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September 27, 2016

All We Have is Each Other

Alissa Firth-Eagland, Guelph, Ontario

All We Have is Each Other[i] The path across diversity needs to be re-imagined and re-constructed constantly.[ii] The key to this re-imagination and re-construction is in working together, but this work can only truly begin in an equitable, co-creative, and mutual way when we settlers let go of our fears....

ROUNDTABLE

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July 1, 2016

How does the line that defines an area have the power to create and an equally great capacity to divide and destroy?

James Bridle, Athens |  draftworks*, Nicosia & Athens |  Dongsei Kim, Melbourne |  Emma Xin Ma, Toronto |  Gili Merin, Tel Aviv |  Ania Molenda, Rotterdam |  Lada Nakonechna, Kiev |  Evan Pavka, Montreal |  Amrit Phull, Toronto |  Rosa Rogina, London |  Kathryn Schwartzkopf, Seattle |  Miriam Ho, Toronto |  Ruth Jones, Toronto & Los Angeles |  Michael Taylor, Zurich | 

STORY

Lu Cafausu's collective signature.
September 1, 2016

Battle

Lu Cafausu, Italy

Battle The armor is so heavy that to tie his shoes the knight has to press his head against the wall, to keep from toppling over. There’s no time. The horse is thinking about making a break for it as dense smoke rises all around. Before the horse can stir...

FEATURED

Part of the networking zone at the MSMGF event in Durban
September 22, 2016

Cultivating Rhizomatic Space: A Conversation Between Pato Hebert and Ajamu

Pato Hebert and Ajamu, New York City & London

This year, London-based artist, archivist, and curator Ajamu and New York and Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and organizer Pato Hebert collaborated on a series of activities at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.  On 14 August, 2016 they spoke via Skype and reflected on their experiences. Ajamu spoke from his home in London...

ESSAYS

Heritage Hall aglow
September 27, 2016

All We Have is Each Other

Alissa Firth-Eagland, Guelph, Ontario

All We Have is Each Other[i] The path across diversity needs to be re-imagined and re-constructed constantly.[ii] The key to this re-imagination and re-construction is in working together, but this work can only truly begin in an equitable, co-creative, and mutual way when we settlers let go of our fears....

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September 18, 2016

The Gang and the Government

Niki Singleton, New York City

This comic started with an unexpected experience I had going to a Jane’s Addiction concert in Port Chester, NY a couple of months ago. The police presence at the concert was extremely intense, and the anxiety in the crowd over security was really high. My friends and I tried to get...

© Amina Menia, Extra Muros (Chapter 1), Bastion 23 Art Center, 2005. Extra Muros Project (2005-ongoing). Courtesy of the artist.
September 15, 2016

In/Visible Series: What needs to change to make people feel like contemporary art is theirs too?

Another Africa, Vancouver

In spring 2016, Another Africa launched In/Visible Voices of Women, a long-term publication project. Conceived by Clelia Coussonnet and Missla Libsekal, it focuses on women artists operating within Francophone and Lusophone Africa. Read more articles in the series here. Probing the possibilities of contemporary art, ultimately is a way for...

© Nadia Kaabi-Linke, No One Harms Me Unpunished, 2010. Photo: Timo Kaabi-Linke, 2012. Courtesy of Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art and the artist.
September 1, 2016

In/Visible Series: What have been the setbacks, and breakthroughs in the last decade?

Another Africa, Vancouver

In spring 2016, Another Africa launched In/Visible Voices of Women, a long-term publication project. Conceived by Clelia Coussonnet and Missla Libsekal, it focuses on women artists operating within Francophone and Lusophone Africa. Read more articles in the series here. What is holding back the agency of women today? Can we...

ROUNDTABLES

ACM_6922
July 1, 2016

How does the line that defines an area have the power to create and an equally great capacity to divide and destroy?

James Bridle, Athens |  draftworks*, Nicosia & Athens |  Dongsei Kim, Melbourne |  Emma Xin Ma, Toronto |  Gili Merin, Tel Aviv |  Ania Molenda, Rotterdam |  Lada Nakonechna, Kiev |  Evan Pavka, Montreal |  Amrit Phull, Toronto |  Rosa Rogina, London |  Kathryn Schwartzkopf, Seattle |  Miriam Ho, Toronto |  Ruth Jones, Toronto & Los Angeles |  Michael Taylor, Zurich | 

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May 26, 2016

What Would an Actual Sharing Economy Look Like?

Fernando García-Dory, Madrid & Majorca |  Eeva Moore, Berlin |  Majken Overgaard, Copenhagen |  Mary Rowe, New York City |  Rasmus Sangild, Copenhagen  |  Mikkel Stjernberg, Elsinore, Denmark  |  Anne Waak, Berlin |  Sixten Kai Nielsen Martin Rosengaard, Copenhagen |  Caroline Woolard, Brooklyn |  Christian Ingemann, Copenhagen | 

Once Upon a Time an Egyptian Cat was Put to Work – ink, acrylic, and marker on cardboard copyright Ganzeer, 2013
April 30, 2016

Visions of resilience: Eighteen artists say or show something in response to the word “resilience”

David Maddox, New York City |  Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul |  Juan Carlos Arroyo, Bogotá |  Katrine Claassens, Cape Town |  David Brooks, New York City |  Rebecca Chesney, Preston |  Emilio Fantin, Milan |  Lloyd Godman, Melbourne |  Fran Ilich, New York City |  Todd Lanier Lester, São Paulo |  Frida Larios, Antiguo Cuzcatlán, Copán, and Washington |  Mary Mattingly, New York City |  E. J. McAdams, New York City |  Mary Miss, New York City |  Edna Peres, Johannesburg |  Caroline Robinson, Auckland |  Finzi Saidi, Pretoria |  Keijiro Suzuki, Yamaguchi & Nagoya |  Ganzeer, Los Angeles | 

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March 31, 2016

What Does a Queer Urban Future Look Like?

Thiago Carrapatoso, São Paulo |  Michael Roberson, New York City |  Jude Dibia, Malmö |  Todd Lanier Lester, São Paulo |  Karol Radziszewski, Warsaw |  Sarah Schulman, New York City |  Eric Gitari, Nairobi |  Niki Singleton, New York City |  Zvonimir Dobrovic, Zagreb |  Ella Boureau, New York City |  Maya Mikdashi, Jersey City |  Mahmoud Khaled, Alexandria, Egypt & Trondheim, Norway | 

REVIEWS

Flyer: A Person Livid with AIDS
September 28, 2016

We Have a Past and a Future

Theodore Kerr, New York City

A review of  Dazzle Camouflage: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience by Ezra Berkeley Nepon. 2014. ISBN-13: 9780692595350. E. Nepon. 154 pages. Buy the book.  Dazzle Camouflage: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience is the type of book you want to buy multiple copies of and give to your friends so you all can talk about it. It’s funny, accessible,...

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July 4, 2016

In the Shadow of an Epidemic

Mike Young, Toronto

A review of Sarah Schulman’s The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Generation I came out to my friends as an impulsive, drain-chain-wearing sixteen-year-old. I knew little about the Gay Liberation movement or the queer community. Instead, I met a cute punk on a Toronto streetcar and felt a familiar stab of desire in my gut. When he casually...

Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Great Black Music Ensemble performance paying tribute to the musician Captain Walter Dyett and  Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, June 29, 2011; by Flickr user Sumi-I.
June 24, 2016

Experience vs. Magic: Improvisation and Civic Action

Ruslana Lichtzier, Chicago

A review of  The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Co-creation (Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice) by Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble, and George Lipsitz. 2014. ISBN: 0822354780. Duke University Press Books. 328 pages. Buy the book.  The Fierce Urgency of Now has a unique structure: a long prelude followed by an introduction, six chapters, and a coda....

Print
May 1, 2016

Knowing vs. Doing: Propelling Design with Ecology

Anne Trumble, Los Angeles

A review of Projective Ecologies, edited by Chris Reed and Nina-Marie Lister. 2014. ISBN: 1940291127. ACTAR, Harvard Graduate School of Design. 314 pages. Buy the book. Several months ago, I reviewed Landscape Imagination, a collection of essays by James Corner, a professor at University of Pennsylvania and the landscape architect who designed New York City’s celebrated High Line. Composed over twenty...

STORIES

Lu Cafausu's collective signature.
September 1, 2016

Battle

Lu Cafausu, Italy

Battle The armor is so heavy that to tie his shoes the knight has to press his head against the wall, to keep from toppling over. There’s no time. The horse is thinking about making a break for it as dense smoke rises all around. Before the horse can stir its limbs and gallop away, the knight grabs the reins,...

The dragon. Photo by Luigi Presicce.
August 3, 2016

Episode 4: The resurrection of the wizards

Lu Cafausu, Italy

Lots of strange people, in worn-out overalls and t-shirts, wander along the tree-lined lanes around the hospital. Some wear slippers, others sneakers, some are wrapped in bathrobes. No one is dressed up like Napoleon. Almost all the strollers have some-yellowed fingers. (Now and then shouting is heard.) The artist has just entered the studio, following Gabriella, and his gaze alights...

LigoranoReese sketch of their ice sculpture, "The American Dream", at the Republican and Democratic Conventions 2016.
July 18, 2016

Melting: the American Dream

Erica Hunt, New York City

Click here to download the PDF of Erica Hunt’s poem, “Melting: the American Dream.”

Photo by Ivo Corra
June 27, 2016

Episode 3b: The Screen Will Be White

Lu Cafausu, Italy

“I have always created and used submissive sexual fantasies – M will keep talking, seeming somewhat reassured – in solitude, but at the same time I have always thought that the possibility of sharing them with someone else might be liberating, unburdening. The fact that you have shown me my own phantoms as a production independent of myself made me...

AUDIO/VIDEO

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August 19, 2016

We Liked the Way He Moved: A Presentation at the International AIDS Conference

Pato Hebert and Ajamu, New York City & London

Durban, South Africa, July 16, 2016 This year, London-based artist, archivist, and curator Ajamu and New York and Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and organizer Pato Hebert collaborated on a series of activities at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. On 16 July, 2016 they gave an illustrated plenary at the MSMGF’s “Action + Access” Pre-Conference for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with...

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April 12, 2016

2015 Guelph Lecture: Lee Maracle on art & life; Jaron Lanier on technology

Lee Maracle, Toronto
Jaron Lanier, San Francisco

The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian continues to broaden the scope and number of voices that promote and foster public dialogue on, and greater understanding of, ideas and issues of concern to Canadians. Each year the Guelph Lecture brings together a cast of some the most innovative, imaginative, and inspiring thinkers and performers who engage audience members with an array of...

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March 23, 2016

Imagining Futures: A Conversation on Indigenous Knowledge

Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Ontario
Wanda Nanibush, Christian Island, Ontario
Adrian Stimson, Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation, Alberta
Tim Lilburn, Victoria, British Columbia
Philip Kevin Paul, WSÁ,NEC Nation, Vancouver Island

Spur Guelph, a festival of art, politics, and ideas was convened in November 2015. As part of the festival, the Imagining Futures conversation focused on the possibility of futures that draw from Indigenous and artistic ways of knowing and shaping the world. How can the imagining of indigenous futures offer new or revised institutional, relational, and spatial forms and metaphors that centralize...

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March 22, 2016

Imagination & Possibility: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Lee Smolin, Toronto
Madhur Anand, Guelph
Jaron Lanier, San Francisco

Imaginative thinking is central to the practice of every person working in the scientific, creative and humanistic fields and disciplines—in every aspect of human endeavour. Philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger wrote that the “imagination is the scout of the will, anticipating how we might get to the there—or to different theres—from here.” This conversation between Lee Smolin, a theoretical physicist, Jaron...

POLICY

Turkish photographer Emine Gozde Sevim's new book, Embed in Egypt, follows life in Egypt during and after the 2011 revolution. World Policy Journal sat down with Sevim to discuss the book, her experience taking photos amid riots and protests, and the current political climate in Egypt. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Rashad.
July 9, 2016

Embed in Egypt

Jakob Sergei Weitz, New York City

Emine Gozde Sevim is a Turkish photographer who lived in Egypt from 2011 to 2013, during the revolution to overthrow former President Hosni Mubarak and the tumultuous years that followed. Her photos capture the personal stories and memories that make up the complex lives of the people that lived through this historic time, beyond the cold narrative you can read...

Photo Credit: Jakob Sergei Weitz
June 25, 2016

A Mirror Covered in Dust

Jakob Sergei Weitz, New York City

The movie China’s 3Dreams, screened in New York as part of the Brooklyn Film Festival, is a documentary filmed on location over 10 years by Australian filmmaker Nick Torrens. According to Torrens, in the 1970s the “Chinese Dream” was “a watch, a radio, and a bicycle.” Today, the new generation’s dream can be summed up in a short sentence a young...

Original photo courtesy of Joseph Bourdon. Image design by Jakob Sergei Weitz
June 25, 2016

Negative Publicity

Jakob Sergei Weitz, New York City

From the 2001 declaration of the war on terror until 2008, an unknown number of people disappeared into a secret network of “Black Site” prisons and holding cells organized by the CIA. In March 2009, a seemingly normal breach of contract court case involving an aviation company, Richmor Aviation, and a flight broker, Sportsflight Air, revealed details of shadowy CIA...

Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Great Black Music Ensemble performance paying tribute to the musician Captain Walter Dyett and  Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, June 29, 2011; by Flickr user Sumi-I.
June 24, 2016

Experience vs. Magic: Improvisation and Civic Action

Ruslana Lichtzier, Chicago

A review of  The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Co-creation (Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice) by Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble, and George Lipsitz. 2014. ISBN: 0822354780. Duke University Press Books. 328 pages. Buy the book.  The Fierce Urgency of Now has a unique structure: a long prelude followed by an introduction, six chapters, and a coda....

QUEER CITY

Part of the networking zone at the MSMGF event in Durban
September 22, 2016

Cultivating Rhizomatic Space: A Conversation Between Pato Hebert and Ajamu

Pato Hebert and Ajamu, New York City & London

This year, London-based artist, archivist, and curator Ajamu and New York and Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and organizer Pato Hebert collaborated on a series of activities at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.  On 14 August, 2016 they spoke via Skype and reflected on their experiences. Ajamu spoke from his home in London...

Image for Second Installment
August 19, 2016

We Liked the Way He Moved: A Presentation at the International AIDS Conference

Pato Hebert and Ajamu, New York City & London

Durban, South Africa, July 16, 2016 This year, London-based artist, archivist, and curator Ajamu and New York and Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and organizer Pato Hebert collaborated on a series of activities at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. On 16 July, 2016 they gave an illustrated plenary at the MSMGF’s “Action + Access”...

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July 22, 2016

Janta Dispatches: Technoqueer

Thiago Carrapatoso, São Paulo

“Janta – Queer Food, Queer Politics” is the cycle of activities organized by the art residency Lanchonete.org and the Canadian foundation Musagetes as part of the Cidade Queer / Queer City initiative. Every month, the series convenes people to discuss a queer perspective on urbanism and the city. The informal dinners, where no one is...

Darnell Moore by Ajamu 2016
July 13, 2016

An Archive Is A Place Where Things Go to Live: A Conversation Between Pato Hebert and Ajamu

Pato Hebert and Ajamu, New York City & London

This summer, London-based artist, archivist, and curator Ajamu and New York and Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and organizer Pato Hebert are collaborating on a series of activities at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. On 16 July, they will present an illustrated conversation as the main plenary at the “Action...

FREE HOME UNIVERSITY

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June 21, 2016

Torpor and Awakening

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, Vancouver

This text is an adapted transcript of a keynote presented at the Indigenous Scholars Conference: Indigenous Epistemologies: Re-Visioning Reconciliation on 26 March 2015, at the University of Alberta. It has been accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Native Studies. I am from a family with Indigenous Latin American...

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May 31, 2016

Giardino Ammirato: re-imagining public space at the Spring Session of Free Home University

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy

The 2016 Spring Session of Free Home University started with a desire to take care of the public garden adjacent to the Ammirato Culture House, a hub for artistic social practices and a sister initiative of Free Home University, which inhabits the space during its seasonal “unclasses.” The adjacent garden—the...

Tea Party at Free Home University on the terrace of the Ammirato Culture House. Photo by Nayari Castillo.
May 25, 2016

Narratives of Solidarity: Free Home University—Summer 2016

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy
Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Ontario

Narratives of Solidarity: From personal stories to a reflection on History for the invention of (our) Shestories The summer session of Free Home University (June 13-July 4, 2016) will explore how to use personal narratives to reflect on History and imagine a new ‘SHEstory’—a term we coined as a way to...

Chto Delat's School for Engaged Art; image courtesy Chto Delat
May 19, 2016

Alternative Institutions and Intimate Counter-Publics: Chto Delat’s School for Engaged Art and Rosa’s House of Culture

Jonathan Brooks Platt, Pittsburgh

The following essay is the first in a monthly series on pedagogy, edited by Alessandra Pomarico, co-curator of the Free Home University in Lecce, Italy. Alessandra introduces the series here. In the context of contemporary Russian artistic and intellectual life, the significance of the Chto Delat School for Engaged Art...

ARTIST RIGHTS

Anti-LGBT protest in Yogyakarta 2016. Photo credit: Arahmaiani
September 13, 2016

Rejecting the Tragedy of Violence

Arahmaiani, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

That afternoon, surrounding the Tugu monument in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, a group of people could be seen carrying banners, chanting in a loud and menacing tone. They wore masculine-looking clothes: army camouflage jackets and Middle Eastern headwear. This group of young men had an unfriendly appearance, and looked as if they...

Turkish photographer Emine Gozde Sevim's new book, Embed in Egypt, follows life in Egypt during and after the 2011 revolution. World Policy Journal sat down with Sevim to discuss the book, her experience taking photos amid riots and protests, and the current political climate in Egypt. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Rashad.
July 9, 2016

Embed in Egypt

Jakob Sergei Weitz, New York City

Emine Gozde Sevim is a Turkish photographer who lived in Egypt from 2011 to 2013, during the revolution to overthrow former President Hosni Mubarak and the tumultuous years that followed. Her photos capture the personal stories and memories that make up the complex lives of the people that lived through...

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December 10, 2015

The Cost of Telling the Truth

Sidd Joag, New York City

After living in hiding for six years in the United States, journalist C.M. Rien Kuntari is ready to go home. “I don’t want to live the rest of my life as a prisoner or as a political asylee. I want to go home as a free person,” she says. Since...

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September 17, 2015

Art, Ethnography, and Exorcism in El Barrio

Sidd Joag, New York City

This past July, I traveled with a journalist, German Andino, and the subject of his new graphic novel, Pastor Daniel Pacheco. We visited Rivera Hernandez, a colony of 59 barrios located on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula and, statistically, one of the most violent urban areas in the world....