07.25.2003

Friday Afternoon Lunchtime / Discussion / Event in Weimar — 07.28.2003

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Date/Time: 25/07/2003 12:00 am


http://www.16beavergroup.org/monday/archives/000339.php

http://www.16beavergroup.org/w-l

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1. About This Friday
We have extended an open invitation to a number of artists, designers,
cultural workers, thinkers, organizers, curators, and people here in
Weimar and the surrounding area to join in a discussion with us (Rene
Gabri and Paige Sarlin from 16Beaver) this afternoon in Weimar on the
grass in front of the ACC galerie where the 16Beaver Group is
participating in the exhibition “Get Rid of Yourself.”
It occured to us as we were preparing for the exhibition and looking back
through the trajectories of the meetings and discussions that have occured
over the last 4 years at the 16 beaver space that we have an opportunity
to invite this new group of people (all potential friends, colleagues,
and collaborators) to engage a set of questions and problems which we
and those around us face in relation to “work,” our own cultural
production and artistic practices and the selling of our labor to earn
money in order to be able to live.
We explored this “work/work” dilemma in a series of conversations early in
2000, just about 6 months after the renovation of the 16Beaver space was
completed. At that time, the conversation grew out a consideration of
the form of the work/work spaces that surround and subsidize the
communal/shared space of the 16 beaver group., built as spaces in which
people could both “do their art” and work for money. Curious about the
complexity of these relations, this series of conversations explored the
vagueries and idiosyncrasies, as well as the similarities and
commonalities, of how individuals mapped out and constructed lives as
artists/cultural workers and were still able to eat/make a living.
Over a series of three weeks, the conversations ranged from people
sharing their specific strategies/experiences to debating the merits of
different national systems of cultural support and funding. We used the
passage below from Marx addressing the division and alternate models of
labor to jumpstart our initial discussion. We hope it will serve a similar
purpose in the context of a re-unified Germany and a radically altered
social/economic/and cultural context of post-GDR Weimar.
“>Friday Afternoon Lunchtime/Discussion/Event in Weimar — 07.25.2003
Contents:
1. About This Friday
(an event in conjunction with participation in ACC’s “Get Rid of Yourself”)
http://www.16beavergroup.org/monday/archives/000339.php

http://www.16beavergroup.org/w-l

__________________________________________________
1. About This Friday
We have extended an open invitation to a number of artists, designers,
cultural workers, thinkers, organizers, curators, and people here in
Weimar and the surrounding area to join in a discussion with us (Rene
Gabri and Paige Sarlin from 16Beaver) this afternoon in Weimar on the
grass in front of the ACC galerie where the 16Beaver Group is
participating in the exhibition “Get Rid of Yourself.”
It occured to us as we were preparing for the exhibition and looking back
through the trajectories of the meetings and discussions that have occured
over the last 4 years at the 16 beaver space that we have an opportunity
to invite this new group of people (all potential friends, colleagues,
and collaborators) to engage a set of questions and problems which we
and those around us face in relation to “work,” our own cultural
production and artistic practices and the selling of our labor to earn
money in order to be able to live.
We explored this “work/work” dilemma in a series of conversations early in
2000, just about 6 months after the renovation of the 16Beaver space was
completed. At that time, the conversation grew out a consideration of
the form of the work/work spaces that surround and subsidize the
communal/shared space of the 16 beaver group., built as spaces in which
people could both “do their art” and work for money. Curious about the
complexity of these relations, this series of conversations explored the
vagueries and idiosyncrasies, as well as the similarities and
commonalities, of how individuals mapped out and constructed lives as
artists/cultural workers and were still able to eat/make a living.
Over a series of three weeks, the conversations ranged from people
sharing their specific strategies/experiences to debating the merits of
different national systems of cultural support and funding. We used the
passage below from Marx addressing the division and alternate models of
labor to jumpstart our initial discussion. We hope it will serve a similar
purpose in the context of a re-unified Germany and a radically altered
social/economic/and cultural context of post-GDR Weimar.

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