Join Cindy Milstein will draw from her new collaborative, with artist Erik Ruin, picture-essay book, Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (PM Press, 2012; foreword by Josh MacPhee) for a conversation about how people have tried to answer the question, “What does utopia look like?”
Like trash pickers in a vast landfill, rebels often engage in the task of scavenging useful fragments in the here and now, from the given social reality, so as to, as Martin Buber put it, “sketch the picture of an idea in process of development”: utopia. But what do our portraits consist of, and how do those images shape our resistance and experiments? Let's go exploring together.
Cindy Milstein, an Occupy Philly participant for its first six months, is an Institute for Anarchist Studies collective member, author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations (AK Press), and coauthor of the forthcoming Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations in Everyday Anarchism (PM Press). She has been involved in a variety of anarchist projects, ranging from the Don't Just (Not) Vote campaign and Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference to the New World from Below convergence space to Black Sheep Books and Station 40 collectives.
Erik Ruin, is a printmaker, shadow-puppeteer, and occasional maker/editor of various publications, including the anthology Realizing the Impossible: Art against Authority (coedited with Josh MacPhee, AK Press, 2007). He frequently works collaboratively with other artists or activist campaigns, and has created imagery for urban farming and prison abolition groups. He is a founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and resides in Providence.
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