“Art of Darkness” anniversary issue—on the streets of Venice, Frankfurt, Valletta, Berlin & New York

“Art of Darkness” anniversary issue—on the streets of Venice, Frankfurt, Valletta, Berlin & New York

Arts of the Working Class

© Paul Sochacki.

May 6, 2019
“Art of Darkness” anniversary issue—on the streets of Venice, Frankfurt, Valletta, Berlin & New York
May 9–June 15, 2019

The street newspaper on art and society, wealth and poverty, Arts of the Working Class (AWC) celebrates the first year of its commitment to the universal basic need for art. The publication has multiple functions—as a social tool for immediate financial reprieve for our vendors, as a catalyst for academic news, theories and ideas, and as an art object adorning lush coffee tables, public or domestic. Published every two months, AWC redistributes cultural and economical value within and beyond the art system, in order to dismantle its borders.

It contains contributions by artists and thinkers from different fields and in different languages. Its terms are based upon the working class, meaning everyone, and it reports everything that belongs to everyone. Every individual who sells this paper earns money directly. Every artist whose work is advertised, designs its substance with us. Every institution that supports us aids the expansion of artistic exchange with all members and outsiders of society.

AWC is published by Paul Sochacki, María Inés Plaza Lazo and Alina Kolar for the streets of the world. Art of Darkness will be presented during the summer at several venues and events. 

With contributions by the Alphabet Collection (Mohammad Salemy & Patrick Schabus), Alex Norton, Amalia Pica, Amelie Jakubek, Andara Shastika, Ángels Miralda Tena, Anna Bromley, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Arshad Hakim, Augustin Maurs, Avenir Institute (Denis Maksimov & Timo Tuominen), Barbara Casavecchia, Barbara Vanderlinden, Boaz Levin & Vera Tollmann, Christoph Sehl, Δημητρα Κατσικα, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Feben Amara, Hallie Frost, Hassan Khan, Heiko Pfreundt, Jimmie Durham, Joanna Pietrowska, Jonathan Crary, Juliet Jacques, Kate Fahey, Kieron Livingstone, Laure Prouvost, Lisa Schorm, Lorenzo Marsili & Niccolo Milanese, Meenakshi Thirukode, Merlin Carpenter, Nandini Thilak, Nschotschi Haslinger, Olivier Antoine, Queering Space (Loren Britton, Johnathan Payne and Asad Pervaiz), Rob Pruitt, Rosza Farkas, Ruth Noak, Sara Khan, Shu Lea Cheang & Matthew Fuller, Sonja Hornung, Sven Lütticken, The Institute for Endotic Research (Benjamin Bush & Lorenzo Sandoval), Tine Milz, Viktor Čech, Yogesh Barva

May 9, 10:30am–1:30pm
Workshop and public breakfast at Università Iuav di Venezia​
Sede Terese, Dorsoduro, 2206, 30123 Venice 

Hosted for the students of the class of Professor Angela Vettese and Teaching Assistant Veronica Bellei of the Advanced course of Visual Arts, and visitors of the preview days of La Biennale di Venezia, the event will encompass an academic lecture and a public breakfast. With Sara Dolfi Agostini, Benjamin Busch, John Holten, Lorenzo Sandoval, among others.

May 11, 7pm–2am
Museum Night 2019 Midnight Launch
Portikus, Maininsel, Alte Brücke 2 Frankfurt

Some 50 participating museums and galleries in Frankfurt will keep their doors open late into the night, offering visitors a truly unique art experience. AWC extends an invitation within the frame of Dawn Kasper’s solo exhibition at Portikus to a night of readings and songs of workers.

May 17, 7pm
Public talk at Blitz

68 St Lucia Street, Valletta - Malta
The contemporary art space Blitz has kicked off a new series of curated exhibitions with established international artists whose works have never before been exhibited in Malta. Within this frame, a public talk with María Inés Plaza Lazo (Editor-in-chief of AWC), Sara Dolfi Agostini (Associate editor of AWC’s 6th issue and curator at Blitz) and Alexandra Pace (Director at Blitz) will take place, followed by drinks at the Blitz Bar.

June 2, 1–5pm
Panem et Circenses celebrates Sexy Workers Day

TBA, Berlin
Music, Food, Cocktails, Readings and Circus: Panem et Circenses, the new dinner series that throws special hints to a socially sustainable exchange between practices traditionally categorized as high or low culture. Varieté, finally.

June 15, 9pm
Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art  

Performance Space New York, 150 1st Avenue 4th floor, NY
Closing party

Through discussions, workshops, deep readings and performative lectures, the lecturers at SFIA aim to co-create new pathways of understanding and dissensus. AWC will be present during the last days of the first iteration in 2019, before coming back to Berlin.

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