Critical Downtime – Workshops and Printmaking – Conversation w/ Marc Fischer, Kenneth Bailey, Laura Baldwin, and Members of Confluence Studio
An Introduction to AMMU and Print Workshop: 4pm
Join us for an introduction to Confluence Studio’s Autonomous Mobile Media Unit, a social tool conceived by Confluence Studio and placed adjacent to MPDs 3rd Precinct to energize a continuous space for recognition, critique, and publication – as in the formation of a public – around the past, present, and future of our neighborhood following the 2020 Uprising. Along with learning about the ideas and concepts behind the AMMU we’ll introduce you to the tools inside, make books, posters, and more such as copies of Design Studio for Social Intervention’s Ideas – Arrangements – Effects.
Pop-Up Exhibit: Legal Concealers: 4pm – 9pm
The AMMU will host a pop-up exhibit of the new Public Collectors booklet, Legal Concealers. Continuing its “exploration of the court system,” Legal Concealers is a decades spanning collection of photo documentation of, as described by PC’s Marc Fisher:
“…efforts by photojournalists to capture the faces of people as they experience being arrested, transported to and from court or jail, or appearing in court. I have only included photos where the subject has concealed their face from the camera. These photos include suspects, people who have been charged with or convicted of crimes, witnesses, law enforcement agents involved in sting operations, and informants. “
Marc Fisher in Conversation w/ Sam Gould & Laura Baldwin: 5:30pm
As editor / publisher of Public Collectors, and one half of the long-standing collaborative Temporary Services, Fisher has often attempted to shine a light on and make sense of systems; the attitudes and overt and / or subtle violence they contain and support. For this conversation our primary focus will be two recent Public Collectors projects that Fisher facilitated: The Courtroom Artist Residency Report and Police Scanner. Each project, through its unique subjectivity, looks deeply at the objective reality of the systems at play, namely the daily workings of the court system and the police beat. To broaden the scope of the conversation and consider how the general public can mine the complexities of the criminal justice system from the outside in, we’ll be joined byHennepin County Public Defender Laura Baldwin, along with Gould, a long-time friend of Fisher’s.
Kenneth Bailey in Conversation w/ Sam Gould: 7:30pm
Since its founding in 2006, Design Studio for Social Intervention has brought design thinking to the grassroots, providing access to tools so that publics, often left out of the planning process and its effects, have the agency to address and alter the world around them. As a co-founder of DS4SI, Kenneth Bailey has played a central role in the Studio’s work to foster a “creativity lab for social justice work in the public sphere.” Bailey and Gould will discuss the Studio’s work, rethinking long held ideas around activism, public life, and leadership, tools for social intervention and transformation, and much more.
Apart from all of the above, this will be an opportunity for us to introduce you to Vic Liu, a recent addition to the Studio’s collaborative, anarchic mix of conspirators who has just arrived in town. You can learn more about Vic’s work here, and / or just say hello to her in person on Monday. We’re excited to see you down at the AMMU as we continue to think about the tools and frameworks available to us as neighbors; living together into a shared future available to all.
A Conversation with Larry Krasner and Ryan Hancock
A Conversation with Larry Krasner and Ryan Hancock
@Moon Palace Books
3032 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
March 4th – 7pm
When Larry Krasner ran to be District Attorney of Philadelphia his goal was to win a seat so that he might help transform a local justice system in favor of those at the bottom, those often overlooked, undervalued, and overcharged. His campaign was an attempt towards manifesting a fair and effective criminal justice system which makes us all safer. He won. And now the challenge is to continue that momentum and those desires. And so, it’s important to ask, what does a “from below” campaign to dismantle the entanglements of an unjust system look like, and if you win, how do you maintain the elements that got you into power so that the strength of the campaign – people’s power – doesn’t begin to emulate the same hierarchies that your campaign fought against to begin with? To do so takes an element of social craft. An artfulness in illustrating the lives of others, as well as maintaining social tools that amplify and authenticate those often unheard voices.
Polis is a new “expanded publication,” published by Tools in Common, that looks at just these types of actions and scenarios; where artfulness and political engagement coalesce into spaces of shared questioning. Actions that ask us to consider how we live with one another and how, through recognition and dialogue, we might live with one another moving forward into a cooperative future.
Please join us for a public conversation to be featured in the upcoming inaugural issue of Polis with Larry Krasner (District Attorney for the city of Philadelphia), Ryan Hancock (Raconteur and Surrogate on the Kranser campaign, Civil Rights and Labor Lawyer and co-founder of the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity), and Sam Gould (artist, author, and co-editor of Polis).