Form

ArtsEverywhere publishes in many forms: essays, roundtables, editorials, reviews, prose & poetry, transmedia, and dispatches. Much of this content is also included in one or more of the Inquiries and/or Functions.

Creative Nonfiction

Brutal Kindness

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, Vancouver 

We welcome you to our country Our borders open only to a few We ask for nothing in return, except That you recognize the deepest wisdom That when in Rome you should pay tribute to the Romans Therefore, you must speak our language admire our deeds adopt our dreams obey...

We ALL Hurt

Crystal Smith, Salish territory 

In the Autumn of 2016, Musagetes collaborated with Alessandra Pomarico and a number of community partners in Vancouver to host Italian actor, director, and teacher Ippolito Chiarello at Simon Fraser University’s theatre school. Ippolito’s experience with what he calls “homeless theatre” — an intimate street performance that actively engages passersby...

Looking for Lesbians

Niki Singleton, New York City 

A collection of essays, artistic contributions, and two inserted zines, Queer City, a reader was developed as part of an 18-month inquiry in São Paulo. Initiated by Lanchonete.org and ArtsEverywhere/Musagetes, the Queer City program was a broad collective inquiry into how can we understand the contemporary city through a queer,...

Muu-So: The Story of Creation

Coumba Touré, 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...

Dispatches

Maria and the Right to the Center

Paula Van Erven, São Paulo 

Maria do Carmo came to São Paulo when she was eleven years old. Originally from the state of Piauí, she came to help take care of her sister’s children, and ended up staying for good. For over 30 years, Maria has lived in the Bela Vista neighborhood, in the center...

The Unbribables and the Risk of Dissent

Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić, Belgrade, Serbia 

The recent scandalous arrest of the Belgrade-based artist Vladan Jeremić, which happened in the Serbian capital at the re-opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art—after 10 years of closure—has angered the art world again. ArtsEverywhere recently published Jeremić‘s finely sharpened political drawings, and so we asked Jeremić and his accomplice...

Open Letter from documenta 14 artists:
On the emancipatory possibility of decentered exhibitions

documenta 14 Artists, Athens & Kassel 

We the undersigned artists, writers, musicians, and researchers who participated in various chapters of the current documenta 14– Exhibition, Parliament of Bodies, South as a State of Mind, Listening Space, Keimena, Studio 14, An Education, EMST collection, and Every Time A Ear di Soun– wish to share some thoughts about...

documenta 14 team speaks out about value production of the arts

documenta 14 artistic director & team, Kassel & Athens 

Editors’ Note: ArtsEverywhere expresses its solidarity and support to the curatorial and management team of documenta 14, a multi-layered mega-exhibition that raised complex and, at times, controversial questions. In Kassel and Athens, documenta 14 frames critical public debates on relevant issues of our times, and proves the arts essential in the exercise of questioning and re-imagining our society and cultural institutions. Recently the German media...

Editorials

From the Editors: What is the first sound from the future?

Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Ontario 

When Musagetes conceptualized ArtsEverywhere in early 2015, we determined that many voices must be present side-by-side across all of the issues and themes that intersect throughout the online platform. (Read here about the themes of ArtsEverywhere.) We wanted ArtsEverywhere not only to feature the ideas and insights of artists and...

Entanglements

Urban Deflection

Curtis Walker, Guelph, Ontario 

In his 1988 essay entitled “The City as Wave-Trough in the Image Flood”, Vilém Flusser offers a novel way to conceive of an urban centre: as a weighted place that imposes on a gravitational field and draws people towards it. This weight does not come from the city’s traditional institutions,...

Speaking and Listening, Improvised and Autonomous

Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Ontario 

ArtsEverywhere, and its host organization, Musagetes, are deeply invested in practices of improvisation, musically and otherwise. One of our partners, the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, based at the University of Guelph, has developed an extensive body of practice-based academic research on applications of improvisation in many fields...

Identity, Collectivity, Listening

Nicolle Bennett, New York 

It is impossible to list the multitude of experiences and assumptions that each of us brings to every action and interaction. In our current state of affairs, it is ever more crucial to find ways of understanding our multi-faceted selves, and ways of connecting across perceived or actual difference. Can...

Displacement, Transit, Tradition

Raphael Daibert, São Paulo 

Be it through mass displacements; transnational migration of ideas or bodies; or a transition of gender, thought, or lives, these three articles demonstrate how the connectedness of the world—beyond its economic interdependence—can bring us to different ways of experiencing the same struggle. Sidd Joag addresses how an artist in distress...

Essays

The Radical Education Workbook, Part 1: Challenging Imposed Curricula

Ultra-red, International 
Radical Education Forum, UK 

Republishing the Radical Education Workbook Introduction by Alessandra Pomarico The Radical Education Workbook was produced in 2010 by the Radical Education Forum and the art and political collective Ultra-red, at the onset of the movement against the austerity programme laid out at the time by the Coalition Government in Britain....

The Unbribables and the Risk of Dissent

Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić, Belgrade, Serbia 

The recent scandalous arrest of the Belgrade-based artist Vladan Jeremić, which happened in the Serbian capital at the re-opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art—after 10 years of closure—has angered the art world again. ArtsEverywhere recently published Jeremić‘s finely sharpened political drawings, and so we asked Jeremić and his accomplice...

Letters to Moth I

Ashon Crawley, Charlottesville, VA 

“The Lonely Letters” is an autobiofiction in which I attempt to think the relationship of quantum theory, mysticism, relationality, and blackness together by considering the sound and noise of Blackpentecostal spaces. Building on the work in Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility—as the project began before and was written during...

Forced Trajectories: Creating Counter-Narratives to Police Violence

Nissa Tzun, Las Vegas 

Introduction Sidd Joag On June 16th, 2017, ArtsEverywhere was set to publish Nissa Tzun’s piece, “Forced Trajectories: Creating Counter-Narratives to Police Violence.” That evening, Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of the killing of Philando Castile in the outskirts of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Castile was sitting in the car with his...

Reviews

Fictioning Names

Ashon Crawley, Charlottesville, VA 

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...

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...

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...

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...

Roundtables

Artist (Residency) and the City

Livia Alexander, New York City 
Nat Muller, Amsterdam 
Harutyun Alpetyan, Yerevan 
Francesca Fiore, New York/Bethel 
Jakub Szczęsny, Warsaw 
Lyno Vuth, Phnom Penh 
Azu Nwagbogu, Lagos 
Vibha Galhotra, Delhi 
Kira Simon-Kennedy, New York City 
Anat Litwin, New York/Berlin/Jerusalem/Saitama 

What is Wellbeing?

Kholoud Bidak, Cairo 
Coumba Touré, Dakar 
Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Philadelphia 
Akwaeke Emezi, Brooklyn 
Kagure Mugo, Johannesburg 
Lucia Victor Jayaseelan, London 
Kutlwano Pearl Magashula, Johannesburg 
Pia Love, London 
Rokhaya Gueye, Dakar 
Sheena Gimase Magenya, Nairobi 
Thato Poelo Semele, Johannesburg 

How can we newly understand the dynamic nature of the vernacular?

Daniel Millette, Ottawa 
David T. Fortin, Sudbury 
Department of Unusual Certainties, Toronto 
Heather Braiden, Montréal 
Hello Everything, Nairobi 
Jason Surkan, Vancouver 
Jen Davis, Toronto 
Lucie Kroening, Paris 
Mary Rothlisberger, Across America 
Miriam Ho, Toronto 
Nelson Mota, Delft 
Omar Gandhi, Halifax 
Pantopicon, Toronto 
Paula Meijerink, Colombus 
Ruth Jones, Toronto & Los Angeles 
Shuyin Wu, Waterloo 
Tings Chak, Hong Kong 
Victor Seguela, Paris 

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

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

Transmedia

Human Relationships as Land Ethic

Jeannette Armstrong, Okanagan 

On January 20th Jeannette Armstrong delivered the 2017 Guelph Lecture on Being Canadian, presented here in its entirety. This annual lecture is part of the ArtsEverywhere Festival, a festival of ideas that combines music, art, and conversation to illuminate pressing issues that beset contemporary life. This event was emcee’d by...

ArtsEverywhere launches Online Artist Residency with Mavi Veloso’s #iwannamakerevolution

Mavi Veloso, Brazil/Amsterdam 

iwannamakerevolution.artseverywhere.ca In May 2017 ArtsEverywhere.ca launched its first Online Residency with Brazilian artist Mavi Veloso. In collaboration with several other bichas and artists, she will reveal, reflect, confuse, and articulate her ongoing project #iwannamakerevolution, which focuses on transitioning voice techniques / voice feminization therapy for transgender people as a performative tool. During the...

Suzy Lake on the politics of gender, the body, and identity

Suzy Lake, Toronto 

Suzy Lake is among the first female artists in Canada to adopt performance, video, and photography to explore the politics of gender, the body, and identity. In her artistic practice, which spans nearly 50 years, Lake addresses the individual’s relationship to societal forces that break and reveal constructions or restraints...

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...