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FUNDRAISER! June 26, 2013 (6:30-8:30 pm):Kick of a summer of storytelling and join El Bibliobandido for an evening of books, bites, and bubblies at REV-’s new home, the Centre for Social Innovation! Suggested contribution is $25. Give more and help sustain El Bibliobandido as the story unfolds! Contribute here and RSVP on Facebook.

If you can’t make it to the party, you can still join the BB fan club by making a contribution. All proceeds will support “El Bibliobandido Bites the Big Apple!”, REV-’s free media arts and professional development summer program for teens from underserved communities in NYC, as well as our ongoing Bibliobandido collaboration with communities in Honduras.

 

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May 1, 2013: New home! REV- moves to the Centre for Social Innovation
Update your address books and come visit us in our sunlit, exciting new office in Chelsea's historic Starrett-Lehigh building! Our new address is 601 West 26th Street, Suite 325-5, New York NY 10001

April 6 and 13, 2013: New Day New Standard at Arte Útil Lab, Queens Museum of Art
April 6, 2-6 pm: Join REV-'s Marisa Jahn and nanny Christine Lewis in a day-long symposium with the Arte Útil Lab at the Queens Museum of Art. Other participants include Tania Bruguera, Stephen Duncombe, Kalia Brooks, Lucía Sanromán, and Jim Constanza.

April 13, Time TBA: Rethinking Social Services Working Group, facilitated by Marisa Jahn and Anjum Asharia/-REV (RSVP here)
REV- invites your participation as we ask the question of how creative disciplines can enliven on-the-ground community organizing and campaigns. How can compelling design, well-crafted writing, and critical analysis spark the public imagination and accelerate social change?

April 20, 2013: The League of Nannies Sneak Preview at Tribeca Film Festival
Featuring a fictional superhero gang and real-life roving NannyVan, the League of Nannies is a humorous, resource-rich, and easily-accessible (via web or call-in) interactive media project advancing the rights of domestic workers nationwide. The League of Nannies launches this summer, but catch a sneak preview on April 20th at Tribeca Film Institute Interactive, a day-long symposium featuring digital storytelling innovators such as Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards, Jesse Shapins, CEO/co-founder of Zeega, Deanna Zandt, media technologist and author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking, Reshma Saujani (Girls Who Code), and more.


March 2013: Pro+Agonist: The Art of Opposition Featured in An Antagonist’s Guide To the Assholes of Los Angeles and A Review in L.A. Weekly
Catch excerpts from 'Pro+agonist: The Art of Opposition' (a book published by REV- in 2012 that investigates productive friction) in An Antagonist's Guide to the Assholes In L.A., the 3rd free map/guide to Los Angeles by the Llano Del Rio Collective that traces a history, theory, and sites for creative agonistic social and political practice in LA. The guide annotates over 80 places; banks, businesses, politicians and polluters, war contractors, institutions, a troll, a yeller, and a cruel mis-dial. The list was sourced through an open public call and research. The guide also includes short essays framing antagonism within Los Angeles' social and cultural history; contributions by The Llano Del Rio Collective, Marisa Jahn, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Laura Pullido, and Jennifer Flores Sternad. Read more about the Assholes' Festival and a review in L.A. Weekly.

Winter 2012-2013: El Bibliobandido Commandeers the Annals of Caribbean Art
El Bibliobandido is a masked bandit who, hungry for stories, roves the jungles of Honduras where illiteracy rates soar at 80%, terrorizing kids until they write and offer him stories. Now, El Bibliobandido hijacks the annals of Caribbean art history, daring to commandeer an entire page of Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads of the World, a catalog, edited by Elvis Fuentes and Deborah Cullen (Yale University Press and El Museo del Barrio, 2012).

Feb 6-March 6, 2013: Video Slink Uganda
an apexart Franchise exhibition in Kampala, Uganda
Executive Director Marisa Jahn and Paul Falzone kick off Video Slink Uganda, a multi-part project of curated short-form experimental videos by contemporary African American artists that will be translated by VJs and some burned onto pirated DVDs that play before the main feature film such as Total Recall, Benjamin Button, Resident Evil 5, along with other Hollywood hits, Nollywood dramas, Bollywood musicals, and pornography.

Jan 29, 2012: Storycode presents REV- at Lincoln Center
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater (144 W. 65th St, New York City)
Join us for a presentation of REV-s work at Storycode's monthly transmedia events. Storycode is a community hub, lab, and creative consultancy for emerging and established cross-platform and immersive storytellers.

Oct 25-Jan 13, 2013: World's Fair 2.0 in 'ReGeneration' at the NY Hall of Science
WORLD'S FAIR 2.0 is an installation and interactive, cell-phone accessible tour bridges Queens' history past and present exploring how the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs shaped the region's geography and its collectively imagined future.

Thurs Dec 13th, 2012 (6-8 pm): Mighty, Mighty MegaMerge
A Holiday Party Celebrating PPH and REV-’s Ongoing Youth Media Work
By your powers combined, it’s Mighty, Mighty MegaMerge !Join us in celebrating the best of People Production House’s youth media work from the past ten years, and the beginning of a new chapter, as People's Production House (PPH) officially combines forces with REV-. Join us for an evening of revelry, as we look to PPH and REV-’s diverse contributions to the field of youth media and recognize the phenomenal folks who’ve made this work possible! Mighty, Mighty MegaMerge showcases our “oldies but goodies” – youth radio works broadcast through outlets such as BBC Radio, national Pacifica networks, and more — as well as selections from this year’s youth multimedia arts programs.

About the MegaMerge: After two years of partnering to promote cultural vibrancy and social justice, REV- and People's Production House (PPH) are coming together as one organization with a greater capacity to produce dynamic projects that accelerate social change. The integration of PPH into REV- creates new possibilities to support and strengthen this work.

With complementary missions and shared core values, REV- and PPH have closely collaborated on recent projects, including El Bibliobandido, an ongoing bookmaking project in rural Honduras, World's Fair 2.0, a youth media arts workshop and interactive installation at the New York Hall of Science, and New Day New Standard, a public art project + nanny hotline that informs domestic workers about the landmark Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights. Most immediately, REV- will continue work on New Day New Standard, which was recently presented at the White House and is generously funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and Tribeca Film Institute.

Leveraging each groups' strengths and leadership, this new, formal relationship drives towards the joint goal of advancing an agenda of art and social justice.


Fall 2012: Rockefeller Foundation and Tribeca Film Institute Support REV-
This summer, we're honored to have received grants from The Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund and The Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund (in partnership with the Ford Foundation). This new and welcome support will fund expanded storytelling initiatives launching this Fall around REV-'s public art + nanny hotline, 'New Day New Standard.' An interactive campaign accessible via basic touch tone phones, 'New Day New Standard' informs domestic workers, their employers, and the general public about the landmark Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights.

October 2012: New Day New Standard, now in Spanish!
A public art + nanny hotline about the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights.
Produced by a group of artists, technologists, and nannies, this public art project and hotline informs domestic workers (nannies, housekeepers, elder caregivers) and their employers about the landmark Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights. It was recently presented at the White House and is now available both in Spanish and English!


August 2012: El Bibiliobandido in ArtForum
The story-hungry bandit prowls the pages of ArtForum!

Sept 14, 2012: REV- at The White House
On September 14th, REV-'s Marisa Jahn presented at the first-ever White House Safety Datapalooza, a symposium, hosted by White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, highlighting innovations that use open government data to empower people in making safer decisions. REV- was invited to present a project in support of the U.S. Department of Labor and the White House Open Government Initiative after White House officials learned about REV-'s 'New Day New Standard,' a creative know-your-rights campaign and hotline for domestic workers in New York State. Speaking to a crowd of over 500 government and private sector leaders, Marisa demonstrated REV-'s working prototype of 'Miners Matters,' an interactive application for miners and their communities that makes mine safety data and workplace rights information accessible by basic touchtone phones, developed in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab.

Sept 19-24, 2012: Stephanie Rothenberg, co-chair of ECONOTOPIAS at ISEA 2012
ECONOTOPIAS engages a critical dialogue around the evolving concept of creative economies.

Sept 27-Dec 15, 2012: 'Coming Soon!' in 'Art Environment Action!' at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center's Kellen Gallery
A mixed-reality urban walking tour enabled through smart phones and iPads that explores the visible and invisible traces of urban renewal in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx. Exhibition Opening: September 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm; Workshop: November 30 + December 1

Sept 29-30, 2012: World's Fair 2.0 at World Maker Faire 2012
Experience World's Fair 2.0, a mobile game created by teens from REV-'s summer media arts workshop that uses innovations in mobile and augmented reality (AR) technology to ask: what are the continuities between utopian visions from the past and today's vision for cities of the future? At the Hive NYC Booth, World Maker Faire 2012, New York Hall of Science, September 29-30, 2012.

Oct 2, 2012: Marisa Jahn presents at How Can Art Affect Political Change? by apexart at The New School
This panel discussion addresses the complex relationship between creative practice and political activism. Moderated by Natalie Musteata, other presenters include: Andrea Geyer, Josh MacPhee, Mitch McEwen, Nicholas Mirzoeff, and Benjamin Young. On Tuesday October 2, 6:30–8:00 p.m, at The New School, Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (55 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, ground floor).

Oct 10, 2012: Join Cornel West + Others at the NYC Book Launch of Pro+agonist
Join Cornel West, Graham Burnett, Saskia Bos, Jill Magid, Carl DiSalvo, McKenzie Wark, Mendi+Keith, Cristina Goberna and Urtzi Grau, Anjum Asharia, and Marisa Jahn...for an evening rife with pleasure and productive friction. Wednesday, October 10th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, The Great Hall at The Cooper Union (7 East 7th Street New York, NY 10003).


Oct 13, 2012: REV- Co-hosts NYC Digital Waves Youth Media Festival WNYC
Radio Rookies, RHI Radio, The Lamp, and PPH/REV- are coming together once again to host the NYC Digital Waves Youth Media Festival on Saturday October 13th, 2012 at WNYC's The Greene Space. REV-'s festival workshop, led by Amanda Hickman and the participants of World's Fair 2.0, explores civic engagement at the intersection of journalism, media arts and digital technology.


Spotlight

. March 2014: The NannyVan's West Coast Launch!. A collaboration with the CA Coalition of Domestic Workers and National Domestic Workers Alliance.

. Feb 2014: Residency at Arizona State University Art Museum.

. Fall 2013: REV- at MIT Open Doc Lab and Course with students from NuLawlab @ Northeastern U. School of Law and MIT. A studio-based art, media, and law class creating new tools with Boston-based domestic workers.

. Why Call it Art? The Aesthetics of Participation
Queens Museum Director Tom Finkelpearl reflects on the usefulness of the designation 'art,' using REV-'s New Day New Standard as an example.

. REV- REFLECTS: The Philosopher’s Axe and Socially-Engaged Art. Reflections from our “REVistas: Rethinking Social Services” working group as a part of the Queen’s Museum’s Arte Util Lab.

. Spring, 2013: Video Slink Uganda features work by Paul D. Miller (Dj Spooky), Rashaad Newsome, Hank Willis Thomas, Saya Woolfalk, and more. Paul Falzone and REV- curated 7 experimental videos which were burned onto pirated DVDs and played before feature films (Hollywood hits, Nollywood dramas, Bollywood musicals, and pornography).

Don't Miss:

. El Bibliobandido in ArtForum. Catch El Bibliobandido, the chief villain you love to hate, commandeering full page spreads in ArtForum and the annals of Caribbean art history!

. Pro+agonist with Cornel West, Jill Magid, McKenzie Wark, Saskia Bos, Carl DiSalvo, Mendi+Keith, and others.

. REV- at the White House.

 

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