Visual Assembly

A Visual Assembly is a democratic form of creative collaboration - used to re-imagine ways to run and organize our social systems.

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Visual Assembly was born at the time of the Covid-19 in London as a result of a dialog between David Graeber and Nika Dubrovsky. David died in Venice in September 2020.
One year after his death on 2-09-2021, Visual Assemblies will be held in different parts of the world. Above all, in Madrid with our friends -the Zapatistas are coming.

 

 

“Revolutions have consisted above all of planetwide transformations of political common sense.”

David Graeber

“We Zapatistas think that now more than ever, we need ART in order to give birth to a new world.”

“Join us, brothers and sisters of Mexico and the world, in dreaming of an art where the people command, for their own good and the good of the people themselves.

From the mountains of Southeastern Mexico.

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés.

Mexico, July 29, 2016.

 

The Museum of Care and the Anti-Institute of David Graeber invite all sisters and brothers to join the Visual Assembly.

to participate, you will need:

A group of friends, crayons and/or chalk-based sprays, a few pre-made stencils, and a willingness to come out into the square.

The Visual Assembly project emerged in the context of the Zapatista delegation’s visit to Europe. Together, we intend to design a plan for a new anti-colonial and anti-capitalist Museum and paint it right on the public square. It will be a museum without walls or borders. A museum without a director, a vault and police. A museum without inventories or tickets.

A museum for the people, created by the people.

What kind of museum would it be?

Would it be a school, a library, a food center, a hospital, or a place to care for animals and our planet itself? Would it be a place of prayer, reflection, or memory? A collection of dreams and visions? Will it simply be a place where people gather to talk or dance…to be together?

All of these ideas, and many others, will be the subject of discussion during the assembly.

We will carefully and honestly record on the square the process of decision-making, the emergence of new ideas, their mutation and development.

We will film our mural and distribute our experience as widely as possible.

We will be joined by those who are already practicing this future: representatives from the Free Autonomous Zone of Northern Kurdistan (Rojava), medics fighting against healthcare privatization, artist-activists, and others.

The Visual Assembly idea was coined with David Graeber, an anthropologist, activist, and writer who passed away unexpectedly on September 02, 2020. Instead of a traditional funeral, his friends and family organized an international Carnival with over 250 locations worldwide and thousands of people in attendance.

This year we want to link David Graeber’s Memorial Day and celebrate the arrival of the Zapatista delegation in Europe. We invite all Carnival participants to join the project, pick up chalks and come out into the square.

It is important that the museum, a traditional symbol of colonialism, be transformed into an image of a world made by people for people.

 

You can read more at

V-a.city

In Spanish by Oleg Yasinsky

“Revolución es un cambio radical de la imagen social sobre lo posible”

David Graeber

El Museo del Cuidado y el Anti-Instituto David Graeber invita a todas las hermanas y hermanos a sumarse a la Asamblea Visual.

Para participar se necesitan pocas cosas: un grupo de amigos, un pedazo de tiza o un spray en base de tiza, algunas plantillas preparadas y las ganas de salir a la plaza.

El proyecto de la Asamblea Visual surge como una de las ideas para acompañar a la delegación zapatista en Europa. Juntos inventaremos el plan de un nuevo museo anticolonial y anticapitalista, pintándolo en una plaza. Un museo del futuro. Un museo sin paredes ni fronteras. Un museo sin director, bodegas ni policías. Un museo sin horarios ni entradas.

Un museo para la gente creado por la gente.

¿Cómo debería ser un museo así?

¿Sería una escuela, una biblioteca, un centro de distribución de comida, un hospital o un lugar del cuidado de los animales y del planeta mismo? Tal vez, ¿será un lugar de plegarias, reflexiones o recuerdos? Una colección de los sueños y las visiones? O ¿simplemente será un lugar donde la gente se reúne para conversar y bailar?… ¿para estar juntos?

Todas estas y muchas otras ideas serán un tema a discutir durante la asamblea. Con mucha honestidad y precisión fijaremos en el asfalto el proceso de la toma de las decisiones, surgimiento de nuevas ideas, su mutación y su desarrollo.

Registraremos nuestro fresco del suelo de la plaza para poder difundir esta experiencia lo mas ampliamente posible.

Se unirán al proyecto los que ya practican ese futuro que buscamos: los representantes de la Rojava kurda, médicos que luchan contra la privatización de la salud, artistas ciudadanos y otros.

La idea de la Asamblea Visual la inventamos junto con David Graeber – un destacado antopólogo, activista y uno de los fundadores de Occupy Wall Street quien inesperdamente nos dejó el 2 de septiembre del 2020. Para despedirlo sus amigos y cercanos organizaron un festival internacional, donde miles de personas participaron desde mas de 250 lugares de todo el mundo.

Este año queremos conectar el día de la memoria de David Graeber con la celebración de la llegada de la delegación zapatista a Europa. Invitamos a todos los participantes del Carnaval a sumarse al proyecto, tomar las tizas y salir a la plaza.

Para nosotros es importante que el museo – un símbolo tradicional del colonialismo – se convierta en la imagen de un mundo creado por la gente para la gente.