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12/09/2016

Occupy Museum's project Debtfair will be included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. The first stage is a national open call to collect profiles on art and debt. We will then sift through the data and create a platform of artwork "bundles" to be installed in the museum and presented online in March 2017.

DEBTFAIR OPEN CALL

Occupy Museums invites artists across the US and Puerto Rico to participate in Debtfair, a project that will be shown at the...

Poster Design, Noah Fischer 2016
11/24/2016

Dear Friends, we need art now more than ever. Artworks are"real answers to the puzzle externally posed to them" as Adorno wrote. And what a puzzle! And what better form than theater? Ritualistic life-acting. Experiments for potential revolutions. It is on the stage that I got the tools to participate in Occupy Wall Street with my full spirit, having collaborated with Berlin-based andcompany&Co (Alexander Karschnia, ...

10/15/2016

Like art markets and financial markets, Bank of NO isn't confined by national borders. It conducts business in austerity-bound Cyprus and now the city of Leipzig. Bank of NO crosses over the waters of the Mediterranean and it also crosses the waters of history. In Leipzig it will now re-open Bankhaus Meyer & Co, the last private bank in the GDR whose owners became refugees from Nazi Germany in an earlier chapter of history. This makes a...

05/25/2016

Does art speak in commands when a museum is run like a dictatorship? This question initiated our project. We are artists who are critical of the abuse of labor as modus operandi. From preliminary research it seemed that such a situation existed at the Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (MWW). Abuse of power is a fitting theme because the particular museum in question is situated in a former Nazi bunker.

We embarked on a collective audit of the MWW, but we did not conceive of this...

02/20/2016

"At key moments in history, artists have reached beyond galleries and museums, using their work as a call to action to create political and social change. For the past hundred years, the term agitprop, a combination of agitation and propaganda, has directly reflected the intent of this work.

Agitprop! connects contemporary art devoted to social change with historic moments in creative activism, highlighting activities that seek to motivate broad and diverse...

02/01/2016

BANK OF NO is a “rebranding initiative” where art meets the banking crisis; a practice whose dimensions stretch into painted graphic installation, street art intervention, political direct action, and communal dance. At the core lies an international working group with DNA from the 2011 political movements, including core organizers of Occupy Museums, Gulf Labor, Free Artists Hungary, and Living Memorial. The initial crystal of a practice fused together at the 2012 Berlin Biennale-itself a...

11/20/2015

Debtfair is an ongoing artistic campaign dedicated to exploring the relationship between economic inequality in the art market and artists' increasing debt burdens. Debtfair at Art League Houston is organized by Noah Fischer and Kenneth Pietrobono with Tal Beery, Imani Jacqueline Brown and Arthur Polendo: Occupy Museums members. Occupy Museums is a direct action art group that grew out of the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011.www.debtfair.org...

11/12/2015

In the artist’s studio there is a window.  It looks out across industrial Brooklyn rooftops (morphing into luxury housing towers) to lower Manhattan - the temple of global finance. After the river of fortune forked in 2008 dividing mega-rich from everyone else in a new stage of capitalism, artist Noah Fischer finally began to respond to the view. As a first response, he left his studio and raised his voice, joining protesters in the streets. As a second response he returned to the...

photo: Marco Secchi
05/08/2015

As a member of Global Ultra Luxury Faction/ Gulf Labor participating in the 56th Venice Biennale, I worked with S.a.L.E Docks to stage an occupation of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice following the May 1 action in New York.

Together with Marco Baravalle of S.a.L.E, I organized...

01/23/2015

We live in an era of unprecedented profits from contemporary art sales and massive debts incurred by art students. Are these phenomena related? Is it a coincidence that in an age in which art can be made from nothing, the price attached to an art degree is staggeringly high? Contemporary art institutions amass great wealth through...

10/24/2014

Debtfair is Occupy Museum’s ongoing campaign and series of proposals to reveal the hidden debt in the art market. The extractive mechanisms of interest-bearing loans from education or credit cards increasingly keep artists poor, even as the overall wealth in the art market increases. A community of artists are making their debt struggles visible at debtfair.org, and for Momenta Art, Occupy Museums proposes physical interventions to display bundles of indebted art in galleries and art fairs....

09/09/2014

As the world prepares to converge on NYC in a mass call for Climate Justice, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will honor David H. Koch, a 4-star general in the dirty energy industry’s war against planet earth. The public space and two grand fountains in front of the Met’s facade will be renamed as the David H. Koch Plaza, following...

05/11/2014

I joined with the Aaron Burr Society and Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely for an intervention/ celebration of Mother's Day and blessing on the East River. "Queen Mother of Reality" is a monumental sculpture sited at Socrated Sculpture Park, mean as a symbol to protect all mothers from eviction.  It's based on Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely- present community Mayor of Harlem and UN Goodwill Ambassador to Africa and currently fighting eviction from her own home. After the work was...

G.U.L.F action
04/29/2014

Spring 2014, I joined forces with Gulf Labor and Tidal on a series of actions (ongoing) to pressure the Guggenheim Museum to adopt fair labor practices building its new museum in Abu Dhabi. New editions of the Lourvre, NYU Campus, and Guggeheim Museum are being build on a luxury island called Saadiyat ("Island of Happiness" on the backs of indebted migrant laborers.  

We also...

Mask of Money
01/22/2014

"Mask of Money" an artwork/artifact from the 2011 Occupy Movement positioned on a pyramidal display structure was included in the exhibition, and in January an "Activist Summit" provided means to "unfreeze the frame" of the exhibition by holding an assemby which ended in an action to intervene in the curatorial text and exhibition walls.

 global aCtIVISm is dedicated to the field of artistic form of expression as politically inspired by actions, demonstrations and...

photo: Gabriella Csoszó
12/01/2013

Winter Holiday Camp is a next stage of Occupy Museums set in Poland- its an artistic experiment in institutional democracy, including every worker of CCA Ujazdowski Castle and its visiting public. It's a collaboration of an international working group flowing from the...

11/19/2013

A project of Performa 13, artist Pawel Althamer in collaboration with Noah Fischer, Roman Stanczak, Szymon & Bruno Althamer, Rafal Zwirek and the Aaron Burr Society present a space of performative possibility at BiBA of Williamsburg, open from November 2-21 2013. It will culminate in a feast, a monumental sculpture, and a ceremony in honor of all mothers displaced from their homes....

10/31/2013

A journey from South Brooklyn to New York's Halloween Parade  bearing an effigy of Queen Mother.  Collaboration with Pawel Althamer, Roman Stańczak and the Aaron Burr Society.  http://www.artforum.com/video/id=44186

08/11/2013

Decentralized, on- and off-line, crossing institutional hierarchies in both public and private spaces, artists contextualize their work within the دعاء السفر narratives of their actual economic lives. Collectors receive artwork in exchange for checks directly to the artist’s loaning banks.

06/24/2013

www.winterholidaycamp.org

Winter Holiday Camp is an artistic experiment in institutional democracy open to the collaboration of children and adults alike, including every worker of CCA Ujazdowski Castle and its visiting public. 

The project was cancelled by the CCA for political reasons, (though talks of a continued form are in progress 11/07/13) yet continues in an autonomous form by the working group described below...

05/14/2013

In partnership with a coaching company called New Ventures West, and with the support of the Department of Public Works, San Francisco, this project consisted in conducting a three hour experiment on the streets of downtown San Francisco. Participants wore sandwhich board signs while cleaning the streets in small teams. They received text messages every 20 minutes which challenged them to experiment in social space- for example...

05/07/2013

DebtFair is a project of Occupy Museums and friends.  It's a series of experimental market-actions to address the massive debt crisis in art today. Decentralized, on- and off-line, crossing institutional hierarchies in both public and private spaces, artists contextualize their work within the narratives of their actual economic lives. Collectors receive artwork in exchange for checks directly to the...

09/21/2012

During the Truth is Concrete Festival (Steirischer Herbst) a group of artist activist organized a group within the group called "Action is Concrete" in collaboration with local activists from Graz to experiment with mobilized  political vitality.  

The press release from Sept 25, 22 p.m. announced:

"Tomorrow 26 September 2012, a jolly group of local and international artists and cultural workers will take to the streets of the capital of the Styria, Graz! They will...

Discussion on Value
09/16/2012

From early September  through the end of October 2012, Occupy Museums was given free reign over Momenta Art's gallery space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We proposed five themes and five events for the show; a series of discussion about economic inequality in the arts. We also opened up the space as commons for the OWS movement.

One of the outcomes of this show was the exit from Momenta's board of a...

08/23/2012

(CNN) -- In 2011, as the world marked 10 years since 9/11, we asked artists around the globe to illustrate the ripple effects of the terrorist attacks. The result was "9/11 Ripple," CNN's first digital art gallery.With the 2012 elections approaching, we again wanted to include artists in our coverage of a major news event. Artists provide unique insight and provoke thought, conversation and community in...

06/21/2012

In late June, I participated in a project oranized by Jerusalem- based artist Guy Briller called Going up: Jerusalem.  This was a creative act by a group of artists, social activists and intellectuals who made collective pilgrimage to Jerusalem in pursuit of...

06/01/2012

Occupy Museums (OWS) participated in the 7th Berlin Biennial from June 1-14th.  We saw this as an opportunity to share ideas, resources, tactics, challenges, and solutions with our international partners in a world struggle for economic justice.  It was as a risky experiment between activists, governments, and cultural institutions which could possibly offer unique exposure and international connectivity. The risk was co-optation of our movement’s grassroots power. We hope that the...

03/10/2012

March 10th and 11th 2012 Occupy Museums issued an open call for artists to exchange their work outside the bounds of the financial system, right in front of the Armory Show. This was a protest against the increasing financialization of art using the strategy of mobile exchange booths. I created a front-strapped copper-leafed display case filled with "Diogenes Eyes" (...

10/20/2011

On September 17th, 2011, we occupied Wall Street because the wealthiest 1% who control banks and big corporations broke trust with the American people. Motivated by a quest for power they robbed the national treasury, bought off our democracy, and made a mockery of the justice system. They left us little choice but to step out in the streets, find each other, and begin imaging and building a new system.We saw a direct connection between the corruption of...

06/21/2011

Coins, those age-old metallic discs struck with the symbols of national mythology,  just might unlock reason & light in the fourth year of the Dire Global Recession, an economic state whose laws do not apply within the stones of Wall Street; whose invisible great wall is impregnable to marauding justice, equality, and change.  So we present the Summer of Change; a series of numismatic ritual offerings to our nation’s bankers; those citizens worthy of prizes and honors...

01/03/2011

"The ability to construct symbolic objects attains its greatest triumph in money.  For money represents abstraction at its purest form; it makes comprehensible the most abstract concept ...thus money is the adequate expression of the relationship of man to the world which can only be grasped in single and concrete instances yet only really conceived when the singular becomes the embodiment of living mental process which interweaves all singularities and in this fashion creates reality...

12/17/2010

Act 1 of Lady Liberty: Tragic Story of a Torch Singer, a radio play begins with an interview between performance artist, Kalup Linzy and collaborator
Noah Fischer
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Act 1: The play opens with impressionist painter Paul Gauguin moping on his death bed in 1903 French Polynesia, when his nosey landlady, Madame Monroe bangs on the door demanding six...

01/14/2010

Random Randal: Made in Kerala is an installation and performance by New York artist Noah Fischer in collaboration with Elisa Soliven, Anil Dayanand and the Students of RLV College in Kerala, India.  Fischer was invited to RLV College by adjunct professor Anil Dayanand along with dean Sidharthan Kunjan and professor Bipin Balachandran who also curated conceptual dimensions of the project.  In Malayalam the native tongue of Kerala, ‘Randal’ means lantern. For an intensive week-long...

10/31/2009

Electrical Forest: Made in Troy is a dense constellation of actual felled trees, surrogate trees, handmade leaves, leafy projections, found objects, and mobile sculptures and lanterns. A site-specific work, the Forest invites the contemplation of nature, art, and the sublime—conjuring the regional history of the 19th century Hudson River School. Additionally, Fischer’s method of construction draws more specifically on Troy’s industrial legacy. The piece begins with a week long “Factory Phase...

10/17/2008

The object that we call "monitor" is at once ubiquitous, obsolete, and in the end, perhaps a non-object because we gaze into its pixilated illusion, never directly at its shape and mass. Today the clunky beige boxes adorn sidewalk trash piles because their cathode ray tubes have recently given way to the solid-state flat screen. In a backwards-alchemical shift, they have morphed from object of desire into "e-waste." In this sense, they now monitor the speed of consumption.

Noah...

05/22/2008

Pop Ark is in search of a stimulating approach to life after global warming. What is happiness when drowned polar bears are washed ashore because they could not find a piece of ice to save them? And when you can no longer trust the sun?

Like Al Gore’s much discussed film “An Inconvenient Truth”, “Pop Ark” is at once a slide show, rhetorical seduction, and mechanical theater. A lo-tech juke box style machine that drives the sprawling installation makes do with motors, gears, and seven...

09/27/2007

We write the year 50 according to the calculation of time by the cosmic comsomolzkis: In 1957 the Soviet Union managed to shoot a small ‘accompanist’ into orbit and thus gave the starting signal for space-travel. A sputnik-shock for the western world because finally it became obvious that the Soviet-Union was now able to reach America with rockets. From this zero-point TIME REPUBLIC takes off to tell another story of the 20th century about forgotten promises of a future past. And about this...

11/30/2006

Rhetoric Machine is a two-room kinetic installation that appropriates the language of movies, television, radio, and speechmaking. Presidential speeches and emotionally laced pop songs serve as the soundtrack for a sculptural light show that marches through the last sixty years, what many would call the golden age of American history. American icons such as an eagle, a tank, and a television set react variously to the soundtrack, creating what Sergei Eisenstein called an "intellectual...

03/29/2006

Revolutionary Timing is a performance by andcompany&Co., based on an improvisation at the first &Co.LAB in Amsterdam in May 2005 and performed in the lighting- and sculpture-setting of New York based artist Noah Fischer in the ground floor of the AT&T building in Manhattan in March 2006. The initial idea was to re-appropriate the revolutionary cutting technique of the filmmaker Sergej Eisenstein for the stage by the live-use of light and sound. The performers sit in a half circle...