• Event: Socialize This!
Screening & conversation
Kshama Sawant (Socialist Alternative),
Shaun Scott (DSA member),
Andrej Markovcic (DSA member)
Emily Pothast (Artist-curator),
Eva Cherniavsky (Writer, assistant Prof. at University of Washington),
Join RED MAY at the Northwest Film Forum where we pose the question: which part of the bloated, predatory, and inefficient private sector should be socialized? Banks? Energy? Big Tech? Beachfront? We’ll take your suggestions and match them with the video responses from Red May Alums and Left thinkers from around the world, remixed by Tommy Swenson into a short film called Socialize This! We’ll submit the suggestions to our panel of Seattle’s best and brightest: Councilmember Kshama Sawant; writer-filmmaker Shaun Scott; artist-writer-musician Emily Pothast, UW Assistant Prof, Eva Cherniavsky, and Andrej Markovcic of the Seattle DSA. After they’ve chosen their favorite candidates for the Post-Capitalist future, we’ll be ready for the grand finale, Red May’s homage to Allen Ginsberg’s attempt to levitate the Pentagon in the 1965 March on Washington. Guided into the heart of the Anti-Capitalist Sacred by the music of Hair and Space Museum, we will channel audience energy into a public act of subtractive poetics and attempt to shrink the Capitalist sphere to the size where it can fit into the bathroom and be drowned in a tub. If we succeed, you will leave the theater and enter a whole new world.” (more)
This Might Not Work and RED MAY Collective is seeking participation, collaboration and volunteership for the second RED MAY festival happening in May 2018. Red May consists of:
Lectures and talks
Interventions in the everyday
Occupation within and outside institutions
film-screening and pop-up art exhibition
For this year, we are looking for: (1) Artist from different backgrounds who are interested to send a proposal for the online exhibition, priority is to people of color, LGBTIQ, immigrant, nomad and disability activists. (2) Organizations that are willing to join in hosting Red May TV or events.
Each year, This Might Not Work curates a series of artworks for Red May. The works are specifically made to be shown online or on CRT TV screen. The project will operate as ‘reverse propaganda’ made to be shown in gallery exhibitions, window fronts, apartment shows, workspaces, libraries and public spaces around the world during the month of May. The Project started in 2017 with TMNW in collaboration with RED MAY collective curated 20 works, from local and international artists and shown in a verity of venues in Seattle and Helsinki.
The aim of the exhibition is to showcase artworks that are related to the contemporary condition of globalization, networks, and alternative possibilities. The theme of the exhibition, as well as RED MAY festival, is a month-long vacation from Capitalism. 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.
May 1st, 2018
Intervention during Jaleh Mansoor’s talk about her book “Marshall Plan Modernism” at Glassbox Gallery, Seattle
RED MAY 2017 Opening exhibition
RED MAY exhibition, works by Esther Planas Balduz, Felix Gmelin, Talena Lachelle Queen, Clark Wiegman, RabRab, and Kathleen Skeels – INCA Seattle