WE (Not I)

Meetings, Talks & Readings
Wednesday, September 30 – Saturday, October 3, 2015

Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street

Download LABOUR

WE (Not I) convenes four days and nights of discursive meetings, presentations, and events that bring together a wide range of female artists, writers, curators and thinkers identifying with feminist practices to exchange and produce content addressing questions around the role of "we" in contemporary art practice.

Daily work meetings at Artists Space Books & Talks will revolve around the topics of the development of a "we" non-singular voice in art authorship, the gendered and accumulated nature of art historic genius, the radical gesture of "dropping out," the value of the historical legacies of feminist art, and generally the edges of the self as a practitioner.

Kaisa Lassinaro
We (Not I), 2015

Public events each evening will mirror the day's discussions, with time left for questions and debate. These will punctuate and bring to a wider audience the material that is developing throughout the WE (Not I) week:

Wednesday, September 30, doors 6.30pm, starts 7pm sharp
Finding Words
Angie Keefer & Lynne Tillman
A talk, a reading and a conversation in assorted voices

Thursday, October 1, 7pm
Presence and Absence
Melissa Gordon, Meredyth Sparks, Ariana Reines, Chris Kraus (in absentee)
Talks & Readings

Friday, October 2, 7pm
How to be a wo(man)
Dara Birnbaum & Joan Jonas, moderated by Kathy Noble

Saturday, October 3, 7pm
On value
Silvia Federici, Melanie Gilligan, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Lise Soskolne / W.A.G.E., Marina Vishmidt

Kaisa Lassinaro
We (Not I), 2015

Kaisa Lassinaro
We (Not I), 2015

WE (Not I) has been organized by the artist Melissa Gordon and the writer Marina Vishmidt, who have together previously, with Kaisa Lassinaro, produced the publications LABOUR (2011) and PERSONA (2013). The first iteration of WE (Not I) took place with a different group of participants in April 2015 in London, at South London Gallery, Flat Time House and Raven Row. Some of the content developed during both sessions of WE (Not I) will be published in a series of magazines in 2015/16 edited by Gordon and Vishmidt.

Those attending WE (Not I) in New York include:

Becca Albee
Moyra Davey
Sonia Louise Davis
Dorothée Dupuis
Silvia Federici
Ellen Greig
Melanie Gilligan
Guerrilla Girls
K8 Hardy
Larissa Harris
Nadia Hebson
Laura Hunt
Angie Keefer
Chris Kraus (in absentee)
Liz Magic Laser
Jen Liu
Park McArthur
Kathy Noble (with Judith Bernstein, Dara Birnbaum & Joan Jonas)
Lisa Oppenheim
Anna Ostoya
Amanda Parmer
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Ariana Reines
Kari Rittenbach
Martha Rosler
Karisa Senavitis
Lise Soskolne / W.A.G.E.
Meredyth Sparks
Lynne Tillman
Lisa Tan
Marina Vishmidt
Lia Gangitano
Fia Backström
Sarah Demeuse
Mary Simpson
Anna Craycroft
Kara Hamilton
Kianja Strobert
Jeanine Oleson
Amy Yao
Juana Berrio

Artists Space would like to thank Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner for their gracious support of WE (Not I) in New York

Download an extract from PERSONA

The all-day work meeting from 11am-5pm, preceding Saturday's evening event, is open to anyone who is interested. Please RSVP to rsvp@artistsspace.org if you would like to attend.