed trade model amid primary contest Unrest at footwear factory exposes consequences of NAFTA-style trade deals as presidential candidates make appeals to displaced Ohio manufacturing workers

Columbus, Ohio --- Human rights and labor organizations in Ohio today called on presidential candidates and Governor Ted Strickland to adopt "sweatfree" purchasing policies to stop tax dollar support for sweatshop abuses that have sent thousands of Ohio jobs overseas. The call comes as the groups exposed workplace abuses in a Rocky Shoes-contracted facility in China, where as many as 4000 workers went on strike last month to protest non-payment of wages.

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Posted by cat at 05:03 PM

February 26, 2008

S.548 Artist-Museum Partnership Act

Congressional alert: The artist deduction bill (S.548) would give artists the right to deduct the fair market value of their work when donating it to a charity. Right now artists and artisans can only deduct the material costs of creating their work. To support this bill and send to your congressmen. Click here.

Posted by cat at 11:30 AM

February 13, 2008

SweatFree Communities Newsletter #18


1) Save the Date: SweatFree Summit
2) Wal-Mart Sweatshop Workers Speaking Tour
3) Welcoming New Midwest Regional Organizer
4) Host a Campaign Retreat, Training, or Strategy Session
5) Local Campaign Updates
6) Have a Socially Responsible Valentine's Day

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Posted by cat at 01:11 PM

February 12, 2008

Pink Bloque Revisted at PS1

Sunday February 24, 2008. 4:00 pm
Pink Bloque Revisited, an interactive workshop with re-united members of the radical Chicago street dance troupe.

Part of:
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, the first comprehensive, historical exhibition to examine the international foundations and legacy of feminist art, will include a special series of performances, interventions, dance, music, film, readings, and panel discussions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center every weekend from February 16 through March 16, 2008. The series will connect featured artists with younger generations inspired by feminism. All events are free with admission and take place in the Third Floor Main Gallery unless otherwise noted.

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Posted by cat at 10:21 AM

February 11, 2008

Unmasked: A Marathon of Artists' Videos and Films Contesting Systems of Rule

Organized by Elise Youn and Carlos Motta

Unmasked: A Marathon of Artists' Videos and Films Contesting Systems of Rule is a two-day screening of recent film and video works that employ conceptual documentary filmmaking strategies to question and critique policies of oppression, discrimination, and violence. Programmed by artist Carlos Motta, the screening includes work by Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler, Petra Bauer, Fran├žois Bucher, Jim Finn, Ashley Hunt, Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Lin + Lam, John Menick, Jenny Perlin, and Dmitry Vilensky. The marathon also includes "Charged in the Name of Terror," a short program by Paul Chan featuring works by Mary Billyou and Annelisse Fifi, Paul Chan, Jim Fetterley and Angie Waller, and Susan Youssef.

The film and video works of Unmasked bring attention to the role of the artist as a political agent--contesting hegemonic state structures; interrogating strategies of class, gender, and racial segregation; and exposing discrimination against minorities in globalized urban centers. The works also engage documentary filmmaking as a form, challenging the distinction between reality and fiction to unearth hidden and repressed histories, examine the use and manipulation of ideologies, and propose alternative tactics for collective action.

At the New Museum - Link

Posted by cat at 12:30 PM

February 07, 2008

Save Spiral Jetty


Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (1970) is threatened by an application to drill exploratory boreholes in Utah's Great Salt Lake for oil exploration by Pearl Montana Exploration & Production. Dia Art Foundation adamantly opposes this proposed oil drilling as it will endanger one of the most widely recognized and cherished American sculptures of the late twentieth century. Link to Dia Press Release

Posted by cat at 05:39 PM

February 02, 2008

What Have The Unions

Ever Done For Us?

Posted by cat at 07:02 PM

Tech pay gap between men and women

Men are making more money than women in technology jobs, about 12% more than they did last year. Via Computerworld

Posted by cat at 11:55 AM

February 01, 2008

Rap Master Maurice Vigilante Rap Phone Calls


Posted by cat at 06:01 PM

Where America's River Dissolves Into The Sea

The end of the Mississippi River Delta - the Birdfoot - is a national landscape of disintegration, a fractal labyrinth of dendritic channels, a blend of water and earth, bisected and rerouted by linear, engineered forms of pipeline canals and levees. The people who live and work here, beyond the reach of roads, do so tenuously, in a delicate, disappearing place that is battered by hurricanes, and eroding into the sea. From the Center for Land Use Interpretation

Posted by cat at 11:39 AM