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Social Sculpture for Individual Goals

Social Sculpture

  Social Sculpture for Individual Goals is an opportunity to check in with others about your personal goals. The way it works is very simple: A group of individuals gathers together, and, depending on how many individuals are present, together we decide on a specific amount of time that each person will be allotted to [...]

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January 5, 2019

Social Sculpture for Individual Goals

 

Social Sculpture for Individual Goals is an opportunity to check in with others about your personal goals.
 
The way it works is very simple: A group of individuals gathers together, and, depending on how many individuals are present, together we decide on a specific amount of time that each person will be allotted to speak to the group about their personal goals. We ask for one person to volunteer as a timekeeper, and that person keeps track of time, letting the person who is speaking know when they have one minute remaining, and when their time is up.
 
As each one of us takes our turn to speak, the group listens quietly and gives us an opportunity to speak from the heart about our personal goals. This process of personal goal-related sharing can go in many different directions, and each person who speaks is welcome to use this time in whatever way feels most helpful to them. This process provides an opportunity for the speaker to sort out their thoughts, to gain clarity around personal goals, to share setbacks and successes, and to be accountable to others. As we listen to others, it is an opportunity for us to practice deep listening and to receive inspiration from others.
 
While this is not an overly rule-bound process, we do ask that attendees keep the following guidelines in mind:
 
- When it is someone else’s turn to speak, others in the group do not interrupt or query that person. We allow the person who is speaking to have ‘the stage’ to themself during their turn.
 
- During your own turn, keep the focus on yourself, and do not give feedback to others who have already spoken (note: it is okay to reference something someone else said, for example, something that inspired you–as long as you are mentioning it in relation to your own goals and your own process).
 
- Nobody is required to share. It is okay to attend and just listen to others, without sharing anything yourself. Also, it is okay if someone wants to speak for less than their allotted time.
 
- Please keep in mind that this is an open community forum; therefore, information that attendees choose to share is not considered confidential or anonymous.
 
 
This project is a collaboration between the Bureau and Ben G. Adams, a psychologist and artist whose work focuses on approaching tropes of personal and social transformation as art forms. The term ‘social sculpture’ was originally developed by 20th century conceptual artist Joseph Beuys in reference to the idea that all human beings are artists, and that all aspects of life can be approached as art forms. Ben’s previous work includes an art book and dieting system titled The Creative Process Diet, mixed media works in printmaking and sculpture, and another (currently ongoing) iteration of Social Sculpture for Individual Goals developed in collaboration with the Religious Society of Friends of Truth (a.k.a. ‘Quakers’) beginning in January 2017.

 

There is no required cost to attend Social Sculpture for Individual Goals, which is being very generously sponsored by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, an independent organization that is operated entirely by volunteers. During the meeting we will pass around a bowl so that everyone who attends will receive an opportunity to make a voluntary donation to support the Bureau. The suggested donation is $10, and we ask attendees to be as generous as possible in their support of the Bureau, which generously sponsors Social Sculpture for Individual Goals and many other community-building projects.

 

 

 

Start: January 5, 2019 11:00 AM
End: January 5, 2019 1:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 4, 2019

CARPE ANNUM: Readings by Jeppesen, Kitto, Benderson

 
What better way to start off another year on our exhilarating ride toward redemption/oblivion, than a reading by three of the sharpest minds around? In a rare NYC appearance, writer and critic TRAVIS JEPPESEN will read from his work. On the same bill: the great essayist SVETLANA KITTO and the legendary BRUCE BENDERSON. Hosted by JASON NAPOLI BROOKS
 
Drinks will be served for a donation. Admission is $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau (no one will be turned away for lack of funds).
 
 
Travis Jeppesen is the author of the novels Victims, Wolf at the Door, and The Suiciders, as well as two volumes of poetry and a collection of art criticism, Disorientations: Art on the Margins of the “Contemporary”. In 2018, his book See You in Pyongyang, about his time living and studying in North Korea, was published. His essays and criticism have appeared in Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, Artforum, Afterall, Art in America, Texte zur Kunst, Flash Art, Bookforum, Spike, Frieze, and Mousse, among other publications. Jeppesen is based in Berlin and Shanghai, where he teaches at the Institute for Cultural and Creative Industry at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His new collection of essays, Bad Writing, is forthcoming from Sternberg Press.
 
 
Svetlana Kitto is a writer and oral historian in New York City. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Guernica, Interview Magazine, and BOMB, among other publications. She co/curates the reading and performance series Adult Contemporary, which is presented quarterly with Hauser & Wirth.
 
 
Bruce Benderson is a novelist, essayist, journalist and translator, widely published in France. Benderson’s erotic memoir Autobiographie érotique, about a nine-month sojourn in Romania, won the prestigious French literary prize, the Prix de Flore.His book-length essay, Toward the New Degeneracy, looks at New York’s Times Square, where rich and poor once mixed in a lively atmosphere of drugs, sex, and commerce. Benderson argues that this kind of mingling of classes has been the source of many modern avant-garde movements, and he laments the disappearance of that particular milieu. His novel User (1994) is a lyrical descent into the world of junkies and male hustlers. He is also the author of James Bidgood (Taschen, 1999), about the maker of the cult film Pink Narcissus.
 
 
Jason Napoli Brooks’ fiction and non-fiction have appeared in various publications, such as Ninth Letter, Asymptote, Bomb Blog, Colors, and the gay fiction anthology Satanica. His first novel, Shelter, was the recipient of The Chapbook Award for Best Fiction of 2006. From 2014-2017 Brooks published the psychedelic mystery series Cock of the Walk in zine format. It reached a wide audience and is now being translated intoSpanish. Brooks wrote the script for the multimedia theater work, Soundstage, starring actor Rebecca Hall and created/directed by Rob Roth, which premiered in New York City at Here Arts Center in September 2018. Brooks is the founder, curator, and emcee of the long-running Enclave Reading Series, which takes place at Club Cumming, actor Alan Cummings’ nightclub in the East Village.
 
 
 
 

Start: January 4, 2019 6:00 PM
End: January 4, 2019 8:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 1, 2019

Closed for New Year’s Day

 

The Bureau will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Happy New Year!

Date: January 1, 2019

December 25, 2018

Closed for Christmas

 

The Bureau will be closed on Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

Date: December 25, 2018

December 18, 2018

Global Gay

 

Directed by Salvino Raco, Global Gay is a performance piece and reading based on Frédéric Martel‘s book, Global Gay: How Gay Culture Is Changing the World, now available in English translation, which describes how lgbtq culture has changed societies everywhere, especially in the post-Stonewall Era. Martel’s book also examines the challenges to lgbtq folk in cultures that are hostile to alternative forms of sexual and gender expression. Directed by Salvino Raco, the full production will be presented at LaMaMa ETC in June 2019 as part of the Stonewall50 commemorations.
 
 
Salvino Raco, Italian director based in Paris, has conceived and mounted many productions in the “theater of engagement” sphere. His works focus on human rights issues and protest against oppressive political and cultural structures, in the Brechtian tradition. An abridged version of “Global Gay” was presented to much acclaim at the Milan Triennale in 2016.
 
 
Craig Anthony Bannister, associate producer, is artistic/program director for Spectrum Arts Production. As part of his work with Salvino Raco, he is initiating a series of intergenerational workshops designed to interpret the “Global Gay” to a wide audience, ranging from Stonewall veterans of 1969 to today’s young people struggling with lgbtq and gender-fluid issues.
 
 
Edward Moran, producer/translator/narrator, has assisted Salvino Raco in translating his scripts and production notes from French to English, and has also assisted him in introducing Raco’s work to American theaters. A resident of New York City since June 1969, he was a witness to the Stonewall rebellion and its aftermath.

 
 
 

 

Start: December 18, 2018 7:00 PM
End: December 18, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.