Artists are taught to compete with each other and that they don’t have shared interests. The DIY ethic is supposed to be against that. It is in working artists’ interest that rents don’t quadruple in their neighborhoods. It’s also in the interest of the people that are born and raised in a neighborhood that rents don’t quadruple in their neighborhood.
There are a couple of avenues for banding together against this trend—one is for artists to smash the idea that their presence in a neighborhood is an open invitation to real estate vampires. This requires doing the “boring” stuff: protesting/petitioning zoning board meetings, community council, etc. It also involves openly criticizing and actively boycotting the Pitchfork & Urban Outfitters–endorsed/monetize yr soundcloud/lena dunham/6 dollar cup of organic coffee/unpaid internship culture that demands every neighborhood become a homogenous luxury playground.
The frustration recently stems from the fact that artists are lacking an organization that really represents their interests—which are not hypergentrification, but the ability to live subversive culture without having to find a new place to live every six months. In the past, transplants and locals alike have contributed to such movements, especially in the LES in the late 80′s/early 90′s with the squatter rights and anti-gentrification movements. Ideas like this are not unheard of, they’re just knowledge that’s been lost in passing to our generation. This doesn’t have to be a game of “you want authenticity, but you’re also guilty” or the ever-passive “that’s just the way it is.” There are more active options.
Fitness was forced out of its location at 1196 Myrtle Avenue because of our slumlord’s vendetta against youth culture and an overactive, corrupt police force that is hellbent on making NYC a sterile wasteland. This is a common fate for new and old residents/store owners of Bushwick, as well as DIY show spaces. It is becoming increasingly difficult to create spaces in NYC where counterculture thrives. Though Fitness was short-lived, we hoped to serve as an example of what youths and artists should demand from their scene. Donation-based shows. Artists getting paid if there is money exchanged at the door. Low rent prices for people living in the space. An area of lawlessness where people can socialize, strategize, and create things freely without fear of being arrested or looked down upon or made broke.
The last few years have seen the collapse of several important pillars of the DIY community. We encourage artists to reverse this trend by engaging, building, collaborating, producing work, being inclusive to their community, and most importantly, by actively not participating in the luxury world that is infringing on the neighborhoods we can afford to live in right now. The only way to counteract the radical changes that are being made to every neighborhood in the interest of the wealthy, is to collectively stand up against them, to stop being passive.
- miles pflanz & laura blüer
fitness center for arts & tactics
FITNESS CENTER FOR ARTS & TACTICS presents a stacked bill of free improv & performance art & video
1196 Myrtle Ave
⇒⇒DRIPPING ANCIENCE (mike pride + mick barr)
⇒⇒⇒MIKE BULLOCK + RICHARD KAMERMAN
⇒⇒⇒⇒LEA BERTUCCI + LEILA BORDREUIL
‡‡‡‡ GILLURES SOUTHERN ‡‡‡
> OPEN CALL <
NEXUSURNEXUS at Fitness Center for Arts & Tactics
Monday, July 22, 2013
part of Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, BIPAF
Deadline: June 30th, midnight.
PERFORMEANDO invites performance artists to submit works for consideration in NEXUSURNEXUS, a program to be presented during the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival (BIPAF) in July.
NEXUSURNEXUS is a Live Networked Performance program that explores notions of (dis)connection, (dis)association, and (dis)comfort in the relationship between “North and South.” The program, organized and curated by artist Hector Canonge, will feature live performances on July 22nd at Fitness Center for Arts & Tactics along with live networked performances streamed from EL BUNKER, a cultural center in La Paz, Bolivia, South America.
The two day program (July 22nd and 23rd) is presented in collaboration with EL BUNKER, an alternative art space in Bolivia; ARTerial Performance Lab, a collective in South America; and is hosted in New York City by Fitness Center for Arts & Tactics in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and The Woods Cooperative in Ridgewood, Queens.
Prospective participants can apply to the program by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Artist whose work focuses or incorporates live action art.
– Artists must live in the United Sates.
– Artists that identify themselves as Hispanic, Latin/o/a.
– Performances are no longer than 15 minutes.
– Video performance, theater, monologues, spoken word, dance, or stand up comedy will not be considered.
– Collaboration works are accepted (all members should be included and one contact person provided).
To Submit, include the following:
– Full name (first and last) if known by a pseudonym, include name contact.
– Email contact and cell # (if possible).
– Title of the piece (if available).
– Duration (not exceeding 15 min).
– Short description of the work (no more than 150 words).
– Short Biography (no more than 150 words).
– 2 pictures of the performance or previous performances (300 dpi, 1024 pixels on either side) for promotional material.
– Link to works on Youtube or Vimeo (if available. not required).
Email information to: email@example.com
◣◤ Hemlock Ernst (mem. Future Island)
◥ ◣◤ Greg Fox
◤◥ ◣◤ BEEF/METH
◣◤◥ ◣◤ Patrick James
◥◣◤◥ ◣◤ Jazz Massagers
◤◥◣◤◥ ◣◤ Xhosa
◣◤◥◣◤◥ ◣◤ Dana Would Zinsser
◣◥ ◤ ◣◥ ◤ ◣◤◣◤◥◣◤◥ ◣◤◤◣◤◥◣◤◥ ◣◤ ◣◥ ◤ ◣◥ ◤
CONJUNCTION W/ NEW ART BY :
F E A T U R E D ~ A R T I S T S
ALEX PATRICK DYCK ~ http://flygirldayz.blogspot.com/
ALEXANDRA MCNUTT ~
ALYSSA PIRO ~ http://alyssapiro.com/
ANGELINA DREEM ~ http://adreemwrld.tumblr.com/
ASHLEY MARTIN ~ http://orcadoorandbrick.tumblr.com/
BEATRICE SCHLEYER ~ http://www.beatricevonragueschleyer.com/
DANA WOOD ZINSSER ~ http://danazinsser.blogspot.com/
ELIZABETH EISENSTEIN ~
GREEM JELLYFISH ~ http://greemjellyfish.com/
JAMES MOORE ~ http://www.jameselliottmoore.com/
JENNIFER JEAN SHEAR ~ http://jennifershear.tumblr.com/
MAGGIE LEE ~ http://supmaggielee.blogspot.com/
NEIL O’MALLEY ~ http://puckerpaint.tumblr.com/
PATRICK JAMES ~ http://moshimoshimola.tumblr.com/
RAUL DE NIEVES ~ http://rauldenieves.tumblr.com/
ROBIN PAK ~
SHEA COTE ~
do you have what it takes to be a gym rat? – FITNESS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. if you want to help us run events, email yr general availability to FITNESSSHOWSNYC@GMAIL.COM. there are opportunities for limited compensation, we will discuss. ***NO FACEBOOK MESSAGES***
if you’re making videos and are interested in showing them at Fitness, please email
2) a short statement regarding your work
3) a bio (200 words or less)
4) how you’d like to screen (ie. group screening, silent projections w/ bands, solo screening)
subject line: “summer videoart screenings”
PERFORMANCE ART OPEN CALL
for ‘performeando’ on May 25, 2013 at Fitness
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is Sunday, May 19 at MIDNIGHT
Submission Guidelines (**PAY ATTN**)
- Performances can be up to 15 mins in duration
- Artists can submit up to 2 (existing or new) works for consideration
- Single or collaborative works accepted.
- Email up to 4 images (JPG, 150dpi, w/ appropriate credits)
- If available provide a link to existing works (no Facebook links)
- Include in body of email: Bio (200 words MAX), and statement about the submitted works (150 words each MAX)
- Email CV/Resumé as a WORD or PDF document
- If possible, include website links (NO FACEBOOK)
EMAIL ALL MATERIALS TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBJECT HEADING: PERFORMEANDO at FITNESS [Your Full Name]
PERFORMEANDO (Spanish colloquial word for putting an act, an action, a performance) is the first Performance Art program / project focusing on featuring works by performance artists who identify themselves as Latin/o/a or Hispanic. Created by artist Hector Canonge, PERFORMEANDO aims to highlight the work(s) of selected artists, serves as platform for dialogue and exchange, and will create a network for future collaborations and presentations. Past presentations in the USA took place in Brooklyn at Grace Exhibition Space and at Panoply Performance Laboratory.
a night of performance art, video, & music in the FITNESS basement
starts right at 9PM
video screenings by:
₪ rebekah victoria luna
₪₪miles pflanz & laura blüer
P░L░U░S: temp tattoo booth w/ edie jacobson
**event img=video still by rvl
GATES TO THE GARDEN
directions in the sculptural field
◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ OPENING APRIL 5th ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊
From figurative to conceptual, from functional to performative, from painterly to media based, Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics presents nine artists navigating possibilities in the sculptural field.
FEATURING NEW WORK BY:
� Nick Broujos
�� Laura Charlton
��� Brian Fernandes-Holloran
���� Ben Horns
����� Nicol Leddington & Zack Shepard
���� James Moore
��� Joey Sledgianowski
�� Harrison Tyler
� Ben Wolf
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FREE ENTRY BEFORE 9PM