RED MAY Seattle


MAY 2017

 

#1 RED CATECHISM – Philip Wohlstetter
#2 THE IDEAL UNIVERSITY – Hami Bahadori
#3 HE LOOKS PERFECTLY ALIVE AND WELL TO ME – Timo Tuhkanen
#4 ARE YOU THINKING WHAT I’M THINKING? – Housemaid and The Fear
#5 BROWN RISE – M. Jenea Sanchez
#6 UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY UPON THE WORLD – Salinas and Bergman
#7 WALLS I, II – Shoji Kato
#8 ROJO: EVENTOS Y APARICIONES – Esther Planas
#9 RED ENVY – Ellen Garvens
#10 THE CONQUEST OF NEW [_____] – Brandon Aleson
#11 DARK ARCHIVE – Matthew Schau Allen
#12 Y THO? – Justyn Hegreberg
#13 RED – Talena Lachelle Queen
#14 TRU TRUTH – Gretchen Bennett
#15 RED_ARROW_POINTING_RIGHT – Barrett White
#16 ASHDOD – Tuukka Kaila
#17 RED DT – Robert Mittenthal
#18 REDFLAGS FOR REDSTATES – Tom Grothus
#19 TRUMPGILA – Lynn O C Thompson
#THE END – PARK GEUN-HYE. – Don Mee Choi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The RED MAY events will happen during the month of May 2017 in Seattle and Helsinki. The works gathered by This Might Not Work will be an extension to the RED MAY festival, in order to support and promote these initiatives. The selected works have been either donated or made specifically for this platform by artists in regard to the current political situation of the world and United States. With the raise of far-right nationalism, fascism, and continuous war and destabilization of the Middle East, a part of the works gathered are addressing a frustration due to discrimination against various minorities, LGBTQ, migrant, nomad, Black Lives Matter, Native American, etc. The aim is to provide a space to generate conversations in analyzing the contemporary issues through Marxism, political economy, feminism, philosophy, and postcolonial theory in academic and non-academic settings in different locations in Seattle and Helsinki.

 

 

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ABOUT RED MAY
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Maybe we can’t move beyond Capitalism by next week but we can sure as hell take a vacation from it. From the buzzwords Seattle is particularly vulnerable to. High Tech. Entrepreneur. The Innovation Society. The Gig Economy. If everything around us chants “There is no alternative to Capitalism,” if all we’re told is that History is over and it ends with us, don’t you think simple mental hygiene demands that we try to think outside of that box for (at the very least) one month a year? So join us for a month’s vacation. A Left-wing arts fest. A one-month teach-in. A multi-venue, hydra-headed, no-apologies jam. We want Seattle to turn red for a month. To eat red food (apples, red dots, radishes), to wear red accessories, to get caught red-handed reading Karl Marx, and (while the world maximizes human capital) to live prodigally in the red as if there’s no tomorrow. Anyone can play. The rules? There are only two. First, riff on red. And second, assume for a month that the market is not the solution to the problems that the market creates.

 

 

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RED MAY SPEAKERS (SEATTLE, 2017)
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Jason Adams (Occupy Time)
Ivan Ascher (Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Mode of Prediction)
Wayne Au (Mapping Corporate Education Reform)
Jasper Bernes (The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization)
Anita Chari (A Political Economy of the Senses)
Charu Charusheela (Post-Capitalism)
Chris Chen (The Limit Point of Capitalist Equality)
Eva Cherniavsky (Neocitizenship: Political Culture After Democracy)
Joshua Clover (Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings)
Glen Sean Coulthard (Red Skin, White Masks)
Iyko Day (Alien Capital)
Jesse Hagopian (More than a Score)
Asad Haider (editor of ‘Viewpoint’)
Michael Hardt  (Empire, Commonwealth, Multitude)
Anna Kornbluh (Realizing Capital)
Catherine Liu (Neoliberal Fictions: Harper Lee, Hillary Clinton, and My Dad)
Geoff Mann (in the Long Run We’re all Dead)
Jaleh Mansoor  (Marshall Plan Modernism)
China Miéville (October, Perdido Street Station)
Christopher Nealon  (The Matter of Capital)
Sianne Ngai (Our Aesthetic Categories)
Chris O’Kane (Fetishism and Social Domination)
Jason Read (The Micro-politics of Capital)
Nisi Shawl (Everfair)
Jason E. Smith (Nowhere to Go: Automation Then and Now)
Nick Srnicek (Inventing the Future, Platform Capitalism)
Kathi Weeks  (The Problem with Work)
Vancouver Institute For Social Research (On Civil War and Resistance)