Tactics for the Anthropocene: Not an Alternative

Not An Alternative is a NY-based collective that works at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. The group has a mission to affect popular understandings of histories, symbols, and institutions through the occupation and redeployment of popular vernacular, semiotics and memes. Not An Alternative was named in NY Times and ArtNet’s “Best in Art in 2015” round-ups. The group’s installations, performances, and presentations have been featured within art institutions such as Guggenheim (NY), PS1/MOMA (NY), Queens Museum (NY), Brooklyn Museum (NY), Tate Modern (London), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), MOCAD (Detroit), and Museo del Arte Moderno (Mexico City), and in the public sphere, where they collaborate with community groups and activist mobilizations. Not An Alternative’s latest, ongoing project is The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature, yet are excluded from traditional natural history museums. The mission of The Natural History Museum is to affirm the truth of science. The Museum inquires into what we see, how we see, and what remains excluded from our seeing.

 

Not An Alternative is a NY-based collective that works at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. Its mission is to affect popular understandings of histories, symbols, and institutions through the occupation and redeployment of popular vernacular, semiotics, and memes. Named in The New York Times andArtNet’s “Best in Art in 2015” round-ups, the group’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. Their latest project, The Natural History Museum, is a mobile and pop-up museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature, yet are excluded from traditional natural history museums.

Presenting for the group, co-founder Beka Economopoulos is the VP at Fission Strategy, a consultancy specializing in new media communications. She is also a senior trainer and Advisory Board member at the New Organizing Institute.

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