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Four Points and a Circle, Complimenta (I), The Manse/Ithaca, NY Sept 2, 3, 2012.

“At length, desisting, all ceased together, gathered together, all sighed together…”
- To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

COMPLIMENTA invites artists and viewers to step outside of the usual space of art production, exhibition, and deposition. The site is The Manse, a property situated in the Town of Enfield, City of Ithaca, NY, where time stretches, allowing for a fuller platform; a wider dance; a different form of expansion wherein alternate structures can arise. Forty-five local and international artists have been invited to present site-specific or semi-site-specific works that will be presented in the forest, garden, barn, pond and studio of the Manse.

The Manse and COMPLIMENTA share and ethos of building open space for conversation, making this an ideal inaugural pairing of conceptual practice and natural landscape. Over the course of 2 days we will present performances, painting, poetry, film, sculpture, music, lectures, and workshops. - Complimenta (I)

The Manse, Ithaca, New York. September 2nd, 3rd, 2012

Geographies of Anarchy, video recording

Geographies of Anarchy, panelist:Stephanie Wakefield, Steven Duncombe, Alberto Toscano

I keep thinking back on the summer leading up to Occupy Wall Street events. First, A Line In Nature, the foraging reading group that was meeting up to discuss, lastly, rituals in nature, with the idea that we would possibly do some camping in urban parks  not necessarily as a direct way of confront capitalism in the manner in which OWS has attempted, but to rediscover life in an urban environment, maybe as an alternative to the architecture of capitalism. It would be an action to call upon a history that has been forgotten, or a future that is begging to become a reality.

Secondly, I keep thinking back to “The Anarchist Turn“, a forum held at the New School that spring. More specifically I kept thinking about one particular panel called “The Geographies of Anarchy”. On this panel, moderated by Chiara Bottici was the views of Stephanie Wakefield, Steven Duncombe, Alberto Toscano. I have notes that I can dig up later, but for now I found the video archive for that forum online at the website for Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies. I was mostly interested in the attempt to define the space of Anarchy in relation to the occupation; how does it exist symbolically/politically, or otherwise?  How does this affect or is affected by the literal anarchistic gesture in physical space, in terms of the space of direct action, and other physical forms in which it may exist? and finally how does the space of anarchy exist within ourselves, in our own imagination and interpretations, and dreams?

In any case there are other videos from The Anarchist Turn if “Geographies of Anarchy” is not your thing.