The New Art Economy Summit
Elysa Lozano for Autonomous Organization
We are excited to announce that Royal NoneSuch Gallery will host artist Elysa Lozano and her art practice, which assumes the identity of the non-profit, Autonomous Organization, through a residency from July 15 to July 31, 2011.
In preparation for the residency, Elysa Lozano is developing a utopic model for the new art world economy that will make it possible for networks of artists to become mutually-sustainable, control how their work is disseminated into the world, and puts donors and collectors in direct contact with the artists. However, this is only one person's perspective.
In order to subvert her self-interested perspective and to create a dialogue around these issues, Elysa Lozano will facilitate The New Art Economy Summit and Potluck Dinner which asks participants across the spectrum of visual art production and dissemination to present their ideal art economies and engage in a dialogue around how resources and value is distributed in the art world.
Participants in the discussion will include:
Christian L. Frock, Founder and Director of Invisible Venue
Courtney Fink, Executive Director of Southern Exposure
Dena Beard, MATRIX Curatorial Assistant at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Kevin P. Clarke, Artist and Founder of Million Fishes Art Collective and MacArthur b arthur
Jayna Swartzman, Program Manager at the Center for Cultural Innovation
Eleanor and Oliver Wise, Founders and Directors of The Present Group
Elizabeth Sims, Artist, Educator, and Activist
Vanessa Critchell, Director (West coast) at Luhring Augustine Gallery
This moderated conversation will take place in the form of the The New Art Economy Summit and Potluck Dinner at MacArthur b arthur in Oakland on Saturday, July 23 at 4pm.
On Sunday, July 24, Elysa Lozano will make immersive diagrams on the wall documenting the various points of view discussed in the summit. Finally, please note that Royal NoneSuch Gallery will have modified open hours during the month of July.
Autonomous Organization Residency dates: July 15-July 31, 2011
Opening: July 15, 2011, 7-9pm
The New Art Economy Summit and Potluck: Saturday, July 23, 4-8pm at MacArthur b arthur gallery, located at 4030 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Oakland, CA 94609. The Summit begins at 4:30 followed by a potluck dinner at 7pm. Please bring your favorite dish!
Unveiling of the New Art World Economy: Sunday, July 24, 1-4pm
Open Hours: Thursday, July 21-Friday July 22,1-4pm; Monday, July 25 – Tuesday, July 26,1-4pm
Elysa Lozano is an artist, curator and writer, who works with organizational and regulatory vocabularies. Her art practice emulates a not-for-profit (Autonomous Organization) complete with a Board of Directors who approve all her projects. While this structure performs questions around individual directives and the necessity of social contracts, her projects draw parallels between the appropriation of territory for progressive social projects and the politics of the art exhibition system. For the Organization, Lozano has presented proposals for Socialist Colonies for a high-rise building in Houston, created an online resource of project space survival strategies, and re-branded an exhibition space in London as a public construction site. The projects are sometimes realized as events, such as the conference ‘Them and Us: Reflections on the Relationship Between Theory and Practice’ at Goldsmiths College or a participatory workshop, ‘The Democratic Museum’, at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Lozano holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Goldsmiths College. She is currently a lecturer at CUNY LaGuardia and a contributor to Art Practical.
Autonomous Organization is an art practice that operates like a not-for-profit organization. A board of directors must approve every project the Organization undertakes. The Organization produces low-cost handmade art products for sale and barter, services for exhibition venues, and research into self-sustaining models for the art world economy. The Organization has found that individual agency is best developed through negotiation.