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Livestreamed on this page Thursday 17 March and Friday 18 March 2022.

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Thursday 17 March and Friday 18 March 2022

The Long Match

A Two-Day HowlRound Conversation Exploring the Intersection of Art, Culture, and Commoning (and Beyond)

Thursday 17 March and Friday 18 March 2022

Double Edge Theatre and HowlRound presented two conversations exploring the intersection of art, culture, and commoning livestreaming on the commons-based peer produce HowlRound TV network Thursday 17 March and Friday 18 March 2022.

Organized and curated by Matthew Glassman and Jamie Gahlon.

“The long match” refers to the multiplicity of Indigenous technologies and traditions for carrying the embers of a fire over long distances by storing the embers in moss, loam, or other materials. Having live embers is not only helpful for starting a fire in a new camp, but for the spiritual and cultural continuity provided by those embers. It is the same fire even after having been transported across great distances and time— continuity of practice, a continuity of story and mythos, and a continuity of ethos and being.

During the decline of the Anthropocene, artists have a special role to play in imagining transitions to sustainable ways of living and creating. Commoning is just one of many powerful frameworks for reconnecting with the rich panoply of pre/post-capitalist and pre/post-colonialist practices and for deepening our understanding of them. But there are many paradigms, practices, and lifeways that break the death march of white modernity. Whatever the particular name or framing, it is clear that we must become skilled at ways of carrying the embers across time and space to a new/old world. This two-day TV event seeks to better understand, in poetics as much as practice, the spaces of emergent power where art, culture, commoning, solidarity, and Indigeneity converge.

Our event asks: How can our work as artists develop in confluence with these understandings? What is the role of the imagination in carving new paths and affecting large-scale transformation? Where are the upswells of models and outcroppings occurring today, and what are the areas that need to be honored and developed? What are the ways that marginalized theatre artists have needed to innovate to build sustainable practices that do not depend on the marketplace?

Livestream schedule

Thursday 17 March 2022

11 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 6 p.m. GMT (London, UTC +0) / 19:00 CET (Berlin, UTC +1).

Session one, led by Caroline Woolard and Marina Lopez, was devoted to the work of the Art.Coop project “Solidarity Not Charity: Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy.” Marina and Caroline shared what is emerging from their work since publishing this report and conducting co-learning sessions in Fall 2021. Additionally, they invited into the conversation Clara Takarabe and Oihane Amurrio, two Solidarity Economy practitioners who are innovating and embodying the cultural economy we want.

Speaker Biographies
Violist Clara Takarabe plays with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Born in Los Angeles, Clara was educated at UCLA and The University of Chicago. She has also been part of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine neurology research team for primary progressive aphasia and created a COVID intervention for patients and doctors through music which was featured by the Wall Street Journal and NBC Nightly News.

Artist Oihane Amurrio is the Co-Founder of LEINN Arts, the official bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation in Arts and Creative Industries at Mondragon Cooperative University in the Basque Country in northern Spain. She has exhibited at La Lonja (Logroño, 2020), Embassy Gallery (Edinburgh, 2019), Torrezabal Kultur Etxea (Galdakao, 2019) and has been awarded the Bilbao European Schools Zinema Fest, BItaBE and ArteinVisible awards.

Art.coop Slides
Cooperation vs Authoritarianism in Spain
Book Launch/Reading: Reflections, by Fr. Josemaria Arizmendiarietta, founder of the Mondragon Cooperatives, Spain



Friday 18 March 2022

11 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 6 p.m. GMT (London, UTC +0) / 19:00 CET (Berlin, UTC +1).

Session two was in-person event livestreamed from Double Edge Theatre and moderated by Matthew Glassman that brought together different dimensions of this prism—artists, organizers, activists, Indigenous leaders, and culture bearers—including:

  • David Bollier (activist and author of The Commoner’s Catalog for Changemaking: Tools for the Transitions Ahead)
  • Rhonda Anderson and Larry Spotted Crow Mann (Ohketeau Cultural Center)
  • Jonathan McCrory (National Black Theatre)
  • Stacy Klein and Carlos Uriona (Double Edge Theatre)
  • Francisco Perez (solidarity economy activist, educator, and researcher)
  • Olga Sanchez (Chautauqua Theatre, Latinx Theatre Commons, Middlebury College)
  • Abigail Vega (HowlRound Theatre Commons)
  • Harold Steward (The Theater Offensive)

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based, peer-produced, open-access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing-arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and develop our knowledge commons collectively. Anyone can participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email [email protected] or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal. View the video archive of past events.


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Thoughts from the curators

This week-long series of essays and conversations uplifts approaches to theatremaking that find confluence with the framework of the commons. Curated by Jamie Gahlon and Matthew Glassman, with members of the Arts, Culture, and Commoning working group, this week-long series amplifies artists and culture workers who activate collectivism, interdependence, and the role of imagination to catalyze systems change. These artists parse the ways their work opens up possibilities for theatre—and culture more broadly—to turn away from the market economy and toward collective liberation.

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