Programs

Over the course of five days, PMVABF will host dozens of live and pre-recorded programs including lectures, DJ sets, screenings, and conversations, led by artists, publishers, designers, musicians, and writers.

The event will feature longstanding Fair programs such as The Classroom, a series of conversations with artists and publishers, and The Stage, a diverse lineup of musical performances. For this online iteration, the Fair will debut a series of guided tours with special guests, as well as a new program series centering activist publishing practices by exhibitors in the Friendly Fire section, and more!

Programs will include an interactive chat section where you can ask questions and share thoughts. All events will be archived and made available for later access.

All Fair programs are free and open to the public.

Printed Matter is committed to making PMVABF accessible and navigable for everyone. Main Fair pages and programs will include:
  • Live captions in English
  • Alt-text for images 
  • Archived programs

 



THE CLASSROOM


The Classroom program series—a long-running feature of our Art Book Fairs—highlights exciting new releases and fosters dialogue around important themes within contemporary art publishing and the broader community. This year’s participants include Dayanita Singh, Chip Lord, Dodie Bellamy, Fia Backström, and Amy Sillman. Organized by David Senior, Head of the Library and Archives, SFMOMA.



THE STAGE


A re-visioned presentation of The Stage will bring a multigenerational and global community of musicians together, with a full schedule of performances from NYC's Papi Juice collective, Qatar's Sonic Jeel collective, the legendary V. Vale of RE/Search Publications, the multi-instrumental mystic Laraaji, and many others. The Stage is organized in conversation with Noah Klein.



EXHIBITOR-LED PROGRAMS


Choose from hundreds of live and pre-recorded book launches, conversations, and other publication-focused events hosted directly on individual Fair Exhibitor Sites.



The shannon michael cane award


The SMC Award is granted to four first-time Printed Matter Art Book Fair exhibitors (artists, artists' book publishers, or collectives) in the early stages of their careers. For Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair, we celebrate the SMC Award recipients of the cancelled 2020 LA Art Book Fair: AVARIE, Berlin, Germany, Farside Collective, Leh, India, Hyperlink Press, Brooklyn, New York, and RANDOM MAN EDITIONS, Queens, New York.

Shannon Michael Cane (1974-2017) was a pillar of the artists' publishing community, serving as Printed Matter's Curator of Fairs and Editions from 2013-2017.



FRIENDLY FIRE


Amidst a distinctly precarious political climate, PMVABF presents a new program series centering publishing practices that address themes of injustice and resistance. This series features exhibitors in the Friendly Fire section, which includes presses and artists' collectives that take on different forms of cultural, social, and political activism. Programs include a tribute to Frederick Weston, a conversation on the abolition of the prison industrial complex with Mariame Kaba, and a cooperative skills-sharing workshop with Press Press and the Institute for Expanded Research.



The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference


CABC is an annual conference that covers a range of topics with artists, scholars, and others in the field of artists’ books. Titled “The Temperature of Art Book Criticism and Scholarship,” this year’s CABC addresses the importance of developing new critical tools for assessing artists’ books and their broader impact on cultural and artistic practice. Sessions include Maddy Rosenberg (CENTRAL BOOKING), Levi Sherman (Artists' Book Reviews), Paul Soulellis (Queer.Archive.Work), Pablo Helguera, and Johanna Drucker. The 2021 CABC is organized by the 2021 CABC Committee and the Center for Book Arts, and is generously supported by Stephen Bury and Sorted Library. See full schedule and register for CABC here.



GUIDED TOURS


Throughout the weekend, visitors have the opportunity to experience PMVABF alongside curators, artists, and other special guests who will lead online tours from unique perspectives. This program series is supported by die Keure.






    



Schedule

More programs announced soon!


Opening Performances
Wednesday, February 24 ~ 4–7pm EST

Opening Bob Baker Marionette Theater, SAMMUS, and Melting Point presenting Deli Girls, Total Freedom, Hatechild., Mister Vacation, Dani Rev, O.D. Mongrel, F00d C0rps, Nullobite, visuals by VVXXII, protest photography by Andrew J Hallinan, and lighting design by Jeffrey Strausser, produced at H0l0, the premiere of the Fair’s theme song by RE/Search Publications's V. Vale and Marian Wallace, performance from Macy Rodman, and a LIVE worldwide gathering and drawing activity in honor of Jason Polan.


Performances presented by Printed Matter and Noah Klein
Thursday, February 25 ~ starting at 12–2pm EST ; 24 hour loop


THE stage  with Laraaji, V. Vale, Sarah Louise, Mutual Benefit, Yasmin Williams, Nailah Hunter, and Lush Agave + Wild Anima.




“Well, is it even a photobook, Dayanita?” with Dayanita Singh and Anshika Varma
Thursday, February 25 ~ 11am–12:30pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  Dayanita Singh published her first artist’s book Zakir Hussain in 1986, and in doing so, challenged contemporary notions of photography, book, and form. Five years later, Steidl announced the publication of her student maquette as a three-part book object—a witness to her influence in expanding the book form. In this conversation, Singh speaks with Anshika Varma, founder of the publisher Offset Projects based in New Delhi, India, on the significance of provoking a space between the publishing house and the art gallery, and the endless possibilities presented within it. Presented by Offset Projects.


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Beau Geste Press, in conversation with Felipe Ehrenberg, David Mayor, and Alice Motard
Thursday, February 25 ~ 12:30–2pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  On the occasion of the newly launching publication Beau Geste Press, BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE shares insight into the practice and history of the eponymous publishing house. The program features two interviews between Alice Motard, the chief curator at CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux and editor of this new publication, with David Mayor, and Felipe Ehrenberg, who are co-founders of this legendary publishing house. The interview with David Mayor was specially recorded for this years’ CLASSROOM. The interview with Felipe Ehrenberg was recorded back in March 2017 when Felipe visited a show on Beau Geste Press at CAPC just a couple of months before he passed away. Presented by BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE.


Dark Room, with Phyllis Christopher, Michelle Tea, and Laura Guy


Thursday, February 25 ~ 2–3:30pm EST


THE CLASSROOM In 1988, at the age of 24, Phyllis Christopher was drawn to San Francisco with her camera to capture a thriving lesbian counterculture involving sex parties, kiss-ins, and street demonstrations. Join Book Works program for an intimate conversation about lesbian sexuality and documentary on the occasion of Phyllis Christopher’s debut solo publication, Dark Room: San Francisco Sex and Protest, 1988–2003 (Book Works, 2021). Christopher will be in conversation with acclaimed author, poet, and organizer (and contributor to the book), Michelle Tea, along with Laura Guy, editor of Dark Room. Presented by Book Works.


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Call & Response, with Kerry Ann Lee, Giulia Vallicelli, Helen Yeung, and Ysabelle Cheung
Thursday, February 25 ~ 3:30–5pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  Call & Response is a conversation between international publishers exploring how independent publishing facilitates community-building through punk, protest, and zine-making. Giulia Vallicelli (Compulsive Archive, Milan, Italy), Helen Yeung (Migrant Zine Collective, Aotearoa, New Zealand) and Ysabelle Cheung (independent writer, Hong Kong) will share their work and talk with Kerry Ann Lee (Red Letter Distro) about collaboration, correspondence, and solidarity over time and distances. Spanning over two decades and three continents, the panel will discuss the responsive nature of zine-making, distribution, and archiving as a means of survival and creative resistance from the sidelines. Presented by Red Letter Distro. 




Subject to Change: the Syllabus as Publication, with Collective Question
Thursday, February 25 ~ 5–6:30pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  The syllabus is a utopian publication. It is asked for and given, and in this exchange it figures as a kind of contract, perhaps even a form of evidence, or a standard against which to measure progress. It directs, draws lines, outlines. It acts like a script, a score, notation, an aid to performance. It's revised each semester to pretend it did something that it didn't do, just in case someone checks, with a hope that this revised version will go the way you want the next time, so that what you thought could have been becomes real. It projects and aspires but is also fraudulent and knows it. This discussion with Collective Question (Chris Lee, Steven Chodoriwsky, and Julie Niemi) is based on their research into Tolstoy College, an anarchist educational community that was part of the University of Buffalo from 1969–1985. Presented by The Southland Institute (for critical, durational, and typographic post-studio practices).


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Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the Arts
Thursday, February 25 ~ 6:30–8pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  Editors Christopher K. Ho and Daisy Nam will lead a conversation with contributors to Paper Monument's new anthology, Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the Arts. Chronicling everyday lives, dreams, rage, family histories, and cultural politics, the seventy three letters collected within ignite new ways of being and modes of creating at a moment of racial reckoning. The panelists will discuss Best!'s origins, how the project shifted throughout 2020, the intimacy and complexity of the epistolary form, and the urgency of moving beyond and exploding open the model-minority myth. Presented by Paper Monument.




Transcendent Waves Sound Bath, with Lavender Suarez
Thursday, February 25 ~ 8–9pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  Join sonic healer, meditation teacher, and artist Lavender Suarez for a sound bath, dedicated to the release of Transcendent Waves: How Listening Shapes Our Creative Lives. In this new publication, Suarez poses questions to the reader as well as offers scientific evidence and personal anecdotes, all to make the case for the importance of listening and the positive impact it can have on our creative lives. Presented by Anthology Editions.


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Performances presented with Papi Juice

Friday, February 26 ~ starting at 12–6pm EST ; 24 hour loop


THE stage  DJ sets by: Oscar Nñ, Adam R, Tygapaw, Equiss, DJ Cardamami, plus Mohammed Fayaz's Visual ASMR, and She Finally Caught A Breath.



Photography in the Sensorium, with Fia Backström, Pradeep Dalal, Shannon Ebner, and Sara Greenberger Rafferty


Friday, February 26 ~ 11am–12:30pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  For the 2019 MFA symposium “Teaching Photographs” at Pratt Institute, artists Fia Backström and Pradeep Dalal organized a workshop in which they proposed “some . . . strategies on how to situate images by building context beyond representational pointers: presentation, discussion, and practical exercises.” To launch their new publication, PPI #2, Photography in the Sensorium, Backström and Dalal will be joined in conversation with Shannon Ebner and Sara Greenberger Rafferty. In this book, the artists offer examples from their own photographic practice as case studies, breaking down and interweaving their individual approaches to knowing, handling, and naming the circumstances out of which their work emerges. This is the second issue in the series Pounds Per Image (PPI), edited and published through the Pratt Photography Imprint, led by Shannon Ebner. Presented by Pratt Photography Imprint and Dancing Foxes Press.


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Media Burn Ant Farm and the Making of an Image, with Chip Lord, Connie Lewallen, Steve Seid, Tanya Zimbardo, Igor Vamos, and Doug Hall
Friday, February 26 ~ 12:30–2pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  Media Burn Ant Farm and the Making of an Image is a recently published monograph on Ant Farm's sensational 1975 performance, Media Burn. This program will start with film footage of the event at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on July 4, 1975. Connie Lewallen (Berkeley Art Museum Curator) will introduce and contextualize the famous event, and Tanya Zimbardo (SFMOMA Assistant Curator of Media Arts) will moderate a conversation between Ant Farm member Chip Lord and the publication’s author Steve Seid (former Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive Curator), along with Doug Hall (artist) and Igor Vamos (RPI). Presented by RITE Editions and Inventory Press.




Towards A Self Sustaining Publishing Model, with Marc Fischer, Vivian Sming, Yuri Ogita, and Devin Troy Strother, moderated by Be Oakley
Friday, February 26 ~ 2–3:30pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  This panel invites Marc Fischer of Temporary Services/Half Letter Press, Vivian Sming of Sming Sming Books, and Yuri Ogita and Devin Troy Strother of Coloured Publishing to talk openly about the ways they fund their projects. During the prolonged crisis of Covid-19, this panel confronts how we can continue to make our work without governmental, institutional, or large donor funding. Be Oakley of GenderFail will engage the panelists in a conversation about the money we make, the resources we have (and don't have), and how we can make a living. This panel will be a resource for smaller imprints and self-publishers to talk openly about radical forms of supporting each other. Presented by GenderFail.


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Slavery, Geography and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica, with Charmaine Nelson, David Hartt, Frances Loeffler, and Jonathan Middleton


Friday, February 26 ~ 3:30–5pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  This conversation takes up the subject of artist David Hartt’s recent poster project for Art Metropole, designed as an advertisement for Charmaine Nelson’s book, Slavery, Geography and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica (Routledge, 2016). These wheat-pasted posters, soon to be on the streets of Toronto, incorporate a photograph Hartt made in Jamaica and uses the language of guerrilla street-art advertising campaigns to promote an academic text that confronts the history of systemic racism in pre- and post-colonial Canada. Hartt’s project points to his own perspective as a Black Canadian now living in the United States, responding to recent events in the US, but also to how these histories are usually suppressed, and how systemic racism continues to be deeply embedded within Canada as well. Presented by Art Metropole.


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Sasha Phyars-Burgess in conversation with Texas Isaiah and Zora J Murff


Friday, February 26 ~ 5–6:30pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  Sasha Phyars-Burgess joins Texas Isaiah and Zora J Murff on the occasion of her new publication, Untitled (Capricious, 2021). The conversation will consider each photographer's individual practice as they relate to themes from the monograph form, the impact of protests against police brutality in 2020, and the rising institutional interest in Black artists at-large. Sasha Phyars-Burgess’ Untitled, spans three bodies of work, from affecting studies on diaspora, family, and place to revolving social phenomenons in which energy, beauty, and power meet. The monograph also includes poems by Ser Alida and Aurora Masum-Javed, a conversation between Sasha Phyars-Burgess, Juliana Huxtable, and Carolyn Lazard, and an essay by Bill Gaskins. Presented by Capricious.


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Four Decades with BOMB Magazine


Friday, February 26 ~ 6:30–8pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  Join BOMB's founder and editor-in-chief, Betsy Sussler, for a conversation with past contributors and artists as they revisit the history of the magazine. Born on the kitchen table of New York’s downtown scene in 1981, BOMB was committed then, as it is now, to delivering the artist’s voice and conversations between artists. Join us for a rare look behind the scenes of BOMB and its genesis, with a Q&A at the end to answer questions about the magazine’s history as well as for those looking to start their own art publication. Presented by BOMB Magazine.


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Richard Jackson: Works with Books


Friday, February 26 ~ 8–9pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  In tandem with a comprehensive exhibition of books and printed matter about the artist Richard Jackson at Hauser & Wirth's Booklab, Art Catalogues presents a discussion with the artist as he takes us through the exhibition to highlight some of the materials on display. The presentation includes his new monograph, featuring an extended chronology of Jackson’s work by Art Catalogue’s Dagny Corcoran, as well as books that made an impact on his artistic practice—ranging from Duchamp to hunting magazines from the 80s. Presented by Art Catalogues.


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Performances presented with Chulita Vinyl Club


Saturday, February 27 ~ starting at 12–2pm EST ; 24 hour loop


THE STAGE  featuring Bien Buena, Cienfuegos, DJ Raquiqui, DJ Sue Problema, Fefa, LaPhDj, Lizzy Al Toque, No Pasa Nada, and Sleepwalk.


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Artistic Noise Community Zine Launch and Comics Workshop


Saturday, February 27 ~ starting at 10am EST


WORKSHOP  Join us for the launch of Artistic Noise's Community Zine, as well as a comics workshop with teaching artist Audry Basch, co-presented by Miriam Gallery. Artistic Noise youth artists will share their creative inspirations and process used to develop their first-ever zine, co-published with Miriam Gallery. The second half of the event will feature a workshop where attendees are invited to create their own comics as part of a collaborative short-run printed zine. Artistic Noise is a Harlem-based nonprofit that brings the power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system. Presented by Miriam Gallery. Learn more about the publication here.


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Publishing As Practice,
with Hardworking Goodlooking

Saturday, February 27 ~ 11am–12:30pm EST


THE Classroom  Publishing As Practice was a three-part publisher residency organized by the Philadelphia-based art bookshop and project space Ulises. The residency gave three experimental art publishers time and resources to explore and expand on their individual publishing practices and further investigate the role of publishing as an incubator for new forms of editorial, curatorial, and artistic practice. The residency, which ran from 2017-19 out of the Ulises storefront, included: Hardworking Goodlooking (Manila, Rotterdam, Portland, New York City), Martine Syms with Dominica (Los Angeles), and Bidoun (New York City and the greater Middle East). Ulises will lead a discussion with Clara Balaguer, Dante Carlos, and Kristian Henson of Hardworking Goodlooking, giving audiences a glimpse into their practices, residency experience, and the fruitful afterlife of the work and ideas created during and since the residency. The conversation will also highlight Ulises’ forthcoming book, Publishing As Practice, published by Ulises and Inventory Press. Presented by Ulises.


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The Natural Enemies of Books: A Messy History of Women in Printing and Typography with Maryam Fanni, Matilda Flodmark, Sara Kaaman, Haytham Nawar, Danielle Aubert, and Madeleine Morley


Saturday, February 27 ~ 12:30–2pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  Departing from their book (Occasional Papers, 2020), feminist graphic design research collective MMS (Maryam Fanni, Matilda Flodmark and Sara Kaaman) invite colleagues to discuss projects aiming to expand graphic design history beyond the canon, looking into the "messy" histories of BIPOC, womxn, and laborers. he conversation includes graphic designers and educators Haytham Nawar (co-author of A History of Arab Graphic Design together with Bahia Shehab) and Danielle Aubert (initiator and editor of exhibition and book The Detroit Printing Co-op: The Politics of the Joy of Printing). The conversation will be moderated by design writer and Futuress co-founder Madeleine Morley. Presented by Occasional Papers.


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Faux Pas: A Conversation Between Amy Sillman and Rindon Johnson


Saturday, February 27 ~ 2–3:30pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  Taking Faux Pas: Selected Writings and Drawings of Amy Sillman (After 8 Books, 2020) and Rindon Johnson’s The Law of Large Numbers: Black Sonic Abyss, or I do not walk a line that is thin, straight, or secure (Inpatient Press, 2021) as its starting points, this conversation between Amy Sillman and Rindon Johnson will deal with both artists' writing practices and the central question of form in rethinking art history and aesthetic categories. Presented by After 8 Books.


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Surviving Death with Madeline Gins: A Conversation with Paul Chan and Lucy Ives


Saturday, February 27 ~ 3:30–5pm EST


THE CLASSROOM  Artist Paul Chan and writer Lucy Ives will discuss the writing, architecture, and life of Madeline Gins (1941–2014), a visionary interdisciplinary thinker and artist who, with her partner Arakawa, created the experimental architectural project Reversible Destiny, through which they sought to arrest mortality by transforming the built environment. Chan and Ives will explore related themes in critical theory, philosophy, and contemporary arts practice, as well as the editorial process for The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader, a collection of Gins’s long out-of-print or unpublished writings. Presented by siglio.


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I Am Inside the Body, with Panteha Abareshi and Vivian Sming


Saturday, February 27 ~ 5–6:30pm EST


the classroom  Made over the course of the quarantine in the spring of 2020, Panteha Abareshi's I Am Inside the Body documents the artist’s own personal grief and processing of the shifting context of their sick/disabled body in the wake of a global health crisis. Suspended in a limbo of isolation, Abareshi turned to a practice of emotional documentation through the form of daily writings, contemplating the form of a diagram as an innate human need to quantify and represent the unknown. This program will begin with a reading from the book by Abareshi, followed by a conversation between Abareshi and publisher Vivian Sming, around isolation, pessimism, and the constraints of the body, as well as art and ritual as coping mechanisms. Presented by Sming Sming Books.


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Where are the tiny revolts? with Nicole Archer, Kaucyila Brooke, Dodie Bellamy, Glen Helfand, Alex Kitnick, Marcela Pardo Ariza, and P. Staff


Saturday, February 27 ~ 6:30–8pm EST


the classroom  Where are the tiny revolts? is the first book in an annual series of readers titled A Series of Open Questions, published by the Wattis and Sternberg Press, and distributed by the MIT Press. Each reader includes newly commissioned texts and an edited selection of perspectives, images, and references related to the Wattis’s year-long research seasons. The title of each book comes in the form of a question. Where are the tiny revolts? takes the work of Dodie Bellamy as its point of departure and explores contemporary forms of feminism and sexuality, the rebirth of the author, and ways in which vulnerability, perversion, vulgarity, and self-exposure can be forms of empowerment. In this program, six contributors have chosen to highlight a piece from the book (other than their own). In a series of short presentations, they read and/or introduce the piece and explain why they chose it, with time for a Q&A with the audience. Presented by Sternberg Press and The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.


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all rainbows in a brainstem
that we be so contained
A reading with Anne Waldman

Saturday, February 27 ~ 8–9pm EST


the classroom  Anne Waldman reads from her recent collaborative publication with Nathlie Provosty. The book features a new poem by Anne Waldman alongside works by Nathlie Provosty, published as an accordion book in an edition of 300 copies. Presented by Hassla Books.


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Performances presented by Printed Matter and Noah Klein

Sunday, February 28 ~ starting at 12–2pm EST ; 24 hour loop


THE stage  with Sonic Jeel, as they lay, Kohinoorgasm, and Anna Luisa Petrisko (ALL TIME STOP NOW).


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FESTAC ‘77 Mixtape

Sunday, February 28 ~ 9am EST


FRIENDLY FIRE  Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists, and scholars from Africa and the Black diaspora assembled in Lagos for FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. With a radically ambitious agenda underwritten by Nigeria’s newfound oil wealth, FESTAC ’77 would unfold as a complex, glorious, and excessive culmination of a half-century of pan African cultural-political gatherings. In this mix, Chimurenga decomposes, arranges, and reproduces the sound-world of FESTAC ’77 to address the planetary scale of the event, alongside the personal and artistic encounters it made possible. Can a past that the present has not yet caught up with be summoned to haunt the present as an alternative? Presented by Chimurenga.


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Mutual Aid Networking, with Bryan Villalobos, Zenat Begum, Isaac Miller, and Naomi Lawrence

Sunday, February 28 ~ 10am EST


FRIENDLY FIRE  8-Ball Community holds a conversation around mutual aid in NYC; how the pandemic and social uprising has impacted—and in many ways, jump started—this critical work. The conversation includes Bryan Villalobos of Public Assistants, Zenat Begum of Playground Coffee Shop, Isaac Miller of Friend of a Friend and EV Loves NYC, moderated by artist, chef, former 8-Ball Board Member and meal planner for EV Loves NYC, Naomi Lawrence. Presented by 8-Ball Community.

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Tending to the Present: Care & Pace Hour, with Gaynell Meij, Lorenza Perelli, Ashley L. Schick, John Caserta, Barbara Bryn Klare, Maria Epes, and Alex Muck

Sunday, February 28 ~ 11am EST


FRIENDLY FIRE This program is a compilation of recent submissions from geographically dispersed ILSSA members, offering opportunities to reframe each moment through a series of brief reflective exercises, readings, offerings, and meditations centered on care and pace—two themes that emerged from the 2019 call-and-response project, “ILSSA Frameworks.” Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA) is a union for reflective creative practice and publishes participatory projects through the mail. Featuring contributions by Gaynell Meij, Lorenza Perelli, Ashley L. Schick, John Caserta, Barbara Bryn Klare, Maria Epes, and Alex Muck. Presented by Impractical Labor (ILSSA).


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Tributes to Frederick Weston, with Samuel R. Delany, Devin Morris, Svetlana Kitto, and LJ Roberts

Sunday, February 28 ~ 11:30am EST


FRIENDLY FIRE Visual AIDS celebrates the latest installment of their DUETS publication series, featuring the artist and poet Frederick Weston (1946–2020) in dialogue with the esteemed writer Samuel R. Delany. The book features a wide-ranging dialogue, reflecting on Weston and Delany's overlapping histories in Times Square, the deep impact of AIDS on their creative practices, and the ever-changing intersections of race, sex, language, and art. The book launch features tributes to Weston and reflections on his artwork from Samuel R. Delany, Svetlana Kitto, Devin N. Morris, and LJ Roberts. Presented by Visual AIDS.


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Community Supported Art

Sunday, February 28 ~ 12:15pm EST


FRIENDLY FIRE We exist in an “Art World” where community engagement is often perceived as an unfortunate but necessary hurdle on the path to grant funding. Art-school trained artists have to think long and hard about how to integrate community into their work. At Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Interference Archive, we believe we’ve turned this perception on its head. Community is at the very heart of what we do. Without it, we wouldn’t be the artists, designers, and cultural workers that we are. Taking the name from Justseeds' art CSA program, this event brings together a panel of co-op members to discuss the role of community in their art practice. Presented by Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Interference Archive.


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The Foot

Sunday, February 28 ~ 1:45pm EST


FRIENDLY FIRE Join Bread and Puppet as they perform The Foot, a historical Bread and Puppet Cantastoria or picture story, in a reimagined rendition utilizing the letterpress book printed in their own Press. Presented by Bread & Puppet.


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Dreams of Anarchy and the Anarchy of Dreams: Adventures at the Crossroads of Anarchy and Surrealism, with Ron Sakolsky

Sunday, February 28 ~ 2:00pm EST


FRIENDLY FIRE The wild current of anarchy runs deeply throughout the oneiric river of surrealism. Here is a book of dreams set in motion by the myriad historical and contemporary interactions between surrealism and one of its most marvelous accomplices: anarchism. Ron Sakolsky’s magnum opus, a vast (600 pages) and comprehensive critical history, carefully documents the fleeting, and sometimes lengthy, troubled affiliations with anarchism. It features scores of surrealist legends in France, Spain, North America, and elsewhere, as well as Trotskyism, Stalinism, council communism, anti-fascism, and Indigenous cultures. Presented by Autonomedia.


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I'm Not Listening (Queers Talking Shit), with Peter Cramer and DJ Econ

Sunday, February 28 ~ 3:00pm EST


FRIENDLY FIRE I'm Not Listening (Queers Talking Shit is a media performance and forum hybrid driven by the dissociative interactions of Peter Cramer & DJ Econ, with invited guests. The satire ties together 40 years of creative activism and our collective energy expressing who we are, where we come from, and where we’d like to go. Produced by Peter Cramer, Victor FM Torres, and Jack Waters. Sounds: DJ Econ and NYOBS, NYC’s terminally-queer noise-goth band. Presented by Allied Productions, Inc. and Le Petit Versailles.


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Salones de Belleza. The Beauty Salons, with Kit Schluter, Jerónimo Rüedi, Robin Myers, and Maricela Guerrero

Sunday, February 28 ~ 4:00pm EST


FRIENDLY FIRE This program celebrates the release of Salones de Belleza. The Beauty Salons, an anthology exploring the eponymous bilingual reading series that brought together 68 poets from the U.S., México, and Latin America at large, between 2017–2019 at Aeromoto, an arts library in Mexico City. Salón de Belleza curator Kit Schluter and Aeromoto founder Jerónimo Rüedi will discuss the series’ origins and political intentions. This conversation will be accompanied by brief readings from American poet Robin Myers and Mexican poet Maricela Guerrero, translated into English by Robin. Presented by Gato Negro Ediciones.


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Avid Readers

Sunday, February 28 ~ 4:45pm EST


FRIENDLY FIRE Collocation: a phrase of two or more words that accompany each other more often than would occur by chance. Avid Readers is a program that convenes a group of different readers according to something other than chance, something like desire (the latin root of “avid”). Avid Readers is an experiment in reprinting. Avid Readers is a script for the performance of a collective reading. It is an elliptical construction of a theme in print. Avid Readers reproduces not only words but also the typographic form that words have taken in print and in history. We read together not as a ritual, but rather as the lucid collective enunciation of the texts assembled. Presented by Other Forms.


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Prisoners’ Inventions & Abolitionist Organizing: Temporary Services in conversation with Mariame Kaba

Sunday, February 28 ~ 6:45pm EST


FRIENDLY FIRE In 2001, the group Temporary Services invited their incarcerated friend Angelo, from California, to draw and write about the different things he had seen other inmates invent. Angelo illustrated everything from immersion heaters with electrical plugs made from razor blades, paper clips, and popsicle sticks, to cooking methods for bologna jerky on built-in cell light fixtures. These drawings and writings became the book and widely exhibited project Prisoners’ Inventions, first published in 2003. An expanded reprint, published by Temporary Services’ imprint Half Letter Press is finally available after over 15 years. For this program, Temporary Services discusses the book and is joined by writer, organizer, and educator Mariame Kaba, whose work advocates for the abolition of the prison industrial complex. In the program, Kaba presents her latest book We Do This 'Til We Free Us; Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice, which has just been released by Haymarket Books. The program concludes with a conversation between Brett Bloom and Marc Fischer of Temporary Services and Mariame Kaba about collaborating with incarcerated people and the complexities and hurdles we face in our shared organizing and publishing practices. Presented by Temporary Services / Half Letter Press.


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Black Err/Or, with Derrais Carter, Anya Wallace, and Kandis Williams

Sunday, February 28 ~ 8:00pm EST


FRIENDLY FIRE This program is a conversation between Black Err/Or teachers, Derrais Carter and Anya Wallace, and Cassandra Press founder and editor-at-large Kandis Williams that explores drafts, punctuation, revision, and Black feminist poetics. In the hour, we will discuss process, practice, and criticism as it pertains to the creative exploration of Black interior life. Through Black Err/Or, we immerse ourselves in worlds of our own making, pursue lines of thought with no discernable end, and wade in ambivalence. Presented by Cassandra Press.


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BURNING IXXUES

Sunday, February 28 ~ 9:00pm EST


FRIENDLY FIRE The BURNING IXXUES collection is an accumulation of over 100 zinesters from Hong Kong and overseas; it enhances our understanding of the most pressing social issues and movements from various parts of the world. The collection has been on tour in bookshops, museums, and art book events around the world since 2019. From political unrest to the pandemic, members of ZINE COOP will share their thoughts on this collection and how to move forward in a challenging time. Presented by ZINE COOP.


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