DebtFair: Art Market for the Debt Crisis

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As New York City and the art world 1% gear up for the Frieze Art Fair opening Thursday, two solo shows for Jeff Koons, a favorite if the 1%, opening Friday, followed by the Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillip’s auctions just a few days later, many are expecting well over a billion dollars to be exchanged for contemporary art works.

Despite the booming art market these events headline, this economic prosperity is limited to a miniscule minority of artists and arts professionals. This further contributes to the staggering economic inequality dividing Wall St. and Main St. In response, Occupy Museums and new friends are developing DebtFair, which will take place throughout New York City this September. DebtFair models a sustainable cultural bailout rooted in economic reality rather than luxury escapism. Collectors will buy art by writing checks directly to artists’ loaning banks, a mutual aid relief of impossible debt burdens.

DebtFair is a series of experimental market-actions to address the massive debt crisis in art today. Decentralized, on- and off-line, crossing institutional hierarchies in both public and private spaces, artists contextualize their work within the narratives of their actual economic lives. Collectors receive artwork in exchange for checks directly to the artist’s loaning banks.

In DebtFair, Art = Liberation.


Occupy Museums at Momenta Art

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Occupy Your BFF, Seven Billion Bloombergs (Occupy Museums at Momenta Art Museums' closing event at Momenta Art is this Sunday, 10/28 beginning at 4pm. Hope to see you there!Momenta Art: 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NY 11206 |This event is followed by a closing party from 6-8pm.

1. We hope that Momenta Art’s willingness to support the questions our movement raises can be an example for many others.We’re aware that by working with an institution that is partially supported by the Bloomberg Family Foundation (BFF) in its current season, we operate from a position of impurity. In recognizing our complicity and by engaging rather than ignoring the issue, we underline our commitment to experimentation and activating change in the existing world. We intend to push art institutions to question and act against injustice, and to highlight BFF as a case study in the blatant use of arts and non-arts funding as a means of whitewashing massive 1% power-grabs.

2. The physical space of Momenta Art is a Commons for the Occupy Movement (and beyond) during the show.

For the duration of this exhibition, the gallery will be available for use by the Occupy Movement and other interested groups as a common space. Use the Bushwick gallery to plan meetings, paint signs, group facilitation, yoga, or whatever needs a big space in Bushwick might fulfill.  The space offers a beautiful wooden floor, high ceilings, tables and chairs, and wireless internet access.  If you would like to use the space, please check the calendar link and sign up to use the space by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This space is available from Thursday to Monday, 12pm to 6pm, but other times may be available upon request.

Ceremony at the Pergamon Altar

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Ceremony at the Pergamon Altar for

Restitution of Art and Culture to the Commons!

 There is a famous treasure in Berlin known as the Pergamon Altar. This giant relief sculpture from Ancient Greece depicts the battle between the Giants and the Olympian gods known as the Gigantomachy. It was originally hewn from stone by workers from a culture that celebrated victory and ethics.  In the late 19th century, the Pergamon Altar was displaced from its original site in present-day Turkey and brought to Museum Island in Berlin. Since then it has been used and abused as a symbol- a representation of power by both Germany and the USSR.  The Pergamon Alter has come to symbolize the displacement and occupation of culture by the powerful elite.  A call has been issued for its return to Turkey.



International Targets Round 1

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International Targets: Round One Deutsche Bank June 13th     

The crisis of global capitalism requires a global response. We will now act against its leading institutions one by one. Transnational banks are central to this crisis and profit from the suffering of the people everywhere. Our first target will be Deutsche Bank.

Deutsche Bank is active in over 70 countries in the world, creating complex local crisis in various regions. For example, Deutsche Bank is speculating on the lives of people in Southen Europe, using economic and political mechanisms to ensure the payment of odious debts. In the United States, Deutsche Bank is known as the "foreclosure king" for driving millions of people from their homes.


Occupy Museums and the 7th Berlin Biennale

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Arriving at the “Occupy Biennale,” the Occupy section of the Berlin Biennial, was shocking. Although interesting lectures and discussions were held in our ground-floor space, architecturally it was a sunken pit, a fishbowl. Visitors could enter and stand on an elevated viewing platform to observe the occupiers go about their activism. Seemingly unaware of the institutional frame within which they were viewed, the occupiers who had organized and decorated the space painted the walls with slogans and hung banners to create a kind of Occupy themepark. We dubbed the space the “Human Zoo.” The setting was complicated further by a very strong curatorial frame, based on Artur Zmijewski’s desire to display only effective political action, and not “art” per se. Zmijewski, an internationally renown artist in his own right, has a track record of using people as marionettes and creating ethically and politically ambiguous scenarios. We were afraid we unwittingly agreed to play a role in his latest piece, an Occupy time-capsule and tomb that historicizes and deactivates the movement.