The Commoners’ Almanac: Spring Break From Capitalism
The Commoners’ Almanac: Spring Break From Capitalism is a project that seeks to enliven public discourse around the commons as a guiding principle for local activists and community organizers. Borrowing the form of the Farmers’ Almanac, the project culminates in an exhibition-cum-all-inclusive-resort; workshop series of 22 events, performances, meetings and panel discussions; and an almanac publication. The spring break aesthetic detours a desire for escape, innate to life within capitalism, to reimagine and reproduce relations guided by alternative values of the common good. Support by Arts NS and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Zachary Gough is an artist, activist and teacher that works collaboratively and responsively with other artists, community groups and organizations to promote alternative economic systems toward deconstructing the capitalist viral value paradigm and its manifestations. He often uses participatory and immaterial media, such as radio and performance, to address materialist concerns such as labour, power, debt, education, and liberation. Zach is a member of “Weird Allan Kaprow”, a post-colonial conceptual karaoke art-band, in which he does by “Joseph Beuys II Men”. Zach is a graduate of the art and social practice MFA program at Portland State University in Oregon. He recently completed year-long artist residencies at JL Ilsley High School in Spryfield and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design through the Art and Activism group. Zach teaches occasionally at NSCAD University in K’jipuktuk, Mi’kmaqi (Halifax, NS).