Complete Livestream: The Artist as Debtor Conference at Cooper Union



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

The Conference was on January 23, 2015 1-9pm, The Great Hall, Cooper Union

We live in an era of unprecedented profits from contemporary art sales and massive debts incurred by art students. Are these phenomena related? Is it a coincidence that in an age in which art can be made from nothing, the price attached to an art degree is staggeringly high? Contemporary art institutions amass great wealth through real estate development and the value of their holdings  — why then do museums, art-related businesses and art schools rely so heavily on precarious and unpaid labor provided by artists? What are the connections between big money in the art world and the big debts taken on by so many young artists? Are artists encouraged to believe that extreme economic disparity is just part of the way the art world works? Do romantic ideas about merit and talent mask a system of indenture?

Artists Noah Fischer (member of Occupy Museums) and Coco Fusco will present a conference to discuss the art and the debt economy on January 23 2015 at The Great Hall of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.  This event is made possible thanks to support from The School of Art at Cooper Union. Our featured speakers include artists Julieta Aranda, William Powhida, Martha Rosler, Gregory Sholette; writer Brian Kuan Wood; W.A.G. E. and BFAMFAPHD, and cultural theorist Andrew Ross.

We hope to engage students, art workers, and all those interested in art’s future in an extended reflection about ways that the art economy extracts financial benefits from artists who may not even be selling their  art. We envision this as an opportunity for a growing  movement to counter economic inequality in the arts, to gain strength from collective wisdom, and to develop better strategies for responding to situations that make many artists feel powerless.

 

1:00 Welcome remarks (Noah Fischer + Coco Fusco)

1:30 – 2 Andrew Ross on Debt

2:00 – 2:30 Brian Kuan Wood and Julieta Aranda (eflux)

2:30 – 3:00 – Q & A

3:00 –3:30 Break

3:30-4:30 BFAMFAPhD, Powhida, Debtfair

4:30-5:00- Greg Sholette

5:00-5:30- W.A.G.E

5:30 – 6– Q & A

6:00-7:00 Break

7:00 – 7:30 Coco Fusco

7:30 – 8:00  Martha Rosler

8:00 – 8:30 – Q & A

8:30-9–General Discussion

 

For more information please contact: coco.fusco@gmail.com and and fischer.noah@gmail.com 

The event is free, please rsvp here

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Twitter: #ArtistasDebtor

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2 Comments on Complete Livestream: The Artist as Debtor Conference at Cooper Union

  1. Annette Abundantia // January 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm // Reply

    Hi , this is such an important topic and I am so happy that this conference is in the air soon – thank you so much to all who made it happen. Unfortunately, I am not able to watch the Livestream and I live in Denmark, do you record the event and upload it on Ustream? It would be great that as many artists as possible can watch the conference all over the world, so we can get awareness about these topics and make a change hopefully.

  2. I am really looking forward to listening to this! I went to art school right after high school, then after some time got my MFA. I have been still working in the restaurant industry though. This makes it possible for me to pay all of my student loan bills. I love making, painting, sewing, but unfortunately it hasn’t been able to pay the bills. I wish that I didn’t have this huge debt. It was my decision and I am happy that I did it though. I think that there should be other ways for artists to learn. I think that bringing back an apprenticeship program would be amazing for people to learn directly from other artists. This would be perfect at the high school level for young people to see what it is actually like to live as an artist.

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