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Art Writing: Why Do They Do It?

There's a roundtable at Housing Works Bookstore this week put on by OWS Arts & Labor called “Art Writing as Craft, Labor, and Art.” It harks back to the time when critics were also called “art workers,” a term that encompassed everyone in the art world system.

*Invitation to take part in the “Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)” 3rd edition, November 2, 2012*

*Invitation to take part in the
“Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)”
3rd edition, November 2, 2012*

10am New York; 11am Buenos Aires; 12pm São Paulo; 3pm London; 4pm Cairo,
Rome; 5pm Addis Ababa; 9pm Phnom Penh; 10pm Shanghai

In early November people in many parts of the world celebrate the Day of

Shell blocks 70,000 employees from learning about Supreme Court case

Shell Blocks Employee Access to Activist Website

71,010 employees blocked from tweeting Oprah about Supreme Court murder case

Houston, TX (October 2, 2012) — Early Monday morning, 71,010 Shell employees received an email from the company's "Grassroots Employee Empowerment Division" providing information on Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a pivotal human rights case being argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. The email contained links to news stories, as well as a tool to help employees tweet their feelings about the case at key US news anchors (and Oprah Winfrey).

The only thing is, Shell has no "Grassroots Employee Empowerment Division," and they don't want publicity for the case. The email was in fact the work of an activist group called People Against Legalizing Murder (PALM), who received the list of Shell emails from what they believe to be a group of disaffected employees. (A similar leak occurred two years ago.)

Within minutes of the email being sent out, Shell internally blocked the site, preventing employees from accessing it.

Stand With Occupy

Intellectuals, Academics, and Artists Call To Support OWS Anniversary Actions

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The Times Square Show : A Parlor of Massaging Bedlam


Upcoming exhibition about The Time Square Show at the Hunter College GalleryUpcoming exhibition about The Time Square Show at the Hunter College Gallery

Friday, September 14th 2012
Times Square Show Revisited

Event Description:

Book Review ::: The Three Stigmata of Friedrich Nietzsche

The Three Stigmata of Friedrich NietzscheThe Three Stigmata of Friedrich Nietzsche

Book Review by Joseph Nechvatal

The Three Stigmata of Friedrich Nietzsche: Political Physiology in the Age of Nihilism by Nandita Biswas Mellamphy
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 157pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780230282551

Your Bank of America

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 9:24 AM

This press release, which just appeared in my Inbox and is appended fully below, would indicate that the Yes Men and/or fellow activists have once again spoofed the corporate oligarchy, this time with a bogus Bank of America website that foregrounds general public dissatisfaction with current banking practices and features a letter from the CEO in which he solicits public suggestions on how banking should be run: "We want to make sure the American people are well positioned to assert control and implement changes in the direction of banking, in the eventuality that such control becomes feasible.”

Herewith the entire text of the press release, received 24 minutes ago:


Bank of America Corporation has added a news release to its Newsroom.

Bank of America Announces “Your Bank of America” Campaign, Partnership with Taxpayers to Revamp U.S. Banking

Date(s): 18-Apr-2012 9:00 AM

As future clouds, opportunities arise for public synergy

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 18, 2012-- Bank of America today announced the launch of an unprecedented campaign to reach out to the American public for guidelines on how banking should happen. The campaign, Your Bank of America (, leverages the American public’s disaffection with today’s banking practices into a full suite of real banking solutions.

THE THING @ VON presents Joshua Thorson


THE THING @ VON presents
an evening with Joshua Thorson

Where? VON, 3 Bleecker Street (at Bowery)
When? Monday, April 16, 7:30 pm

Joshua Thorson is an artist, curator, and writer. His work has been
exhibited in numerous venues. His recent essay on Lisa Steele’s
narrative works will appear in the forthcoming DVD box set of her work

Occupation and Institutions

Monday Night -- 04.16.12 -- Occupation and Institutions -- An open
discussion with members of Occupy Museums

1. Short Introduction
2. Text from Occupy Museums (About Monday Night)

1. Short Introduction

What: Open Meeting and Discussion
When: Monday April 16th, 7PM
Where: 16 Beaver St. 4 floor
Who: Free and open to all