We can't afford the luxury of an unconscious. — Terence McKenna

We need your help

Baton Rouge is a complex, beautiful and important city often overlooked by outsiders yet it enjoys none of those visible counter-institutional art and culture sites which are common in wealthier cities like New York, London, Berlin and Los Angeles, even New Orleans.

In order for Yes We Cannibal to protect the kind of radical inclusivity on which art and imagination depend, it must have no paywall.  

We began with the decision to avoid non-profit status; seeing that structure as more prohibitive and labor-intensive than helpful, and  sometimes demanding the very forms of restriction and non-inclusivity that we most oppose.

We need a horizontal network of micro-patrons – small committed donations to support establishing this space. 

Yes We Cannibal is in the process of shifting to a Patreon support model and an Etsy store. One time donations can also be made through Venmo. Details will be updated in October 2020.

Why should you support us?

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Ask yourself – what role have experimental cultural spaces played in your own life? And, specifically, real-world meat-space ones? How have they shaped you and your world? Does it matter to you that they are available to others? Even in a city that may be unfamiliar to you?

Here in Baton Rouge, spaces like these are limited, insecure and often transient. This struggle for security is only more dire in the post-COVID world. Yet these spaces are also only more important now, serving as both centers for mutual aid and reservations for experimentation, justice and imagination. 

Over the course of our own lives, they have been profoundly affirming and transformative and we passionately believe in their importance. Some of these, past and present, include:

We also do our best to support many other projects, some local, some remote, some friends, some acquaintances and a few still strangers including:

Where does your money go?

We are well-resourced and well-experienced to maintain our space, provide labor, organize volunteers and pay basic operating costs. We have lots of volunteers too but we are, for now, dependent on small donors to meet our base infrastructure costs (rent, insurance and utilities) which currently total approximately $1500/month after our own personal contributions – we are patrons too!

Sample of scheduled programming

Recurring

  • Sensory Engagement Lab (SEL) free bi-weekly community technology and robotics salon and skills exchange that fosters collaboration between artists, programmers and other thinkers. Previously native to Washington DC.
  • Affect, Decoloniality and Materialisms-yet-to-come (ADAM) a weekly open reading group dealing with new texts in art, philosophy and critical theory.
  • Fine Young Cannibals an unconventional art club and salon for kids under ten to explore traditional 2d art forms as well as performance art, installation, conceptual art, zine making, etc.
  • Freak Film Series: Sweet Movie (1971) and Mysteries of the Organism (1973) by Dušan Makavejev, Brother from Another Planet, Cannibal Tours, Cannibal Holocaust, Keep the River on Your Right, Holy Mountain, The Act of Killing, etc
  • Plant Intelligence Agency (PIA) Native plants, seed saving and plant clipping klatsch

Presentations

  • Bushmeat Sound featuring Dr. Thomas Stanley (Washington DC)
  • Anna Scime (Buffalo, NY), media artist and filmmaker
  • Dr. John P. Clark (New Orleans) Renowned anarchist philosopher, author and activist
  • Kent Mathewson (Baton Rouge) lecture and comic-making workshop on counterculture freak comics from the 1960s and 1970s
  • Mini-Ethnographic Film Festival with Wes Shrum

Events

  • Time/Space Fashion Runway A fashion walk-off event for aesthetic representatives from any time and space in human history, including imaginary ones. Berbers, Masai, Traditional British skinheads, Liliputians, etc
  • Gentrification-jamming Salon Techniques you can use in your own backyard drawing on lessons from Hakim Bey, Angela Davis, Fred Hampton. Beetlejuice, Blaxploitation films, Key and Peele sketches and more.
  • “Don’t let your plants send you to Angola” Workshop How to best and most carefully follow Louisiana State Act No 159 (2005)  which prohibits cultivation of more than 40 psychoactive plants, many of which are legal in all other U.S. states, and which risks punishment with a two year minimum sentence and forced labor.
  • Police abolition for kids
  • Mycoculture Mushroom experiments including foraging, identification and spore prints
  • Heliciculture Snail Farming 

We ran this IndieGoGo campaign during the peak early days of COVID, an especially tough time to ask for funding support. Despite only partial success, we are eternally grateful to those who gave and helped us make it through a tough moment!