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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 and Rosa’s House of Culture is difficult to overstate. Since...

ROUNDTABLE

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 | 

AUDIO & VIDEO

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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...

REVIEW

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...

PROJECT

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 queer the feminist concept of “herstory”—with an intersectional lens together...

STORY

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May 1, 2016

EPISODE 2: Anna Vaniglia

Lu Cafausu, Italy

The female off-screen voice has a French accent and a slight leaning towards the dialect of Salento. The voice is heard over closeups of a woman in labor, a perspiring tattooed body giving birth at night in a poorly lit domestic setting. Anna Vaniglia began talking on the threshold of a public restroom, at the intersection of three completely empty...

ROUNDTABLES

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 | 

Gift Horse by Hans Haacke
March 14, 2016

Has the Art World Lost It?

Jaroslav Andel, Prague & New York |  Luis Camnitzer, New York |  Henry Giroux, Toronto |  Hans Haacke, New York |  Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Reykjavík |  Suzanne Lacy, Los Angeles |  Marita Muukkonen, Helsinki and Berlin |  Vicente Todolí, Valencia |  Mike Watson, Rome |  Krzysztof Wodiczko, Cambridge, MA | 

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February 22, 2016

Graffiti and street art can be controversial, but can also be a medium for voices of social change, protest, or expressions of community desire. What, how, and where are examples of graffiti as a positive force in communities?

David Maddox, New York City |  Pauline Bullen, Harare |  Paul Downtown, Adelaide |  Emilio Fantin, Milan |  Ganzeer, Los Angeles |  Germán Gómez Eslava, Bogotá |  Sidd Joag, New York City |  Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul |  Patrice Milillo, Los Angeles |  Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal | 

ESSAYS

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 and Rosa’s House of Culture is difficult to overstate. Since...

The author in her office at North House
May 18, 2016

Formes pour vivre: An Experiment in Ecological-Environmental-Scientific Poetics

Karen Houle, Guelph, Ontario

In this short essay my aim is modest and two-fold. First, I would like to share with you a story about an experiment in ecological-environmental-scientific-poetics that worked out beautifully. It worked so well that I believe it is worth sharing. Second, in the spirit of sharing, so that others can try out this recipe, I will make explicit the elements of...

Free Home University, 2014
May 15, 2016

Pedagogy, otherwise

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy

There is general consensus and vast literature arguing that the education system is failing us. In the age of a global knowledge economy, the production of knowledge is becoming a financial enterprise and the logic of the market regulates every aspect of society, including how education is organized; we need to analyze the crisis of education in relation to the larger,...

Detail view, Hirschhorn's Gramsci Monument at the Forest Homes, Bronx, NY, 2013
May 6, 2016

Acting Locally: How Artists Can Shape the Nature of Change in their Communities

Lee Ann Norman, Chicago & New York City

Two young women carefully balance freshly packed artworks as they embrace their hosts and exit a small bungalow just off the boulevard. They are in town from St. Louis, having recently closed their exhibition at THE FRANKLIN, an artist-run project space and curatorial lab on Chicago’s west side. The structure — a 12’ x 12’ wooden cube with custom designed...

REVIEWS

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...

Installation view at Richard Taittinger Gallery
March 21, 2016

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: The Rising Contemporary African Art Brand and the Burden of Africanness

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Hanover, New Hampshire

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? borrows its title from Sidney Poitier’s 1967’s epic comedy-drama, a fitting metaphor, in reference to the astute observation of art historian Chika Okeke-Agulu that African artists have indeed mastered the realpolitiks of contemporary art and can now be counted as legitimate stakeholders. They have invited themselves to the dinner table of the international mainstream on their own terms. The...

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March 8, 2016

How laws evolve according to Lee Smolin, Time Reborn

Joy Roberts, Guelph

A review of Time Reborn by Lee Smolin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) Years ago my now deceased sister and I would exchange letters, keeping each other abreast of daily life events–and debating the 2nd law of thermodynamics. Since neither of us had any training in physics beyond high school, I’m not sure how  much progress we made on the latter topic....

Boxer Bob Wanders in the Mansion Ruins by Robin Lasser
March 7, 2016

Artists, Vagabonds, and an Accidental Nature Reserve in San Francisco Bay

Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul

A review of Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture, an exhibition curated by Robin Lasser, Danielle Siembieda, and Barbara Boissevain at SOMArts, San Francisco, USA.  For such a far-reaching social and ecological exposition, Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture centers on a surprisingly small piece of man-made land known as the Albany Bulb. A decommissioned construction landfill, the “Bulb”, as it is...

POLICY

Lê Quan Ninh. Photo by Peter Gannushkin (downtonmusic.net)
April 26, 2016

Improvising Freely: The ABCs of an Experience

Lê Quan Ninh, Saint-Silvain-sous-Toulx, France
Karen Houle, Guelph, Ontario

The following text is excerpted from Lê Quan Ninh’s book, Improvising Freely: The ABCs of an Experience, translated from the French by Karen Houle with assistance from Pegleess Barrios & Melissa Chong Ah Yan. The book is available for purchase from PS Guelph (www.publicationstudio.biz). Abécédaire (An ABC) This book is an attempt to describe my own experience as an improviser and...

When Rivers Meet, directed by Dong-Won Kim, featuring dancer Georgia Simms
April 25, 2016

Improvisation & Policy: Notes for a Roundtable

Daniel Weinstock, Montreal

A Roundtable on Improvisation & Policy will be convened by ArtsEverywhere, Musagetes, and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) on May 7, 2016. The roundtable will consider the following two questions: How can policies be created to shape & enable environments conducive to improvisation (or improvisatory methodologies) in the enactment of collective daily life, civic relations, and social struggle? How can...

Photo courtesy of Cultures of Resistance
April 21, 2016

Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara

Atul Bhattarai, New York

The conflict in Western Sahara, a contested territory in the western Maghreb, seldom draws international attention. Last month, however, Western Sahara made headlines after it was reported that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, during a visit to Algeria, had referred to Morocco’s presence in the territory as an “occupation.” Ban, who has come to be known for his quiet, unassuming diplomacy,...

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April 7, 2016

Building “The Eternal Sukkah”

Graham Lawson, Tel Aviv

This article was originally published in The Jerusalem Post. In July 2014, Diego Rotman and Lea Mauas, two Israeli artists who operate under the alias Sala-manca, began a process that involved the purchase of a Bedouin house, the materials of which they intended to use for the building of a sukkah. The structure came to be named “The Eternal Sukkah,”...

QUEER CITY

Queer City / Cidade Queer. Photo by Mayra Azzi
April 1, 2016

Learning from Queerness

Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Ontario

The etymology of the word queer traces its origin to that which is oblique, unusual, and out of the ordinary. It suggests an alternative to the status quo. Another way to think of it is as “eccentric.” However, in choosing “queer” we also invoke powerful social justice movements around the...

Feature-What-Does-Queer-City-Look-Like-MAzzi
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

 

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March 17, 2016

A Queer Walk in a Queer City

Thiago Carrapatoso, São Paulo

São Paulo is a remarkable city, and its center has a strong history of being a refuge for the LGBT+ community despite mainstream Brazilian culture’s bias toward being extremely patriarchal and severely segregated. The city’s marginal communities are often relegated to neighborhoods on the outskirts, places the white elite can...

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March 3, 2016

Sex of the Oppressed

Nikolay Oleynikov, St. Petersburg

Sex of the Oppressed was first published in Russian by the Marxist Free Press (2013). What follows is the author’s Foreword to the book. The English translation by Jonathan Brooks Platt will be available in early April 2016 by its Canadian publisher, PS Guelph (www.publicationstudio.biz), and by its German publisher,...

FREE HOME UNIVERSITY

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...

Free Home University, 2014
May 15, 2016

Pedagogy, otherwise

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy

There is general consensus and vast literature arguing that the education system is failing us. In the age of a global knowledge economy, the production of knowledge is becoming a financial enterprise and the logic of the market regulates every aspect of society, including how education is organized; we need...

December 7 - Sara Emilio (Lu Cafausu)
March 23, 2016

Experiencing Life in Common

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy

Free Home University (FHU) is a pedagogical and artistic experiment created in 2013 in Southern Italy by a local and international group of artists and thinkers. It focuses on generating new ways of sharing and creating knowledge by experiencing life in common. The name Free Home University wish to be a...

ARTIST SAFETY

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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....

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September 10, 2015

‘Beirut Mutations’

Samer Mohdad, Beirut

When popular uprisings were taking place in the countries bordering Lebanon, my book and subsequent exhibition project Beirut Mutations were only just starting to take shape. While many around the world were observing the unfolding developments with hope, I had the feeling that what other Arab countries were experiencing had...

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February 17, 2015

The “Depths:” Visual Culture in the Murder Capital of the World

Sidd Joag, New York City

It is widely held that Honduras acquired its name from Christopher Columbus, who upon surviving a tropical storm off the Caribbean coast allegedly commented, “Gracia a Dios que hemos salido de estas Honduras,” or “Thank God we survived those treacherous depths.” Strategically located on the Caribbean between the Mosquito Coast...