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.
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BUREAU of CHANGE exhibits at Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

Installation view, HERE/HOME, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

Installation view, HERE/HOME, 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 new collaborative possibilities as we envision the future of New Orleans.

HERE/HOME is an installation of objects of material culture borrowed from heritage centers across New Orleans.For the exhibit, the artist group BUREAU of CHANGE invited local heritage associations to participate in an exchange by selecting and loaning artifacts, artworks and objects of significance to their community to the BUREAU. The menagerie of objects gathered from cultural centers is featured at the Contemporary Arts Center. The installation transports objects of material culture from their original context – in semi-private spaces throughout the city – to form a unified public display.

Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St. New Orleans, LA

Open July 6 – September 22. August 3rd is Whitney White Linen Night Art Openings & Outdoor Celebrations (6 – 9pm) up & down Julia Street & the New Orleans Arts District

05 Jul 2013 no comments / READ MORE

Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight Acquires Our Work

Installation View, BUREAU of CHANGE: Taking Care of Trees, 2012 Commissioned by Duke University Center for Advanced Hindsight for the exhibition Restraining Order: The Art of Self-Control, December 14th, 2012 - February 22nd, 2013

Installation View, BUREAU of CHANGE: Taking Care of Trees, 2012
Commissioned by Duke University Center for Advanced Hindsight for the exhibition Restraining Order: The Art of Self-Control, December 14th, 2012 – February 22nd, 2013


Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight acquired work from BUREAU of CHANGE’s Taking Care of Trees project for it’s collection.

Behavioral economist and founder of the Center, Dan Ariely, also a popular TED talker and NYT best-selling author, commented on the BUREAU’s work:

In this project, the artists challenge the buyers of the art with a self-control exercise. With a purchase, the buyers not only receive a piece of beautiful art, but they get to contribute to the earth by raising a tree. But with this comes accountability, as the artists require ongoing proof that the tree is alive and well. But, how long will the warm glow last? Will the exchange be as rewarding after four or five years? Long after the art has been lost or broken, the buyer may feel less enthusiastic about caring for their seedling as the initial joy of goodwill fades and the responsibility sets in.

-Dan Ariely, more on TED

About the Center for Advanced Hindsight:  The central goal of the Center for Advanced Hindsight is to develop great insights (in hindsight) about an extensive and diverse set of research projects. As a non-discriminating institution, its work examines published as well as unpublished work, and the work of researchers of all ranks. Of course, this involvement is restricted to work conducted by unaffiliated researchers, as this kind of intimate scientific inquiry by its members would be too dangerous. Needless to say, all aforementioned work is done retrospectively. One might even go as far as saying “in hindsight.” The sole responsibility of members is to critique the work of others and comment on the obvious intuitiveness and predictability of the results. In fact, there is no “ground-breaking” research that comes as a surprise to the brilliant minds of the Center. The initiation process to become an official member of the center requires an oath of commitment to apathy and absurdity.


01 May 2013 no comments / READ MORE


Posted by BUREAU of CHANGE in EDU

BUREAU of CHANGE hosted a launch party and screening of our short documentary *EDUCATION NOT GUARANTEED on Friday, April 19 from 7PM to 10PM at 421 N Third St. in downtown Baton Rouge.

Sparked by illegal student fee practices and misappropriation of digital media education funds at Louisiana State University, *EDUCATION NOT GUARANTEED reveals new information on how financial improprieties reflect a broader “academic environment where administrators and faculty feel free to indulge their fears and egos over their responsibility to students.” The documentary, which was created by LSU School of Art alumni and faculty, follows the journey of a student whose trust in the university dissipates as he witnesses how his education is sacrificed due to others’ corruption and deceit.

As a gesture of Restitution to Students whose fee money was misappropriated for faculty iPads and other perks, BUREAU of CHANGE awarded surplus projectors, scanners and other equipment from the state of Louisiana to LSU students and alumni who attend the premiere.

Free BUREAU of CHANGE t-shirts were available throughout the evening for all attendees.

“The group of filmmakers said students are vulnerable to unethical decisions by university administrators and need someone to stand up for them.
‘Now that we’re in a position that we can, and that we know and have this knowledge now, we want to share it and hopefully make something happen and make change happen,’ said Jared Hornsby, one of the filmmakers and an LSU alumnus.”

                                                                                                                  Read more by David Lippman of NBC 33 News:   Former LSU students, professors debut movie critical of university leaders

Margot Herster and Jared Hornsby of BUREAU of CHANGE talk to reporter David Lippman of NBC33 at the premiere of *EDUCATION NOT GUARANTEED in Baton Rouge, LA.

Margot Herster and Jared Hornsby of BUREAU of CHANGE talk to reporter David Lippman of NBC33 at the premiere of *EDUCATION NOT GUARANTEED in Baton Rouge, LA.

22 Apr 2013 no comments / READ MORE