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ArtLeaks Gazette No.2: (An)Other Art World(s)? Imagination Beyond Fiction Now Online!

June 15, 2014

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We are very happy to announce the release of our latest issue of the ArtLeaks Gazette entitled (An)Other Art World(s)? Imagination Beyond Fiction

While in our previous issue we sought to bring awareness of the challenges and obstacles of the contemporary art system as a initial, necessary first step in enacting meaningful transformations, with this gazette we aim to move beyond exposure and breaking the silence, towards ways of engagement – or what does it mean to be agents of change in the art world today? What are the conditions and possibilities of alternative art worlds? How can we engage and use our imagination, avoiding, at the same time, the traps of utopian thinking?

Some of the contributions that we gathered for this issue investigate models of communing within art and education, focusing on examples of free schools and self-organized groups based on skills sharing. Others offer analyses of the economic relations within the art academies that lead to precarity, and exemplify ways to strike against the system of debt and expendable labor.  There are also those who focus on approaches for supporting critical art practices that remain disconnected from the art market, as well as on ways of establishing new paradigms that do not displace artists, workers, local residents, insisting on the possibility of a sustainable community of working people. 

As a learning tool, this gazette is meant to contribute to the critical debates around censorship, exploitation and abuse highlighted on our online archive since 2011. We hope many of you will use it in your own self-organized schools, seminars, workshops, protest meetings, and join our community to push these issues even further.  We encourage you to share it widely with your peers that may be interested in the aforementioned topics.

The gazette can be downloaded freely here: ArtLeaks_Gazette_2

The gazette is also available via print on demand. You can make an order by sending us an email at: artsleaks@gmail.com

We would like to invite you to a gazette launch and open discussion to be held in St. Petersburg (Russia) on Saturday, June 28th. The exact time and location will be announced shortly before the date on our facebook page. Corina L. Apostol and Andrey Shental will facilitate.  

Vladan Jeremić will also hold an open discussion about the gazette, part of  FACK MSUV / performing the museum as a common at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina (MSUV) in Novi Sad (Serbia), from June 30 to July 06, 2014 . More information here. 

More discussions and workshops will be announced in the near future. If you would like to host one please contact us. 

The gazette includes texts by: Corina L. Apostol, Larissa Babij, Daniel Blochwitz, Joanna Figiel, Noah Fischer with Artur Żmijewski, Vladan Jeremić and Rena Rädle, Sean Lowry and Nancy de Freitas, Andrea Pagnes, Heath Schultz, Andrey Shental

Visual works reproduced in the gazette are by: Assembly for Culture Ukraine, Roisin Beirne with Clare Breen, Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch, David Lunney, John Ryan and Tom Watt, Daniel Blochwitz, Department of Biological Flow, Noah Fischer with Pawel Althamer and Artur Žmijewski, G.U.L.F. (Global Ultra Luxury Faction), Ellie Harrison, Vladan Jeremić and Rena Rädle, Deana Jovanović, Mark Shorter, Occupy Museums (OM), OFSW (Citizen Forum for Contemporary Arts), Self Organized Seminar (SOS), Iulia Toma, Winter Holiday Camp

Graphic interventions for this issue: Federico Geller

ArtLeaks Gazette editors: Corina L. Apostol, Vladan Jeremić and Raluca Voinea

Editing assistance: Jasmina Tumbas

Special thanks to: Vlad Morariu and Dmitry Vilensky

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