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From Where Do You Speak?: Locating the Possibility of Decolonization in Krista Belle Stewart’s Seraphine, Seraphine

cheyanne turions,  Toronto, Canada 

Two moving-image portraits of a woman—captured nearly fifty years apart—play alongside each other, the few inches between them charged with the weight of intimate and social histories. On the left,...

The Curse of Geography: Badakhshan

Emma Kazaryan,  New York City, United States 

http://curseofgeography.artseverywhere.ca The Curse of Geography is an on-going series of investigative reports focused on the relationship of geographic isolation or proximity on social justice, human rights and public policy in...

Climate Denier

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

*Press on the image to zoom and navigate. I woke up one morning in May, surrounded by the leafless trees of a brown wintery-looking New England countryside that wouldn’t experience...

Cruising Quito: Notes on Grindr, Queer Codes, and Post-AIDS

Felipe Rivas San MartĂ­n,  Valencia, Spain 

Cruising Quito was a project that I developed in the framework of Queer City Quito, from June 28 to July 8, 2017. The project included a residency at No Lugar,...

SOY PAISAJE (I AM LANDSCAPE)

Eduardo Carrera,  Quito, Ecuador 

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at. – Oscar Wilde[1]Since 2013, artists and activists have been invited to participate in an arts...

The Curse of Geography: Western Newfoundland

Sidd Joag,  New York City, United States 
Rebecca Peeler,  New York City, United States 
German Andino,  Bilbao, Spain 

http://curseofgeography.artseverywhere.ca The Curse of Geography is an on-going series of investigative projects focused on the relationship of geographic isolation or proximity on social justice, human rights and public policy in...

Radical Pedagogies as Living Experiments and Messy Affairs

Alessandra Pomarico,  New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 
Manish Jain,  Udaipur, India 

Education and Democracy Part 2

Jaroslav Anděl,  Prague, Czech Republic / New York City, United States 
Nicolas Buchoud,  Paris, France 
Lan-Phuong Phan,  Paris, France 
Thomas KrĂŒger,  Berlin, Germany 
Yaacov Hecht,  Hadera, Israel 
Helena Signer,  SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 

When Knights Come Calling

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

When I read that the 2018 theme for National Women’s History Month was Nevertheless She Persisted, referring to Mitch McConnell’s attempt to silence Elizabeth Warren from speaking in Congress, this piece...

Education & Democracy

Jaroslav Anděl,  Prague, Czech Republic / New York City, United States 
Henry Giroux,  Toronto, Canada 

The Very Best Day

Ilya Budraitskis,  Moscow, Russia 

On March 3rd, 2018, the main pre-election rally for Vladimir Putin took place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Tens of thousands of public sector workers were brought in from...

Learning Hope and Assembling sKin

Sarah Amsler,  Nottingham, United Kingdom 

This is a response to eight works in Pedagogy, Otherwise, which I feel connected to through friendships and encounters in two transnational collectives of radical learners and educators – the...

Letters to Moth V

Ashon Crawley,  Charlottesville, United States 

“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...

Selfie

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

Growing up on the West Coast of Canada, I’ve always felt that the American fascination with guns was bizarre, misguided, and dangerous. It’s hard to understand from a Canadian perspective...

Letters to Moth IV

Ashon Crawley,  Charlottesville, United States 

“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...

Dictionary of the Queer International: Call for Participation

Yevgeniy Fiks,  New York, USA 

We live in a peculiar era when both universalism and intersectional solidarity are retreating while regional powers become stronger in a globalized world, with the resulting race to the top...

Bite My Pussy, Fascist!

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

In solidarity with all self-identified women and the men that love us who are standing up today at the Women’s Marches around the world against hate, intolerance, and destruction in...

Letters to Moth III

Ashon Crawley,  Charlottesville, United States 

“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...

The Radical Education Workbook, Part 5: Reading List

Ultra-red,  International 
Radical Education Forum,  United Kingdom 

Arts Everywhere is pleased to republish the Radical Education Workbook (The other parts in this publication are available at the links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4). This final section...

The Radical Education Workbook, Part 4: Using the Pedagogies of the Oppressed

Ultra-red,  International 
Radical Education Forum,  United Kingdom 

Arts Everywhere is pleased to republish the Radical Education Workbook (Other sections published thus far: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). The PDF with the entire Radical Education Workbook as it originally...

BLACK POLITICS: THE BODY IN PROTEST
A PROGRAM OF SELFCARE FOR NAKED ACTION

Michelle Mattiuzzi,  Salvador, Brazil 

Nudity is a decolonizing projectile bullet for radicalized bodies that are marked by difference. It is violent; it is performance; it is activism; it is contradictory; it is indestructible. Therefore,...

Letters to Moth II

Ashon Crawley,  Charlottesville, United States 

“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...

The Radical Education Workbook, Part 3: Self Organisation

Ultra-red,  International 
Radical Education Forum,  United Kingdom 

Arts Everywhere is republishing the Radical Education Workbook (Other sections published thus far: Part 1, Part 2). The PDF with the entire Radical Education Workbook as it originally appeared, is available here. Self...

The Radical Education Workbook, Part 2: Collectivity

Ultra-red,  International 
Radical Education Forum,  United Kingdom 

Arts Everywhere is republishing the Radical Education Workbook (Other sections published thus far: Part 1). The PDF with the entire Radical Education Workbook as it originally appeared, is available here. Collectivity Circle...

Private Songs, Public Concerns

Eliana Otta,  Lima, Peru 
Rodrigo Andreolli,  SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil / Athens, Greece 
Gris GarcĂ­a,  Barcelona, Spain 

An arm and a leg, intertwined. A wrist pulling an ankle. A hand pushing a shoulder. A back hits the floor. Two bodies immersed in a battle of sport clothes...

The Radical Education Workbook, Part 1: Challenging Imposed Curricula

Ultra-red,  International 
Radical Education Forum,  United Kingdom 

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 Unbribables and the Risk of Dissent

Rena RĂ€dle & 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...

Letters to Moth I

Ashon Crawley,  Charlottesville, United States 

“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...

Forced Trajectories: Creating Counter-Narratives to Police Violence

Nissa Tzun,  Las Vegas, United States 

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...

Make problems everywhere

Fabiana Faleiros,  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Viva the fat ones, Viva the brown ones I want to be a woman without models to imitate To be a faggot you have to be brave Disobedience In spite...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

Ian Bateson,  Bakhmut, Ukraine 

This article was originally published by Coda Story. The bell rings for the end of lessons at Bakhmut’s School Number 18 in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, and children...

From Taxes to Yemen

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

This piece was drawn out of the utter frustration I’ve felt over the last two years, while watching Yemen continue to degrade into a famine-stricken, disease-ridden country. A quarter of...

Centering Indigenous Bodies, Thought and Practice

AĂŻcha Diallo,  Berlin, Germany 

The gathering Under the Mango Tree — Sites of Learning, that was organized by aneducation of documenta 14 and ifa, acted as an open forum to explore the notion and practice...

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

documenta 14 Artists,  Athens, Greece / Kassel, Germany 

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,...

Belonging as a Cultural Right

Arlene Goldbard,  Lamy, New Mexico 

This article originally appeared in the Journal of Othering & Belonging and is reprinted with permission of the author and the publishers at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive...

documenta 14 team speaks out about value production of the arts

documenta 14 artistic director & team,  Athens, Greece / Kassel, Germany 

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...

Against Simple Answers: The Queer-Communist Theory of Evald Ilyenkov and Alexander Suvorov

Georgy Mamedov & Oksana Shatalova,  Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 

The following essay was written in today’s Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, one of the Central Asian republics of the former USSR. It was translated by Giuliano Vivaldi, and was...

Performing the Struggle: Chapter Three
Scars, Giant Face, Ferocious Breakdance, and Other Learning Props to Perform the Struggle: A Play as Remembered by a Participant

N.O. aka Aliosha Pantalone,  Saint Petersburg, Russia 

This is chapter three of three. For the first chapter in the series, please click here. For the second chapter in the series, please click here. Cast: Abimbola (Abimbola Odugbesan)...

Performing the Struggle: Chapter Two
Away from Home in Lecce

Christina Thomopoulos,  Athens, Greece 

This is chapter two of three. For the first chapter in the series, please click here. For the third chapter in the series, please click here. Foreign Postcards: A Series of...

Performing the Struggle: Chapter One

Alessandra Pomarico,  New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 

Just as the way we perform changes, so should our sense of “voice.” In our everyday lives we speak differently to diverse audiences. We communicate best by choosing that way...

Artists in the Field: A rare History of Artistic Interventions and Transformative Actions

Mike Young,  Toronto, Canada 

What do a conceptual longhouse, an ephemeral dining pavilion, an opera singer in the woods and a photographer in a river all have in common? They’re all rare sitings. Over...

The Effect of Iteration on Urban Form, Part II: Iteration in an Ecosystem

Mathieu HĂ©lie,  MontrĂ©al, Canada 

In the Lille citadel example that we saw in part one, we could observe a building technology achieving greater complexity over time, as each iteration survived or failed a new...

The Effect of Iteration on Urban Form, Part I: Fractals and the Creation of Complexity

Mathieu HĂ©lie,  MontrĂ©al, Canada 

Part two of this essay can be found here In a previous article I proposed that we adopt a perspective on preservation that allowed for transformation and change of what...

Dissident Geographies: SĂŁo Paulo, Athens, and Beyond

Jarri Castro,  Athens, Greece 
Marta Echaves,  Madrid, Spain 

An event called Queer City is, per se, an invitation to inhabit the oxymoron as an epistemological position. Can a queer city exist? What would it look like? Who would...

In Ghana, Visions of Queer Friendship and Love

M. Neelika Jayawardane,  New York City, United States 

This article is part of a series produced in collaboration with Aperture magazine and Contemporary And, coinciding with Aperture’s summer 2017 issue, “Platform Africa.” In his series Just Like Us (2016), the photographer...

Reclaiming Cartography, Photography, and Colonial Imagery

Kristine Jordan,  New York City, United States 

Fifty-eight years ago, the Malagasy Republic was declared an autonomous state within an association of countries known as the French Community. Much like other nations that fought for independence well...

The Game of Non-Distinction

Nikita Kadan,  Kyiv, Ukraine 

As an ideological reaction to the ongoing invasion of Russian troops, separatist attacks in Eastern Ukraine, and the annexation of Crimea in 2014, and as a gesture towards establishing a...

Forget the “Event”: Contemporary Radical Thought, the Legacy of 1917 and post-Soviet Politics

Alexei Penzin,  London, United Kingdom / Moscow, Russia 
Chto Delat,  Saint Petersburg, Russia 

The editors of ArtsEverywhere recommend that you read Nikolay Oleynikov’s “Ways of Seeing the New Russian Colonialisms: Writing on and from Post-Soviet Territories” for an introduction to the history of...

Gentrifying the Commons // Commoning Gentrification

L. Grace Weber,  Minneapolis, United States 

This essay was originally published in the journal (Un)usual Business vol.1.  View/Download the issue. Resisting Enclosure through Creative Commoning in Kanaleneiland Lively District: With the development of the renewal area Kanaleneiland aims to...

I’m With Her

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

Recently the US Congress passed a healthcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare with one of the most disturbingly elitist, barbarian and almost Palaeozoic pieces of legislation I’ve ever heard...

Haawiyat: A Syrian Comic for Syrian Children

Monica Rodriguez,  New York City, United States 

After fleeing Syria, a nation badly bloodied by civil war, refugees are finding themselves trapped in migratory limbo for long stretches of time as they await placement in foreign, and...

The Emerging Indie Music Industry in Saudi Arabia

Melody Chan,  New York City, United States 

During his performance for a group of students in New York in April, Saudi musician Diya Azzony prompted the audience to ask him questions about anything from his musical technique...

Activating Humanities Knowledge: Human Rights Pedagogy and Community-Based Education

Ajay Heble,  Guelph, Canada 

The following is an excerpt from Ajay Heble’s Introduction to Classroom Action: Human Rights, Critical Activism, and Community-Based Education, a book (edited by Heble, with chapters by his former students)...

A 15 Year History of Radical Hosting: From Wooloo to Human Hotel

Martin Rosengaard,  Copenhagen, Denmark 

2011, NEW YORK CITY: OCCUPY WALL STREET On Saturday, the 29th of October 2011, the first snowstorm hit New York City and Occupy Wall Street. My son was ten months...

Open Casket

Sarah Schulman,  New York City, United States 

Controversy engulfed the Whitney Biennial recently over the inclusion of Dana Schutz’s “Open Casket”, an abstract painting that depicts the violently mutilated body of Emmett Till who was murdered by two white...

The Spectres of Munich

Ilya Budraitskis,  Moscow, Russia 

This essay is the first in a series entitled Ways of Seeing the New Russian Colonialisms: Writing on and from Post-Soviet Territories, curated by Nikolay Oleynikov for ArtsEverywhere. A series description...

Ways of Seeing New Colonialisms: Writing on and from Post-Soviet Territories

Nikolay Oleynikov,  Saint Petersburg, Russia 

Summary How can we analyse Russia’s renewed colonialism and global expansionism that affects the geopolitical tectonic shifts of today?  Is Putin the successor of the USSR or of Tsarist Russia?...

The City as Wave-Trough in the Image Flood

VilĂ©m Flusser,  Aix-en-Provence, France 

Translated, with an introduction by Phil Gochenour. By permission of the University of Chicago Press. While theorists such as Niklas Luhmann, Norbert Bolz, and Friedrich Kittler have begun to rise...

Can a mestizo asshole speak?

Jota Mombaça,  Natown & SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil / Athens, Greece 

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...

Notes on Language: At the Foot of W̱MIEĆŠEN

Tim Lilburn,  Victoria, Canada 
Philip Kevin Paul,  W̱SÁNEĆ Nation, Canada 

ArtsEverywhere asked poets Tim Lilburn and Philip Kevin Paul to write about their experiences as a student (Lilburn) and teacher (Paul) of SENĆOĆŠEN, the language of the W̱SÁNEĆ—the original tongue of the Saanich...

Radical Pedagogy is NOT

Alessandra Pomarico,  New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 
N.O. aka Aliosha Pantalone,  Saint Petersburg, Russia 

Part one: To no list Foreword by Alessandra Pomarico (inspired by many). It was a real struggle to define, in a 10 minute text, “the partisan No” that originates and...

Queer Vegan Manifesto

Rasmus Simonsen,  Copenhagen, Denmark 

A collection of essays, artistic contributions, and two inserted zines, Queer City, a reader was developed as part of an 18-month inquiry in SĂŁo Paulo. Initiated by Lanchonete.org and ArtsEverywhere/Musagetes,...

The Enjoyment of the Pariah: Technologies to exist at the margins [of the State]

Sabrina Duran,  SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 

A collection of essays, artistic contributions, and two inserted zines, Queer City, a reader was developed as part of an 18-month inquiry in SĂŁo Paulo. Initiated by Lanchonete.org and ArtsEverywhere/Musagetes,...

I drag you with me: ancestry and contemporary practice

Edgar Calel,  Guatemala City, Guatemala 
Raphael Daibert,  SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 

I drag you with me: ancestry and contemporary practice (a conversation between Raphael Daibert and Edgar Calel) Edgar Calel came to SĂŁo Paulo for a three-month residency that extended to...

Deep Listening at the End of the World

Jeannette Hicks,  Guelph, Canada 

Deep Listening at the End of the World[1] I’m sitting beside the ocean at the end of the world singing with a wave. A rhythmic low whoosh, and a building...

Learning to learn in a context of war

Edgardo GarcĂ­a,  Oaxaca, Mexico 

Ecoversities Gathering of Kindred Folk Re-imagining Higher Education Introduction by Kelly Tamey and Udi Mandel, co-hosts of the unconference with Manish Jain There is a knowledge movement slowly building all...

The body remembers when the world broke open

Billy-Ray Belcourt,  Driftpile Cree Nation 

I have said this twice before, but I will say it again:[1] I am trying to figure out how to be in this world without wanting it, and perhaps this...

Really Useful Knowledge

What, How & for Whom,  Zagreb, Croatia 

The following text originally appeared in the catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW and organized and produced by...

Insurgent Learning and Convivial Research: Universidad de la Tierra, Califas

Manuel Callahan,  San JosĂ©, United States 

Insurgent Learning and Convivial Research: Universidad de la Tierra, Califas[1] Knowledge production has increasingly become central to emancipatory projects. More and more people in struggle recognize the importance of learning...

Qalandiya International — A Palestinian Biennial

Gian Spina,  Athens, Greece 

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 Darwish1In Palestine, the...

The Tangled Histories of Disconnected Places

Lucia Nhamo,  Harare, Zimbabwe 

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...

Don McKay on Defamiliarization

Andrew Vowles,  Guelph, Canada 

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...

In The Cracks of Learning (Situating Us)

Alessandra Pomarico,  New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 

As a preamble, I’d like to clarify that every­thing I attempt to contribute in the following text on the subject of pedagogy is a recollection of ideas that have been...

This Land is MY Land

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

I drew this comic illustration on the cover of the New York Times Magazine after watching a video of Alt-Right supporters in the US vigorously hailing Trump in genuine Nazi...

Fictioning Names

Ashon Crawley,  Charlottesville, United States 

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...

The Communicative Ecology of Artist Rights

Sidd Joag,  New York City, United States 

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,...

Relocating: Emad Tayefeh

Sidd Joag,  New York City, United States 

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...

I Dream Feeling, Otherwise

Ashon Crawley,  Charlottesville, United States 

I woke up crying. It was a January morning, the 23rd, and I missed someone. Some family member, or some acquaintance, or some stranger — it matters not — died...

Nasty Grrrl Baby (2016)

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

I think most people living in the United States are incredibly sick of this never-ending election season. The sickening, overt misogyny we are subjected to on a regular basis, which...

Ideology On Ice

Robert Atkins,  San Francisco, United States 

The American Dream, a four-ton, 30-foot-long, ice sculpture by LigoranoReese, is the most recent of the artist duo’s Melted Away series and the molten heart of its American Dream Project....

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

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti,  Vancouver, Canada 

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...

Solange Farkas: Video Art Finds a Home in Brasil

Lee Ann Norman,  Chicago & New York City, United States 

Since the first edition of the Videobrasil festival, a festival dedicated to video art and artists, the organization Associação Cultural Videobrasil, which was formally established as a nonprofit by Solange...

We Have a Past and a Future

Theodore Kerr,  New York City, United States 

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...

All We Have is Each Other

Alissa Firth-Eagland,  Guelph, Canada 

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...

The Gang and the Government

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

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...

The Rivers Have Called Upon Us

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

As I was reading Musagetes’ Manifesto on Economic Dignity and getting all passionate about activism, the usual disturbing and stressful noise from the construction of a new ferry pier next...

Skin the City

Paula Segal,  New York City, United States 
Daniel Eizirik,  Porto Allegre, Brazil 

The skin of the city shifts. Waves of residents come and go; meanings vanish. The longer I live here, the more I feel like I am a creature of many...

There’s So Much Giant Single-Word Public Artwork in New York City

Michael Anthony Farley,  Baltimore, United States 

Next month, Public Art Fund is installing Martin Creed’s “Understanding,” a 50-foot rotating neon sign, on Brooklyn’s Pier Six. That’s about a 20 minute walk through the Brooklyn Bridge Park...

The American Dream Project

Charles Bernstein,  New York City, United States 

We’re melting. We, the people of the United States, who 230 years ago dreamed of forming a more perfect union. The American Dream is of a people who are decent,...

America’s Selfie Moment is Actually Mine

Edwin Torres,  New York City, United States 

How iconoclastically mundane to claim a dream for a nation — we are all in each other’s dream, whether asleep or not. I think of the alliteration, the sprung rhythm...

Torpor and Awakening

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti,  Vancouver, Canada 

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...

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

Alessandra Pomarico,  New York City, United States / 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...

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

Shawn Van Sluys,  Guelph, Canada 

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...

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

Jonathan Brooks Platt,  Pittsburgh, United States 

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....

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

Karen Houle,  Guelph, Canada 

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...

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

Lee Ann Norman,  Chicago & New York City, United States 

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...

Knowing vs. Doing: Propelling Design with Ecology

Anne Trumble,  Los Angeles, United States 

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...

Improvising Freely: The ABCs of an Experience

LĂȘ Quan Ninh,  Saint-Silvain-sous-Toulx, France 
Karen Houle,  Guelph, Canada 

The following text is excerpted from LĂȘ Quan Ninh’s book, Improvising Freely: The ABCs of an Experience, translated from the French by Karen Houle with assistance from Pegleess Barrios & Melissa...

Improvisation & Policy: Notes for a Roundtable

Daniel Weinstock,  Montreal, Canada 

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:...

Decolonization, Reconciliation, and the Extra-Rational Potential of the Arts

cheyanne turions,  Toronto, Canada 

On 11 June 2008, the gravity of a state-sponsored process that began more than 120 years earlier was finally acknowledged in the Canadian House of Commons. Inside the chamber, settler...

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

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi,  Hanover, United States 

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...

Come on, don’t be so white!

Elisabeth Wellershaus,  Berlin, Germany 

Rebelling against old thought patterns and stereotypes is a survival strategy for many artists of African heritage. And Europe still has a lot to learn in this respect. A sunny...

How laws evolve according to Lee Smolin, Time Reborn

Joy Roberts,  Guelph, Canada 

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...

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

Patrick Lydon,  San Jose, United States / Seoul, South Korea 

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...

Up From the Basement: The Artist and the Making of the Just City

Theaster Gates,  Chicago, United States 

Governance, despite its own hopes for a universality of exclusion, is for the inducted, for those who know how to articulate interests disinterestedly, those who vote and know why they...

Social Practice Artwork: A Restaurant and Garden Serving up Connections to Urban Nature

Patrick Lydon,  San Jose, United States / Seoul, South Korea 

Can an urban garden help us remember what it means to be human? Three months ago, we opened a slightly audacious restaurant and garden in a working-class suburb of Osaka,...

Abandoned and Auctioned, an Old House Finds a Future in Flowers

Rebecca Salminen Witt,  Detroit, United States 

A review of Flower House Detroit, which ran October 16-18, 2015 at 11751 Dequindre St, Hamtramck, Michigan. Once again, something amazing and ephemeral has appeared in Detroit. Flower House Detroit (which was actually...

Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars

Joy Roberts,  Guelph, Canada 

Review of Camille Puglia’s Glittering Images (Vintage, 2013) Paglia’s Sexual Personae burst upon the scene at the beginning of the 90s and a storm of controversy followed.  Academics, art critics,...

Sex of the Oppressed

Nikolay Oleynikov,  Saint Petersburg, Russia 

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...

Uno specchio per cinque (A mirror for five) — a serial story

Lu Cafausu,  San Cesario di Lecce, Italy 

Uno specchio per cinque (A mirror for five) is the title of a series of five episodes of a story conceived and written by the artist group Lu Cafausu as...

Why Design Matters

Jason Schupbach,  Washington, United States 

My vision for a just city is one where design and its power as a tool against inequality is leveraged for the benefit of all residents. As the director of...

Creative Place-Making—This is The Nature of Graffiti

David Maddox,  New York City, United States 
Pippin Anderson,  Cape Town, South Africa 
Paul Downtown,  Adelaide, Australia 
Emilio Fantin,  Milan, Italy 
GermĂĄn GĂłmez Eslava,  BogotĂĄ, Colombia 
Todd Lanier Lester,  SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 
Patrick Lydon,  San Jose, United States / Seoul, South Korea 
Patrice Milillo,  Los Angeles, United States 
Laura Shillington,  Managua, Nicaragua / Montreal, Canada 
Mike Houck,  Portland, United States 
Julie Goodness,  Stockholm, Sweden 

Nature is all around us. Plants, animals, soil, air and water inhabit and animate our daily lives, whether you live in the country or in the city. We are invigorated...

More Precisely

cheyanne turions,  Toronto, Canada 

Born in Harlem, James Baldwin was 63 years old when he died in 1987, his life bearing witness to significant social upheavals including the African-American civil rights movement of the...

Gracefully Post-Human?

cheyanne turions,  Toronto, Canada 

Paradigm shift is not the evacuation of power, but rather its redistribution. Speaking at the University of Toronto in early February, feminist scholar Rosi Braidotti speculated on the impotence of...

The Spirit of All Over the Map

Hilary Hung,  Guelph, Canada 

If a community is a safe haven from a world where people are ordinarily crushed and diminished into spectators as Paulo Freire wrote in Education for Critical Consciousness (1973),[i] then...

Exhibition Anatomy

cheyanne turions,  Toronto, Canada 

CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN Since the late 1950s, the life of Carolee Schneemann (1939–) has been expressed through her artistic practice, first with the medium of paint and then through the medium...

Urban Encounters with Curatorial Collective Aisle 4

Jessica Hein,  Toronto, Canada 

The built city shifts from being an articulation of zones and maps and blueprints to something that has tone, tempo, and flavour when its inhabitants step out of their doors,...

Parade of Noises

Jessica Hein,  Toronto, Canada 

Rich Marsella’s music practice embraces wild sounds and elements of chaos. As an avant garde musician and composer, music gets exciting for him when noise is introduced into musical compositions...

Resilience Theory, from the Sciences to the Arts

cheyanne turions,  Toronto, Canada 

While resilience is a quality that can be ascribed to the toughest amongst us, resilience theory is slightly different, an idea that comes from the sciences to describe a system’s...