One of the aspects that interest us in Art is the fact that it is a territory in which we have greater freedom to construct other possibilities of the world, as well as being a territory that allows developing some consciousness in the process of creating ourselves. We artists from the Book Fair have been working with our consciousness, not with violence…

“NO BOSS project” by Adriana Varella

The 2nd NYC Anarchist Art Festival, in conjunction with the 4th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair, hosted by The Living Theatre; now in its second year, to be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 15, 16, 17, 8pm–2am, at Living Theatre and Judson Memorial Church, in Manhattan.

What: 2nd Annual New York City Anarchist Art Festival

When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 15, 16, 17 (8pm – 2am); at the Living Theatre and Saturday April 17 at Judson Memorial Church (11am-6:30pm); and the Anarchist Book Fair After-Party (11pm-4am) at The Living Theatre.

Where: Book fair, art show, speakers, panels, workshops: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, Manhattan; Anarchist Art Festival, Living Theatre, 21 Clinton St, NYC. *All events at The Living Theatre are “pay what you can” and all proceeds will be donated to the theatre for operational costs.

Why: The 2nd Annual New York City Anarchist Art Festival presents provocative, vital performances, films, installations, and workshops by artists from New York City and the World. The artists involved represent a full range of anarchist activity and radical innovation, defying traditional genres and easy classifications. The organizers promote and celebrate the diversity of the anarchist community by representing artists from the following groups: LGBTQ and the radical subculture.

How: Book fair, art show, speakers, panels, workshops at the Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, Manhattan; Anarchist Art Festival at the Living Theatre, 21 Clinton St, NYC. *All events at The Living Theatre are “pay what you can” and all proceeds will be donated to the theatre for operational costs.

Thursday night will be an evening dedicated to APOC performances by artists such as Broadcast Live, Zilmrah, Spiritchild, Pedro Jimenez, Melissa Sanfiorenzo, Martin Kalliwill, X Vandals, N4P, Adan, Jane Wang and Nathan Andary.

Friday evening will highlight a diversity of multi-disciplinary art and performance including the Notekillers, Near East Family, MV Carbon, Jeremiah Jones, Angela Freiberger, Shiri Mordechay, Livia Mourao and Corpos informaticos.


Near East Family

On Saturday at Judson Memorial Church during the hours of the book fair we will hold a day long art event including a music improvisation workshop with Grady Gerbracht and John Loggia, a panel with Denise Carvalho about art collectives, a performance by Inbred Hybrid Collective, Paula Kohatsu of the Brazilian Sisters, a screening of The Yes Men’s latest film, video art by Adriana Varella, drawings by Tom Civil, posters by Josh MacPhee, Reverend Billy, Tassos Sagris and a tactical media workshop hosted by members of IMCollective.

Schedule of workshops and performances in the Judson Gym (see the workshops page for details):

  • 11:00 Tactical Media (workshop)
  • 12:30 Paula of the Brazilian Sisters (performance)
  • 1:30 Synchronic Asymmetry: Non-Hierarchical Cooperative Improvisation (workshop)
  • 3:30 Between the Social and the Public: Dialogic Action in Third-Space (panel)
  • 5:30 Reverend Billy (performance)

On Saturday at The Living Theatre we will celebrate the anarchist spirit of collective creation by offering an experience with audience participation presented. 8pm: Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory with Marie-Claire Picher – IMAGE THEATER is an interactive approach to theatrical expression created by Brazilian director, popular educator and human rights activist Augusto Boal. It emphasizes physical dialogues, non-verbal imagery, consensus-building and problem-solving processes, and techniques for developing awareness of both external and internalized forms of oppression. In Image Theater, the body is used to create images that help participants explore power relations and group solutions to concrete problems. This workshop will begin at 8:00pm sharp. There will be no observers; all are expected to actively participate. In order to insure the creation of a safe, inclusive and supportive space for all, participants are asked to arrive by 7:45pm, and are expected to stay until the end. WORKSHOP FOCUS: Practice consensus-building.

9:30pm: Anarcho Art Lab. a collective of new-media, visual artists, performers, musicians, dancers and genre benders in residence at The Living Theatre. For the past year, the group has been growing while creating a monthly conceptual, live, collaborative, multi-media art experience that is both immersive and participatory.

This performance will transition into a party with live music and lots of other imaginative surprises. Artists participating in AAL’s festival performance include but are not limited to: Inbred Hybrid Collective, James Chris Fields, Angela Freiberger, David and Tara Gladden, Bryan Martin, Grady Gerbracht and John Loggia, Joe “God” Jordan, Veronica Pena Martinez, Shiri Mordechay, Jin Kang Park, Miles Pflanz, Vlad T., David Tully, Adriana Varella and Z Collective. This year Judith Malina and Brad Burgess will be participating at the Art Festival and the Anarcho Art Lab with us.

“Anarchist Art Lab (Transpiration) ” by Anarchist Art Lab Collective

“Anarchist Art Lab (Mirror Organism)” by Anarcho Art Lab Collective

“Mirror Organism” video by Adriana Varella with Denise Kohatsu

Inbred Hybrid Collective (photo by Ves Pitts)

Tara Gladden

Tom Civil “Protest”

MV Carbon