Bio

Noah Fischer is a Brooklyn-based maker, performer, and teacher, whose work asks: how is art affected by financial power and what can be done about it? Noah has expanded from kinetic installations into stage design and performance, organizing, writing, and direct action, contributing to public discourse over the role cultural institutions play within capitalism and on the debts that affect creative communities. As a founding member of Occupy Museums, a member of Gulf Labor Coalition, and longtime collaborator with Berlin-based theater group andcompany&Co, Noah balances collective practice with intensive studio sessions. His work has been seen with and without invitation at Guggenheim, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, and in the 56th Venice Biennale, 7th Berlin Biennale and the 2017 Whitney Biennial.  Pedagogy has been inseparable from Noah’s work; he has  taught at Columbia, RISD, Pratt, was a visiting Professor at Kenyon College, and currently teaches at Parsons and NYU. During the pandemic, Noah has been writing and illustrating an epic science fiction novel about direct democracy, and will premiere a stage performance about ants and collective intelligence in Berlin in June 2022.  www.noahfischer.com

Selected Exhibitions/Actions/Projects/Collaborations

2022 “Global Swarming.” (upcoming performance/ collaboration with andcompany & Co), HAU/Volksbuhne Theater, Berlin, Germany.
2021 “The Giant Pit.” A graphic narrative project in L’Internationale Online. Fall 2021 issue.
2019 “Occu-Pie” (performance) Aufstand der Utopien Festival, Chemnitz, Germany.
“Breakthrough Performance, 2036” (performance) American Realness Festival, Gibney Theater, New York, NY.
“Challenging Borders” (group show)Allegheny College, Pennsylvania.
2018 “Debtfair New Mexico” (a project of Occupy Museums), 516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico, in “Currency” with Mel Chin, Christy Chow, Jennifer Dalton and others.
“How Does Your Economic Reality Affect Your Activism?” (a project of Occupy Museums) in” Citizen Participation,” ABC No Rio, NY.
2017 Judgment Day, (group exhibition). ABC No Rio, Bullet Space, New York.
The Reinstitute Archive and Research Library (Group Exhibition) Guest Spot, Baltimore, Maryland.
Debtfair Puerto Rico (a project of Occupy Museums), El Museo del Barrio, NY.
Debtfair (a project of Occupy Museums), Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American art, NY.
2016 Not My Revolution If…The Stories of Angie O. (concept and set design) andcompany&Co. HAU, Berlin, DR
Hommage, Ideal or Pattern. (group exhibition) Knoll Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Bank of No, Terra Mediterranea: In Action, (collaborative) Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany.
Making Progress, (group exhibition, Occupy Museums) ARTspace, New York, NY.
Report from a Bunker. (collaborative team including Artur Zmijewski and Maureen Connor) Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (MWW), Poland.
If You Can’t Afford to Live Here, Mo-o-ve, (group exhibition, organized by Martha Rosler), Mitchell Innes & Nash, NY.
Making Use: Life in Post- Artistic Times (group exhibition, Occupy Museums) Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Agitprop! (group exhibition, Occupy Museums) Brooklyn Museum, NY
Bank of No, Point Center for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus
2015 Debtfair (solo exhibition, Occupy Museums) Art League Houston, Houston, TX.
Noah Fischer: Financial Relief Sculptures (solo exhibition) at Treasure Room, Interchurch  Center, NYC.
All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor (group exhibition, Gulf Labor). Venice, Italy
2014 Work it Out, (group exhibition, Occupy Museums) Momenta Art, NY
Who is Building the Guggeneheim Abu Dhabi? (actions: Global Ultra Luxury Faction). Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Ritual Rebranding of David Koch Plaza, (action: Occupy Museums) Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY.
 

2013

Global Activism, (group exhibition) curated by Peter Weibel, Linnea Semmerling, Joulia Strauss. ZKM Museum, Karlsrue, Germany
Winter Holiday Camp (solo exhibition: Occupy Museums) (accepted into Museum’s permanent collection 12/13), Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
Queen Mother of Reality, (collaboration: Pawel Althamer), Performa 13, New York.
 

2012

Seven Billion Bloombergs: Occupy your BFF (solo exhibition: Occupy Museums) at Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
 

2012

Forget Fear: 7th Berlin Biennale, curated by Artur Zmijewski and Joanna Warsza (group exhibition: Occupy Museums) Berlin, Germany.
 

2011

Occupy Museums joins with Sotheby’s Workers, Museum of Modern Art, (action: Occupy Museums) New York, NY
Occupy Printed Matter, Printed Matter, (group exhibition: Occupy Museums) New York
Summer of Change (performance series collaboration: Aaron Burr Society), Wall Street Stock Exchange, New York, NY
Lady Liberty: Story of a Torch Singer (collaboration: Kalup Linzy), AIR Radio, NY
2010 Random Randal: Made in Kerala, (performance) R.L.V. College of Music and Fine Arts, Cochin, India
2009 Electrical Forest (solo exhibition) Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY
2008 Monitor, (solo exhibition) Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY
Pop Ark, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria, De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwbug Rotterdam, Netherlands, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium
2007 Time Republic (performance tour with andcompany& Co), Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria (Premier).
2006 Rhetoric Machine (solo exhibition) Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery. New York
Revolutionary Timing, (performance collaboration: andcompany& Co) Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, LMCC Swing Space, New York.

 

Essays and Texts

2021 “Thinking about Art in the 10th Anniversaty of Occupy Wall Street.” Graphic essay in Hyperallergic,  9/17/2021.
2021 “Art and the Shame Economy” essay in “Out of Place: Artists, Pedagogy, and Purpose.” editors Tim Dowd and Zoe Charlton, Punctum Books Books, 2021.
“Why the Art World Needs Populism,” Hyperallergic, opinion section. 1/22/2021.
2019 “Words that Defined the 2010’s—Occupy,” Art in America. 12/2019.
“Breakthrough Performance, 2036,” Theater Magazine, Yale’s Journal of Criticism, Plays, and Reportage. Volume 49, Issue 3, Duke University Press.
2018 “A Question on Monuments, 49 Responses” 46-48, October Issue 165, MIT Press.
“The Silent Red Thing: Self-Censorship in the Hyper-networked, Hyper-market Arts.” 233-241, ASAP Journal, Johns Hopkins University Press.
“The Ebbs and Flows of Resistance In the Art World.” Hyperallergic.com, 1/29/18
2017 “Dark Matter Games:  Gregory Sholette, Kuba Szreder and Noah Fischer Interviewed by Marco Baravalle.  September 2017. Artleaks Gazette #3
“Journal: January, 20th – 30th 2017”
Alexander Karschnia & Noah Fischer, tFFT Journal (link)
2016 “Why the Artworld Must Not Normalize Donald Trump’s Presidency.” Hyperallergic.com, 11/15/16
“We are Called to Fight” in final Issue of M/E/A/N/I/N/G Susan Bee and Mira Schor editors.
“A People’s Monument to Displacement Organizing” (with Betty Yu) ArtfCity.org 4/18/16
2015  “Agency in a Zoo: The Occupy Movement’s Strategic Expansion to Art Institutions” FIELD Issue #2
“Debtfair is all about art and Here’s Why” (with Kenneth Pietrobono) Glasstire.com 10/26/2015
“The Artist as Debtor” Exploit: Como Rovisciare il Mondo Ad Arte. Edited by Giorgio De Finis, Fabio Benincasa and Andrea Facchi.
“Debt vs Political Agency” on artanddebt.org  and TemporaryArtReview.com
“The Dark Arts” in The Enemy Reader (theenemyreader.org) Charlie White, ed.
“A Global Debt Museum” in To The Square 2, Helsinki, Finland.
“The Occupied Museum” Artleaks Gazette #2
2014 “An Interview with Noah Fischer of Occupy Museums” in What’s Next: Kunst nach der Krise, Johannes Hedinger/Torsten Meyer, editors.
“Occupying Museums” in Truth is Concrete: A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics. Edited by steirischer herbst & Florian Malzacher.
2013 “Lotus Petals” Brooklyn Rail, New York, NY.
“Where is Occupy Now” Art F City.com
2011 “Occupying Tension” Inquiring Mind, Spring issue
Occupy Museums Manifesto (OWS)” reprinted in ArtFCity.com, Washington Post, and many other publications.
Trauma, the Subway, and the Voice” M/E/A/N/I/N/G 25th anniversary issue
Zen & the Art of American Revolution,” Zen Monster issue #3

 

Teaching

2016-current Parsons School of Design at The New School: First Year Program: Drawing/Imaging and Integrative Studio.
2019-current NYU, Steinhardt, Department of Art and Professions. Art and Contemporary Culture.
2018-19 Kenyon College: Visiting Assistant Professor of Art. Full time: Sculpture, Installation, Senior Studio, Drawing, 2D design.
2010-14 Rhode Island School of Design: Interdisciplinary studio courses and graduate critical issues seminar in Sculpture and Liberal Arts Departments.
2011 Pratt Institute, Graduate New Media Department.
2006-7 Columbia University: Sculpture and Drawing

 

Lectures, Panels, and Workshops

2020 Artists for Artists Masterclass Program, The Institutional Collapse. (Workshop).
2019 Digital/Debt/Empire, Symposium, 4/25-28 Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada
2018 Art Practice Beyond the Market, Graduate Lecture, 9/17 SUNY New Paltz, NY
2017 Snapshots from Future Occupations, 11/14, Kyiv International Biennial, Ukraine
Performing Truths:  Coco Fusco in conversation with Noah Fischer. 11/18, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
PROMESA: The Fiscal Crisis in Puerto Rico and the Debt of Artists (panel) 10/14, El Museo del Barrio,NY
The School of Everything, curated by Joulia Strauss and Athens SYN  (documenta 14) 6/12,  Kassel, Germany.
Noah Fischer: Occupy Museums, Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) 5/18, Washington DC.
Complicity, organized by Hands off Our Revolution, ICP, 5/31, New York.
Dark Matter Games, S.a.L.E Docks, 5/11-14/2017 Venice, Italy.
Art | Worker Rights | Globalization – Panel Discussion with Members of G.U.L.F./Gulf Labor, 2/03,

Wesleyan University.

Speak Truth to PowerFFT Düsseldorf 1/21/2017, Düsseldorf, Germany.
2016 Meeting Noah Fischer, Autonomia Akademia at Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece.
Art and Political Practice, moderated by Hyperallergic, Pulse Art Fair, New York.
Occupying Museums: An Art Practice, Art Talks Lecture Series: Lesley University
2015 Museum Occupations: The Backstage Tour. Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum, NYC.
Open Conversation and Workshop with Debtfair Organizers, Art League Houston
Art Production in Restriction: Possibilities of Transformative Art Production and Coalition-Building, Trondheim, Norway
A New Wave of Arts Activism? Arena program at 56th Venice Biennale.
Art Handler Symposium, PS1 Print Shop
Truth is Concrete Panel Discussion, Creative Time Reports/ Goethe Institut, NY
The Artist as Debtor Conference (co-organized with Coco Fusco including Martha Rosler, Greg Sholette, William Powhida), Cooper Union Great Hall, New York, NY
2014 Work it Out: A Dialogue, Momenta Art, New York, NY.
The Artist as Activist, RU Residency, New York, NY
2013 Art and Activism Symposium (co-organizer) ZKM Museum, Karlsrue, Germany
Mobilize: International Activist Conference, Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Berlin
Radical Experimentation for Coaches, workshop, New Ventures West. San Francisco, CA
2012 Truth is Concrete, 24 Hour Marathon Camp, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria
Symposium on Sustainability and Art, Central European University, Budapest
2011 The Significance of Art in OWS, Left Forum, New York
Coin Return Artist Project, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2010 Inter-visualities,Trans-Trends Forum, RLV College, Kochi, Kerala

 

Selected Press /Interviews

2017 AM New York “Bushwick, South Bronx seeing spike in artist residences as MFA graduates struggle with student debt” 7/17/2017
Salon.com, “As the 1 Percent Wash Their Money Through Arts Funding, Artists Respond” 6/18/2017
Opera Viva, “Intervista a Gregory Sholette, Kuba Szreder e Noah Fischer” 5/10/2017.
Hyperallergic, “At a Museum’s #J20 Event, Hitting the Limits of Inclusivity” 2/6/2017
Hyperallergic, “Occupy Museums Challenges Us to Face Fascism with the #J20 Art Strike” 1/19/2017.
2016 Artnews , “For Its Whitney Biennial Project, Occupy Museums is Calling on Artists to Share their Debt Experience,”  12/06/2016
New York Times, “Galleries Scramble Amid Brooklyn’s Gentrification”. 5/21/2016
Artnet, “Activism Pays Off, as Brooklyn Museum Embraces Anti-Gentrification Forum” 7/7/2016
“Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century” by Nato Thompson, Melville House
2015 “Global Activism: Art and Conflict in the 21st Century” edited by Peter Weibel, MIT press
Wall Street Journal: “Activist Old and New Jab the Art World” 5/7
Gothamist: “Guggenheim Museum Effectively Shut Down by May Day Protesters” 5/2
Hyperallergic: “Art Protest Groups Join Forces for Guerrilla Ribbon-cutting at New Whitney Museum” 4/15
Huffington Post: “The Worlds of Art and Activism Collide”, 3/30
Hyperallergic, “Accounting for Artist Debt”, 1/22
eflux conversations, “Artist as Debtor Conference t Cooper Union” 1/22
2014 Art in America, “Protesting the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi: An Interview with GULF.”
Newsweek, “Protesters Sneak into the Guggenheim, Make it Rain Bills.”
2013 Kritica Politycza: “Art needs a bailout. Noah Fischer in conversation”, 6/15
2012 Russia Today television, “OWS Talents and Ideas replace crowds on US streets”, 10/12
CNN.com “Power: a digital arts gallery” 8/12
Haaretz, “Go Because Everyone is Running” 6/12
Art in America, “Art and the 99%” by Erin Sickler
Art Monthly, “The Occupy Effect on Contemporary Art” 9/12
Frieze DE “An Occupied Biennial”
2011 Columbia Spectator, “Speaking with Noah Fischer, Occupy Museums creator” 12/03/11
ArtFCity, “Why Karen Archy is Wrong About Occupy Museums” 10/21/11
New York Times “Taking the Protests to the Art World, 10/21/11
2010 Kochivibe: The Inter University workshop on “InterVisuality
2009 Art21.org “Electrical Forest: Made in Troy”  Flash Points series
2008 Timeout New York, “Noah Fischer, Monitor” by T.J Carlin 11/10/08
Rhizome.org, “The Monitors” by Tyler Coburn 10/11/08
Herbst Theorie Zur Praxis, (Graz, Austria)  “Save the World” by Noah Fischer, 09/01/08
Kronen Zeitung “Hilfe bei Notfallen und globalen Katastropehn” 10/04/08
2006 Artfagcity.com, “Best of 2006” by Paddy Johnson
NYarts Mazagine, “Noah Fischer: Rhetoric Machine” by Elwyn Palmerton 5/01/08
New York Times, “Noah Fischer, Rhetoric Machine” by Holand Cotter, 12/29/06

 

Education

2005  Fulbright Scholar (Independent Art Research), Netherlands 
2004  MFA (Visual Art: New Genres) Columbia University, New York
1999  BFA  (Sculpture, Art History) Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, RI