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22 Readings on Research, Activism, the Academy and Conduct: Think Tank Reader Vol. VI

22 Readings on Research, Activism, the Academy, and Conduct is Volume VI in the Think Tank’s reader series. Developed by Heath Schultz and Katie Hargrave in May 2010 for Open Engagement: Making Things, Making Things Better, Making Things Worse, the reader explores how to conduct research and deploy it in the world.

22 Readings on Research, Activism, the Academy and Conduct is part of an occasional series of educational readers by the Think Tank that has yet to be named. This reader was created as part of the conference Open Engagement: Making Things, Making Things Better, Making Things Worse.

In compiling this reader we are interested in what it means to research and how to implement that research in a socio-political context. How does one breech the barriers that render theoretical inquiry and expression useless? What is the role of the student? What is the role of the intellectual? What might the researcher look like or create if she exists outside the academy? How are we implicated in activist projects and communities? We are interested in thinking through what it means to embody research and produce affective action in its wake.

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30 Readings on Neutrality as it relates to Art, Politics, Biology and Space: Think Tank Reader Vol. V

30 Readings on Neutrality as it relates to Art, Politics, Biology, and Space, Volume V in the Think Tank's reader series, was a part of “Public Things” at Analix Forever in Geneva, Switzerland. The texts explore the notion of neutrality within the context of Switzerland’s political neutrality. This reader was created in March 2010 by Katie Hargrave, Meredith Warner, and Heath Schultz.

Volume V, 30 Readings on Neutrality as it relates to Art, Politics, Biology and Space, is part of an occasional series of educational readers by the Think Tank that has yet to be named. This reader was created in conjunction with Prototype for a Pedagogical Furniture II to contain and present Reader V and a PHPM (Publicly Held Private Meeting) Instructional Pamphlet.

As a prototype, this piece is the second iteration of small-scale, mobile furniture which might be deployed in various contexts to assist in educational and dialogical projects. In this version, we included a reader on neutrality as well as an instructional manual on how one might conduct a PHPM (Publicly Held Private Meeting). This gesture was intended to encourage the viewer to use the mobile unit to facilitate his or her own Publicly Held Private Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, a neutral state.

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This project is part of an exhibition entitled “Public Things” at Analix Forever and organized by Conrad Bakker. As stated: “The exhibition Public Things focuses on the role of contemporary artworks as ‘public things’ that point to the dialectical relationship between a specific object and its context, between the private space of a gallery and the public space of the city, between a material thing and its network of relations.”

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25 Texts on “Community” in Question: Conversations on art, activism, and community: Think Tank Reader Vol. IV

25 Texts on “Community” in Question: Conversations on Art, Activism, and Community was developed in April 2009 as Volume IV of the Think Tank's ongoing reader series as a way to explore the idea of community and the assumptions that inform this powerful concept. This reader was created by Katie Hargrave, Heath Schultz, Meredith Warner, Nick Jehlen, Jethro Heiko, and Jeremy Beaudry.

Volume IV in a series of occasional readers by the Think Tank that has yet to be named explores the idea of community and the many assumptions, ambiguities, and boundaries that inform this powerful and oft-cited trope found in contemporary urban society. We believe that to better understand how community is defined — that is, created, delineated, cohered, dissolved, complicated, contested, infiltrated, invaded, and generally transformed — will prove instructive for guiding our — artists’ and activists’ — capacity for collaborating with diverse groups of people in the struggles for social, spatial, and economic justice.

This reader accompanied the walking workshop “Community” in Question: Conversations and readings on art, activism, and community vis-à-vis the Green Line Expansion, which investigated the proposed public transportation expansion (MBTA Green Line) into Somerville-Medford and examined how residents respond to (both for and against) changes in transportation and how transportation affects their cities.

The reader is organized into the following sections: Theoretical discussions on Community, Learning from Activists/Organizers: How to participate in a community, [Common] Space, Artistic responses to Community, Building Communities.

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As an appendix to the reader and to the “Community” in Question project, the Think Tank that has yet to be named also complied History & Resources on the MBTA Green Line Expansion. This is an incomplete but useful glimpse into the historical record regarding the Green Line and Red Line transit expansions in Boston.

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23 Readings on Art, Activism & Education: Think Tank Reader Vol. III

23 Readings on Art, Activism and Education was developed as Volume III of the Think Tank's reader series in April 2008. It was created in conjuction with the Radical Orations project as a way to further explore the spaces between art, activism, and education. This reader was created by Heath Schultz, Meredith Warner, Jeremy Beaudry, and Katie Hargrave.

This reader was created in conjunction with Radical Orations on Art, Activism & Education, and established a baseline of research interrogating the relationship between art, activism, and education according to contemporary and historical perspectives. As important was an initial email exchange which set the terms of the reader and the subsequent Radical Orations project. This preliminary conversation gives some insight into a collective learning process that is dedicated to emancipatory education, critical discourse, and strategies for resistance. This project was publicly presented by the Bureau of Open Culture in its Agency for Small Claims series of exhibitions during August and September of 2009.

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Pedagogical Factory: How We Develop a Critical Reader on a Topic of Great Importance

How We Develop a Critical Reader on a Topic of Great Importance was a project developed as part of “Pedagogical Factory: Exploring Strategies for an Educated City” at the Hyde Park Art Center in the late summer of 2007. We prototyped a small-scale, mobile bench and library to house our Reader Series, which could be deployed in various contexts to support arts education. This project was conceived of by Jeremy Beaudry and Meredith Warner.

The Think Tank that is yet to be named was invited to participate in “Pedagogical Factory: Exploring Strategies for an Educated City” at the Hyde Park Art Center, organized by Jim Duignan of the Stockyard Institute (and realized with the help of many others). Working with other artists, collaboratives, and groups, the project will transform the gallery space into a temporary factory that will design and implement an extensive series of programs and events throughout the two month project. From this collaborative stage, “Pedagogical Factory” will interrogate the overlap between education, economics, art, and activism, creating a venue to explore alternatives to traditional notions of education and social art.

For the exhibition, the Think Tank created a Prototype for a Pedagogical Furniture to contain and present Volume I and Volume II of the Think Tank’s reader series. As a prototype, the piece begins an exploration of small-scale, mobile furniture which might be deployed in various contexts to assist arts education. The readers were offered as an example of sustained, critically-focused compilations of texts which might lead the reader along a course of study.

Some other groups and individuals participating in Pedagogical Factory include:

View a few photos from the opening event

22 Readings on Artists & Gentrification: Think Tank Reader Vol. II

22 Readings on Artists & Gentrification was was developed as Volume II of the Think Tank's reader series in July 2007. It interogates our understanding of our relationship to the place where we live and the effect we (un)intentionally have on those place because of our role as artists, activists, and citizens. This reader was compiled by Meredith Warner, Jeremy Beaudry, and Lena Helen.

Volume II in the Think Tank’s reader series compiles several texts which discuss issues related to artists, gentrification, the urban environment, and the so-called creative class. These issues are important to our understanding of our relationship to the place where we live (Philadelphia) and the effect we (un)intentionally have on this place as artists, activists, and citizens.

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31 Readings on Art, Activism & Participation (in the Month of January): Think Tank Reader Vol. I

31 Readings on Art, Activism & Participation was developed as the first volume of the Think Tank's reader series in January of 2007. The texts compiled discuss issues of activism and participation in contemporary art practices. It was compiled by Meredith Warner and Jeremy Beaudry.

This reader compiles several texts which discuss issues of activism and participation in contemporary art practices. As artists and activists, these issues are important to our understanding and development of our art practices vis-a-vis our involvement in the communities we live in. As the inaugural edition of the Think Tank’s reader series, we read an article a day during the month of January, organically making our way from one text to the next in an investigation of why we do what we do.

We created this first reader as a resource for others who are interested in exploring these issues. We participate in the Academy, both as students and educators, and we have some nagging questions: What is the state of (art) education today? How much does a college education cost? Who has access to it? Who doesn’t? Who controls it? What is being taught? How do the economic models that institutions rely on affect affect students, teachers, and critical inquiry in general? How are conventional pedagogical models beholden to notions of “careerism,” “expertise,” and “specialization?” How is a college degree really valued?

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A poster of notable excerpts from each of the 31 readings is also available.

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