Self-organized: Breaking the Organigram

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Self-organized: Breaking the Organigram
Name Self-organized: Breaking the Organigram
Location H&D Studio
Date 2024/06/28
Time 17:00-19:30
PeopleOrganisations not/nowhere, Taylor Le Melle, Art City NDSM, Sarah Payton
Type Meetup
Web Yes
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A meet-up series about self-organization

We are inviting you to the first of a series of informal [re]work sessions that explore how self-organized communities involved with cultural work continue to develop and sustain themselves. We are particularly interested in exploring together with peers the tools and infrastructures that enable and/or hinder our collective work.

The three thematic [re]work sessions are roughly dedicated to {(1)} administration of care related to different cooperative models, {(2)} intersectional inspections of [digital] infrastructural labour organisation and {(3)} development of terms and conditions toward alternative economies.

ID: A warped grid like structure within which various warped diagrams are spatially organized. The diagrams contain white and black dots of different sizes, and light yellow boxes. The grid structure is white against a blue backdrop. ID: A warped grid like structure within which an organigram is embedded. It contains white and black dots of different sizes, and light yellow boxes. The grid structure is white against a blue backdrop.

[Re]work session {(1)}: Breaking the Organigram

For the upcoming session we will be joined by Taylor Le Melle from not/nowhere, an artist workers’ cooperative that programmes workshops, screenings, exhibitions and other events and Sarah Payton who is an artist and community organizer at Art City NDSM in Amsterdam.

Together we will explore the situatedness of different decentralized organizational practices, their interdependencies and reflect through participants personal experiences, approaches and modalities within/as collectives and self-organizations. Through hands-on exercises we will imagine together different ways of configuring labor, care and infrastructure that nourish communities and strengthen allied networks.

RSVP: If you are working in a collective and have cases you want to bring to the discussion, please add in your rsvp


Taylor Le Melle

…works as a curator (of sorts) and certainly as a writer of ante-modern and anti-modern criticism; off-kilter catalogue essays and fiction of the artistic sub-genre type; as an editor and publisher of several collections of science fantasy, theory and poetry; as a researcher into plants, property and physical experience — bodies, the social kind with reluctance and the flesh kind with enthusiasm — cultivating perception and proprioception through self-experimentation.

…is one of several co-directors of London-based workers cooperative not/nowhere, whose primary occupations is with building a just infrastructure for artistic practice via the circulation and distribution of 8mm and 16mm moving image formats.

Previous presentations include: Deviant Research, Van Abbe Museum (cur. Yolande van der Heide, N Aikens); Research Fellowship (org. F Dodzan/ A Groten), Sandberg Instituut; Amant Foundation Residency, Brooklyn (cur. J Berrios); Text Exercises, Felix Gaudlitz, Vienna (cur. Richard Birkett); Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (cur. A. Sandhu).

Recent Writing: Anthea Hamilton: Mash Up, Triangle Books; Otobong Nkanga: Unearthed, Kunsthaus Bregenz; Renee Green: Inevitable Distances, Hatje Cantz; DNA6: Carrier Bag Fiction, Spector.

Reviews for Upcoming writing workshop at 5pm, 19 June, London

Sarah Payton

Sarah Payton (Detroit, 1967) is an artist, cultural producer and community organizer. She is (co)initiator of the annual manifestation NDSM OPEN, initiator and editor of the artists’ paper NDSM OPEN and co-founder of the initiative Art City NDSM. She is currently the chair of the board of the Tenants Association the Toekomst (the Future), and is a member of the elected Loodsraad (roughly: Shed Council) of the Kinetisch Noord Foundation which owns and manages the NDSM Loods. From 2020-2022 she held the temporary function of Community Organizer for the Tenants association.

Time table

17.00 Walk-in

17.15 Welcome by H&D

17.25 Introduction round

17.40 Introduction Taylor Le Melle (not/nowhere) and Sarah Payton (Art City NDSM)

18.00 Exercise Breaking the Organigram

18.30 Break

18:45 Exercise: Shadow organizing

19.15 Reintroduction

19.30 Drinks


This event will take place at the Hackers & Designers studio at NDSM-plein 127. The studio is located on the first floor of the NDSM Loods and is partially wheelchair-accessible. Please consult this page for information on the accessibility of the studio.

  • The spoken language at the event will be English.
  • Before joining make sure to carefully read the H&D Code of Conduct.