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IAFS Visual Assembly – June 20, 2021

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Welcome to IAFS and our first public visual assembly!

IAFS is a free school community, self-organizing along the principles of democracy, mutual aid, and mutual benefit to foster art and learning. We want to make art together!

Visual assembly is a geographically distributed and site specific method of collaborative drawing/visual brainstorming that is:

  • Described by a community and drawn from their collective experience and intelligence
  • Facilitated and drawn by artists in a public space
  • Documented for future reference

Today, we are visualizing our experience of the pandemic, how we came together when things fell apart, and where we want to go from here. Everyone is welcome to participate! You can connect with us in person in the Panhandle of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park or hop into the Zoom here.

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The visual assembly will start at about 12pm PDT and consist of the following five parts. Each part will involve some performance, narrative, guided activities, conversation, and drawing. Please feel free to join in at any point!

Preamble – Welcome!

  1. Humans + Technology Check
  2. Greetings & Introductions
  3. What is going on here?

Act 1 – Disaster

The Coronavirus discovers humans

  • What broke?
  • What was lost?

Act 2 – Paradise in Hell

We connect, transform, and care

  • How did we respond together?
  • How were we liberated?

Act 3 – On-going-ness

We dream together of possibility

  • Where do we go from here?
  • What do we need to go on together?

Finale – Celebration!

  • Thank you for participating in our experiment.

Stencil Lexicon

  • Fire
  • Inequality symbol
  • Virus
  • Ship
  • Light/Eye (Picasso’s Guernica)
  • Dangerous Curve Ahead
  • Amazon-arrows
  • Death
  • Stress
  • Zoom
  • Winged vaccination syringe
  • Band-aid bandage
  • Border Wall
  • Globe
  • Needle and thread
  • Paper dolls/People holding hands
  • Rose
  • Flower
  • Leaves
  • Heart
  • Hand holding heart
  • Compass
  • Dandelion seed
  • Child’s hand holding adult hand
  • People reaching out
  • Woman symbol
  • Clown at play

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