Lumpen 135: Togetherism


Lumpen 135: Togetherism examines creative experiments with horizontal, collective art-making and organizing. Work done in groups provokes us to consider other social forms than the established. Group work challenges conventions of value and authority in art and society.

We were interested in how collaborative work in art has been associated with social practice and activism. We questioned what collaboration did to authorship and authority. We wanted to know how people made decisions and compromises to make things together—and to stick together over time. In Fall 2019, Public Media Institute organized Togetherism, a series of programs experimenting with horizontal, collective art-making and organizing. Between August and November 2019, artist collectives and community leaders, criminalized youth and teen activists, radical printmakers, curators and architects gathered for exhibitions and panels, work- shops, and river tours. This magazine is the last and lasting component of the festival.

We invited artist collectives, writers, curators and scholars to contribute their responses to the magazine. With their contributions, Lumpen 135 serves as a testament to the project.

Featuring contributions by: Abigail Satinsky Annas Projects Keefer Dunn ArchiteXX members (Lori Brown, Andrea Merret,Sarah Rafson, & Roberta Washington) ATOM-r, in collaboration with Abraham Avnisan Camel Collective Chip Thomas, Roger Peet & Jess X. Snow Critical Art Ensemble Grace Needlman & Jeremy Kreusch Graham Livingston Industry of the Ordinary Justseeds Marimacha Monarca Press Netta Sadovsky and Fred Postcommodity Related Tactics Sarah Skaggs Schmidt-Arenales Brian Holmes Sex Militant TANTO Criações Compartilhadas Temporary Services Tracie Thompson & Tom Groom Videokaffe members (Tom Burtonwood, Sebastian Ziegler, and Mark Andreas) Willy Smart

Edited by: Marina Resende Santos with support from Mairead Case, Nora Catlin, Ed Marszewski & Maddy Stocking Nick Wylie Designed by: Jeremiah Chiu