Join us for a teach-in with Yates McKee as To Have and To Owe hosts Occupy University with the Art of Debt Series. One of the most significant developments in contemporary art over the past decade has been the proliferation of prefigurative experiments with alternative economies and spaces of all sorts. The eruption of Occupy Wall Street last year superseded these efforts in a single bound, throwing into relief the extent to which most of the latter have remained within the institutional networks and discursive parameters of the Left artistic field. As Strike Debt gains momentum as a long-term dual-power movement, what might it mean to revisit the artistic field as a realm of experimentation, outreach, and mobilization? How might the pent-up historical lessons, creative energies, and material resources of contemporary art be channeled into the processes of "communization" that a full-fledged debt-resistance movement will require in order to be sustainable? Communization will be treated here as an open-ended challenge rather than a theoretical given.
Yates McKee is an art critic working in Occupy Wall Street; his work has appeared in venues including October, The Nation andTidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy.