"Bread and Roses 101" is a series of one on one discussions that seek to explore, imagine and implement new forms of protest by creating actions and strategies, while negotiating the production of space and consumption of time incorporating leisure as a way of resistance
The University of Trash at the Sculpture Center in New York will be a temporary site for this installation and performance conducted by artists Elena Bajo and Jon Cuyson. The artists will create within the University of Trash an evolving ‘stage’ composed of a diversity of found and existent materials (taken from the streets surrounding Sculpture Center) wherein the workshop will be conducted.
“Bread and Roses 101” will be a venue for social engagement and experimentation as it becomes open to a variety of participants who will be asked to attend the workshop for one hour each. Within that hour both artists will negotiate with the participant/s his/her intentions to create (or not) within the allotted time slot, thereby testing various forms of reality and interpersonal communication. Both artists will assist and/or participate in attempting to make the proposal of each participant/s a reality. All activities will be documented. All of the participants will receive a printed Certificate of Completion that will be created by the artists after their one hour of participation in the workshop.
This collaborative project aims to explore issues of new labor and capital, while focusing on leisure and Production of Space as a strategy to articulate resistance. Notions of chance and authorship as well as mental and physical limitations by both artists and participants will manifest as they attempt to integrate ideas that will determine the success or failure of each activity.
The project title was borrowed from a slogan that was used during a women’s textile workers strike that occurred in Massachusetts in 1912 “give us bread, but give us also roses”, and serves as the starting point for this project. This workshop is suitable for those whose interests are in work that do not merely represent a political issue, nor serve as propaganda but directly confronts and transforms the issue itself. If you are interested in radically engaged practices that look neither like art nor activism but take the best of both of these worlds that sit somewhere between direct action and performance, resistance and leisure then this workshop is for you.
This workshop / performance will be conducted by Elena Bajo and Jon Cuyson at the University of Trash in Sculpture Center on the following dates:
July 17 Friday 11-6
July 19 Sunday 11-6
July 20 Monday 11-6
July 23 Thursday 11-6
If you would like to participate kindly email us your preferred date and time along with a brief description of your interest and a short bio at this email address:
Jon Cuyson is an artist currently living in New York. His work is informed by his interest in the complex relationship of both the natural and urban landscape in relation to social memory, everyday life and spirituality. His mixed media works employs conceptual strategies that touch on notions of impermanence and transformation.
Bread and Roses 101 was a project performed on July 17,19, 20 & 23, 2009 at The University of Trash at the Sculpture Center in New York created by Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman. Elena Bajo and Jon Cuyson created and performed within The University of Trash a temporary and mobile site composed of one table and some found chairs. From 11 am to 6 pm of each of the four days of the Workshop, both artists talked, listened, imagined, negotiated and acted with the participants for one hour individually. Each one was asked to schedule ahead online and was asked to submit a description of what he or she wanted to do within the specific hour. Both artists assisted and participated in making the proposal of each participant/s a reality. All of the activities were documented and upon completion of the full hour, each of the participants received a limited edition silk printed Certificate of Completion created by the artists for the project.
Both artists assisted and participated in making the proposal of each participant/s a reality. All of the activities were documented and upon completion of the full hour, each of the participants received a limited edition silk printed Certificate of Completion created by the artists for the project.
Bread and Roses 101 was a series of one on one discussion that aimed to explore, imagine and implement new forms of protest by creating actions and strategies, while negotiating the production of space and consumption of time by incorporating leisure as a way of resistance. The project title was borrowed from a slogan that was used during a women’s textile workers strike that occurred in Massachusetts in 1912 “give us bread, but give us also roses”, and served as the starting point for this project. The following are the names of the participants and their self titled activities.
July 17 Mark Tribe - Conversation/ Derive
July 19 Shinsuke Aso - Situationistic Chatting
Cathy Lebowitz - Derive on Propaganda
Noam Londy - Did We Stop Time?
Lisa Sigal - Delineation
July 21 Gracie de Vito - Non-Productive Research
Quechua Couture - Being Present
Murad Mumtaz - Getting Lost & Classical Guitar Playing
July 23 Lindsay Benedict - Reorganizations of Questions
Brainard Carey - Omniscient Observer
Jordi Sanjo - Floating Concrete Conversation
Liana Gimenez - Floating Concrete Conversation