To start off 2021, the members of the artist collective Related Tactics will join FAR & Away Conversations for a virtual discussion. In this live-streamed event the collaborators have the platform to talk about topics that they feel are pertinent in the moment and you as the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions via the chat.
Related Tactics is a collective of artists and cultural workers producing creative projects, opportunities, and interventions at the intersection of race and culture. Our projects explore the connections between art, broader social issues, and the public through trans-disciplinary exchanges, making, and dialog. Related Tactics is a conceptual space and platform where we confront systemic and institutional racism or inequities that influence our immediate socio-cultural lived experience that benefit from collective support and sharing knowledge or resources. We do this through collaboration and critical thought strategically implemented amongst and for communities of color and the diaspora.
Related Tactics is a collaboration between Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, and Nathan Watson though there are many community members that make our work possible. We work between the San Francisco and Washington DC areas. Our projects have been exhibited and supported by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Center, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery at Parsons School of Design (New York), Southern Exposure Gallery and Alternative Exposure Grants (San Francisco), Chinese Cultural Center (San Francisco).
Supply Chain is an interactive installation by Related Tactics (Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, and Nathan Watson) in the Museum of Capitalism (curated by Fictilis) that invites museum visitors to question the impact of consumption of goods within global capitalism, particularly on historically vulnerable communities, people of color, and the environment. Participants may drop off, categorize, break down, and repackage fragments of products through a processing station and display installed in the exhibition space. How have items we engage with everyday and for personal use actually worked against broader political struggles and created or reinforced certain bodies of knowledge that structure power relations, systems of exploitation, and the global accumulation of capital?
The processing station is divided into several stages. First, participants may select an object(s), gathered through artifact donation drives and local fieldwork. In the next stages, donated objects can be broken down using rough tools, repackaged, and labeled in a re-categorization process designed by the artist collective Related Tactics that critiques dominant narratives of capitalism and consumer culture.
These objects exist in our world, hands, and landfills: this project posits that instead of throwing them away where they fester and add to our endless piles of waste, that we find a way to look at them critically, mar them, and hold a fragment as a reminder of the often indirect violence our consumer habits and have in these systems. Through this invitation to participate in the reprocessing of these objects, we can all re-look at them critically as one piece of a longer chain of extractions and impacts on our bodies and those of people hidden behind these webs of global consumer production.