Initiatives Democratizing the Green City


Here’s a great opportunity for some of our followers, particularly those interested in our Democratizing the Green City initiative:

Not An Alternative (NAA) is seeking a Fellow to assist with research and writing projects associated with our ongoing project The Natural History Museum–a mobile and pop-up museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature, yet are excluded from traditional museums.

The museum’s primary subject of study is the fossil fuel ecosystem–characterized by a complex set of interrelated feedback loops encompassing energy, politics, society, economics, and culture. We turn an anthropological gaze on traditional natural history museums as ideological habitats within this ecosystem.

The Research & Writing Fellow will help to compile a sort of “people’s history of natural history” for the museum, inscribed in descriptions of artifacts within our collection, exhibit labels, exhibition abstracts, catalogs, online blog posts, promotional materials, alternative tours of mainstream museums (part of our “Docents Gone Wild” program), and other written outputs.

The ideal candidate has strong writing chops and a background in anthropology, Institutional Critique art practices, media/culture, history, political theory, or journalism (or some combination thereof). The ability to comprehend critical theory and translate it for a broad public / lay audience is important. Comfort in writing with metaphors (of science, ecology, anthropology, museology) as rhetorics or poetics a plus.

While this is a temporary fellowship (4-12 months), we are always eager to identify long-term collaborators. If there is mutual enthusiasm and time, additional projects could include authoring op-eds to be published in mainstream media, articles for art and/or museum studies or anthropology journals, curating and editing texts written by well-known scholars to be published on The Natural History Museum’s website, and collaborating on a forthcoming book.

How to apply: please email with the following: a cover letter, resume, and 3 writing samples demonstrating a range of writing styles for different audiences.

Deadline for applications: March 15th, 2016, but candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early. We aim to fill the position as soon as possible.

Location: NY, NY (could be remote)

Hours and Duration: ~20 hours per week. Duration flexible: 4-12 months.

Stipend: $800 USD per month. Academic credit may be possible depending on your institution.


Founded in 2004, Not An Alternative is a non-profit organization that works at the intersection of art, activism, and pedagogy. It has a mission to affect popular understandings of events, symbols, institutions, and history. Through engaged critical research and design, the group curates and produces interventions on material and immaterial space, bringing together tools from art, architecture, exhibition design, and political organizing. All these efforts are enacted through the occupation and redeployment of popular vernacular, semiotics, and memes.

Not An Alternative was recently named in the NY Times and ArtNet’s “Best in Art in 2015” round-ups. The group’s installations, performances, and presentations have been featured within art institutions such as Guggenheim (NY), PS1/MOMA (NY), Queens Museum (NY), Brooklyn Museum (NY), Tate Modern (London), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), MOCAD (Detroit), and Museo del Arte Moderno (Mexico City), and in the public sphere, where they collaborate with community groups and activist mobilizations.