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AGITPROPeducation | AGITPROP http://agitpropspace.org Knowledge toolkits to go Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Reclaimed Library at UCSD http://agitpropspace.org/2011/12/06/reclaimed-library-at-ucsd/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/12/06/reclaimed-library-at-ucsd/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 19:00:56 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=4819

From SignOn San Diego:

Students ‘reclaim’ UCSD library

By Pat Flynn

Originally published December 5, 2011 at 1:59 p.m., updated December 5, 2011 at 5:38 p.m.

LA JOLLA — Students forced open the doors of a shuttered University of California San Diego library Monday and rushed inside, vowing to stay around the clock until the end of final exams Friday.

University police, who were on hand when students arrived at the library before 7 a.m., were pulled out of the area by administrators keen to avoid the kind of campus confrontations that have occurred recently, including the one at UC Davis last month when campus police sprayed nonviolent demonstrators with pepper spray.

And administrators said they will not seek to punish anyone for the break-in.

“We asked (the police) to leave so we wouldn’t have any interactions,” said Gary Matthews, the vice chancellor who oversees campus officers. “I think since the events at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Penn State and Syracuse, everyone is reassessing responses, and the need to respond, and our duty to protect property and make sure everyone is safe.”

Students stressed that they, too, wanted to avoid confrontation. Nonetheless, they set an 11 a.m. deadline for the administration to respond to their demand that they be allowed into the former Center for Library & Instructional Computing Services, commonly called CLICS. The library was one of three the university closed over the summer in response to steep cuts in state funding. It had traditionally been open 24 hours a day during finals week.

Shortly after 11 a.m., a group of perhaps 50 students were holding a vote in front of the library’s main entrance on whether they should force their way in. As they counted hands, other students, who had forced open a separate entrance, pushed open the front doors and students streamed inside.

Several students stressed that they were “reclaiming” the library and took pains to avoid the word “occupy” or a connection to the Occupy movement.

“This library was always a 24-hour library during finals,” said Samer Naji, vice president of external affairs for the Associated Students. “It’s two stories with a ton of study space. Students took it upon ourselves that we were going to reclaim the space. We’re paying tuition through the roof and (administrators) blow money all over the place.”

Eden White, a sophomore biochemistry major, was one of those who arrived early in the cold morning to sit outside the library in hopes of persuading officials to reopen it.

“I’m here to help reclaim CLICS,” she said, working on a laptop with a blanket wrapped around her jacketed shoulders. “I think we’re trying to get away from ‘occupy.’ It’s got kind of a negative connotation.”

Several of UCSD’s top administrators arrived just moments after the students entered the building.

Suresh Subramani, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the university is prepared to overlook the forced entry.

“It’s a moot point,” he said. “We were on our way over here with the keys to open it up.”

Subramani and other administrators spent more than an hour talking with student leaders after the break-in. He assured them that the university would not try to force them out and they told him and others that they have no intention of staying in the building beyond the end of finals.

link to original article: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/05/students-reclaim-ucsd-library/

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A statement sent out on 12/5/11 from the students reclaiming CLICS:

“Hello Community,

“UCSD Student’s have RECLAIMED the Library known as CLICS located in Revelle College. The University shut it down earlier this year due to “budget cuts.” This has had a dramatic effect on all students and further illustrates the Universities Privatization. The school just placed a $1.3 Million Dollar  [link*] installation on the Jacob’s School of Engineering [link*] but couldn’t afford to keep the Library open.”
“Students have spoken out and taken action into their own hands! They have reclaimed their library! But we need you support! We need our faculty and departments to stand in Solidarity with the Students, you all can come into the space and use it for office hours or help us by publicizing to other students that the space is open.
It is currently being operated/run by students. They are currently working on a set of demands and are taking suggestions!”
“CLICS will function as the center of our reclamation process in taking back our university against the budget cuts and privatization of our education. We need your help getting the word out about this action: please tell your students to study at CLICS and to participate in the action. Here are a few action items….”
“Action items:
  • Please publicize this to students and other Faculty that will also help us publicize
  • If you would like to hold office hours or review sessions within the space let us as soon as you can
  • If you want to hold your final there or want students to turn in their finals let us know
  • Please write a letter to the university supporting this action and demanding the University to meet our demands
  • If you can donate supplies, financially or food, please let us know as well.
  • Let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions or things you would like to see within the space.
More than anything we need your support and advice to sustain this movement.

Con amor,
The students”

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*links added by agitpropspace.org

 

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Mini Mobile Museum of Sweeteners -Kickstarter deadline Nov. 29th http://agitpropspace.org/2011/11/01/mini-mobile-museum-of-sweeteners-kickstarter-deadline-nov-29th/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/11/01/mini-mobile-museum-of-sweeteners-kickstarter-deadline-nov-29th/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 19:34:34 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=4476 From The Sugar Museum’s Kickstarter page:

“My project is a mini mobile museum of sweeteners, which I call MMMsweet cart. The mobile cart presents information about artificial and natural sweeteners by traveling the streets of San Diego and possibly other cities in the future. Adults and kids will be invited to participate by taste testing sweeteners, playing a game, taking a quiz, inventing a sweetener, creating a new soda, etc.. The world of sweeteners is about as complex as food itself. I’m fascinated by where typical packaged food comes from and how it’s made. Food Scientists and the food industry work together to create new products for consumers and most of us get fooled by the advertising and the excitement of a new product.

I began a few years ago with designing the mobile cart to resemble an old fashion ice cream cart. I struggled for months to create characters to go with each sweetener. I was inspired by Charlie Harper’s style of illustration and I studied Pokemon characters. I painted lots of creatures with my two kids, until I finally found some that could resembled sweetener heros.

The ironic heros on the trading cards are meant to recruit followers to be concerned about what they eat? My big questions are, What are these sweeteners doing to our bodies? Which ones are better than others? How do we decide what sweeteners we should eat, if any?

The sweetener mobile cart includes a collection of natural and artificial sweeteners in jars. At every event, I will unveil a new trading card. The trading cards will be given away for free and include a donation jar to fund printing costs for future trading cards. I anticipate about 18 trading cards distributed over the first year of the project. Nine trading cards have been completed but I need funds to print the cards and pay the graphic designer to set up more trading card designs. I also need funds to purchase sweeteners for tasting events and soda invention activities. Thanks for your support.

Budget:

$520 initial printing costs of the first 9 trading cards, 1000 each.

$300 graphic designer cost to set up the front and back of the next 9 trading cards

$180 for sweetener samples, soda making supplies and photocopying for public events.

To find out more about the Sugar Museum’s past projects, please visit

www.sugarmuseum.org.”

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1582061794/mini-mobile-museum-of-sweeteners

 

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2837 University questions http://agitpropspace.org/2011/08/26/2837-university-questions/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/08/26/2837-university-questions/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:21:38 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=3579 This past Thursday as part of the Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art, attendees were asked at the front door to fill out cards that had one of four questions below.  The cards posted here are the cards that were turned in.  You can find more information about the 2837 University project here.

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Periscope Project Urban Lab exhibition 8/5/11 6pm http://agitpropspace.org/2011/07/28/periscope-project-urban-lab-exhibition-5811-6pm/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/07/28/periscope-project-urban-lab-exhibition-5811-6pm/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 17:24:05 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=2879 On Friday, August 5, 2011 [6:00pm - 9:00pm], the Periscope Project will host a reception for an exhibition that showcases student work from this summer’s Urban Laboratories.

The Urban Labs program is the second formal educational project at Periscope, and the first working directly with high school students. In the summer of 2010, a design / build studio was conducted through Newschool of Architecture and Design as a formalization of the methods by which Periscope was constructed in the first place: much of the project’s embodied labor is attributable to the tireless and enthusiastic contributions of students. Recognizing the appeal of Periscope to students as such, it has become a supplemental micro-institution. In such a space, the hierarchies of traditional educational systems can be bracketed, allowing  students to develop for themselves a greater sense of ownership, connection, and tangible engagement.

Over the past several weeks, resident artists and educators at Periscope have been working with small groups of high school students in focused workshops that engage the urban territory surrounding Periscope’s facilities. Opening up this space as a classroom, the programs introduce students to intensive visual / analytical / collaborative practice, and foster a deeper understanding of the symbols, structures and ecologies that form San Diego’s urban public realm.

Session one, led by James Enos and Andrea Ngan, has focused on mediating ground-level experience of the urban environment (begun with day long walks) via photography, drawing, and collaborative collage. Session 2, led by Keith Muller and David Kim, continues to introduce students to the varied meanings of urban space, as they explore the signs that designate public and private realms, and DIY techniques for responding to these situations: from street furniture to water-bottle hydroponics.

Working with students from the Preuss School UCSD, Monarch School, Francis Parker School and San Diego High School, the labs have functioned as a temporary respite from the pressures of evaluation allowing students to creatively explore: fostering a sense of connection and opening up new conduits for learning. Student exercises, as well as culminating representations and artifacts will be on display.

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The 2837 University – WANTS YOUR PARTICIPATION! http://agitpropspace.org/2011/07/20/the-2837-university-first-projects-aug-6-sept-10th-2011/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/07/20/the-2837-university-first-projects-aug-6-sept-10th-2011/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:34:33 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=2792

In January of 2011 Agitprop put out a call for participation to answer the question “Could a “University” be assembled out of pre-existing spaces in the neighborhood?”  After a six-week seminar composed of small business owners, neighborhood activists, artists and educators, the answer was a resounding “yes!”. Below is the mission statement composed by the group as well as the first round of projects:

The 2837 University Mission Statement:

The 2837 University is a network of creative thinkers, small businesses, community members and sites in North Park (San Diego, CA). It encourages knowledge exchange by facilitating courses and events which coordinate the interests and resources of the North Park community and environs. Open exchange, and the blending of theory and practice, is the central idea and activity of the university; blurring the student teacher dichotomy, and fostering projects and resources that are financially and locally accessible to all.

 

Current Courses/Projects:

Project 1: Crossing I-805

Aug. 6- Sept. 10 Saturdays 3-5pm (first meeting at Agitprop 2837 University Ave.  North Park 92104 – entrance on Utah St.)

Description: This is a collective research project examining the I-805 freeway as it cuts through North Park and City Heights. We will look at the topography, history, culture, current conditions and outside examples of freeway and canyon crossings. This investigation will evoke questions which we will use to develop re-interpretations of highway crossings.  Project Leader: Lori Lipsman  -First meeting Saturday August 6th at 3pm at Agitprop  2837 University Ave. (entrance on Utah St. ) 92104

10 spaces available to participate.  RSVP to contact@agitpropspace.org

 

Project 2: Non-Articulated Communities

Aug. 6- Sept. 10 Saturdays 1-3pm (first meeting at Agitprop 2837 University Ave.  North Park 92104 – entrance on Utah St.)

Description: This participatory project will examine micro-communities in North Park that do not recognize themselves as “communities” as such. These small groupings of individuals are often the result of side effects derived from heterogeneous small businesses. We will analyze what conditions have allowed these communities to form and document these accordingly.  Project Leader: David White -First meeting Saturday August 6th at 1pm at Agitprop  2837 University Ave. (entrance on Utah St. ) 92104

10 spaces available to participate.  RSVP to contact@agitpropspace.org

participation is free for both projects

 

Past 2837 University events here: http://agitpropspace.org/tag/2837-university/

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Support The Periscope Project: Urban Education Initiative http://agitpropspace.org/2011/06/27/support-the-periscope-project-urban-education-initiative/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/06/27/support-the-periscope-project-urban-education-initiative/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2011 07:40:05 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=2623

“THE PROJECT:

Designed by resident contemporary artists, architects, and educators, the first annual Periscope Urban Laboratory will teach high school students drawing, photography, video-making, construction, hydroponic gardening, and critical thinking skills as potent tools for urban analysis, public art, and environmental sustainability.
Each lab in the series will guide high school students in producing an analytically engaging artistic response to a contemporary regional urban issue and will culminate in a gallery show at the end of the summer. More importantly, we hope to equip students with valuable technical, visual, and aesthetic communication tools necessary to understand, interpret, and critically respond to the urgent urban challenges they face.

We already have the space, skilled instructors, and community support. With your help, the next step is equipment and supplies.”

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theperiscopeproject/the-periscope-project-urban-education-initiative

 

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The 2837 University http://agitpropspace.org/2011/01/05/the-2837-university/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/01/05/the-2837-university/#comments Thu, 06 Jan 2011 04:31:26 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=772

Agitprop: Call for Participation

From January 29th though March 5th 2011 Agitprop will be conducting a workshop in conjunction with the 2010 California Biennial.  This workshop will take place at the Agitprop space in North Park (San Diego).

The title of the project is The 2837 UniversityThe 2837 University will examine spaces in the neighborhood nearby the Agitprop space that are sites of knowledge construction- that is, places where people learn something through the exchange of ideas.  These spaces can range from a table at a coffee shop where two individuals engage in conversation to more formalized instructional centers.

The 2837 University will be broken down into two parts:  The first several meetings will focus on examining what and why we are looking at these spaces (see ‘Conceptual Framework’ below). The second part will ask participants to enter the neighborhood and document the spaces in question through the use of video, photos, interviews, drawings, paintings, etc, etc.

The goal of this course is to act as a participatory feasibility study in order to determine if Agitprop should expand its interests into the field of education and to see if a “university” could be pieced together from preexisting spaces that lend themselves to the construction of some form of knowledge.

The workshop will convene every Saturday from 3-5pm during the dates stated above. Registration is free.

To register, or for further information, email contact@agitpropspace.org with 2837 University in the subject line.

Thank you and we hope you participate!

David White and Edward Sterrett

Agitprop

Conceptual Framework:

The 2837 University is a project that re-imagines the Agitprop space and the surrounding neighborhood as the site of a micro-university, with the goal of opening a conversation about re-purposing the concept of University Education in the context of the ongoing critique of the corporatization of the University. We will begin by investigating the relation of the construction of a mass consumer class in the US after WWII and the formulation of a new concept of individuality that borrowed its notion of self-expression from the legacy of Romanticism, all the while yoking the seeming freedom of expression to the profit system of hyper-inflated production and infinite obsolescence. As the university system is increasingly dominated by corporate interest, the very notion of the student is replaced by that of the consumer, and the value of a university education is understood strictly in terms of the acquisition of readily available skills and knowledge bases that are immediately transferable to exchange value. We might begin from the question of what has been lost; what was the notion of the university student before it became the university consumer? And we might begin provisionally with the idea that education, the work of the student, is to come to terms with a freedom that, far from being the trap of infinite choice that masks itself as the freedom of a consumer class, is in fact the work that one does on oneself in order to free oneself from one’s limitations. The question remains, how to construct one’s own individuality without succumbing to the myopia that characterizes the absolute atomization of a self-interested consumer class, how to reclaim and reconstruct a social fabric that is not at all points grounded in the logic of the market, and how the structure of the University itself, which encourages the excessive borrowing, atomized suburban living arrangements and passive resistance strategies characteristic of the trap of the consumer class, can be retooled to encourage and make possible the work of the student, a work that continues despite all these hindrances, perhaps we could rethink the University as a space which is made by the work of the student however and wherever that may take place? The 2837 University will run from January to March of 2011; during this time the space will also play host to a series of installations, screenings, and performances that address and contribute to the conversation initiated by the project.

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UCSD OPEN STUDIOS! http://agitpropspace.org/2010/04/03/ucsd-open-studios/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/04/03/ucsd-open-studios/#comments Sat, 03 Apr 2010 18:10:28 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=635

Whether constructing a massive decomposing stalactite from iron and fiberglass, recording a pirated copy of Avatar onto a virtual rotating sphere, or painting vibrant portals leading to the past’s sexy future, the visual artists of UCSD’s highly praised MFA program have practices spanning a wide range of disciplines that evoke a dialogue of remarkable currency. The artists’ works range from technological investigations and information visualizations to social interventions and material practices, all the while questioning and creating relationships with art history, critical theory, visual studies, art activism, and public culture.

http://ucsdopenstudios.com/2010/

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Film Screening, Gathering and Initiative Signing http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/15/film-screening-gathering-and-initiative-signing/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/15/film-screening-gathering-and-initiative-signing/#comments Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:28:19 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=556

This Friday and Saturday Agitprop is looking for you to do your part in getting the “Lakoff Initiative” on the ballet. There is not much time so please stop by the space on Friday from noon to 5 or Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm to sign a form to get this initiative on the ballot.  WE print it out, WE stuff envelopes, YOU simply sign it.  We will also have a few snacks and some films on hand for you to enjoy.  Or you can sign and leave, or sign and just hang out for some good conversation…

Schedule of Films

Friday:

12:30 Killing Creativity: Are Schools or Parents to Blame

Looks at a group of 25 seven-year-olds and their families in order to study childhood creativity, why it frequently fades, and why it matters.

1:30 The Water is Ours, Damn It!

Tells the story of how the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia fought to take back control of their water after it was privatized.

2:00 The Corporation

Explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time.

3:30 Capitalism Hits the Fan

University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today’s economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself.

Saturday:

10:00 am- coffee and bagels

12:00 pm- Killing Creativity: Are Schools or Parents to Blame

Looks at a group of 25 seven-year-olds and their families in order to study childhood creativity, why it frequently fades, and why it matters.

2:00 pm- The Water is Ours, Damn It!

Tells the story of how the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia fought to take back control of their water after it was privatized.

3:00 pm- The Corporation

explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time.

5:30 pm- Capitalism Hits the Fan

University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today’s economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself.

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For more info on the Lakoff initiative click here

“The California Democracy Act, a non-partisan constitutional amendment authored by UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff, consists in its entirety of a mere 14 words:

“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”

California is one of the only states in the nation to constitutionally give a 34 percent minority of its state representatives direct control over all such legislation-thereby ensuring the budget and revenue gridlock we are experiencing.

California is in the middle of an unprecedented economic crisis requiring fundamental new approaches for resolution. Creativity is essential as we are currently unable to implement more obvious solutions to resolving the crisis. For example, we are also one of the only significant oil producing states that fails to charge oil companies an extraction tax on the oil they pump-even Governor Sarah Palin prided herself on taxing Alaska’s oil profiteers. …

George Lakoff gave a talk last week at UCSD.  As you may know, he is organizing a drive to put a proposition on the ballot that would end the 2/3 rule that currently makes it impossible for the state of California to raise revenue or to pass a budget without the consent of a militant Republican minority intent on starving the state to death. The initiative has 5 weeks to gather the necessary 1.2 million signatures.”


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Lakoff Petition http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/08/lakoff-petition/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/08/lakoff-petition/#comments Mon, 08 Mar 2010 17:13:33 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=553

The California Democracy Act, a non-partisan constitutional amendment authored by UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff, consists in its entirety of a mere 14 words:

“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”

California is one of the only states in the nation to constitutionally give a 34 percent minority of its state representatives direct control over all such legislation-thereby ensuring the budget and revenue gridlock we are experiencing.

California is in the middle of an unprecedented economic crisis requiring fundamental new approaches for resolution. Creativity is essential as we are currently unable to implement more obvious solutions to resolving the crisis. For example, we are also one of the only significant oil producing states that fails to charge oil companies an extraction tax on the oil they pump-even Governor Sarah Palin prided herself on taxing Alaska’s oil profiteers. …

George Lakoff gave a talk yesterday evening at UCSD.  As you may know, he is organizing a drive to put a proposition on the ballot that would end the 2/3 rule that currently makes it impossible for the state of California to raise revenue or to pass a budget without the consent of a militant Republican minority intent on starving the state to death. The initiative has 5 weeks to gather the necessary 1.2 million signatures.

Here is what you can do. It will take all of 5 minutes:

You can download a copy of the petition from the internet, and sign the document twice: 1) once on the line for petitioner signatures and 2) a second time at the bottom of the petition as the one gathering signatures.

In other words you can submit your own petition signed by you, and mail it in.

Anyone can do it.

So link the URL below to your Facebook and get your friends to do the same.

THAT WAY IT WILL GO VIRAL

Here is the web site:

http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6110/content.jsp?key=3403

Here is the text of the Constitutional amendment that needs only 50% plus 1 vote in the referendum to pass:

“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”

It is clear that there is no solution to the current crisis of public higher education in California, unless the state is able to raise revenue. It is clear that there is no solution to the current crisis of public anything (k-12, healthcare for poor children, fire departments etc.) in California without abolishing the 2/3 rule. Please sign the petition, get others to do the same, and help to put Lakoff’s proposition on the ballot.

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