Rebel City Los Angeles Available Now

21 03 2018

Free Guide #6- Available Now!

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Rebel City Los Angeles guide available free now!

The Rebel City Los Angeles guide answers the question, what would Los Angeles look like if vertical power as we know it disappeared?. The illustrated two sided guide helps users visualize the city from below, providing details of a developing infrastructure of people-centered institutions supporting human activities outside corporate dominion; from electricity, housing, education, medicine, and banking. Los Angeles born saint Vaginal Davis said “riding on the subway system and buses,,, are the Southland’s true barometer and soul of the city” and the guide hopes to help you take the temperature. Publication lists over 60 sites, and includes essays by Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal and Robby Herbst. Rebel City Los Angeles is a part of the Llano Del Rio Rebel City Project.

L.A. County residents can find free copies at locations listed below. They can also get a single guide for free by contacting the Llano Del Rio Collective (at llanodelrio@gmail.com) with their postal address. Non-Angelinos, multiple-copies, or those wishing to make a donation to the collective may purchase copies by clicking the Buy Now button at the bottom of the page.

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Free copies available here (tell us about other suitable locations, or if one is out!)
UCLA Downtown Labor Center
Southern California Library For Social Studies
Libros Schmibros
Womens Center For Creative Work
The Public School
Skid Row History Museum
Echo Park Film Center
1642 Bar
Cafe Tropical

Free copy via USPS (LA County residents only)
LA County Residents email llanodelrio@gmail.com with your postal address

Available for Purchase at these stores
Arcana Books
Skylight Books
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Buy guide w paypal & USPS (non-L.A. County residents or support the project)

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The Rebel City Los Angeles guide is the 6th free guide to Los Angeles produced by the Llano Del Rio Collective. Previous guides include: Power Points, Utopias of SoCal. An Antagonists Guide to the Assholes of L.A., Scores For the City, and A Map For Another L.A..

Questions, comments, desire to fund a Spanish version of this guide, contact: llanodelrio(at)gmail(dot)com

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Speaking For L.A. – Notes on a Latinx Rebel City – by Irina Contreras

14 03 2018

Irina Contreras is an artist and educator living in Los Angeles. She helped in research for the forthcoming Rebel City Los Angeles guide.
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There are several Los Angeles’, there’s a Los Angeles where one is served, and the other providing for those who serve. I can’t speak directly for an immigrant Los Angeles but I can speak for a Latinx Los Angeles. One that’s both documented and undocumented, generationally poor, and has a semblance of roots via time spent, or indigeneity. The hustles, struggles and gigs of people in my generation and younger often overlap in a mysterious grid, like transvisible highways of labor all throughout Los Angeles. These world(s) exists in and often the same way we’ve listened to the words “Another world exists, another world is possible”. I’m left to wonder now does it matter? Unfortunately, at times, these worlds exist without acknowledging that as we’re building one, another world is collapsing. How has the world shifted now with less physical space available? How has the virtual become more important?

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A Municipalism Bibliography With Los Angeles In Mind – by Alan Moore

14 03 2018

Writer Alan Moore gifted Llano Del Rio with this fabulous annotated reading list contextualizing the broad movement, and theoretical basis of, municipalism with a thought-line specific to Los Angeles. Moore is an independent scholar of the global autonomous movements, the author of (among other things) “Art Gangs: Protest and Counterculture in New York City,” and “Occupation Culture: Art Squatting in the City from Below.” As a young man in Manhattan in the 1970s his editor at Artforum, John Coplans, said “your beat is the underground.” 

Municipalism as I know it, and blogged its later meetings on Occupations & Properties, is an electoral movement in Spain that grew out of the popular assemblies of the 15M movement (named for the camp in Madrid’s Sol square on May 15, 2011). These sprang up nationwide during an election season. They not only took the streets, they camped, months before Occupy Wall Street. (Details at: 15Mpedia.org, including recent issues of the newspaper madrid15M). The elections brought the right wing to power, and years of street demonstrations against austerity measures. The mareas – waves of protestors with specific issues, identified by color (e.g., marea blanca for health workers) – coalesced into electoral platforms around Spain.

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Assembly Reading And Activity Group

9 03 2018
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Meeting #1 
Tuesday March 27th
7:30 – 9:30 PM
The Public School Los Angeles 
951 Chung King Road LA, CA 90012

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Hardt, Micheal & Antonio Negri, Assembly; Oxford University Press, 2017

“Hardt and Negri’s Assembly is a critical, broad, all-encompassing analysis of contemporary society. It is a major work that turns the trilogy of Empire (2000), Multitude (2004) and Commonwealth (2009) into a tetralogy. These four works are organized around a core of concepts (empire, the multitude, the commons, immaterial labour) that has developed over a time of seventeen years in response to capitalism’s struggles, contradictions, and crises. It asks: “Why have the movements, which address the needs and desires of so many, not been able to achieve lasting change and create a new, more democratic and just society?”. For providing an answer, Hardt and Negri analyse recent changes of politics and the economy.[i]“

After its first meeting at the Public School, the Assembly Reading And Activity Group will schedule subsequent monthly meetings at public amphitheaters and spaces throughout the city of Los Angeles. Beyond engaged readings of the text together, we’ll encourage the development of propositions to enact (metaphorically, or in actuality) elements of the book in public space. Knowing comes, by doing together.

The Assembly Reading and Activity Group is developed by the Llano Del Rio Collective, whose Rebel City Los Angeles Guide is partly inspired by the Hardt and Negri text.

The Llano Del Rio Collective’s new guide Rebel City Los Angeles is a guide to the grassroots of Los Angeles. Inspired by Spain’s Municipalist Movement, David Harvey’s Rebel Cities, and the movie Tangerine, the guide helps its user visualize a city from below. It provides details of a developing infrastructure of people centered institutions buttressing human activities, outside the corporate dominion, ranging from electricity, housing, education, medicine, and banking. The Los Angeles born saint Vaginal Davis said “riding on the subway system and buses,,, are the Southland’s true barometer and soul of the city” and this guide hopes to provide the temperature. By knowing the city as it is in reverse, pictured by the people not the businesses, developers, corporations and bureaucracies that claim to control it, the guide offers a view to a city generated by its users, not its profiteers.

[i] http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/931/1069





Notes Towards A Municipalist Cultural Policy – by Marc Herbst

7 03 2018

Editor’s note: Marc Herbst has been researching the Spanish Municipalist Movement since 2013. Property ownership is a central value of capitalist society, and was the basis for the economic crisis that gripped Spain in 2008 when many Spaniards found themselves foreclosed upon by ruling banks. The success of political organizations like The Platform For People Affected By Mortgages (The PAH) and en Comú built upon the cultural move to raise up the renter as a viable and legitimate subjectivity. In this essay Herbst describes what it would be to institutionalize a cultural policy for this diverse and contradictory society. We present this original essay in relationship to Llano Del Rio’s forthcoming Rebel City Los Angeles Guide, which  is partly inspired by Spain’s Municipalist Movement.

A sustained focus allows one to build an argument that your line of thought, more-or-less, overlaps with reality. Though reality always exceeds description, we nevertheless describe and structure things in order to  manage them.

Any people’s common sense ultimately is what policies culture; within the totality of possible behavior their common sense of things defines the ultimate range of “normal” activity. What a formal ‘cultural policy’ allows for is a particular, interested, and systemic effort at intervening in this range of behavior through the force of things named ‘cultural’. Carried out through networked organizations, education, and with mediational, logistical, object-based and discursive encounters– cultural policies work to maintain and develop particular human ways and modes of relationality. Any formal cultural policy draws a  series of cultural, that is, relational, lines within a population that may or may not take up the formal thought as common sense.

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What Is The Recipe For An Illustration About A Municipal Movement?

30 01 2018

(This interview WITH Zemos 98 by Llano Del Rio Collective Member Robby Herbst was published in Critical Practice Notes then Lumpen Magazine’s Municipalism issue. )

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From Nowtopia To Rebel City – Interview With Chris Carlsson

30 01 2018
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The world famous Hollywood sign on Mount Lee overlooks the city of Los Angeles, CA.

The Llano Del Rio Collective’s  Map For An Other L.A. was published in 2010; it was the collective’s first project. It proposed to map the creative and ecological practices that together may have constituted a mysterious city; one defined by creative potential rather then economic relationships. The map described a variety of Los Angeles enthusiasts, they may have had professional lives elsewhere, but came together to; keep-bees, make art, bake bread, glean, communalize food, cycle, present films, hack machines, share, and do-together. The big ideas behind the Other L.A. map was an appreciation for Gibson-Graham feminist economics, and a reading of the Italian Operaismo movement of the early 1970s. The biggest influence on the formation of the Llano Del Rio Collective’s Map was the book Nowtopia; How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists and Vacant-Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today!, written by West Coast Zelig, Chris Carlsson.

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Chris Carlsson is for full enjoyment.

Carlsson was a founder of the instrumental magazine Processed World, it published 35 issues between the years 1981 and 2005. Processed World chronicled the rise of, what came to be known as, the neo-liberal economy with a publication, which appeared purposefully to be produced on borrowed time and stolen office materials; this was in part the topics it covered. Carlsson is credited as the progenitor of the Critical Mass bicycle ride in San Francisco in 1992; then called the Commute Clot. Carlsson’s book Nowtopia ties together anarchistic currents into a cohesive politics of work refusal, creativity, hacking, environmentalism, and pleasure-seeking. In 2010, the idea of non-capitalist creative production being a politics was intoxicating, given that Los Angeles was experiencing the twin effects of the economic collapse of 2008 and the rise of the social practice art, discourse, and action. These phenomena had Angelinos experimenting with alternatives to competitive capitalism, and put a premium on collective action and utopian idealism within creative communities. A Map For Another L.A. is a snapshot of that Los Angeles.

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How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today!

Now in 2018, a decade on from the 2008 crisis, the Llano Del Rio Collective is preparing to release its guide Rebel City Los Angeles. Like A Map For Another L.A., this new guide seeks to plot practices that together can constitute an arrangement, pointing at an alternative meaning for the topography of the city. The inspiration of Rebel City is the urban Marxism of David Harvey’s book Rebel Cities, and the “city from below” made visible through the lives of the trans sex workers of Hollywood in the 2015 Sean Baker film Tangerine. There’s a distance between the politics of “the city from below“ represented within the Rebel City Los Angeles guide, and the creative post-capitalism of the Map For An Other L.A.. Yet both guides share the idea that reframing how we imagine the city, holds power.

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In the spirit of learning about the distance Llano Del Rio has traveled between these two guides we reached out, via email, to interview Chris Carlsson. We wanted to know where he has gone in the ten years since he penned Nowtopia.

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The official seal for the City of Los Angeles.

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