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Rebecca Keel

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Free Egunfemi // UntoldRVA, Richmond

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Patton Hindle // Kickstarter, New York

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Summer Sessions: Public Domain

Jul 16, 2019 – Jul 21, 2019

This week we move from physical space to the digital realm. These less tangible forms of public domain offer a particular kind of commons. In our current moment, digital spaces are notoriously used to divide and fracture, or to seduce and monetize. We seek instead to reclaim their potential as spaces of meaningful sharing, action, and connection.

How can digital spaces become spaces of assembly, of political or social organization, or of mutual support? What are the spaces of overlap between the digital and the physical worlds, and how can they be used to create new forms of commonwealth? What could we learn by thinking about the public domain in relation to common wealth and common debts? How are these issues being explored by artists, designers, activists, and local organizations?

Facilitators: Rebecca Keel + Stephanie Smith

Session leaders include Free Egunfemi (UntoldRVA, Richmond), Patton Hindle (Kickstarter, New York), and Kate Sicchio (VCU, Richmond).

Wednesday, July 17 // Social Session, 6–8 pm

Open to the Public
Each Social Session is both a gathering and introduction to the week’s themes, bringing together Session partners, community members, and the public around music, wine, and common interests. Make connections and enjoy the Summer Sessions space. Live DJ, hands-on activities, and cash bar. Brief remarks at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, July 20 // Program Session

Open to the Public
Program Sessions invite us to go deeper into each week’s topic through a mix of discussion and experience, and to reflect together about what to carry forward.

1:00–1:15 pm | Welcome:
Rebecca Keel and Noah Simblist

1:15–2:15 pm | Talk
Patton Hindle, senior director of arts at Kickstarter, considers the broader implications, possibilities, and limitations of digital crowdfunding as a public and transparent way to build awareness and support for creative projects.

2:30–3:30 pm | Workshops
In simultaneous sessions, Kate Sicchio, hybrid professor in dance and kinetic Imaging at VCU, links physical and digital bodies in a workshop on code and choreography; and Free Egunfemi of Untold RVA shares tactical urbanist strategies for commemorative justice.

3:45–4:15 pm | Reflection
What should we carry forward from this Session? We will reflect, discuss, and take notes on the gallery walls.

4:30–5:30 pm | WRIR’s “Local Voices Live”
Reflecting on “public domain” with leaders of this week’s Session. Moderated by Taneasha White and Brooke Taylor, hosts of WRIR’s “Critiques for the Culture.”

Summer Sessions: Commonwealth

Jun 15, 2019 – Aug 18, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Introduction

Saturday, Jun 15

1:00 PM–5:00 PM

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Summer Sessions: Natural Resources

Jun 18, 2019 – Jun 23, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Built Environment

Jun 25, 2019 – Jun 30, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Dependence / Independence

Jul 1, 2019 – Jul 7, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Assembly

Jul 7, 2019 – Jul 14, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Public Domain

Jul 16, 2019 – Jul 21, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Reflections

Jul 22, 2019 – Aug 11, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Closing

Aug 13, 2019 – Aug 18, 2019

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