The visual assembly develops as a network of cooperation and solidarity with people representing different interests and disciplines.
Nika Dubrovsky is a writer and artist, author of the Anthropology for Kids project – an online open-source platform experimenting with new forms of work between the academy and contemporary art. Nika writes for such publications as eflux, artnet, her books have been published in Russian, Finish, English, Polish and now in Japanese.
David Graeber (1961-2020) was an anthropologist and sometime activist, who lives in London. He’s written on value, work, magic, kings, slavery, direct action, and a host of other topics, though he’s probably best known for “Debt: the First 500 Years” and “Bullshit Jobs”, as well as participating in a variety of mobilisations from the Global Justice movement to the present.
David and I come up with the idea of Visual Assembly as a reaction to the Corona Virus’s lockdown and develop ideas about series of essays for e-flux “Another Artworld” (or “Art Communism).”
The first V-A took place at the Portabello Road Market square in London during the first lockdown.
The second V-A was planned for 11-10-2020 in Graz, Austria.
David died a month earlier in a hospital in Venice.
Instead of doing Visual Assembly with David, we joined the world for #Carnival4David and then have started an initiative called the Museum of Care.
On 11-10-2021, we will invite everyone to come together to hold the International Visual Assembly as part of the Museum of Care initiative.
Just like for #Carnival4David., the scale of everyone’s participation is entirely up to them: one can draw something on leaflets in a room, create stencils and spray it in a backyard, or have a large-scale public art project in the main square of your city.
We are looking for the Cultural Partners who would provide us with an umbrella organization to help us handle administrative and information issues and organize the postproduction of V-A.
Visual Assemblies are fluid monuments. David and I used chalk sprays that were washed away by the rain a few weeks later. So, there should not be a problem with the violation of any laws.
The entire Assembly takes place online. The Assembly’s facilitator sprays the design invented by the Assembly with chalk sprays.
It could be one or two people.
We hope that the lockdown will be over by 11-10-2021, but we can still do it if it is not.
So, to participate, you have to:
- read the instructions on V-A.city
- find the venue for the Assembly (this could be your desk as well)
- gather friends, who will join you for the Assembly, and help you plan and make decisions together: V-A is always a collective event.
- Contact us! Maybe we can help or join you in some way.
If you have any questions about the project:
If you are ready to participate,
- Join our map.