On my first day in New York I went along to the Visible Award’s Temporary Parliament at the Queens Museum, where I’m happy to say the Brigada Puerta de Tierra project I voted for won the prize. Though whilst I was there, the first person to speak to me, and in fact was the first person I met in New York, turned out to be none other Jim Costanzo – not that I realised it at the time.
I was really honoured he accepted to be a guest on the podcast, and extra appreciate that he did so whilst not being particularly well. It was great to learn more about his long history of art and activism, his longstanding and ongoing battle with Wall Street, and the Aaron Burr Society he established in 2008 just before the financial crash.
His new book wall street in black & white: foto & text of an occupier which he kindly gave me a copy of is proper good too.