January 26, 2016 - February 2, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Looking for ways to talk to your neighbors about gentrification? Real Estate for Birds is a performance art score (set of instructions for a live art project) which centers around literally trying to teach the concept of landownership to birds. It’s a fun, light hearted tool you can use to push your neighbors to think critically about the concept of land ownership and how it influences gentrification. Each evening participants will work together to do the score using Theater of the Oppressed inspired acting exercises and found object sculptures. Professional creatives and novices are equally welcome.
Following our well-received Land Use workshop by James Lloyd in Fall 2015, we are glad to be joined by performance artist Aisha Cousins for Real Estate for Birds, a two-part workshop part of an ongoing Land Use workshop series organized by FABnyc.
Over the evening, participants will learn about ways to effectively take advantage of the opportunities that currently exist, explore our relationship to the larger history of land ownership in the United States, and imagine ways our existing opportunities could be leveraged to cultivate the kind of scenarios we would like to see happening 50-100 years from now.
Workshop #1: Tuesday, Jan 26th 2016, 7PM, 59-61 E. 4th Street, 4th Floor
Workshop #2: Tuesday, Feb 2nd 2016, 7PM, 62 E. 4th Street, 3rd Floor
FREE with RSVP*#
*note: please indicate workshops you will be attending and please only RSVP for yourself.
#Each workshop is complete unto itself. You are welcome to attend one or both.
About Aisha Cousins
Aisha Cousins writes performance art scores (do-it-yourself instructions for live art projects) that engage black audiences from different backgrounds in exploring their ideas about beauty and processing the changes taking place in their worlds. Her work has been performed independently on the streets of historically black neighborhoods from BedStuy to Brixton, as well as in conjunction with institutions like Weeksville Heritage Center, Project Row Houses, the Museum Of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and MoMA PS1.