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Qalandiya International — A Palestinian Biennial

Gian Spina, Ramallah

the dove’s collar a star abandoned on the roof and a winding alley leading to the port This sea is mine This sea air is mine —Mahmoud Darwish1   In Palestine, the impossibility of artistic freedom and the denial of freedom to move within one’s own country conspire as an...

ROUNDTABLE

What can a process grounded in art-making and aesthetic priorities accomplish that community organizing cannot?

Aaron Landsman, New York City Angela Choi, New York City Ashley Holden, New York City Deland Chan, Stanford, CA Emani Love, Detroit Ezio Rosa, São Paulo Gabriella Marrero, New York City Jamel Ayala, New York City Jay Koo, New York City Kristian Davis Bailey, Detroit Tiffany Zorrilla, New York City

STORY

Muu-So: The Story of Creation

Coumba Toure, Dakar
Rokhaya Gueye, Dakar

Coumba Touré’s creation story, Muu-So, is one of great freedom—freedom to be creative, freedom to experiment, and freedom to think. But it is also a story of love and responsibility. It’s a children’s story, but with its poetic writing it appeals to all. Ndeye Rokhaya Gueye’s illustrations make it come alive in...

FEATURED

A Re-imagination of Policy and Health

Nicolle Bennett, New York

View or download the full report as a PDF: A Re-imagination of Policy and Health The active citizen voice is increasingly recognized as essential to holistic policy formation and health creation, as health policies begin to incorporate a broader set of health determinants and providers embrace more engaged, co-creative approaches to health/care....

ESSAYS

Qalandiya International — A Palestinian Biennial

Gian Spina, Ramallah

the dove’s collar a star abandoned on the roof and a winding alley leading to the port This sea is mine This sea air is mine —Mahmoud Darwish1   In Palestine, the impossibility of artistic freedom and the denial of freedom to move within one’s own country conspire as an...

The Tangled Histories of Disconnected Places

Lucia Nhamo, Harare

This interview of artist Lucia Nhamo, conducted by Aïcha Diallo, originally appeared at ContemporaryAnd.com. Lucia Nhamo was awarded the Goethe/Lanchonete residency prize at Bamako Encounters in 2015. The Goethe Institut and Musagetes/ArtsEverywhere supported the juried prize of a two-month residency for an artist from Bamako Encounters with Lanchonete.org in São Paulo. The...

Don McKay on Defamiliarization

Andrew Vowles, Guelph

Don McKay was out raven-watching one day in New Brunswick a number of years ago. Before moving there from Ontario, he hadn’t observed ravens intimately, so they hadn’t yet become invisible for him in the way that commonplace things and creatures — even people — might and often do. One...

In The Cracks of Learning (Situating Us)

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy

View or download this essay as a PDF: Situating Us – Alessandra Pomarico. The text appeared originally with the title “situating us” in SLOW READER, a resource for design thinking and practice; eds. Ana Paula Pais & Carolyn F. Strauss; published by Valiz, Amsterdam. Purchase the book at www.valiz.nl. As a preamble, I’d...

ROUNDTABLES

What can a process grounded in art-making and aesthetic priorities accomplish that community organizing cannot?

Aaron Landsman, New York City Angela Choi, New York City Ashley Holden, New York City Deland Chan, Stanford, CA Emani Love, Detroit Ezio Rosa, São Paulo Gabriella Marrero, New York City Jamel Ayala, New York City Jay Koo, New York City Kristian Davis Bailey, Detroit Tiffany Zorrilla, New York City

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

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

What Would an Actual Sharing Economy Look Like?

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

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

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

REVIEWS

Fictioning Names

Ashon Crawley, Los Angeles

Berry Berry. Sometimes fictions function to produce memory. And the genius and beauty of Barry Jenkins’s 2016 film Moonlight is not in its being presumably a universal story to which we all can relate. It is in this: that attention to the depth of emotion in the film can prompt in viewers our own search for such histories, such emotions, such...

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,...

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...

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....

STORIES

Muu-So: The Story of Creation

Coumba Toure, Dakar
Rokhaya Gueye, Dakar

Coumba Touré’s creation story, Muu-So, is one of great freedom—freedom to be creative, freedom to experiment, and freedom to think. But it is also a story of love and responsibility. It’s a children’s story, but with its poetic writing it appeals to all. Ndeye Rokhaya Gueye’s illustrations make it come alive in vivid and compelling ways. *Click on arrows or drag/swipe images...

Honduras: The Habit of Silence—A Graphic Novel

German Andino, Bilbao, Spain

Script & Ink: German Andino Introduction Script: Alberto Arce Translation: Andrew Hart *Click on arrows or drag/swipe images to navigate. About German Andino German Andino was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in 1984. He is a man of the streets. But his story, in the streets, is not one of tragedy or personal growth. It is in the streets...

Episode 5: 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,...

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...

AUDIO/VIDEO

Tomson Highway and the many languages

Tomson Highway, Gatineau

Tomson Highway (Cree/Dene) enjoys an international career as playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter, widely known for his plays The Rez Sisters, Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing, Rose, Ernestine Sushwap Gets Her Trout, and the best-selling novel Kiss of the Fur Queen. In this performance lecture at the Free Home University in Lecce, Italy, Tomson demonstrates how language shapes us and our...

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

Ajamu, London
PatoHebert, New York City & Los Angeles

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...

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

Jaron Lanier, San Francisco
Lee Maracle, Toronto

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...

Imagining Futures: A Conversation on Indigenous Knowledge

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

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...

POLICY

A Re-imagination of Policy and Health

Nicolle Bennett, New York

View or download the full report as a PDF: A Re-imagination of Policy and Health The active citizen voice is increasingly recognized as essential to holistic policy formation and health creation, as health policies begin to incorporate a broader set of health determinants and providers embrace more engaged, co-creative approaches to health/care. As definitions of policy and health expand, artistic practice and...

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...

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...

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...

QUEER CITY

Cultivating Rhizomatic Space: A Conversation Between Pato Hebert and Ajamu

Ajamu, London
PatoHebert, New York City & Los Angeles

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...

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

Ajamu, London
PatoHebert, New York City & Los Angeles

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”...

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...

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

Ajamu, London
PatoHebert, New York City & Los Angeles

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

In The Cracks of Learning (Situating Us)

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy

View or download this essay as a PDF: Situating Us – Alessandra Pomarico. The text appeared originally with the title “situating us” in SLOW READER, a resource for design thinking and practice; eds. Ana Paula Pais & Carolyn F. Strauss; published by Valiz, Amsterdam. Purchase the book at www.valiz.nl. As a preamble, I’d...

Multi-layered Selves: Colonialism, Decolonization and Counter-Intuitive Learning Spaces

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, Vancouver

As I wondered about the best way to write this text, two related events caught my attention. First, I received a call for publications with the title “After De-colonizing…What?” issued after an extremely productive (albeit difficult) 2015 gathering in Portugal on the theme of ‘Eco-versities’. In the same week, in...

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...

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...

ARTIST RIGHTS

Qalandiya International — A Palestinian Biennial

Gian Spina, Ramallah

the dove’s collar a star abandoned on the roof and a winding alley leading to the port This sea is mine This sea air is mine —Mahmoud Darwish1   In Palestine, the impossibility of artistic freedom and the denial of freedom to move within one’s own country conspire as an...

The Communicative Ecology of Artist Rights

Sidd Joag, New York City

Even as the relationship between the fields of arts, culture and human rights becomes more defined, the global community of organizations, networks and civil society initiatives working at that intersection, advocating for artists and defending free expression remains a relatively small, tight-knit group. However, despite existing connectivity, there is a...

Relocating: Emad Tayefeh

Sidd Joag, New York City

It cost Emad Tayefeh $10,000 to bribe Iranian border guards for safe passage to Turkey, $2,500 of which was financed by the advocacy organization Freedom House. While living as a refugee in Istanbul he paid $4,700 for rent, $3,000 for food, and $600 for local transportation over the course of...

From the Editors: On Artist Rights

Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Ontario

ArtsEverywhere recently passed its six-month anniversary—a milestone that slipped past us unnoticed as we focussed intently on shaping new content and implementing projects that undergird our various lines of inquiry. In November we’re more fully launching the Artist Rights section of the ArtsEverywhere platform—something that has been in design for the...