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Event: DIY Law-Breaking and Mischief Making

A Conversation about Rogue Artists, Pranksters and Other Trouble-Makers

Jeff Stark leads a conversation with Graffiti Research Lab’s James Powderly, the Mare Liberum collective, Jeanine Oleson, and Cḥen Tamir, exploring the rationale, responsibilities, risks and benefits of forms of artistic expression that occur outside of the boundaries of the conventional art world, and how these creative forms—such as interference, prank, and viral culture—serve to continually redefine those boundaries.

EFA Project Space presents this event in conjunction with the exhibition, Beyond a Memorable Fancy, on view through December 20th.


Graffiti Research Lab (GRL), co-founded by Evan Roth and James Powderly, is dedicated to outfitting graffiti writers, artists and protesters with open source technology resources for urban communication. GRL develops a range of experimental technologies, documenting their efforts with videos and DIY instructions for each project, and makes them available to the public.

Mare Liberum is a freeform publishing, boatbuilding and waterfront art collective based in Gowanus Brooklyn. Finding its roots in centuries-old stories of urban water squatters and haphazard water craft builders, the collective explores making viable aquatic crafts as alternatives to life on land.

Jeanine Oleson is an artist whose practice incorporates interdisciplinary uses of performance, film/video, installation, and photographic work, often collaboratively. Her most recent endeavor, The Greater New York Smudge Cleanse, is traveling a public art project that “applies the ancient practice of smoking out dormant bad energies to contemporary challenges.”

Jeff Stark is the editor of Nonsense NYC, a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in New York City. He also works with Brooklyn art collective the Madagascar Institute and is a member of Dark Passage, a group dedicated to creating games in unusual urban places. He founded the Amateurs art collective in 2005.

Cḥen Tamir is an independent curator and arts writer based in New York, Toronto and Tel-Aviv. She is the Executive Director of Flux Factory, a not for profit arts organization in Queens whose mission is to support innovative and collaborative art works. “Once Upon A Time”, an exhibition she co-curated with Jean Barberis, is currently on view the ISE Cultural