"Occupation Culture" book tour 2015

Book tour 2015 continues!

New beta website for the tour is getting up now... Find it here:

also presenting the new anthology "Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces"

Note: I am based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this summer

East Coast tour dates
September-October

September 11 7pm
6 Church St 
New Paltz, 12561 United States

New York City

"Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Space"
exhibition and related events at ABC No Rio
14 September to 5 October, 2015 (tentative closing date)

multiple related events:

Tuesday, 15 September, 7pm
A.W. Moore hosts activists from Slovenia* talking about two giant cultural centers in Ljubljana which began as occupations — Metelkova, a former army base, and Rog, once a bicycle factory. The venue is MoRUS, the NYC squat & garden museum. Other radical travelers may join us…
155 Avenue C 
Manhattan, New York City, 10009

Wednesday, September 16th, 7pm
opening reception for the exhibition:
"Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Space"
Alan Smart and Jack Henrie Fisher of Other Forms are designing this exhibition at ABC No Rio based on the anthology book “Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces”. 

presenting Making Room anthology at Journal of Aesthetics & Protest "Friendly Fire" at New York Art Book Fair
September 18–20, 2015
My own Occupation Culture will be at the Autonomedia table in this fair

Friday, September 18, 8pm
A.W. Moore will be talking at the Sunview Luncheonette, an artists’ project working in a fully functional modernist restaurant. Dylan Gauthier is coordinating this meeting, and other NY Art Book Fair participants will most likely be roped in.
221 Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
b/t Russell St & Henry St 
Greenpoint area

Friday, Sept. 18, 6pm
oral history event with Amy Starecheski and friends
Oral history is a powerful tool for producing activist knowledge. Hear stories of living and making history from squatter historians, moderated by anthropologist and oral historian Amy Starecheski, author of the forthcoming "Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City." 
"Making Room" exhibition, ABC No Rio

(Related Event at ABC No Rio:
Monday, Sept. 21
Hobo filmmaker/phototramp Bill Daniel is back on the road with a pop-up photo show comprised of 30 years of 35mm photographs beginning with the early 80s punk scene in Texas, featuring all of your favorite old school punk bands)

Seminar session on the squatting movement, produced with the Interference Archive
The first two sessions will likely be held at ABC No Rio and the MoRUS museum
pre-enrollment is strongly recommended -- contact: awm13579@gmail.com
On-site at ABC No Rio
Tues. Sept. 22 7-9pm (tentative)
off-site at MoRUS museum
Wed., Sept. 23 7-9pm (tentative)
(final session 9/27, 12-6pm in Brooklyn)
Interference Archive
131 8th St.

Thursday, Sept. 24, TBApm
ABC No Rio
Martha Rosler in conversation with Alan Smart
A conversation with the renowned artist and cultural critic Martha Rosler. The discussion will be keyed to her book Culture Class, and turn on relationships between her artistic practice and urban politics. 

Erick Lyle and Streetopia 25th, 7pm
Erick Lyle talks about “Streetopia”
ABC No Rio
A catalogue of the epochal San Francisco exhibition that cried out against the ferocious gentrification of that city by dot-com workers -- “a massive anti-gentrification art fair that took place in venues throughout the city.” Writer and co-curator Erick Lyle (of the zine SCAM) will present the Streetopia project. (An informal BBQ with BYO will follow in the backyard.)

as yet unscheduled events
early afternoon reportback from the Futurological Symposium at Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark
comrades from the SqEK group and friends will call in to talk about what is going on at the conference, which runs from 9/24 thru 9/26 -- afternoon at ABC No Rio

9/28 -- Discussion on prospects for squatting in USA
MoRUS museum, evening

"Artist as Ally" -- A discussion on the relation between artists and social movements will be scheduled in October

seminar at Interference Archive 
discussion with Utopia School 
SqEK pedagogical poster exhibition
panel discussions and round tables

PAST EVENTS:

Thursday, August 6th
People’s Books Cooperative
Milwaukee, WI 53212
http://www.peoplesbookscoop.org/about-us/sample-page/

Tuesday, August 4th, 5:30pm
307 [Work]Space
Grand Rapids, MI
https://www.facebook.com/avenuefortheartsgr

Thursday, 30 July 2015 
in Flint, Michigan for Art Parade

Thursday, 23 July 2015 
evening talk at the ACRE residency
near Steuben, Wisconsin
http://www.acreresidency.org/faq/programming/

Wednesday - June 24, 2015
Cowley Club, Brighton, 7 p.m.
the Bookshop -- http://www.cowleyclub.org.uk/?
Bookshop Talk: 'Occupation Culture' – Alan W. Moore is here to talk about art and squatting. - £Free - sharing of experiences
7pm

Friday - June 26
Mayday Rooms, London, 12-7 p.m.
Day-long investigation of autonomous culture
Mayday Rooms --  http://maydayrooms.org
88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH, United Kingdom
Day-long event to bring together materials and experiences of how occupations and squatting have contributed to the production of autonomous culture. Started with an informal lunch, spent the afternoon working through and discussing materials that were brought. Evening crazy rooftop party...

Saturday, June 27th, 6-10 p.m. -- Talk at the Field in New Cross -- I will start with Dara Greenwald's classic video "Tactical Tourist" (14:30)
http://thefieldnx.com/about-2/



Occupation Culture: Art & Squatting in the City from Below by Alan W. Moore
Released by Minor Compositions June, 2015
(trade release Fall, 2015)
Wivenhoe / New York / Port Watson
an imprint of Autonomedia
A Project of the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.


General Description and blurbs
Occupation Culture is the story of a journey through the world of recent political squatting in Europe, told by a veteran of the 1970s and ‘80s New York punk art scene. It is also a kind of scholar adventure story. Alan W. Moore sees with the trained eye of a cultural historian, pointing out pasts, connections and futures in the creative direct action of today’s social movements.

Occupation Culture is based on five years of travel and engaged research. It explicates the aims, ideals and gritty realities of squatting. Despite its stature as a leading social movement of the late twentieth century, squatting has only recently received scholarly attention. The rich histories of creative work that this movement enabled are almost entirely unknown.

“Reporting on close to 40 years of exploits Alan W. Moore’s Occupation Culture is no academic treatise but a Picaresque adventure story filled with both detailed observations and broader reflections on the political and cultural significance of art and squatting that stretches across the Atlantic from the United States to Europe.” – Gregory Sholette, author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture

“Occupy wasn’t just a movement, it is a long-standing strategy and, frankly, a form of living. Alan W. Moore has seen firsthand more squats and occupations than anyone, and he brings his sensibility to bear on this global phenomena. A must read for occupiers, whether artist, activist or renter.” – Nato Thompson, curator at Creative Time, editor of Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011

“For decades, Alan W. Moore has been an inexhaustible resource at the nexus of art and squatting, pumping out an archive through magazines, books, and art installations. Part memoir, part historical account, Occupation Culture is his newest burst of energy, surging into the squatter-artist canon to spend eternity alongside such well-respected contemporaries as Seth Tobocman, Fly Orr, and Eric Drooker – all of whom make appearances.” – Hannah Dobbz, Nine-Tenths of the Law: Property and Resistance in the United States

Bio: Alan W. Moore worked with the artists’ groups Colab and helped start the cultural center ABC No Rio in New York City. He has published on artists’ groups, cultural districts and cultural economies, and is the author of Art Gangs: Protest and Counterculture in New York City (2011). He lives in Madrid.

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