Gabfestry for Creative Dissenters

Suggested donation for attending Gabfestry:

For individuals: $50 

For individuals with institutional support: $150

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Your donation goes towards providing three meals a day for six days, printing, equipment, other miscellany, and helping cover travel costs for folks who need assistance.

Let us be clear: these donation amounts are simply suggestions. If you are comfortable donating more (especially with the knowledge that your donation may very well translate to someone else’s ability to attend) please feel free to do so. If money is tight, please don’t stress. Absolutely no one will be turned away for lack of cash, and a donation (or not) does not mean that you are (or are not) registered.

OFFICIAL SCHEDULE!!

Hello! Below is the schedule for the week! Note that things listed during the  same time slot will be happening simultaneously at different venues around downtown Machias.

As for Friday and Saturday, the daytime schedules for those days will be created as the week progresses, based on suggestions and interests of participants. Nighttime entertainments for those nights are already listed, however.

MONDAY

10:30-11:30 

Greeting and Opening Remarks  [PAC]

11:45-1:15

SNOWBIRD Presentation by Erin Wilson [Science 102]
Snowbird illustrates a broken heart, 2010’s devastating BP oil spill, and the complicated politics of being a white artist in a poor black neighborhood succumbing to gentrification in New Orleans.

Wheatpasting with Ian Cozzens [Parish Hall]
Learn the basics of sticking stuff up on walls with just a few items from the grocery store!

Facilitated Discussion: Art as a Tool for Healing [Train Depot]

Post-Higher Education with Andrew Barton [PAC]
We want to continue growing and learning, unhindered. How do we balance our “higher” self-directed educational pursuits with real world responsibilities?

Facilitated Discussion: The Role of Celebration in our Art and Politics [5&10]

Art Against Apartheid:The Palestinian Call For The Cultural Boycott of Israel” with Ethan Heitner [Upstairs Grange]
In 2004 Palestinian artists issued a call for the cultural boycott of Israeli institutions complicit in apartheid as part of a popular, nonviolent strategy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). How can culture workers here respond?

Noon- 1pm: Mobile-Making for Kids with Theresa Columbus [Children’s Space]

1:15-2:45 LUNCH

2:45-4:15           

Facilitated Discussion: Staying Accountable: Acknowledging One’s Privilege in Art Making [Train Depot]

Providence Provision: From Soup to Nuts by Jori Ketten [Science 102]
Provision is a mealtime gathering of community members hungry for delicious food and new creative projects in Providence, RI. We’re part of the Sunday Soup Network, a collection of food-based micro-granting projects from around the world.

Embroidery: Here Goes Something [Parish Hall]
As decelerated image-making on fabric, embroidering builds the hand-brain relationship. You will learn several stitches and methods for embroidering without a pattern. Innovation is encouraged!

Facilitated Discussion: Living = Learning (Non-Coercive Education) [5&10]

Wildly Successful Secretly Anarchistic Community Art Project Takes Small Town By Storm! Here’s How! by Dalia Shevin [Upstairs Grange]
In February of 2013, hundreds of people in Brattleboro, VT participated in a two-week community writing project. The results were stunningly heartfelt, strengthening our community in unexpected and powerful ways.

Facilitated Discussion: 501c3 or Not? Finding and Creating Business Models That Suit Us [PAC]

4:30-6:30          

Facilitated Discussion: Intergenerational Work [5&10]

Facilitated Discussion: Touring 101 [PAC]

Facilitated Discussion: Community Art Projects: Opportunities for Base Building and Leadership Development [Upstairs Grange]

Making a Hardcover Book with Cody (limited to 10 participants) [Parish Hall]
Starting with a pad of drawing paper, we will sew a multi-section text block and case it in using the pad’s backer board for a rugged, fully functional, codex sketchbook.

Building Anti-Racist Practice for Collective Liberation* [Train Depot]
A workshop for white people to strengthen our accountability and effectiveness in confronting white supremacy within ourselves, our communities and our work. We will deepen our analysis and awareness of anti-racist vision and strategy for collective liberation. With Claire Urbanski and Cole Park.

*This workshop, led by participants in the 2013 The Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program, is limited to 25 people per session. To accommodate the maximum number of participants, we’re offering this workshop everyday at this time.

8pm : Evening Performances

At The Grange:

"Dynamic" (you can’t follow your bliss…)
Choreography by Deborah Hay
Adaptation and Performance by Asher Woodworth
"Dynamic" (you can’t follow your bliss…) is a solo dance work that practices moving questions from the head into the body. It is the performance of a process of generative anarchy.

Poster Presentation: Mesoamerica Resiste! by The Beehive Collective
This poster illustrates stories of resistance, resilience, and solidarity from Mexico to Colombia. Highlighting tales of community opposition to megadevelopment projects, this collaboratively crafted graphic provides an accessible way to learn about the impacts of colonialism and the global economy on the cultural and ecological diversity of the region.

At The PAC:

Jonas Fricke
Vermont based Visual/Performance artist/musician Jonas Emmanuel Fricke will be performing a multitude of magical spells as his one-human-band “If Not I Then Who Then.”  Danceable radical courage music holding up poetic open-ended manifestos!

It’s The Same Thing
By Rachel Schragis
It’s The Same Thing is a people-powered cranky show designed to support trainings, actions and gatherings in the climate movement in the United States. By illustrating the front lines of climate injustice and the people who are putting up a fight, the project imagines (in miniature) a movement that understands its own breadth and unity. Just like any popular resistance, it can only exist with your participation.

Lava Fossil
by Ramshackle Enterprises AKA Beth Nixon
With Directorial Consultation by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
A suitcase theater show about a dad, a crab, a dentist and where things go when they are gone. Plus! The secret life of eel grass, an ash-encrusted visitor from Pompeii, and how to measure grief with a ruler.

TUESDAY

9:30-11:30

The Fist Is Still Raised with Damien Luxe [Science 102]
What do The Lavender Left, Food Not Bombs, radical labor organizers, 1970s feminists, the IWW, Black Power, OWS, anti-imperialist organizing, and fisting have in common? They — and many, many more — all use illustrations of the raised, clenched fist in their posters, newsletters, banners & logos. The Fist Is Still Raised is a slideshow about the history of the use of the raised fist in protest images from 1906-2012. Looking over the development of this one image tells intersecting stories about liberation, direct action, and autonomous organizing for revolutionary change.

Add your Voice to Sea Song: Collaborative Art Practices and Resilient Communities with Sarah Quinter [PAC]
How can communities come together to make meaning and shape collective narratives in the wake of disaster? Join artist Sarah Quinter as she shares her experience of building a collaborative memorial sculpture in the Sandy-impacted communities of the Rockaways.

Facilitated Discussion: Representation, Appropriation, Imagination, Identity, and Race (addressing questions like, “Can a young, white person play a puppet of Malcolm X?” and “What if I’m not Mexican, but I want to put on a Day of the Dead parade?”) [Train Depot]

How to cast scrap metal, and the economy we could build with it! with Alex Briggs [Parish Hall]
I hope if we can build a stable local economy it will take off- this is my passion and i’ll share my plan while the metal heats up, then we’ll do a little casting

Basic Singing and Harmonizing for EVERYBODY! with Stephanie Johnstone [Upstairs Grange]
A playfully inclusive workshop rooted in a commitment to increasing collectiive confidence around singing and in a belief that there are no right or wrong vocal sounds. Come sing!

11:45-1:15

 COLLAPSE INTERVIEWS: A Gathering of People With Nothing In Common by Lydia Eccles [Science 102]
What is the human experience of living against a backdrop of warnings of impending catastrophe? Research inquiry: history of warnings (emergencies)~video excerpts (thought patterns)~discussion (what do you think?)

Artist Talk : Ian Cozzens [PAC]
Ian Cozzens is a queer & trans screenprinter, poster-maker, draw-er, teacher, designer…  who works mostly non-digitally and who has lived in Providence, RI for almost 15 years. He really likes having ideas and then making them into reality, with all the messiness, learning, and changes in plans that that involves. He aspires to more multiplicity, more contradiction, and more self-actualization.

Chaza Show Choir: Scenes from a DIY Touring Musical Made into a Movie with Theresa Columbus [Upstairs Grange]
A musical about a group that’s “discovered” during their spring concert and led to misadventures; a touring play with 20 people later made into a surrealistic comical b/w film.

Facilitated Discussion: Partnering with Non-Artists to Support the Efforts and Campaigns of Others [Train Depot]

Facilitated Discussion: Using 21st Century Technology in our Work: Questions, Concerns, and Successes [5&10]

Left and Right Brains, Shake Hands! An Experimental Drawing Workshop with Zeph [Parish Hall]

Get ready for some fast-paced drawing! How do we bring visual art to political struggles without falling into cliché? Let’s try adding a healthy dose of confusion, curiosity and sideways thinking!


NOON -1pm: Puppet-Making for Kids with Beth Nixon

1:15-2:45 LUNCH

2:45 - 4:15

Facilitated Discussion: Utopia in Performance (or: Live Performance as Prefigurative Space) [Train Depot]

Cartooning a Movement, Michelle Sayles [PAC]
An anti-fracking cartoonist’s insights into the power of editorial cartoons and graphic journalism, from Thomas Nast to The Cartoon Movement.

Film Screening: The River Twice by Cecily Anderson [Upstairs Grange]
A new documentary about junk rafts, fracking, and the Susquehanna River!

A Brief/Vibrant/Incomplete Overview of Singing in Direct Action Throughout History with Stephanie Johnstone [Science 102]
There’s something about collective singing that can’t be ignored. Come listen to recordings from the past and brainstorm about possibilities for the future.

Recognizing Hegemonic Narratives in Constructions of the Other (and How to Avoid Them) with Sarah Cadorette [Parish Hall]
Recognizing Hegemonic Narratives in Constructions of the Other (and How to Avoid Them): Examples include American media coverage of the earthquake in Haiti and of the Rwandan genocide, with brief discussion of historical precedents for modern language. Participants are encouraged to bring their own examples.

Facilitated Discussion: Beyond Burnout: Negotiating the Space Between Activism and Art [5&10]

4:30-6:30

Facilitated Discussion: Copyright Issues: How We Feel and How to Deal. [Science 102]

Poster Presentation : The True Cost Of Coal by The Beehive Collective [PAC]
Begun in 2007, the True Cost of Coal is a collaborative graphics campaign crafted in direct consultation with folks in Appalachia and around the world fighting for just energy and against extreme extraction practices like mountaintop removal mining. The story connects the dots between historical patterns of colonialism, contemporary resistance movements, and the broader patterns of greenwashing, toxificity, and climate chaos that make this moment pivotal and collective action necessary.  

Making and Building Stuff Naturally and Cheaply with Lea Chiara* [Outdoor Stage]
Lea Chiara will lead a short workshop in FREE paper-mache and found object mask making for the masses inspired by her travels and studies in Mongolia, Italy and her home hills of western Massachusetts.

*If you’re planning to attend, be sure to bring some found objects— sticks, shells, rocks, small bits of junk, &c.

DIY Screenprinting with Patrick Costello [Parish Hall]
Do you want to learn how to make screenprints? My friends taught me, and I am stoked to share what I know. In this workshop, we will go through the entire process step by step. Everyone will leave with information sheets and a print!

What are Actors’ Bodies For?: Exploring themes of consent and ability in political theatre practice with Kate Klein [Upstairs Grange]
Let’s resist (through discussion and non-scary theatre exercises) the idea that “good” performers/activists should ignore their trauma, pain, fatigue, and other body messages for the sake of art and the movement.

Building Anti-Racist Practice for Collective Liberation [Train Depot]
A workshop for white people to strengthen our accountability and effectiveness in confronting white supremacy within ourselves, our communities and our work. We will deepen our analysis and awareness of anti-racist vision and strategy for collective liberation.  With Claire Urbanski and Cole Park.

*This workshop, led by participants in the 2013 The Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program, is limited to 25 people per session. To accommodate the maximum number of participants, we’re offering this workshop everyday at this time.

8pm : Evening Performances

In The Grange:

Jonas Fricke
Vermont based Visual/Performance artist/musician Jonas Emmanuel Fricke will be performing a multitude of magical spells as his one-human-band “If Not I Then Who Then.”  Danceable radical courage music holding up poetic open-ended manifestos!

It’s The Same Thing
By Rachel Schragis
It’s the Same Thing is a people-powered cranky show designed to support trainings, actions and gatherings in the climate movement in the United States. By illustrating front lines of climate injustice and the people who are putting up a fight, the project imagines (in miniature) a movement that understands its own breadth and unity.  Just like any popular resistance, it can only exist with your participation.

Lava Fossil
by Ramshackle Enterprises AKA Beth Nixon
With Directorial Consultation by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
A suitcase theater show about a dad, a crab, a dentist and where things go when they are gone. Plus! The secret life of eel grass, an ash-encrusted visitor from Pompeii, and how to measure grief with a ruler.

At the PAC:

Divers & Beautifull Obscuritads
by R.M. O’Brien
R.M. O’Brien’s “Divers & Beautifull Obscuritads” undermines the authority of the dixionary and argues for a livving orthograffy, discussing & advocating, in molecular, the use of creative & archaig spellings and coinages. Rise up!

ADVENTURES IN ILLEGAL ART: CREATIVE MEDIA RESISTANCE AND NEGATIVLAND
by Mark Hosler, founding member of Negativland
Pranks, media hoaxes, media literacy, the art of audio and visual collage, creative activism in a media saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, artistic and funny critiques of mass media and culture, so-called “culture jamming” (a term coined by Negativland way back in 1984)…. even if you’ve never heard of Negativland, if you are interested in any of these issues you’re sure to find this funny and thought provoking presentation worth your time and attention.

WEDNESDAY

9:30-11:30

Facilitated Discussion: Having and Maintaining High Standards in a DIY Context. [Train Depot]

Film Screening :Special Things/Different Strategies by Danny Pickering [Science 102]
A 30 minute film, about the emotional struggles faced by two young people diagnosed as learning disabled.

Challenging the PIC Creatively & Constructively with Bill Dee, Olivia Wilkins-Becker [PAC]
Sharing experiences of working to support prisoners and bring relevance/immediacy to the Prison-Industrial Complex and School-to-Prison-Pipeline. Using our own work (including creative cartography, community-curated exhibits, & art workshops within prison) as “case studies”, we will discuss specific tools/strategies/approaches and make space for some real talk about the shortcomings/limits/pitfalls of this work.  

Facilitated Discussion: Making Art with Communities That are Not Your Own [5&10]

Woodcut Workshop with Pippin Frisbie-Calder [Parish Hall]
Pippin Frisbie-Calder will demonstrate the craft of wood carving to make relief prints. If you’re interested in trying your hand at wood carving and block printing, come to this!  Have fun creating your own woodblock and participating in a version of the exquisite corpse.

Facilitated Discussion: OMG! Let’s Talk About the Internet!  [Upstairs Grange]

11:45-1:15

Artist Talk: Erik Ruin [Science 102]
I will show how my work moves from thinking to reading to drawing to cutting paper to printing to projecting to publishing and back again, tracing several recent works on this trajectory, such as book-with-a-soundtrack Drowning On Dry Land and silkscreened toy theater One Touch Of Nature Makes the Whole World Kin. I will demonstrate my cutting, scratching and projecting techniques and discussing their evolution.


Con Papel y Con Machete a presentation by Deymirie Hernandez of Papel Machete [PAC]
A visual presentation of Papel Machete, a radical worker’s theater collective from Puerto Rico, working culturally through the use of puppetry, masks and performing objects to further struggles of the working class.

Facilitated Discussion: Sharing Experiences of Collaborative Processes [Train Depot]

Facilitated Discussion: How Can Artists Contribute to Direct Action in a Meaningful and Ambitious Way? [Upstairs Grange]

Facilitated Discussion: Art Against the Odds and in Improbable Places [Parish Hall]

1:15-2:45 LUNCH

2:45-4:15

Film Screening: The Rhythm of Rutledge (2012) and Family Business (2010) by Last Volunteer Films [PAC]
Two short films. One about the intentional community Twin Oaks and another about  three interdependent communities in Rutledge, MO.

Design for Non-Designers with Michelle Fleming [Science 102]
Take a crash course in design principles, then put them into use crafting a flyer for one of the week’s festivities!

A Song from Something Else with Joshua Marcus [Upstairs Grange]
Songs stay with us through time. We’ll take the (extra)ordinary experiences of our lives and rearrange them into sing-able form. Come with an idea, leave with a chorus! No musical or songwriting experience necessary.

Facilitated Discussion: Effective Visual Languages; Going Deeper and Further [Train Depot]

Facilitated Discussion: When the Politics are in the Process! [5&10]

Come Learn Papercutting with Juliet Tarantino [Parish Hall]
Working individually or collaboratively, participants create designs using only paper, a blade, and their raw talent. You will learn the basic techniques of papercutting and be provided with templates.

4:30-6:30

Facilitated Discussion: How do We Interact with Institutions? Grants! Galleries! Museums! [PAC]

Building Giant Puppets with Beth Nixon [Train Depot]
Cardboard! Fabric! Paper mache! Paint! Beth Nixon leads a slapdash skillshare on how to create giants for community parades, pageants, spectacles and demonstrations. We’ll wield some box cutters, wave our staple pliers and craft out collaboratively, hoping to avoid making yet another pancake-faced hippie totem.

How to Explore Religion and Not be an Asshole with Sabrina Scott [Science 102]
Spirituality can be a powerful aspect of political struggle, self-care, and identity. Join witch and Spiritualist Sabrina Scott in a conversational, participatory workshop exploring how we can simultaneously support our own spiritual integrity and that of original cultures/communities from which the beliefs and practices we are interested in come from.

Making a Hardcover Book with Cody (limited to 10 participants) [Parish Hall]
Starting with a pad of drawing paper, we will sew a multi-section text block and case it in using the pad’s backer board for a rugged, fully functional, codex sketchbook.

Facilitated Discussion : How Do the Stories we Tell Combat or Perpetuate the Heteronormative White Supremacist Ableist Patriarchal Hegemony? [5&10]

Building Anti-Racist Practice for Collective Liberation [Upstairs Grange]
A workshop for white people to strengthen our accountability and effectiveness in confronting white supremacy within ourselves, our communities and our work. We will deepen our analysis and awareness of anti-racist vision and strategy for collective liberation. With Claire Urbanski and Cole Park.

6:30-7:30 Art Market At The Grange!

Evening Performances

At the PAC:

Divers & Beautifull Obscuritads
by R.M. O’Brien
R.M. O’Brien’s “Divers & Beautifull Obscuritads” undermines the authority of the dixionary and argues for a livving orthograffy, discussing & advocating, in molecular, the use of creative & archaig spellings and coinages. Rise up!

Adventures in Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance and Negativeland
by Mark Hosler, founding member of Negativland
Pranks, media hoaxes, media literacy, the art of audio and visual collage, creative activism in a media saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, artistic and funny critiques of mass media and culture, so-called “culture jamming” (a term coined by Negativland way back in 1984)…. even if you’ve never heard of Negativland, if you are interested in any of these issues you’re sure to find this funny and thought provoking presentation worth your time and attention.

8pm: At the Church:

Joshua Marcus
When Joshua Marcus performs, people really do stop and listen…Marcus’ astonishingly honest and powerful songwriting is steeped in Appalachian tradition and pre-AAA folk innovation, as well as hip-hop and math rock.

9pm: At the Grange:

How to Interrupt Authority by James Rose
This lecture explores current theories and practices aimed at interrupting authority, yet focuses on strategies that interrupt authority without using, or reiterating, authority. Subjective consciousness, embodiment, queerness, and double gestures will also be discussed.

THURSDAY

9:30-11:30

Facilitated Discussion: Audience Demographics: Who Do We Make Art for and Why? [5&10]

So You Wanna Make a Movie with Polina Malikin [Train Depot]
We can talk about the entire process of creating a film (DIY and on a budget): inspiration, funding, shooting, editing, and sharing. Based on interest, we can focus on different nuts and bolts as well as touch on some broader political issues.

Adaptive Tools and a History of Disability and Opportunity with Teresa Mertuccio [PAC]
Creative expression is important for all people. This presentation explores ways to subvert ableist ideas about art-making and potential, and offers tools for engaging and working with people of differing abilities.

The USDAC with Adam Horowitz [Science 102]
The US Dept. of Arts and Culture, which aims to provide a framework and toolset by which Citizen Artists can spark local movements for cultural democracy. The project also plays out as a performance at a national level.

DIY Comic Zines with Fiona Avocado [Parish Hall]
In this comic making workshop, we’ll talk about comics, why we love them, and how they inform the work we do. Participants will create a one-page comic for a zine anthology from the workshop.

Movement & Identity with Rosemary Carroll [Upstairs Grange]
In this workshop we will explore how the body experiences social identities. We will begin with a guided warm up and move into improvisation.

11:45-1:15

Facilitated Discussion: The Politics of Filmmaking and the Film industry [5&10]

The Art Scab and How to Pick it Off with Ben Turk [PAC]
Using a fun and vaguely threatening style, I apply radical perspective to the role of artists in the resuscitation of capitalism. Based on the essay available at ArtScab.net.

Facilitated Discussion: Queer Arts and Assimilation [Upstairs Grange]

Film Screening :Special Things/Different Strategies by Danny Pickering [Science 102]
A 30 minute film, about the emotional struggles faced by two young people diagnosed as learning disabled.

We are the 1%? Showing Up Class Privileged for Social Change with Rachel Schragis [Train Depot]
This workshop is about  the (admittedly privileged) struggles of radical folks with inherited wealth and/or class privilege. We will learn about Resource Generation, a group that organizes young people with financial wealth, and discuss different strategies for putting your money where your mouth is.*NOTE: This workshop is a safe space for people who identify as class-privileged or owning class.

Noon - 1pm: Mobile-Making for Kids with Theresa Columbus [Children’s Space]

1:15-2:45 LUNCH

2:45 - 4:15

Facilitated Discussion: Occupy! Check in and Report Back from Those Who Were There [PAC]

Film Screening: The River Twice by Cecily Anderson [Science 102]
A new documentary about junk rafts, fracking, and the Susquehanna River!

Facilitated Discussion: Reaching Beyond the Choir (or: Getting Messages to New Audiences) [Train Depot]

Facilitated Discussion: Getting the Written Word Out : Self Publishing & Radical Presses [Upstairs Grange]

Knot-tying Workshop with Emory [Outdoor Stage]
A hands-on workshop that will teach you several types of knots, useful for all types of things!

4:30-6:30

People Do Things, and It Matters: A (Mostly) Playwriting Workshop for Structure-Heads and Agitators with Alex Borinsky [Parish Hall]
Can live theater affect how people act in the world? How can the choices we make about story and character (or their absence) suggest a model for political change?

Facilitated Discussion: Artists and Radical Communities as Part of the Gentrification Machine [Outdoor Stage]

Getting Your Voice Out There: Free Digital Strategies for Recording, Sourcing, and Producing Audio. [5&10] Description: Get a toolkit for lo-fi digital audio production in this workshop. DIY & low-cost strategies. Using Audacity. Recording Techniques. Finding copyright-free or copyleft samples. Mixing and sharing your audio!

Visions in the Dark: The Case for Creative Placemaking in Stockton, California with Ryan Camero and Javier Padilla [Science 102]
Telling the narrative beyond the black and white of Stockton, California. Amidst crime, unemployment, illiteracy and apathy, there exists as well a positive counterculture. Is the answer creative placemaking?

Connective Tissue: Organizing Embodied; A Dance/Movement Workshop with Lily Hughes [Upstairs Grange]
This workshop explores how to incorporate creative, embodied and physical practices into our day to day social movement work. Developing our organizing culture in this way can help us avoid burnout and sustain change-making efforts for the long haul. Through collaborative movement exercises we will practice body awareness and somatic healing techniques, and share strategies for incorporating embodied practices in our organizing work.

*No previous dance/ movement experience necessary!! This workshop will accommodate all levels and abilities.

Building Anti-Racist Practice for Collective Liberation [Train Depot]
A workshop for white people to strengthen our accountability and effectiveness in confronting white supremacy within ourselves, our communities and our work. We will deepen our analysis and awareness of anti-racist vision and strategy for collective liberation. With Claire Urbanski and Cole Park.

*This workshop, led by participants in the 2013 The Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program, is limited to 25 people per session. To accommodate the maximum number of participants, we’re offering this workshop everyday at this time.

Evening Performances

8pm: At the Church:

Special Guest TBA!

9pm: At the Grange:

How to Interrupt Authority by James Rose
This lecture explores current theories and practices aimed at interrupting authority, yet focuses on strategies that interrupt authority without using, or reiterating, authority. Subjective consciousness, embodiment, queerness, and double gestures will also be discussed.

8pm: At The PAC:

Decision is a Choice
by Theresa Columbus
You, the audience member, have entered the artist’s private/extroverted space, which has the air of backstage, painter’s studio, and bedroom. Mysterious reader, let’s talk about strength and conversation.

The 7-Person Chair Pyramid High-Wire Act
by Der Vorfuhreffekt Theatre
A play about Charles Darwin’s hunt for the yeti, a bat’s love for the electromagnetic spectrum, the disintegrating family structure of Siberian ropemakers, and the debatable miraculousness of flying mammals.

FRIDAY

*Daytime Scheduling TBA*

LATER, IN THE GRANGE:

6:30pm-7:30pm Art Market

8:30pm: DIRECT ACTION SING ALONG facilitated by Stephanie Johnstone

9:30: A TALENT SHOW! Come one, come all! Bring anything you have to share! (Please keep it to under 5 minutes so there will be time for everyone!)

SATURDAY

*Daytime Scheduling TBA*

8pm In The Grange:

"Dynamic" (you can’t follow your bliss…)
Choreography by Deborah Hay
Adaptation and Performance by Asher Woodworth
"Dynamic" (you can’t follow your bliss…) is a solo dance work that practices moving questions from the head into the body. It is the performance of a process of generative anarchy.

Poster Presentation: Mesoamerica Resiste! by The Beehive Collective
This poster illustrates stories of resistance, resilience, and solidarity from Mexico to Colombia. Highlighting tales of community opposition to megadevelopment projects, this collaboratively crafted graphic provides an accessible way to learn about the impacts of colonialism and the global economy on the cultural and ecological diversity of the region.

At the PAC:

Decision is a Choice
by Theresa Columbus
You, the audience member, have entered the artist’s private/extroverted space, which has the air of backstage, painter’s studio, and bedroom. Mysterious reader, let’s talk about strength and conversation.

The 7-Person Chair Pyramid High-Wire Act
by Der Vorfuhreffekt Theatre
A play about Charles Darwin’s hunt for the yeti, a bat’s love for the electromagnetic spectrum, the disintegrating family structure of Siberian ropemakers, and the debatable miraculousness of flying mammals.

Step High, Stoop Low, Leave Your Dignity Outside!

    (An Art Auction and Soiree to benefit The Gabfestry for Creative Dissenters) 
                                                             Thursday July 18 
                                                       6 pm at The Silent Barn
                                    (603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, New York)

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This event will feature beautiful and raucous brass music provided by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, hot jams provided by DJ group NBA2K, performative acts of origami, strange people in strange costumes, a hand drawn photo booth—why not? 

Come for the spectacle and elbow-rubbing, stay for the microbrewed beer and trombone riffs, and leave with a piece of purchasable culture! Creative ephemera for budgets of all shapes and sizes! High Art! Fancy objects! Also: zines, posters, prints, and crafts! The works! Of art!

Including work by: Peter Glantz, Jeff Stark, Anna Ialeggio, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Dina Kelberman, Xander Marro, Jimmy Joe Roche, Erik Ruin, Kate Daughdrill, Gary Kachadourian, Chenda Cope, Angela Washko, Kevin Caplicki, Ellen Nielsen, Jan Razauskas, Dan Deacon, Allyson Mellberg-Taylor, The Beehive Design Collective, Becky Sellinger, Jeremy Taylor, Dalia Shevin, Leslie Rogers, Pete Watts, Jo Dery, Aaron Rosenblum, Polina Malikin, Noel’le Longhaul, Sto Len, Aimee Lusty, Jason Kachadourian, Lynnette Miranda, Rachel Schragis, Mitchell Dose, Elias Necol Melad, Juliet Tarantino, Malwina Andruczyk, Ryan Camero and more!


You can find out more information about the art auction here and read more about The Gabfestry conference here.

Who’s Who?!

This is it! The who’s who page!

We’re still sorting and compiling the list of events and subjects we’ll be covering, but in the meantime, below isB a (partial and still growing!) list of folks who’ll be attending. You can click on underlined names to see folks’ web presences. Some people have more than one, so there’s an “also” parenthetical. Such an exciting list! 

aaron rosenblum [Minneapolis, MN]

Aaron Smith [Baltimore, MD]

Adam Adkins  [Atoka, TN]

Adam Horowitz [Brooklyn, NY]

Ahna Anomaly [San Francisco, CA]

Alanna Steward [Memphis, TN]

Alexander Borinsky (also, this link) [Brooklyn, NY]

Alex Briggs [Pownal, ME]

Alexis Scott [Wallingford, PA]

Alicia Dvorak [Minneapolis, MN]

Allison Stradiotto [Napa, CA]

Aly Perry [St. John, US Virgin Islands]

amalia kalisz tonsor [Seattle, WA]

Amy Hagemeier [Buffalo, NY

Amy Wipfler [Menlo Park, CA]

Andrew Barton (and this link and this one) [Portland, OR]

Andrew Simon [Bass Harbor, ME]

Anna Ialeggio [Los Angeles, CA]

Anna Young [Kansas City, MO]

Anne Louise Burdett [Turners Falls, MA]

Ariel Harris-Porada [Hancock, ME]

Asher Woodworth [Perry, ME]

Bahiyyih [Brooklyn, NY]

Beatriz Mendoza [Weaverville, NC]

Ben Turk  (also this link) [Columbus, OH]

Beth Nixon [Providence, RI]

Bill Dee [Chicago, IL]

Blaine O’Neill (also this link and this) [Los Angeles, CA]

Brody Wood [Portland, ME]

Camille Euritt [Austin, TX]

Carles Garcia O’Dowd (also this link) [Barcelona, Spain]

Cecily Anderson [Philadelphia, PA]

Chelsea Granger (also this link) [Amherst, MA]

Chenda Cope [Philadelphia, PA]

Chloe Cekada [Scarborough, ME]

christian xtn hansen

Ciara Williams [Chester, PA]

Cindy Milstein  (also this link) [Brooklyn, NY]

Claire Urbanski [Oakland, CA] 

Cody Gieselman [Iowa City, IA]

Craig Christopher O’Connor Jr [Yardley, PA]

Dalia Shevin  [Putney, VT]

Debby Florence [Missoula, MT]

Donna Oblongata

Dorie Byrne [Philadelphia, PA]

Emily Simons [Pittsburgh, PA]

Emma K Bones (also this link)  [Asheville, NC]

Erica Dossa [Pittsburgh, PA]

Erik Ruin  [Providence, RI]

Erin K Wilson [New Orleans, LA]

Ethan Clark-Moschella [Guilford, CT]

Ethan Heitner [Machias, ME]

Fiona Avocado [Portland, OR]

Harmony Hazard [NY, NY]

Jade Walker  [Oakland, CA]

Jake Flaten [Minot, ND]

Jane Piselli [Bar Harbor, ME]

Jazmine Raymond [Missoula, MT]

Jeff Giarrusso [Worcester, MA]

jen berger [Burlington, VT]

Jenine Bressner [Providence, RI]

Jenny Chan [Toronto, ON]

Jesse Purcell (also this link)  [Montreal, QC]

Jillian Buckley [Brooklyn, NY]

Jimmy Grackle [Freedom, ME]

Jo Jefferson [LeHave, NS]

Jonas Fricke [Guilford, VT]

Jori Ketten [Providence, RI]

Jose Javier Padilla Reyes  (also this link) [Stockton, CA]

Joseph Therrien [Brooklyn, NY]

Joshua Marcus [Providence, RI]

Julia Handschuh [Turners Falls, MA]

Julia Tredeau [Worcester, MA]

Julian Farmar-Bowers [Providence, RI]

Juliet Tarantino [Brooklyn, NY]

K LaSpruce

Kalia Lydgate [Shelburne Falls, MA]

karen b [Peterborough, ON]

Kat Eng (also this link) [Brooklyn, NY]

Kate Klein [Toronto, ON]

Kay Kelley  [Burnsville, NC]

Kelly Benjamin (also this link) [Tampa, FL]

Khristopher Flack [Barton, VT]

Kimberley McCoy [Syracuse, NY]

Kione Kochi [Los Angeles, CA]

Kristofer Larson [Berkley, CA]

Lea Chiara [Holyoke, MA]

Leahjane Robinson [Toronto, ON]

Leslie Bowman (also this link) [Trescott, ME]

Leslie Rogers [Richmond, VA]

Lily Sage [Weston, CT]

Lizzie Anderson [Pittsburgh, PA]

Lydia Eccles [Allston, MA]

Lyndsay Love [W. Glover, VT]

Madeline Hicks [Frederick, MD]

Mandy Skinner [Machias, ME]

Margaret Fetzer [Bar Harbor, ME]

Mariel Berger [Brooklyn, NY]

Mark Hosler

Mary Tremonte [Pittsburgh, PA]

Meaghan LaSala (also this link) [Portland, ME]

Michelle [Tallahassee, FL]

Michelle Fleming (also this link) [Baltimore, MD]

Michelle Sayles [Lititz, PA]

Mike Alewitz

Mike Finck [Montreal, QC]

Molly Shea

Monica Gutierrez [Toronto, CA]

Nicola Krebill [New Orleans, LA]

Niq “Roadbike” Gryphon [Kingston, ON]

Noel’le Longhaul [Providence, RI]

Nyx [New Orleans, LA]

Olivia Wilkins-Becker (also this link) [Worcester, MA]

Pat Sharp (also this link) [Millbridge, ME]

Patrick Costello

Paul Blundell (also this link) [Mineral, VA]

Peleg Held [South Portland, ME]

Peter Dolan [Tucson, AZ]

Pilar Diaz [Baltimore, MD]

Polina Malikin [Columbia, MO]

Quentin Gibeau [Baltimore, MD]

Rachel Blodgett [Providence, RI]

Rachel Schragis [Brooklyn, NY]

Rachel Small (also this link) [Toronto, ON]

Ramsey Affifi (also this and this) [Mississauga, ON]

Renee Nadeau [Toronto, Ontario]

Rianna “Honey” Clark [Elk, CA]

RM O’Brien [Henderson, NY]

Roger Peet [Portland, OR]

Ryan Camero [Stockton, CA]

Sabrina Scott (also this link) [Toronto, ON]

Sam O’Dellick [Pittsburgh, PA]

Samuel James Canty Christopher [Tucson, AZ]

Sarah Quinter [Brooklyn, NY]

Sarah Stockholm (also this link) [Chamberlain, SD]

Savannah Reich [Pittsburgh, PA]

Sham Ibrahim [Palm Springs, CA]

Shamus Griffith [Sackville, NB]

Shaun Slifer (also this link) [Pittsburgh, PA]

Sheldon Carnes [Troy, NY]

Shloka Ettna [Oakland, CA]

Steph Richardson [Methuen, MA]

Stephanie Johnstone [NY, NY]

Steve Jones Daughs [Staten Island, NY]

Summer Sloane [Philadelphia, PA]

Susan Sakash (also this link) [Providence, RI]

Teage O’Connor (also this link) [Burlington, VT]

Teresa Martuccio [Pittsburgh, PA]

Tess Lindsay [Guilford, VT]

The Last Volunteer

The Rhythm of Rutledge

Theresa Columbus [Baltimore, MD]

Thomas Clever Llewellyn [Asheville, NC]

Tim Stallmann [Durham, NC]

TK [Minneapolis, MN]

Tom Foran [East Hartford, CT]

Travis Sehorn [New Orleans, LA]

Vanessa Roth [Sackville, NB]

Walt McClements [New Orleans, LA]

Weslie Coleman [Columbus, OH]

Zeph [Oakland, CA]

Gabfestry FAQ’s

What is this?

Gabfestry will be an opportunity for politically minded artists (of all media) to geek-out, talk shop, learn from each other, and share our experiences and concerns.  This event will be held August 19-24 and offer a chance for artists to plug in to perspectives of a broader movement, when all-too-often it’s easy to feel like isolated cells working in a vacuum or specific genre. Each day will hold a variety of curated lectures, panel discussions, performances, and workshops. These moments of wisdom will be highly interactive, not just podium/expert wonky talk! We’re hoping you’ll reach out to us soon to let us know what you’d like to share as a participant/performer during this special opportunity for cross-pollination… and of course, we also plan to hold some time slots open so that participants can as-it-happens suggest/organize their own workshops or discussions on topics of particular interest to them. To keep the quality of the events and our interactions high, we plan to limit registration to 200 people “from away”, plus local folks from our hosting community.

Who is putting this on? Why?

This event is being initiated by individual members of the Missoula Oblongata and the Beehive Design Collective. We are co-creating this rare thinktank opportunity because, as political artists working full-time, there are far too few moments when we’re surrounded by peers and able to have advanced level dialogue about pivitol perspectives & strategies that pertain to our specific efforts. Also, many of our creative co-horts are SO extra busy, that we don’t always get to learn from what other folks are doing in their locales outside of peeks through the official-story lens created by the internet. We love backstory! In short, we feel a good old fashioned realtime hoot is beyond urgent! If you’re feeling that need as well, please come be here with us as we convene this special moment of co-evolution!

Right this second, all planning, correspondance and content is being handled by a team connected by human switchboard Donna Oblongata, and all hosting/Machias-based preparations are being made by the meticulous Kehben Grifter, the Beehive Design Collective and their local Machias collaborators.  If you’re interested in helping with either aspect of organizing this event, please be in touch.

Awesome!  An inspired shindig on the beautiful coast of Maine, at the height of the Summer, replete with all-you-can-eat-blueberries… But WHY in Machias?

Since 2000, Machias, Maine has been the base of the Beehive Design Collective. Through very concerted efforts, the Beehive/Machias relationship has become an amazing example of what a symbiotic relationship between a political arts organization and its local community can look like. The success of this particular model makes Machias a wildly inspiring space to hold such an event. And because of this awesomely unique relationship, the Beehive has the variety of spaces throughout Downtown Machias and local resources to comfortably host such a gathering.

We understand that Machias is very far away from most everyone and everything; and it can feel difficult to get to. However, we think that a rural locale is the best venue for creating the kind of intensive, retreat atmosphere that we’re going for, but still offers the basic “town”  and all-ages-and-abilities amenities that camping out or a retreat center often do not provide. Also, the cultural and economic impact of holding an event in a small town is much more significant than if we were to hold this event in an urban area where lots of cultural events happen all the time. Though we’ve chosen to hold this conference in a remote, rural place, we are absolutely committed making it as accessible as we can. We’ll be working to coordinate transportation for people, there’ll be free childcare for those who need it, wheelchair access, good food, and we’re ready to accommodate all versions of people’s housing needs.

Additionally, each August, the Beehive hosts the annual award-winning phenomenon that is is the Blackfly Ball—an all ages music and dancing extravaganza at the height of Maine’s Wild Blueberry Festival. This year, the Ball will take place on August 17th. with Gabfestry directly afterwards, so if you’re able and ready for epic booty-shakin amidst raging waterfalls, please come early enough to enjoy the Ball! All the hosting amenities are the same! (Blueberry) Dessert First!

What is the Beehive?

For information on the Beehive Design Collective itself, visit www.beehivecollective.org.

Do I have to stay the whole time? Where will I sleep? What will I eat?

Obviously, you don’t have to stay the whole time if you don’t want to, but if you can let us know, that would be helpful. We anticipate hundreds more people requesting to come to this event beyond our set limit, so if you’re only in for part of the time, let us know so we can choreograph someone to share your spot!

Everyone is encouraged to bring a tent and camp in the Beehive’s lovely two in-town acres of backyard and other locally hosted outdoor/indoor camping sites. If sleeping bags aren’t your bag, no sweat! Just let us know your needs (as soon as possible) and we will set you up with a homestay in the house of a friendly local neighbor with a proper bed and shower &c.  There are also places nearby where you can pay to sleep, if that’s how you roll. But for that you’ll want to make reservations very soon, as this gathering is taking place concurrently with Eastern Maine’s largest event of the year, the Wild Blueberry Festival.

3 good-food meals a day will be provided. Let us know if you have specific dietary things. Specifics welcome!

There will be fantastically gorgeous places to swim in both fresh & saltwater as well as private hot showers at our badass community gym for $5 a pop.

How much does it cost?

It has been our goal all along to have this event be paid for largely not by the individuals attending it. We want this event to nourish our community of artists/activists, rather than drain folks of their hard-earned cash and personal resources. To this end, we’ve been fundraising like mad (including getting a grant from the wonderful Sparkplug Foundation!!).

All of that being said, we are asking all attendees for a suggested donation to help cover the costs associated with this elaborate shindig. Besides helping us cover basic costs like food, printing, equipment , and other miscellany, these donations will help us provide travel support for participants coming from afar, or for whom financial support could make the difference between being able to attend, or not. Let us be clear: these donation amounts are simply suggestions. If you are comfortable donating more (especially with the knowledge that your donation may very well translate to someone else’s ability to attend) please feel free to do so. If money is tight, please don’t stress. Absolutely no one will be turned away for lack of cash, and a donation (or not) does not mean that you are (or are not) registered. Give what you can, and if you are one of those people who could really use financial support to make it out to Maine, please, please, please tell us! We want to help! But we need to know what you need!

In terms of the amount of the suggested donation, we have two numbers:

For individuals: $50 

For individuals with institutional support: $150 

To clarify: $50 is suggested for regular old individuals. Simple. $150 is for individuals who, in their larger lives, have the support of larger institutions (such as universities, community/arts organizations, intentional communities, and arts collectives). If you are in some way associated with an institution like those above, we strongly encourage you to see what’s possible in terms of seeking support for your attendance.

Can I bring my dog?

As much we love your be-snouted adventure companions, we are asking that you please NOT bring your dog. The Beehive is not in the middle of the wilderness, but in downtown Machias, a town with cars and garbage and other people. We have limited space, and other attendees may have allergies to your dog, or children who have a tough time with dogs, or they may simply have some issue sharing close quarters with your furry friend. Also, there have been visiting-dog problems in the past, and there really, seriously, CANNOT be any more dog-related issues with Beehive neighbors! So, while  we are not having a “no dogs allowed policy,” please consider our request, and think seriously about where your dog will be and what they will be doing while you’re watching a play, learning to silkscreen, &c. And please know that if your pup does cause some bad neighbor vibes, we will have to ask your dog (and presumably you) to leave.

What if I want to propose a discussion, facilitate a workshop or give a talk?

Get in touch! We can’t promise that everything that everyone proposes will make it onto the schedule, but we’re wide open to ideas and excited for others’ excitement!  We want to make this feel relevant to those who choose to attend, and we also want to set the collective bar high. That being said, e-mail us! Tell us what’s up! We need your creatively divergent mind and inspiration on board!

I’m always SO overwhelmed at these types of things and worry that I won’t have the space and time i need to absorb and process. Should I still come?

The hosting committee is delighted with the challenge of making this event much more comfortable and nourishing for those of us on the introverted side of the spectrum! We’re hoping to figure out how to make extra times and spaces available for those of us tryhards that are easily overwhelmed and drained by humans and talking. If you’re familiar with this accessibility need and have suggestions of what we can do to make this event even more functional for you, let us know.  Put the Beehive’s visual-learner friendly, introvert-huggin, problem solving skills to task, yo!

What about global capitalism?

We’re working on it. Fundraising is just starting, which means that our budget is still a question mark.  We plan to feed everyone for all six days and to provide help with transportation and its costs for those who need it in order to make it here.

We plan on having as much of all this nuts and bolts NOT be covered by participant donations. That being said, there still will likely be a suggested humble donation for attendance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. PLEASE, if it is important that you be here, but money is the limiting factor, e-mail Donna to let us know of your specific situation. We want to make whatever is possible possible! Indeed.

We’ll likely be bustin ass all the way up to the event itself to manifest the moolah needed to have your all your precious creative minds here with us. Please, if you would, tell us now who else you think super needs to be here for these important conversations, without money as a limit as you muse on it!

How do I get to Machias? Are there rideshares?

If you’re driving and have extra room in your vehicle, or if you need a ride, here’s a handy rideshare forum to post on. Don’t forget, The Blackfly Ball is happening just a couple days before Gabfestry, so if you’re coming for that here’s a separate rideshare board.

If you bus or fly or take a train into Bangor, ME there is a once-a-day bus that can transport you to Machias. More information on that service can be found here.

How can I donate money for Gabfestry?

If you’d like to make an online donation to help us put on the conference you can do that here. We’ll also be holding an art auction on July 18 in New York to fundraise for the event. Donate some art or come party with us! More information on that event here.

Why is it called a Gabfestry?

Relating the whole line of research that went into discovering this word and why it’s appropriate is more than we can do here. But if you’re really curious, you can go down the rabbit hole yourself by looking here. Click on and read the little newspaper article to be charmed. Let’s summon that spirit!

I’m in, now how do I register?

to register, send an email of interest to Donna[@]Whamcity.com