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Conspiracy of Geniuses (CoG) seeks out artists with intersecting identities; creating spaces to create work/voice/history.
Art is community care. CoG/Rad Care are two sides of the same coin. We are artists who do community care work.
Cog’s first official event was a gallery show in 2004 at the 3rd and Jackson Building in Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington. Since then (and tbh before then) cog has been a project based consortium that focuses on projects and events that create opportunities for and center intersectional politicized identities that include Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, Artists of Color, & Artists with Disabilities. In 2014, Rad Care became a concept and we had our first workshop at the Allied Media Conference. Rad Care has been fiscally sponsored by Allied Media for several years now.
For the last several years we have been focusing on fundraising as we recognize the burden of labor our communities face. Thus from the framework of mutual (aid) liberation, we have been gain funds to create creative economic opportunities for our intersectional communities. In 2020, we took a deep hiatus from the longer break in new projects. We had intended to start two new main projects that would have been so rad but they were on-going, in-person venue events that our current environment cannot support. Also in 2020 we made the decision to merge platforms, again, because of the large overlap between participants and organizers as well as mission.
CoG was meant to be the creative house that brought in income to fund the mutual aid and community care work we have been prioritizing. In truth, even though we started as an arts organization, we have always also centralized community, creating space for community and existing in the world in ways that folks now commonly know as mutual aid and community care. The difference being in that we have always been led by those most negatively impacted by disparities and positively by our work. Nothing about us without us! We started calling our way of being in the world – Rad Care, something more than just a back n forth exchange within an affinity group but a large framework with which to create mutual liberation utilizing systems of care.
We are currently working on restructuring in a way that allows for us to be recognized as a 501c3 Nonprofit. While we love AMP, we also recognize the importance of laying this foundational work now so we can begin to work out the kinks. We are working towards an equity approach wherein leadership is held by those most impacted as is our mission and the board of directors serve to lend credibility via name, raise funds, and fulfill their duties as legally responsible parties. Our Leadership Board is in development. We are working on the infrastructure now. Stay Tuned! & Contact Us to find out how to get involved in one of our projects.
More than anything though right now we are working on ways to bring moneys into our communities, to individuals that are in desperate need right now. We are trying to be creative in how to support marginalized intersectional artists right now. If you are interested in helping raise funds, we welcome the help. We are mostly volunteer run with some internships and contract employees. What this means is that most of the money we raise goes directly towards artists. Technically all the money we raise thus far since our interns and freelancers have all been marginalized artists as well.
2021: Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Rainmaker Fund
2016-2021: Trans Justice Fund
2019-2021: Resist General
2020: Resist Mutual Aid
2018: smART grant, City of Seattle Arts & Culture for OratioImperata.org
2011: Portland Office of Sustainability Grant for CoG Mobile Craft Mart
2008: MCCC grant to produce full run of Denial of Self at IFCC
2004-current: We have been selling t-shirts, zines, buttons, etc at Zine Symposiums, Craft Fairs and various events – too many to keep track of.
2018-20: Oratio Imperata
2018/4/18- National Trans Testing Day – Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (Seattle, WA)
2017/6/15 – Rad Care Network Gathering, Allied Media Conference (Detroit, MI)
2017/1/20 – Collaborator, Still Here, Velocity (Seattle, WA)
2015/5/3 – Collaborator, Queer Trans Clothing Exchange, Calamus Auditorium (Seattle, WA)
2015/5/16 – Collaborator, Queer Artist Mixer, Calamus Auditorium (Seattle, WA)
2010: CoG Circus, (Portland OR)
2010-13: Keeping Portland Queer! Documentary about Arts and Culture (Portland, OR)
2010/05/01: May Day Cirque Noir: performance about Immigrant & Workers Rights, and Beltane. (Portland, OR)
2009: The CoG Factory: (6 month) gallery series of solo exhibits featuring emerging Trans & Queer artists. (Portland, OR)
2008/12: Denial Of Self (4 week) theatrical production (on cultural narcissism) at the Interstate Cultural Center. (Portland, OR)
2010/06: Bike Love, Curator: Leah (Angst Studio, Portland, OR)
2009: CoG Artist Gallery & Calendar
2009/06: Group Show on Gender, (100th Monkey Studio, Portland OR)
2009/02: the CoG Factory Opening, Curator (CoG Factory, Portland, OR)
2006/04/01: 108, Group show, Curator: Jay Gordon (108 gallery, Seattle WA)
2005/12/10: KraftHaus, Craft show (Seattle WA)
2005/04/09: Behind the Counter Culture, (Mnemonic, 619 Western, Seattle WA)
2005/07/08: Urban Fashion, Fashion Show Benefit (ArtWorks, Seattle, WA)
2005/11/03: Deadly Fashion, Collaboration with the Foxglove Studio (619 Western, Seattle WA)
2005/01/06: Disillustration: Group exhibition, “Pop art”, curator (321 Clubhouse, Seattle, WA)
2004/12/02: Our Queer Family Portrait, Photography, curator (321 Clubhouse, WA)
2018 – 2020: Coming Soon
- 2018/6/21: (Puppets) Princess MasterBlazers 206Q Pride Edition, Fred Wildlife Refugee, Seattle, WA
- 2018/04/20-21: (Puppets) Princess MasterBlazer, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam 14, Theatre off Jackson, Seattle, WA
- 2017/01/11: (Performance) 206 Q, Fred Wildlife Refugee, Seattle, WA
- 2017/10/13-10/14: (Puppetry) Friday the 13th… Gone Wild! Fussy Puppet Slam, Theatre off Jackson, Seattle, WA
- 2016/05: (Puppet/Drag) Grace Jones Tribute, Gay Uncle Show, Rendezvous
- 02/2016: (Performance Art/Dance) Open Studio #20, On the Boards, Seattle, WA
- 2015/10: (Puppets) Fuzzy Puppet Slam, Theatre off Jackson, Seattle, WA
- 2010-2015: (Puppets) Various shorts, Beady Eyes Puppet Slam, Portland OR
- 2014/10: (Facilitated) Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop, National Harm Reduction Conference, Baltimore, MA
- 2103/08: (Puppets) Trans*missions, Queer Social Club, Seattle WA Silver Cloud Hotel-Seattle Broadway, Seattle WA
- 2012/08: (Puppets) Trans*missions, Queer Social Club, Washington Hall, Seattle WA
- 2012/03: (Puppets) Molly Bang Show, Mt.Tabor Theatre, Portland OR
- 2011/08: (Drag) Kings for a Cause III, E-Room, Portland OR
- 2011/07: (Drag) Summer Lovin Benefit Show, E-Room, Portland OR
- 2010/11: (Acrobatics) Hug Monsters, Trans Day of Remembrance, Portland, OR
- 2010/11: (Spoken Word) Trans Empowerment Week, Portland, OR
- 2010/10: (Clown/Acro) The Holy, Harrowing, Hellacious,’ H’ Halloween Show, Re-Bar, Seattle
- 2010/09: (Acrobatics) Rose City Saloon, Portland OR
- 2010/08: (Acrobatics) Kings for a Cause, E-Room, Portland OR
- 2010/05: (Acrobatics) Freakshow-go-go aka FAGG, Seattle WA
- 2010/02: (Acrobatics) Fat Tuesday, E-Room, Portland OR
- 2010/01: (Clown/Acrobatics) Not All Clowns Are Bozos II, Theatre off Jackson, Seattle WA
- 2009/12: (Acrobatics) Homo for the Holidays, Self-Produced, Switchyard Studios, Portland OR
- 2009/09: (Acrobatics) SMYRC Grand Re-Opening Celebration, Portland OR
- 2009/09: (Acrobatics) SuperQueer, E-Room, Portland OR
- 2009/08: (Acrobatics) Paint Your Art Out Benefit, Siren Nation, Portland OR
- 2009/08: (Acrobatics) Gender Free For All March, Portland OR
- 2009/07: (Acrobatics) Pride Performance, E-Room, Portland OR
- 2009/04: (Acrobatics) Gutz Out Fundraiser, In Other Words, Portland OR
- 2009/02: (Puppets) Puppet Love, Tears of Joy, the Winningstad, Portland OR
- 2009/02: (Acrobatics) The CoG Factory Grand Opening, Portland OR
- 2009/01: (Puppets) Arabella, the Holocene, Portland OR
- 2009/01: (Clown) Not All Clowns Are Bozos, Ear to the Ground, Theatre Off Jackson, Seattle WA
- 2008/12: (Full run) Denial of Self, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland OR