In an dark sea of overstimulation, class oppression, corporate greed, recuperation, private public space, and mediation of relevancy, it’s a huge reason to celebrate when you happen to come across distinct communities that understand the importance of independent, collaborative action absent of monetary and authoritative structures. It is these participatory structures that will, over time, move from the fringe towards becoming the norm for how humans perceive their role in the universe. Like the old African proverb goes, if you want something done quick, do it yourself, and if you want something done right, do it together.
For the last three years FMLY has carried an annual tradition of closing our year together in Los Angeles, offering a safe space for artists, enthusiasts, and positivity-seekers worldwide to join a discussion on participatory politics and how to create temporary autonomous zones for our neighborhoods. On absolutely no budget we have hosted hundreds of performances from all over the world in spaces that no one has ever heard of, become the first DIY / DIT solar powered festival ever, connected brilliant communities with previously no knowledge of the other, teamed up with some of our favorite organizations, incidentally been responsible for the ‘discovery’ of several ‘breakthrough’ musicians of the last few years, and fortunately because of the nature of our fest [invalidating hierarchical industry systems] have continued to fly under the radar from any major coverage aside from the occasional love from an LA Times writer that ‘gets it’. This year we decided to spice things up a bit, and our festival will be held this summer solstice in Bushwick, Brooklyn… that’s where you come in.
The projects that this class has inspired are absolutely incredible, I can’t even imagine the magic that all of you make happen in real life. If you’d like to put together any kind of presentation, workshop, game, panel, and so forth that you feel is appropriate to share with a supportive, engaged global community, you have my invitation and I’d love to invite your proposals into our bi-weekly meetings. Feel free to speak to me more about this before or after class sometime, and take a peek at the video below to learn more about what we’re up to.