Open Collective
Open Collective
Chaos Computer Quarterly Update 4
Published on May 4, 2023 by Bayley Sweitzer

It is with a heavy heart that we bring news of the imminent closure of Chaos Computer’s current physical space. As many of you know, our building has been slated for demolition, and our last legal day there will be July 4th, 2023. Of course we will continue our programming right up to the bitter end, with a final weekend of extra special bangers culminating in a big blowout show July 1st. As always, keep checking our website for the most updated calendar as our last two months are shaping up to be quite something:    

By July, we will have spent sixteen months in the space, facilitating close to 500 events, offering artist studios and housing, and overcoming pretty much every obstacle this city can throw at a DIY collective. While the news feels sudden, this demolition is something we knew was coming eventually. For better or worse, this space has always been one of temporary autonomy, so as of now, we are back on the prowl for a new spot. The closure of this space also means that four trans collective members will be losing their house. Please take a moment to check our Go Fund Me that will help cover the costs of urgently securing stable housing for our friends, in addition to relocating the venue:  

Also, if anyone has any leads on spots that could potentially accommodate housing or a venue, please do not hesitate to reach out. We need all the help we can get. 

On that note, we want to take this opportunity to acknowledge everyone who, through generosity of equipment, time, materials, money, and expertise, has allowed us to create and maintain the kind of place we are convinced can actually exist, even in such an unrelenting and insidious economic era. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Additionally, as we exit the space, we kindly ask that everyone continue to respect the Computer, specifically our staff and equipment, so our relocation process can be as smooth as possible. We need our gear, we need each other, and we need our security deposit intact if we are going to try this again somewhere else.

Since we opened our doors in March 2022, the outpouring of community support and feedback has been incredible, deeply humbling, and a constant reminder that these kinds of projects are totally worth it and that there is so much love out there. The necessity of DIY in NYC has been made clearer than ever. It is our full and motivated intention to continue this project.