Not An Alternative is a hybrid arts collective and non-profit organization with a mission to affect popular understandings of events, symbols, and history. The group curates and produces interventions on immaterial and material space, leveraging the tools of architecture, exhibit design, branding, and public relations.
Not An Alternative's actions, installations, and presentations have been featured within art institutions around the world, and in the public sphere, where they collaborate with community organizations and activist mobilizations. They host programs at a variety of venues, including their Brooklyn-based gallery No-Space (formerly known as The Change You Want to See Gallery).
No-Space is host to free lectures, screenings, panel discussions, workshops and artist presentations. The space also consists of a production workshop, filming studio and video editing suite. During the day it is a collaborative office space (aka coworking) for freelancers and cultural producers.
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Not An Alternative Team
Jason Jones is a co-founder of Not An Atlernative. He has been working as an art and activist organizer, curator, artist, and media producer for the last 12 years in NYC. Since completing The Whitney Independent Study Program in 2001, he co-founded Black Out Media, a nationally syndicated TV show, and Surplus Productions, a video production company that specializes in the production and distribution of video that profile creative strategies of cultural production. As an artist organizer he has produced installations and presentations within art institutions internationally, and in the public sphere in the context of activist mobilizations. Jason is the creative director of Not An Alternative.
Beka Economopoulos is a co-founder of Not An Alternative. She has 17 years experience as a grassroots field and online organizer working with community groups, NGOs, and activist mobilizations at the local, national and international level. She is the senior strategist at Fission Strategy, a consulting firm that helps progressive non-profits leverage online technologies and social media. At Not An An Alternative she plays the role of creative strategist, action coordinator and project manager, and she has presented workshops at arts and academic institutions throughout the US and overseas.
Jodi Dean is a political and media theorist who has been a core collaborator with Not an Alternative since 2010. She has given invited lectures in galleries, universities, and public fora around the world. Her most recent book is The Communist Horizon (Verso 2012). Previous titles include Blog Theory (Polity 2010), Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies (Duke 2009), Zizek's Politics (Routledge 2006), Publicity's Secret (Cornell 2002), Aliens in America (Cornell 1998) and Solidarity of Strangers (California 1996).
Angela Tran is the principal designer at Not An Alternative. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in Communication Design. Ange works with art institutions, activists, developers, exhibition designers, architects, not for profits, video producers and unions to create a broad stroke of work including identities, print collateral, consumer advertisements, educational materials, environmental graphics, editorial design, illustration, info-graphics, installations, design for the web and motion graphics. Her work has been featured in publications such as Theses on Urbanization for the Journal of Public Culture, and in curated shows at institutions such as the Tate Modern.
Anjali Cadambi is currently finishing her BA in Sociology and Studio Art at Swarthmore College. As a core collaborator with Not An Alternative, she is integral to strategic planning, concept development, and project execution. She writes copy for a variety of contexts and audiences, and has collaborated on multi-media presentations and workshops at the intersection of art, culture, and theory for institutions including the Guggenheim, MoMA, Columbia's Buell Center for Architecture, NYU and the New School. You can also find her coordinating behind-the-scenes production of movement-building visuals and staging materials for use in conjunction with mobilizations, campaigns, and organizations.
Not An Alternative
143 Newell St
Brooklyn NY 11222
67 West Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
Subway: _-L- to Bedford, or -G- to Greenpoint Ave.