Program

PERFORMING ECONOMIES PROGRAM PDF


THURSDAY, APRIL 3

11:00-2:00 TECHNE TREKKER launch with artist Mary Mattingly
Location: Center for the Arts, North Campus, UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO  (outside  building)

NYC-based environmental artist Mary Mattingly will offer skill shares on sustainability in the TECHNE TREKKER, a mobile multi-use performance vehicle equipped with solar panels, rainwater catchment system and broadcasting unit. Topics include creating wearable habitats from recycled materials and DIY edible rainwater garden systems.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4

Location: UB Educational Opportunity Center, 555 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203
Street parking is available (meters 2-hr max) but nearby pay lots are suggested if you are going on bus tour.

9:30 COFFEE & PASTRIES

10:00-10:45 PERFORMING POLITICAL ECONOMY

Opening remarks with Sarah Bay-Cheng, Stephanie Rothenberg and Paige Sarlin

Taking account of the centrality of inequality and inequity to our economic system, this colloquium aims to offer a space for a critical engagement with various strategies and models of urban development, sustainability, and circuits of solidarity and exchange. Our central aim is to investigate the role of artists, cultural production, and community initiatives in the mobilization of a complex web of people, institutions, forces, and resources that are changing the character of urban life.

11:00-1:00 PERFORMING REDEVELOPMENT TOUR 1 / WEST SIDE
(Seating limited. Online registration required. Tour departs from UB Educational Opportunity Center at 11am sharp and returns at 2:45)

With Aaron Bartley (PUSH), Justin Booth (Go Bike Buffalo) and Zaw Win (WASH Project)

+ Bike Dates with artist Laura Curry (bike alongside – but not behind – the bus tour)
If you’d like to join the tour via bicycle send an email to bikelove0@gmail(dot)com

An exploration of past, present and future sites of investment and dis-investment, our itinerary will highlight a variety of private and community initiatives that are re-shaping the social, economic, and physical environment of Buffalo’s West Side. Destinations will include: PUSH’s Net Zero House; The WASH Project; and La Salle Park neighborhood.

1:00-2:30 REDEVELOPMENT TOUR 1 LUNCH
Tour bus will stop at West Side Bazaar market, 25 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213

Enjoy lunch in the market along with sustainability skill shares with Mary Mattingly in the TECHNE TREKKER parked outside.

3:00-5:30 PERFORMING POLITICAL ECONOMY ROUNDTABLE
Tour bus will return to UB Educational Opportunity Center for this session

Analysis of the day with Andrew Herscher, Miriam Paeslack and Marion Werner

This roundtable will place Buffalo’s development in a broader context — calling attention to the range of contradictions that impact the lives of city dwellers. Providing a critical and comparative perspective on gentrification and de-industrialization, these speakers will identify the ways in which global flows of labor and capital determine the landscapes of cities.  They will also discuss some “ineffable” (Paeslack) and imaginative strategies that have emerged in response to current financial conditions.

6:00-8:00 RECEPTION + PERFORMANCE with Disorientalism

(Katherine Behar and Marianne Kim)
Location: UB Educational Opportunity Center, 555 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Experience the disorienting effects of technologized labor, junk culture, and consumerism in this interactive performance entitled “Brown Bagging.”

SATURDAY, APRIL 5

Location: UB Educational Opportunity Center, 555 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203
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Free parking is available in the lot behind the Center between Ellicott St and N Oak St)

*Work-in-progress from the Performing Economies graduate seminar co-taught by UB professors Laina Bay-Cheng, School of Social Work, and Stephanie Rothenberg, Department of Visual Studies, will be on display in the lobby.

9:30 COFFEE & PASTRIES

10:00-11:45 PERFORMING ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIES
with Renee Ridgway and Silvia Federici

Grounded in an examination of contemporary iterations of historical alternatives to capitalist modes of exchange, this roundtable will consider the political and social dimensions of systems of barter and the commons. Renee Ridgway will discuss research focused on unpaid online cultural labor along with a new project that uses the 17th Century trade triangle as a basis to explore the lasting effects of colonization and the exchange of commodities, bodies, and sovereign land. Silvia Federici will discuss her work on the politics of the commons and the significance of questions of gender and feminized labor in the production and reproduction of social structures and movements that are aimed at non-capitalist forms of relation.

12:15-1:30 LUNCH LECTURE WITH MARY MATTINGLY “Sustainable Mobile Architectures”
Lunch can be purchased from local food trucks outside the building.

Mary Mattingly will describe the Waterpod, Flock Houses, and projects that focus on cooperative sustainability. Working with various stakeholders through asset mapping, collaborative design, and stewardship, these projects can be catalysts for long-term sustainable infrastructure.

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS

An opportunity for more focused dialogue, these sessions will bring together artists, activists, entrepreneurs, community organizers, farmers, developers, and scholars who are working to address specific areas of concern in Buffalo. Short descriptions of their projects will provide the starting point for a discussion about current efforts to revitalize Buffalo and the role of culture and social practice in forging alternative concepts and models of economic growth.

1:30-2:45 BREAKOUT SESSIONS I

Track A: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Co-facilitators: Stephanie Rothenberg with Bradshaw Hovey (One Region Forward), Sam Magavern (Partnership for the Public Good), Mary Mattingly (environmental artist), Natasha Soto (Clean Air Coalition), Tanya Stadelmann (artist/documentary filmmaker)

Track B: CULTURAL PRODUCTION

Co-facilitators: Paige Sarlin with Frits Abell (echo Art Fair), Dorothea Braemer (artist, member of Termite TV), Elizabeth Flyntz (NYFA), Annette Daniels Taylor (performer and educator), Carolyn Tennant (Hallwalls Media Arts Director), Claire Schneider (CS1 Curatorial Projects)

3:00-4:15 BREAKOUT SESSION II

Track A: FOOD SECURITY

Co-facilitators: Stephanie Rothenberg with Dan Ash (Farmer Pirates), Melissa Fratello (Grassroots Gardens), Samina Raja (UB Food Lab), Rebekah Williams (Massachusetts Avenue Project)

Track B: LABOR & INDUSTRY

Co-facilitators: Paige Sarlin with Andrew Delmonte (Small Business Development Center), John Fell (Buffalo Green Code), Michael Frisch (UB professor of History), Micaela Shapiro-Shellaby (Coalition on Economic Justice), Eve Wilson (International Institute of Buffalo)

4:15-4:30 COFFEE BREAK

4:30-5:30 EXCHANGING ANALYSES ROUNDTABLE

A brief report back from each of the break-out groups will provide the basis for a conversation between co-facilitators and colloquium attendees. What is the relationship between community and economic development?  What sorts of opportunities and challenges do revitalization projects offer to movements for social and environmental justice?  How can cultural practices help to re-envision circuits of connection, mobilization, and transformation?

6:00-8:00 DINNER ON YOUR OWN (share a meal with new and old friends)

8:00-11:00 PARTY + PERFORMANCE with L.M Bogad’s “Economusic”

Location: Hardware, 245 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201 (back room)

ECONOMUSIC: Keeping Score is a live performance in which economic data from our everyday lives and ongoing global crisis are converted into absurd neoDadaist music.

And groove to a house mix tribute to Frankie Knuckles with the Btroit Rhythm Ensemble (Mascone Lee and Nick Fowler) 

SUNDAY, APRIL 6

LOCATION: The Foundry, 298 Northampton St, Buffalo, NY 14208

10:00-12:00 PERFORMING REDEVELOPMENT BUS TOUR 2 / EAST SIDE
(Seating limited. Online registration required. Tour departs from Foundry at 10:00 sharp and returns to the Foundry at 11:50.)

With Michael Gainer (Reuse Action), Willie Price, Robert Sienkiewicz (Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle)

+ Bike Dates with artist Laura Curry (bike alongside – but not behind – the bus tour)
If you’d like to join the tour via bicycle send an email to bikelove0@gmail(dot)com

Confronting histories of labor and industry as well as questions of community and land-use, our drive through the East side will explore a terrain forged by the movement of capital and populations and marked by racial and ethnic divisions. The tour will feature a number of urban farms, cultural landmarks, and new business initiatives in addition to iconic examples of dis-investment and underdevelopment that will call attention to the significance of scale in the political economy of cities. Destinations will include: Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Farmer Pirates Cooperative, Broadway Market area, Larkin Square and vicinity

12:00-2:00 – SUNDAY SOUP Brunch + discussion ($5 donation)
(At the Foundry. Limited space. Please register online so we can accommodate you.)

Join us for a Sunday Soup style brunch hosted by Sugar City and Food Not Bombs with fresh bread from the Breadhive Cooperative Bakery.

After a short tour of the Foundry, a grassroots cultural and creative initiative, Sugar City will provide an overview of Sunday Soup’s alternative economic model, Breadhive Cooperative Bakery will discuss cooperative ventures emerging in Buffalo and Mary Mattingly will offer sustainability skill shares in the TECHNE TREKKER.

2:00-3:00 COLLOQUIUM CLOSING REMARKS
(At the Foundry)
With Silvia Federici, Jordan Geiger, Andrew Herscher, Renée Ridgway, Stephanie Rothenberg and Paige Sarlin

Drawing from insights produced over the course of the weekend, the participants in our closing roundtable will offer a series of observations and provocations.  How can we generate more critical approaches to redevelopment?  What processes and platforms activate communities? Can we prevent the cooptation of progressive strategies and ideas?

And post-colloquium beers at Gene McCarthy’s in the Old First Ward for those who want more…