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Richmond Food Not Bombs member and friend Mark Strandquist is working on a project in Richmond. There are opportunities for participation from anyone in the community.

Mark will also bring this project to the 2013 Richmond Zine Fest as a display.

From Mark’s website www.nomovement.com here is a description of the project.

People’s Library is an ongoing collaborative project that incorporates interactive sculpture and community created ethnographies.

The project features libraries designed, built and authored by community members. Utilizing donated books from individuals, public libraries, and thrift stores, the project transforms and re-purposes unwanted or otherwise discarded books into blank canvasses for oral histories, self-representation, and intimate reflection.

People’s Library offers sustainable, collective and critical alternatives for the form and function of public space.

The project is collaborative at every public stage of the project. While each book becomes a safe and personal space for intimate reflection, the books and installation are produced through collective and sustainable means. Each autonomous history becomes part of a larger whole.

While in some instances, public spaces have utilized new media to invite patron participation, it is typically through internet based means. People’s Library champions collective production as an avenue for face to face interaction between diverse publics. The project reflects the histories, needs, desires of local residents, and re-interprets public institutions as a space for production, meditation, and alternative education.

Begining in Spring, 2013, workshops will be held and the project will be built, managed and exhibited at the MLK Memorial Library in Washington, DC and included in the permanent collection of the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library in Richmond, VA.

Individuals in youth programs at each library will co-facilitate a series of workshops. At each workshop, which are free and open to the public, participants will complete various tasks, engage in conversation about contemporary art, and learn functional creative skills:

Papermaking: sourcing pages from the discarded books, participants will blend, pulp and dry materials to create new paper.

Creative Content: participants will collectively formulate, choose and print the prompts to be included in each book.

Bookbinding: the re-purposed paper will be rebound into the covers of the discarded books.

The Bookshelf: participants will collectively design and construct the interactive sculpture that will house the books.

Card Catalog: participants will design, construct and implement a system for the books to be checked out by the public. This system will include space for the reader to reflect and react to their chosen book, the project, and the over-all experience.

To sign up for the printmaking workshops (free and open to anyone…but limited space!);

http://studiotwothree.com/peopleslibrary

If interested in donating books, participating, or incorporating the project in your local library please contact;

markaloysious@gmail.com

This project has been made possible through generous support and partnership:

2012 VCU Arts Undergraduate Research Grant Studio Two Three MLK Memorial Library, Teen Space Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library, Youth Programs

Date/Time: June 19, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Location: The Flying Brick, 506 S Pine Street, Richmond, VA. 23220

Description: Join us for a night of short documentaries and snacks! We will  sell small bags of popcorn and cupcakes made with care by Becca (one of  our newest Richmond Zine Fest organizers and creator of the food zine  “‘A Monsterous Appetite for Cake”). At dusk, we’ll view Grrlyshow by Kara Herold and Occupy America by Richmond’s very own Mark Strandquist. For details and to RSVP, visit the event page on Facebook.

This is an all ages, sober event. Suggested donation 3 dollars to help support the Richmond Zine Fest, coming in October of 2012!!!!!

Our friend Mark Aloysious curated a film program for this year’s James River Film Fest. His presentation, the Occupied Moment will be TONIGHT at 8pm at Gallery 5. It is by donation, so bring 3 dollars if you can, but still come out if you can not.

jamesriverfilm.org

PLEASSSSSEEEE come out if you can!!

For many 2011 will be remembered as a year of rebellion, revolution and repression. It is in times like these that the role of filmmakers is of the utmost importance, not to be bullhorns for any side, but rather to immerse themselves in the moment, to occupy space and time and navigate the multitude of realities and truths the world presents. This program features four filmmakers or collectives who did not have the luxury of looking back on a moment but rather created and distributed work as quickly as possible, often while their respective protest movements were still in the streets. Program includes Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two, five short impressions of Occupy Wall Street, shot by 2010 JRFF guest Jem Cohen in New York during the Fall of 2011; Krisis, the Prism Film Collective’s documentary about the economic crisis in Greece; Occupy America, Richmond filmmaker Mark Strandquist’s look at the Occupy Movement’s challenge in articulating their messages to everyday Americans; and Field Statements: Pritemps Arabe in Cairo, featuring the works of 13 Egyptian photography and video artists documenting their first hand experiences of the Egyptian revolution. Filmmaker/curator Mark Strandquist will introduce the program and lead a post-screening Q&A. Suggested Donation: $3

Follow this link to see pictures from Mark Strandquist’s upcoming short film:

http://cargocollective.com/markstrandquist/2306459/virginia-felons

This project is a direct response to the arrests in made in Richmond, VA November 10th, 2011. Two individuals, one a student, one a local activist, were arrested and charged with a class 6 felony for concealing their identity with handkerchiefs.

Crimes which fall under a class 6 felony include;

-assault and battery
-recruiting juveniles for criminal street gangs
-property destruction of $1000 or more

and

-concealing of one’s identity

The video will have a series of portraits all containing people wearing various ‘socially accepted’ masks ie; scarves for the cold, motorcycle helmets, respirators, santa claus beards, etc. These will be shown silently and the video will end with someone wearing a handkerchief and a brief statement about the city charging students and local activists with a class 6 felony for wearing one. The film will show how we all use these ‘dangerous’ masks on an everyday basis and stripping someone of their rights (right to vote, access to jobs, loans, etc and the social stigma associated with a felony conviction) for something so inherently trivial and innocent can not go unquestioned.

Friday, noon, Main Public Library. Free!

Three Short Films
Mark Strandquist

http://jamesriverfilm.com/2011/03/18th-james-river-film-festival-experimental-film-for-lunch/

Ben, 2010, Black and White super-8, 6 minutes

The film follows Ben, a homeless, transient, train-riding Christian, who has been traveling around the United States for over a decade. Shot over the course of two years, (more…)