BUREAU OF CHANGE | we are what we see
BUREAU of CHANGE is an entity of artists that engages non-artists to reimagine institutional function and philosophy. BUREAU produces projects that acknowledge the transformative power of creative, collaborative communication in our networked global society, as well the vitality of personalized interventions. Our mission and vision is realized in the conception, production, installation, and dissemination of public service, which we generate through enterprising approaches to research-based collaboration. WE RELEASE PUBLIC RECORDS THAT REVEAL HARSH INSTITUTIONAL REALITIES. WE ASSEMBLE CITIZEN COUNCILS TO OPENLY ASSESS ISSUES OF PUBLIC CONCERN. WE PERFORM SERVICES THAT DELIVER GESTURES OF CARE. WE ENCOURAGE AND AGGREGATE INDIVIDUAL EXPRESSION TO HARNESS ITS POWER.
BUREAU of CHANGE, Margot Herster, public art, agency, Southern Rep, BOUDIN, New Orleans, social practice, digital art, media, participatory art, politics, activist, socially engaged art, Bureau de Change, Margot Herster

Recent Activities

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  • Restitution to Students
    Restitution to Students

    BUREAU of CHANGE awarded surplus electronics as restitution to students at release of our public record *EDUCATION NOT GUARANTEED.

  • Nothing But the Truth
    Nothing But the Truth

    BUREAU of CHANGE developed a process for finding truths as defined by individuals engaged in collaboration.

  • Taking Care of Trees
    Taking Care of Trees

    BUREAU of CHANGE cleaned up fallen trees in the wake of Hurricane Isaac in search of lumber to make commodities.

  • Taking Care of Education
    Taking Care of Education

    BUREAU of CHANGE invited educators to participate in BodyMind Integrative therapy, bubble baths, and playtime with kittens as a gesture of care.

  • 2013 Creative Time Summit @BUREAU of CHANGE
    2013 Creative Time Summit @BUREAU of CHANGE

    BUREAU of CHANGE hosted the 2013 Creative Time Summit: Art, Place, and Dislocation in New Orleans.

The mission of  BUREAU of CHANGE is to present catalyst for institutional accountability by envisioning policy and practice rights through collaborative social creations. 
BUREAU of CHANGE envisions a new governmental body that discloses institutional transgressions, engages its people in collective problem solving, and is kinder and gentler to its human and non human resources. 
We acknowledge the transformative power of creative, collaborative communication in our networked global society, as well a the vitality of personalized interventions that promote individual welfare. 
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The Advocate reviews BUREAU of CHANGE: Social Services as “best street art on P.3+ menu”

The 24/7 part of Prospect.3: SEEN on the STREET BY JOHN D’ADDARIO| SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE Dec. 23, 2014 “But it’s a piece by the New Orleans-based Bureau of Change that likely will find its way into the most Instagram feeds. Against a selfie-ready expanse of mirrors, the words “We Are What We See” invite viewers to consider a list of provocative statements regarding the role of images in social media — and by extension, our own roles in creating them. It’s the kind of self-reflective art that depends on the active participation of a viewer for its meaning. And like the best street art on the P.3+ menu this season, it’s definitely worth making the time to seek out.” Read the full story at The Advocate

HERE/HOME, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
BUREAU of CHANGE exhibits at Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

BUREAU of CHANGE’s HERE/HOME project is exhibiting in the collective exhibition, TANK DRAMA: Deliberations from The Wet Grave, curated by Jan Gilbert. Artists working in a multiplicity of art forms—theater, writing, visual art, film, music, dance, and more—are brought together under the umbrella of The VESTIGES Project to present their work in the Lupin Foundation Gallery, along with scheduled events in the Freeport-McMoRan Theater and additional off-site venues. These greatly varied works have evolved over the course of the past eight years, many winding their way through several iterations in different locales. The artists and works often traveled to cities with a high concentration of New Orleanians in diaspora, such as Houston and Atlanta. Others reached out to people and places with parallel coastal experiences and concerns. Some works passionately address issues such as global warming, public health, racism, and economic inequities, while others gently touch upon modes of peaceful escape, meanderings of memento mori, and metaphors and tools for intimate community healing and rebuilding. Assembled together, these works are a potent representation of just some of the creative networks documenting, remembering, and re-visioning post-Katrina New Orleans. The ongoing efforts to think through the past while establishing fresh connections propels us toward...