Audio/video archives and print downloads of lectures, workshops, interviews, and publications
TALKS & PUBLICATIONS
COUNTER PRODUCTIVE INDUSTRIES LECTURE TOUR
Counter Productive Industries was originally a critical art project about Labor, curated by Nato Thompson and Josh MacPhee in 2000. A small group of us later took on the title as a conceptual umbrella under which we threw a large range of Chicago-based critical art campaigns and public interventions, all loosely linked through overlapping, anonymous models of collaboration.
For many years, we would attempt to tie together our varied collective art - activist practices into a unifying auto-history. While this proved to be a futile excercise over time, it did result in the CPI roadshow/lecture tour, and a few years later resulted in the publication of "Trashing the Neoliberal City: Autonomous Cultural Practices in Chicago from 2000-2005".
||"Trashing the Neoliberal City: Autonomous Cultural Practices in Chicago from 2000-2005"
Edited by Daniel Tucker and
Emily Forman, Learning Site, 2006:
From the Introductory Essay:
As the territorial boundaries of the international 'ownership society'
expand, we witness our last public square being wired for surveillance
and renamed after a corporation. With this sweeping expansion, we feel
an urgent need to reclaim, rebuild, and redefine public space as not
only an essential component of democratic participation, but also as an
open field for play, hope, and critical reinvention.
Towards the ends of that reinvention, this publication will take a look
at a unique period of cultural activism that took place in Chicago from
2000 to 2005, in which activists, artists and hybrid coalitions
responded to the spatial shifts in power created by neoliberal economic
restructuring with strategic experiments in public space reclamation,
tactical intervention, and the creation of counter public-spheres.. [READ ONLINE..]
BUILDING THE TEMPORARY AUTONOMOUS TV STUDIO:
An interview with Emily Forman about PILOT TV: Experimental Media
for Feminist Trespass
[Originally published in Clamor Magazine and
the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest]
"Imagine a three story media production studio that appears for one
weekend, brings hundreds of queer and feminist independent media
producers together for the video taping and staging of their own
“television shows,” talk shows, historical reenactments and
skill-sharing workshops. In October, Pilot TV did just this by creating
a unique space for collaboration, asking questions and building
community in a wonderful and experimental temporary autonomous
[READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE]
This year I was asked to do a number of talks about my research and involvement in Barcelona's squatted social center movement; Primarily as a part of Alan Moore's archival/research/event series, 'House Magic'. A transcript of one of the conversations we had at ABC No Rio is also included in the publication of the same name, 'House Magic 2'
I also spoke about Barcelona's social movement infrastructure as a part of the Institute for Anarchist Studies 'Direct Democracy' panel at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit. It was a very interesting panel, with folks talking about prefigurative political and social projects in the US, as well as in Venezuela and Bolivia.
In September I gave this new talk in NY,
as part of the thoughtfully-conceived 'Not An Alternative' programming series:
OPEN-SOURCING THE CITY: INVITED AND UNINVITED PARTICIPATION
" Drawing from her own practice and from first-hand research,
artist/activist Emily Forman will take us on a visual tour of the
contested Neoliberal City, highlighting the ‘uninvited participation’ of
its discontent inhabitants; grandmothers, squatters, and artists, joined
together in a shared struggle for spatial justice [. . .]
A video version of this talk/slideshow should be up soon.
One of the ongoing facets of my practice has been a
commitment to the performance of public speaking; in workshops, panels and lecture
tours, and on the fly. Some of the presentations have included improbable names like: “The Artist as
Urban Planner”, “Direct Actors and Trans-Feminist Television”, “Cartography for Activists”,
“Strategies against Authorship”, or “Making Home a Site of Struggle: Prefigurative Politics
in the City from Below”.
I've given talks at numerous universities and independent cultural spaces as well as
museums such as MassMOCA, the New Museum, and Mexico’s Sala de Arte
Publico David Alfaro Siquieros. I have also had the pleasure of speaking about my work at academic/activist research
conferences like the College Art Association, the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition, and the U.S. Social Forum.