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Post-Democracy Paradise-Lost – Presentation by Casey Gollan and Victoria Sobel

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Thursday – September 8th starting at 6:30pm!

Casey Gollan and Victoria Sobel are 2015–2017 Vera List Center Fellows whose project is part of the Vera List Center’s Post Democracy cycle of programs. Addressing what they refer to as incisive mission-creep of cultural institutions, Gollan and Sobel LARP a means of building culture that is activated, distributed, and durational. Faced with the wholesale corporate restructuring of cultural institutions, the artists entertain the inevitability of the financialization of educational and cultural systems as well as the possibilities of re-situating them.

Casey Gollan and Victoria Sobel are two of the many co-founders of Free Cooper Union, a group that has coordinated direct actions and creative interventions framing the college’s tuition crisis as part of a national debate on higher education. Free Cooper Union is featured in the nationally aired documentary “Ivory Tower” (2014), and has been covered by the New YorkTimes, Blouin Artinfo, Hyperallergic, artnet, ARTnews, The New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, and numerous other publications. Sobel and Gollan continue this work para-institutionally, through group engagement, across constituencies, and as individuals.


This talk introduces a series of public encounters which will take place at The New School over the course of Sobel and Gollan’s fellowship. The first encounter, with artist Jeffrey Scudder, will take place on October 6th at Wollman Hall.

You don’t want to miss this.

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