In October, the Urban Laboratory at University College London published an interactive map and podcast created by Max and Dr. Aris Athanasiou-Komporozos (also of UCL) based on a collaborative scholarly walking tour of the City of London financial district they led in April. The tour focused on understanding the dynamics of financialization as embodied in geographic space and architecture focusing on a diversity of themes, from children’s’ play to algorithmic trading, from the colonial legacies of risk management to the transformation of art into a plaything for the global financial elite. Many of the contributions were also published as blog entries at Public Seminar, the online platform of the New School in New York.
In September, Max and Cassie traveled to Minneapolis to deliver three alternative financial literacy workshops in the Hennepin Public Library system in Minneapolis. Unlike conventional financial literacy workshops that focus on the faulty individual who is blamed for their economic condition, these workshops explored debt as part of a system on global inequality and the ways communities come together to fight back.
Once per month, RiVAL hosted a drop-in reading group to discuss decolonization in Canada through Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson’s book The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy. Attendance was strong and vibrant!
Max was on tour to support the publication of his new book Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization, now available from Pluto Press and Between the Lines. Her gave talks and workshops in Minneapolis, New York, London, Toronto, Berlin, Thunder Bay, Amsterdam and Kitchener-Waterloo.
Max co-edited a special focus section of the leading online scholarly magazine Discover Society on the topic of Colonial Debts, Imperial Insolvencies, Extractive Nostalgias, along with colleagues Dr. Clea Bourne (Goldsmiths), Dr. Paul Gilbert (Sussex) and Dr. Johnna Montgomerie (Kings College London)
In late October Dr. Ezra Winton visited Thunder Bay to deliver a public lecture on “Settler frames: A talk on film and colonialism” at Lakehead University and host a free public screening of Documentary Futurism, a series of short documentary films about the future from filmmakers across Canada which he helped curate.
In late September Cassie led a public workshop on participatory art practices hosted by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
From August to November RiVAL hosted monthly meetings of a group to learn how to better identify, confront and intervene in racist behaviours in the Thunder Bay community.