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Vancouver, Drupal, BarCamp, Workspace, Bryght...


I just got back from Vancouver... Big thanks to the awesome guys at Bryght( for getting me out there. It was good to network with those crazy left coasters. Unfortunately the camera didn't make it with me. It seems to have disappeared at postmasters' along with Tamas's video camera :(.

I attended BarCamp Vancouver and gave drupal mountpoints while I as there.. (much work to be completed on filesystem to have it ready for DRUPAL_NEXT.) Barcamp Vancouver was held in this awesome venture called workspace. You can find them online @ If you're in Vancouver, office there for a day, just the view of North Van is worth it, better yet is the talented crowd of individuals who have memberships at the space. Its like a mental sports club for geeks.

I was really amazed by the model for workspace. I think a non-profit version would be awesome here in New York. [THE THING] in our recent recession has become less active in the artist community, and since we moved from our last loft space we have been struggling to maintain a presence in the real world. I think it may be a good next phase, providing professional office and meeting facilities for artists and technologists. More to come as I brainstorm. Email if you have ideas or are interested in helping.



Not a bad idea and something LMCC tries to do with their swing space on Maiden Lane for free but it doesn't really work. If they can find the space and acquire a lease for, say, a year, then the membership could pay for it. What most people need is the broadband internet connection, a secure place to leave equipment and a conference room to meet and present plus basic office equipment like printers and copiers. That goes for pre- and post-production film work as well as event planning, drupal programming and a lot of other things in and out of the art world.

The other thing that is desperately needed is affordable living space for resident artists who come for a week to a month. It's embarassing how difficult this is to provide in New York these days. Alan Moore and I were talking about this a while back and I don't see why the two things can't be combined in some loft space in Dumbo.

Finding a space.

I know, I know. Its hard to find affordable living space for yourself around here. :)

The hardest part I think will be finding an appropriate and affordable space. Maybe we should work on a proposal, and see if LMCC or some other local orgs would help us out with it. It would be a great mind share space, and offer a much needed service. Are there any similar projects in the city you know of? - Whats next?

Re: Finding a space

Basekamp in Philadelphis is a possible model:

Also 16 Beaver here in New York is another possibility:

Both, I think, are maintained mainly by the residents.

LMCC is mandated to help support this kind of project though as far as I've seen they tend to support things like 3-Legged Dog and Collective Unconscious where the space can be rented out for performances and parties. "A great mind share space" is a little hard to explain to their funders, who want something audience oriented they can account for on a spread sheet. We had the opportunity to show them what we needed at Maiden Lane for six months but nobody was interested in doing it on a short-term basis. Nsumi, down the hall, was closer to your idea though they, too, were accepted because they were totally audience-centered even though the audience, in this case, was other artists.

Still, your plan has a certain "creative class" angle to it that investors might find interesting and we could avoid the whole non-profit approach. The problem with that is the space would be expected to produce marketable products.

Creative Capital should support this but I doubt they'd understand even though, Andy Warhol whose foundation supports it, would understand perfectly.

The best thing to do is write a simple proposal and start talking it up to see who bites.

Workspace examples

WorkSpace in Vancouver

WorkSpace is a freshly renovated Gastown loft providing a collective of small business and independent professionals with a facility that they wouldn’t be able to afford on their own. Inspired by the trend of working in Café’s, the space is funky, professional and inexpensive. Rather than asking our customers to sign a lease, they join the space as members.

WorkSpace has all the facilities you’ll need to get things done:
-Wireless E-10 Internet Connection
-Large Tables and Designer Seating
-Meeting and Conference Rooms
-Digital Projector
-Colour, Black & White Printing and Scanning
-Faxing, Shipping and Receiving
-Cell Phone Privacy Booths
-Storage Space
-Kitchen Facility

The view, atmosphere and phenomenal coffee all go without saying.

Relative to office space, the cost and commitment is very low…the average price of joining Workspace is only $310 per month. You can join for as short a time period as one month, and you can come in with your laptop and get to work right away. If your current work environment is less than perfect, read more about why we think you should become a member.

There is more information about our facility and services under membership.
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Basekamp in Philadelphis

BASEKAMP is a non commercial studio and exhibition space whose primary focus is to participate in the creation, facilitation and promotion of large scale collaborative projects by contemporary artists. Philadelphia is an example of a city whose visual art-world is currently in the process of self-definition. We have seen this as an opportunity to use the city as a home base to invite domestic and international collaborative groups in a joint experiment to develop new models of relations within overlapping art communities.

16 Beaver Group in New York

16Beaver is the address of a space initiated/run by artists to create and maintain an ongoing platform for the presentation, production, and discussion of a variety of artistic/cultural/economic/political projects. It is the point of many departures/arrivals.


Since 1999, the Reading Group at 16Beaver has organized presentations, readings, discussions, screenings, and panels with/by artists, curators, thinkers, writers, and activists.

Monday nights are an evening to share time and generate discussions, links, ideas. Meetings usually begin at 7pm and the location is almost always at 16Beaver Street, 5th Floor.


16BEAVER is an independent self-sustaining project. The Residents of the space maintain the space by using it as their place of work/work/activities. Residents include: Project Projects, Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri, Peter Lueders, Berry Behrendt, Tim Peterson, Alwan.

Orchard in New York

Orchard is a cooperatively organized exhibition and event space in New York's Lower East Side. The gallery is run by twelve partners of a for-profit limited liability corporation founded for the project. The partners include artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators, with several combining these activities in their practices. The partners of Orchard have been associated variously with New York experimental film and video scenes, institutional critique, 90s non-yBa practices in Britain, and political conceptualist traditions in North and South America. The partners do not have a univocal position in terms of their working methods or views on art. Instead, Orchard's cooperative framework is intended to put the diversity of its members' practices into discursive motion. The resulting exhibition program reflects these dialogs and the social, geographical and artistic conditions and contradictions of the positions taken within them. Orchard's program eschews solo exhibitions in favor of thematically, conceptually and politically driven group exhibitions and projects. It also represents a commitment to historically-based artistic criteria, as opposed to market criteria. This commitment is reflected in Orchard's trans-generational mixing of established artists with lesser known artists, and its re-examination of marginalized historical works in the context of contemporary issues and practices. Since opening in May 2005, Orchard has restaged or produced unrealized projects by Michael Asher, Andrea Fraser with Allan McCollum, Dan Graham, and Lawrence Weiner. Orchard has also presented historical works by Daniel Buren, Luis Camnitzer, Juan Downey, Hans Haacke, Roberto Jacoby, Adrian Piper, and Martha Rosler, as well as new works by Merlin Carpenter, Nicolás Guagnini, Jutta Koether, Lucy McKenzie, Blake Rayne, Stephan Pascher, Jeff Preiss, R.H. Quaytman, Karin Schneider, and Jason Simon, among others. Orchard is a three-year project and is scheduled to close in April 2008.