Entanglements

All of the content published by ArtsEverywhere exists in relation to the various lines of inquiry that are entangled throughout the platform. Concepts, themes, and inquiries emerge repeatedly over time in different forms. Each Entanglement is a selection of three ArtsEverywhere posts along with a brief text describing the common thread between them.

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, rather it is created by an intersubjective field of [human]...

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 of civic society: justice, health, technology, decolonization, interspecies communication, and...

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 artistic practice create spaces for these connections while allowing exploration...

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 may achieve—through a network of solidarity—a safe haven in the...

Queer City Quito … and onward to New York

Todd Lanier Lester, São Paulo 

The 1st of July marked Quito, Ecuador’s LGBT Pride festivities. The parade doubled as a tour of the historic city center and as the Echa Pluma! placard debut from a Laboratorio Gráfico Desviante printmaking workshop the days before. With exhibitions at both No Lugar (Ataqueridas by Pato Hebert) and SOY PAISAJE at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, the main streets...

Being, Crossing, & Confounding Borders

Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Ontario 

Our world is criss-crossed with borders. But what happens when those borders begin to entangle and the spaces in-between begin to overlap again? Three contributors to ArtsEverywhere offer contrasting, but complementary conceptual frames for thinking about this. Raphael Daibert, writing about Haitian migration in context of work by photojournalist Pierre Michel Jean, describes the spaces between borders as “a geography...

Bodies Bearing the Brunt

Curtis Walker, Guelph, Ontario 

An idea has been echoed by three writers from vastly different latitudes: the concept that political (and thereby personal) trauma is physically housed in the body. This trauma can be passed down from generation to generation, especially to receptive bodies straddling the here-and-now and liminal space. The essays by these writers—Billy Ray Belcourt, Ashon Crawley, and Edgar Calel—not only address...

Personal History as Way of Knowing

Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Ontario 

The telling of personal histories and the sharing of anecdotes offer glimpses into the ways of knowing that guide inquiry, analysis, and reflection. Ashon Crawley, Mike Young, and Vanessa Andreotti share their personal stories as a way to access others’ experiences of the world. ArtsEverywhere values writing that bridges ways of knowing, enabling empathic engagement where academic pursuit can’t do...