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16 Beaver, Discussion and Potluck Dinner, December 20

Sunday 12.20.09 — ART WORK — A Conversation about a National Conversation about Art, Labor, and Economics

1. About This Sunday
2. About Art Work
3. Contributors from New York
4. “This is Our Real Job” by Temporary Services
1. About this Sunday

What: Discussion and Potluck Dinner
When: Sunday 12.20.09
Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
When: 7:00-9:30
Who: Free and open to all

Join us on Sunday for a series of presentations and an open discussion about the newspaper and website “Art Work: A National Conversation about Art, Labor, and Economics” which Temporary Services organized and recently launched. This event is several things rolled into one: a distribution and launch party, a potluck, and a group conversation which takes the newspaper as its starting point. Many contributors to this project are based in New York City, so we envision the event opening with some comments from those who are able to be present. This is one of several discussion events in the US and internationally in conjunction with the project.

You can download the newspaper as pdf or read the articles online here:

If anyone on this list, in New York or elsewhere, would like to pose a question in advance for the conversation, you can send it by email to seminar [at sign] 16 beavergroup [dot] org. We think it would be great if people wanted to take a look at the publication in advance and send questions to add to the discussion agenda.

Please bring something to share for dinner.

2. About Art Work

The Newspaper
Art Work is a newspaper that consists of writings and images from artists, activists, writers, critics, and others on the topic of working within depressed economies and how that impacts artistic process, compensation and artistic property.

The newspaper is distributed for free at sites and from people throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. It is also available by mail order from Half Letter Press for the cost of postage.

The 40-page newspaper features the writings, images, and work of Julia Bryan-Wilson, Holland Cotter, Tim Kerr, Nance Klehm, Harrell Fletcher, Futurefarmers, Robin Hewlett, Nicolas Lampert, Lize Mogel, Dan S. Wang, Gregory Sholette, Dylan A.T. Miner, Christina Ulke and Marc Herbst of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, OurGoods, Chris Burden, Scott Berzofsky, John Duda, InCUBATE, Linda Frye Burnham, ILSSA, Cooley Windsor, Brian Holmes, Nick Tobier, Lolita Hernandez, Stacy Malasky, Nate Mullen, Aaron Timlin, Harold Jefferies, W&N, Damon Rich, Teaching Artist Union, FEAST, 16 Beaver Group, W.A.G.E., Chris Kennedy, Nato Thompson, Carolina Caycedo, Guerrilla Art Action Group, Anthony Elms, Adam Trowbridge, Jessica Westbrook, and many other artists, art workers, curators, interns, volunteers, writers, and activists.

The Website
The website features the full content of the newspaper. There is also extra bonus writing that did not fit in the print version.

You can download the newspaper itself from this website here. There are several different versions available for different kinds of printing situations and an e-book version for viewing on digital reading devices.

Documentation from related events and exhibitions nationwide that are planned in conjunction with this project is viewable here.

We invite you to use this newspaper as an exhibition, to host a discussion, to program an event, use it in your classroom or curricula, or just tell us what you think! We encourage you to reprint and reproduce copies of the newspaper and articles on this website as long as you credit the original source as well as Art Work.

We envision this website to also work as a place for you to connect with others concerned with art and the economy. Please use the resources available here and comment freely on the articles.

Email us at if you would like to add your own Personal Economy to the conversation online or with any other comments or questions.

About Us
Temporary Services is Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. We are based in Illinois and have existed, with several changes in membership and structure, since 1998. We produce exhibitions, events, projects, and publications. In 2008 Temporary Services initiated Half Letter Press, a publishing imprint and an experimental online store.
3. Contributors from New York
Note: rather than including excellent contributions from the people below, please view them online or in pdf form. It’s all at, along with lots more.

We expect the following contributors to Art Work to be present Sunday (and maybe more): Lize Mogel, Greg Sholette, Damon Rich, Paul Sargent, Cassie Thornton (Teaching Artist Union), Caroline Woodward (Our Goods), Chris Kennedy (Institute of Applied Aesthetics), and several people from 16 Beaver Group.

4. “This is our Real Job” by Temporary Services

We can see how the collapse of the economy is affecting everyone. Something must be done. Let’s talk. No, it can’t wait. Things are bad. We have to work things out. We can only do it together. What do we know? What have others tried? What is possible? How do we talk about it? What are the wildest possibilities? What are the pragmatic steps? What can you do? What can we do?

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