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October 15, 2011

DIY & Crowdsourced Documentaries

by stephaniecorleto

I came across these two documentaries that are interesting examples of DIY documentaries.

Tarnation is the earlier of the two, released in 2003. Director Jonathan Caouette documented 19 years of his life with his schizophrenic mother. With a budget of $218 (edited with the free iMovie program) and two decades worth of super 8 film, photographs, answering machine recordings Caouette was able to create a world renowned film that received accolades from  Independent Spirit, Gotham Awards, National Society of Film Critics, and London International Film Festival.

Life in a Day was released this year that was directed by Kevin Macdonald  and produced by Ridley Scott. Life in a Day is made up of YouTube submissions from people who filmed their lives on July 24, 2010. Thousands are included in the final product.  While I have only seen the trailer and various clips from YouTube there is something so powerful about bringing together all these strangers who are willing to share a little part of themselves. May I suggest a screening day?

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October 15, 2011

Luis Camnitzer’s The Assignment Book

by stephaniecorleto

At the end of his talk with Christiane, Luis Camnitzer said something that truly encompassed the purpose of collaborative learning and those who question the current structure of education;  “A good teacher and a good artist should aim at becoming unnecessary.”

Driven by profit, the commodification of education benefits from being necessary with a top-down flow knowledge and maintenance of a stratified class structure.  For Luis, both the artist and the educator are (should be) intermediaries of knowledge, and in his words “art is a tool for thinking.”  In The Assignment Book he poses questions, the pieces of art are his responses. Unlike a traditional art object, they are touched and changed by the visitors participating by posting their response cards. The hierarchy of artist/viewer, teacher/student,  art object/everyday object is removed with the goal of deinsitutionalizing learning and challenging these traditions.

Like Theater of the Oppressed and the photography anecdote in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, the disruption of traditional notions of learning jars the mind. No longer required to conform to established order, education revolutionary possibilities. Really, any piece of art can  be seen as something that disrupts our thoughts. Even if one doesn’t know the context of a piece, if it makes you stop and step out of everyday monotonous thought then it has succeeded.

Below are a few pictures I snapped on my phone in the gallery, ignore my reflection in the metal plates!

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October 15, 2011

NYC Time Bank

by Amanda Garque

Below is an interesting article about a New York City Time Bank set up by Mayor Bloomberg that allows people to share their skills by the hour. This is to say that for every hour that you give, you get an hour in return. The site focuses on volunteerism but all skills are welcome.

Official Site: http://www.nycservice.org/

Article from nbcnewyork.com: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/City-Launches-Time-Bank-for-NYers-to-Trade-Services–81218477.html

October 15, 2011

Last Week to Experience Time/Bank NYC Restaurant

by Amanda Garque

Last September, Time/Bank opened a New York branch that has been set up as a temporary restaurant. For the past year, they have been serving lunch everyday for ‘time credits’ that are earned by helping other members of the time/bank community.

This Sunday (October 16th) is the last day time/bank will be cooking up meals in NYC. The restaurant is located at the Abrons Arts Center at 466 Grand Street and will be open from 1-3 for lunch. More Info