The Immigrant Magazine, Event
INFO FOR PROSPECTIVE DELEGATES:
Would you like to REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY AT THE PEOPLE’S UNITED NATIONS (pUN)?
The Hammer Museum and Mexican artist Pedro Reyes are reconvening the United Nations—using regular people rather than diplomats, and theater games, group therapy techniques, and humor rather than diplomacy. With 195 nation states represented, this is a great opportunity to meet an extraordinary range of people, laugh a lot, and learn about global issues and alternative conflict-resolution and social change techniques.
For more info about the project please visit the Hammer Museum website at: hammer.ucla.edu
pUN is fun. We hope you can participate.
WHEN: Sat. May 2nd and Sun. May 3rd, 2015, 10 – 5 pm.
WHERE: The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
WHO: People from cultural fields and many other disciplines who want to apply their imaginations to global issues. Although you should be connected by birth or family ties to the country you represent, you do NOT have to prepare anything or be an expert on the affairs of your country. We simply ask that you bring your sense of humor!
WHY: If diplomacy and diplomats have failed to solve the world’s problems, maybe we should try other techniques, and other people!
HOW: We have located our existing delegates through the artist’s and museum’s personal networks and are seeking to expand that field.
WILL I BE PAID? No. Delegates join us as unpaid volunteers, however the artist is creating a limited edition signed print for all participants and the Museum will provide lunches and libations.
This project was first installed at the Queens Museum, New York:
Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’s project The People’s United Nations (pUN) is both an exhibition and an event that puts the diplomatic and global problem-solving goals of the United Nations in the hands of ordinary people. Originally staged at the Queens Museum of Art, Reyes’s Hammer Project will include a group of sculptures—including Drone Doveand Colloquium—and several paintings on Tyvek that graphically portray political, social, and environmental issues being faced by our world today. The works reflect the underlying goals of peace and dialogue proposed by the project. The pUN General Assembly (May 2 – 3, 2015) is an experimental gathering of volunteer citizen-delegates from as many of the 195 member and observer states of the United Nations as possible. Unlike the real United Nations, where delegates are appointed by states and are career diplomats, the people’s UN enlists regular citizens who live in the Los Angeles area and are connected by family ties or by birth to the nations represented at the UN. Participants will engage in activities in the Hammer’s courtyard that will test Reyes’s hypothesis that conflict-resolution techniques used in social psychology, theater, and art can help solve the world’s most challenging problems, from climate change, to fair wages for women, to food shortages. Over the course of two days, this group will use theater games, group therapy, and techniques from social science to grapple with a set of urgent and sometimes unexpected proposals. Playfulness, humor, and experimentation are strategies that allow for creative solutions and imagining a better future.