Taking Back the Dollar: Alternative Economies

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Date/Time: 02/06/2006 12:00 am

Taking Back the Dollar: Alternative Economies
Friday, June 2nd, 2006, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
The New School, Wollman Hall
enter at 66 West 12th Street
New York City
Admission: $10, free for all students and New School alumni with ID
Carolina Caycedo, artist, Puerto Rico
Paul Glover, economical activist, Philadephia
Matthieu Laurette, artist, Paris
Maka, artist representing Yomango, Mexico D.F.
Yates McKee, writer, New York
Gregory Sholette, artist, writer, activist, New York
Economies reflect what is considered valuable, and for some, what is ethical, or even fundamentally human. They marginalize or exclude what is considered detrimental to the system, those things that get labeled as parasitic or contraband. In order to change these definitions and the populations they point to, we can try to depose, reform, or diversify our notion of economies. This panel discussion includes artists, organizers, writers, and activists who reject or slyly compete with the capitalistic system of buying and selling. By disrupting basic economic processes, by proposing gift economies or autonomous forms of collective production, do they challenge the idea of personhood as defined by owning something, some amount, some trait, or some capacity? Are alternative economies anti-American? Are they perhaps subverting familiar notions of citizenship, producing alternative subjects?
The panel is presented with the generous support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, on occasion of the Vera List Center’s year-long investigation of notions of forgiveness.

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