For Fran Ilich’s Offsite Project, he will turn this storefront space in Williamsburg into a neighborhood coffee shop and community resource with its own mico-economy for four months. During this period, Ilich welcomes visitors to convene, converse and barter for Zapatista organic coffee while playing the ancient Nahuatl game of Patolli. He wants to offer the public a place of respite during a time of “transition to a new global climate,” with the aim to “create together content, experiences, everyday life. That is our winter plan. Coffee. Conspiracy. Community Chest. The moment is now. As Mayans said, you are me and I am you. Or I am a part of you.”
Aridoamérica is an ongoing multi-disciplinary project started by Fran Ilich in 2005 that includes a webserver sustained by a virtual community called Spacebank as well as a co-op apartment located in New York City. Aridoamérica employs social organization, economic and financial experimentation to support art, activism, gaming, labor, life, writing and politics. Additional information on Ilich’s Aridoamérica will be on display.
Fran Ilich (born 1975 in Tijuana, Mexico) is a media artist, essayist and novelist based in New York City. He has participated in ARCO, Madrid; Berlinale Talent Campus; Documenta 12, Kassel; Transmediale, Berlin; How Latitudes Become Forms, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Festival Mundial de la Digna Rabia, Mexico City.
This exhibition is curated by Juliana Cope, Director of Development and Programs Manager.
Stay tuned for announcements on ISCP’s website of periodic special guest events.
El Museo de Los Sures was born from a partnership between Southside United with Cornell University and Churches United for Fair Housing to preserve the history of the neighborhood’s residents.
This project is the eighth collaboration between Los Sures and ISCP. It is made possible in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo; the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Antonio Reynoso, Council Member, 34th District; and The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.