2015 MPLS: Creating Discourse, Connecting Communities

James McAnally (Session Host)
Joe Ahearn
Jessica Lynne
Taylor Renee
Susannah Schouweiler

Since the beginning of the recession, and in the shadow of art's spectacular market ascendency, artist-centric action has again taken root as a dominant mode of working. In this session, artists and organizers of alternative media platforms will talk about modes of creating discourse and connecting communities. Investigating current examples and imagining future possibilities, we will ask: What are the implications of creating our own platforms—our own media, critical discourse, and opportunities for connection—rather than waiting for outside agents to do so for us? As we circulate as individuals and as ideas, what are we building? How can we not just imagine alternate modes of connection, but embody them?