nonsensenyc: 10.17 to 10.24 note

From: "Jeff Stark" <>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 10.17 to 10.24 note
Date: October 17th 2014

Two boats twisting under the white light of a cement factory.
Sorry, we didn't have time to put this week's list together. Longtime readers know this happens every once in a while, usually while we're under water with some grand scheme. This time it's the Dreary Coast, a show we're creating over in Gowanus with 50 artists and running as we speak. In the last week we have faced Brooklyn raccoons, stolen rafts, salty barge captains, cops with guns out, a landlord dispute, and one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. And it's been lovely.
There are several great events this week, including a collaboration between the Honk marching band festival and Rubulad, as well as the ongoing zombiecon. If you're looking for suggestions, we suggest you consult our favorite weekly publications, including the Skint, Gemini and Scorpio, and Gayletter. They know all the best stuff and will point you the right way.
Thanks for your patience, and we'll see you next week.
x, J
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to Alita at We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
***** ARTY STUFF *****
* Play your part in Do the Same Good Deed, a 500-person performance conceived by Chinese art collective Polit-Sheer-Form-Office. Participate in a new socialism for the 21st century…right in the heart of the Capital of Capital. Video of the performance will be included in Polit-Sheer-Form-Office's exhibition at the Queens Museum, which runs through March 2015. Organized in partnership with Times Square Arts. Monday, November 3, 12-1p, Times Square, New York City. Sign up at
* The Dreary Coast is seeking volunteers. Our project is an immersive theater work that takes place on the Gowanus Canal, and it happens now. We are currently assembling a small navy of mischievous souls for set-up, ushering, and run crew. This is a show about myths and stories, and we need your help to make them come to life. What do you get? New friends. Profuse thank yous. A land ticket. And a souvenir to prove you crossed over to the other side. Orientation Saturday, October 11, 5-7p. Contact us to join the ranks: jstark]at]
Before we had a name the Spectre Event Horizon Group used to meet at a bar to commiserate and trade what our business friends like to call "best practices." Now online, our area of interest remains the ever-fascinating sci-fi present. Our simple intent is an informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented as gossip for the non-specialist. It's true we once were an active email list but at this point everything is searchable and commented upon here: The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact ]at] gmail]dot] com.
***** Pollution Reparations as Guaranteed Basic Income *****
"What if I told you that, once a month, a check for $250 will show up in your mailbox, coming out of the deep pockets of some of the nation's biggest polluters, by forcing environmentally destructive industries to give back to the public? How would this approach work in practice? Every company would know from the start that they'll pay pollution taxes equivalent to the social cost of each ton of CO2 emitted, or ton of methane escaping from their wells, or for environmental damage. For obvious reasons, the oil, coal and gas industries and their powerful lobbies are already opposed to carbon taxes and are fighting tooth and nail to keep any of the REMI models from becoming a reality. In China a recent amendment to the Environmental Protection Law limits the legal entities permitted to file environmental class-action lawsuits regarding pollution to just one -- the "All-China Environmental Federation," effectively depriving other social groups of their litigation rights. In Canada's largest environmental class action decision based on pollution, damages were assessed to a class of homeowners whose property values declined when it became public that their properties were contaminated with nickel. This was the first environmental class action to proceed to trial in a common law province."
We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes that you think are nifty-keen.
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]
Explore the 12th century printmaking process called suminagashi with artist Sto Len as he adapts it with contemporary twists. Hundreds of years before marbleizing techniques were adopted by the Europeans, Japanese masters had perfected the art form, calling it suminagashi, or ''floating ink.'' As with many traditional Japanese artforms, suminagashi was practiced not only as a craft but as a form of self-discipline, concentration and a means through which to control seemingly unpredictable or natural elements. Sto's unique take on the technique will be covered using everyday materials to create mono prints on paper.

37 Greenpoint Avenue, suite E4G, Brooklyn
1-4p; $free
RSVP: aimee]at]
***** LEARNING: MONDAY *****
Damaged Copy
An introduction to conservation methods for artists, collectors, and whoever else, with an emphasis on works on paper. Participants are invited to bring an item to work on. For suggestions on what to bring, email us. Bill Abdale is a Brooklyn-based artist whose drawings and prints use photography, scanning, and collecting to deal with storytelling and history – particularly the way in which gaps in information and falsehoods are absorbed into a story as it is told and retold. Materials included.
37 Greenpoint Avenue, suite E4G, Brooklyn
7p; $25
RSVP: maya]at]
***** LEARNING: SUNDAY *****
Commerce Story
Join mythologist and storyteller Dr. Martin Shaw as he tells the eastern European story of ''Faithful John'' and provides commentary and discussion on its many layers. Shaw will pay particular attention to the relationship between initiation, commerce and the living world. Within these vivid, ancient tales we find an economy of the imagination -- a fluid bargaining between humans and animals, wisdom and ambition, eros and sobriety. The old stories claim that there's no such thing as a free lunch.
Proteus Gowanus
543 Union Street, Brooklyn
7p; $10
Cornel West with Dr. Eddie S. Glaude
Celebrated intellectual and activist Cornel West offers an unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. In refreshingly candid, accessible prose, West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett. West looks at the impact of these men and women and excavates their commitment, passion, and politics, in their own time and beyond it.
McNally Jackson
52 prince Street, Manhattan
7p; $free
Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Program as New Foundation for Organization
These classes will study Marx's Critique of the Gotha Program (and related writings that help illuminate it), not in general, but specifically as a new foundation for revolutionary organization. Although the Critique is almost 140 years old, we regard it as new because its ramifications for organization have not been appreciated or concretized. It has been treated as a critique of a particular tendency and particular doctrines, but not seriously studied as what Raya Dunayevskaya called ''actual perspective for the whole movement.'' In these classes, we intend to study it in that manner. The discussions will be held via Skype (audio) so that people can attend from around the world. But attendance will be limited to what Skype can handle, so people wanting to participate should apply as soon as possible.
Marxist Humanist Initiative
Starting November 2, 4-6p; $30 donation
Apply by October 25 to:
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