Fred Dewey has concentrated on building grass roots public space in culture and politics for two and a half decades. He was director of Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center from 1996-2010 in Los Angeles and co-founded the Neighborhood Councils Movement, helping place grass roots councils in a new Los Angeles City Charter in 1999. He has published internationally in periodicals, anthologies, and monographs, and is author of The School of Public Life (doormats 2015), on his council efforts and the role of principle in politics, culture, and commitment. His work as editor/publisher, curator, and as artist and writer has sought to reframe text through community and site. He has led numerous Hannah Arendt Working Groups around Berlin and in London, Olso, Amsterdam, Paris, and L.A. These Working Groups are the subject of his recent from an apparent contradiction in Arendt to a working group method (re:public 2016). Dewey has collaborated with artists Jeremiah Day and Simone Forti and lives and works between Los Angeles and Berlin.
Fred Dewey @ HUF
Power exists between plural people inherently and is there and available now. It is neither bureaucratic nor party-based and is the opposite of violence, force, and lies.