Inquiry

At the core of ArtsEverywhere are a number of inquiries into the connections and embodiments of alternative ways of seeing, being, knowing, and relating that enable us to create and experience the world differently. It is crucial not only to have an intellectual inquiry, but also to embody it so we can enact the changes we wish to see. The physical projects and gatherings in cities around the world are manifestations of this.

Alternative Pedagogies

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....

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, St. Petersburg 

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) Nigerian freedom fighter, dedicates most of his time to self-organized refugee groups like Lampedusa in Hamburg, Here to Participate (program...

Performing the Struggle: Chapter Two
Away from Home in Lecce

Christina Thomopoulos, Athens 

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 Rituals around Language, Memory, and Music When was the first time you remember hearing the word “foreigner”? What happened? From whom...

Performing the Struggle: Chapter One

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & 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 of speaking that is informed by the particularity and uniqueness of whom we are speaking to and with. […] The...

The American Dream

Ideology On Ice

Robert Atkins, San Francisco 

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. It is also a Trojan Horse: Its straightforward display of a familiar concept conceals a rare capacity to elicit complex...

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

Michael Anthony Farley, Baltimore 

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 Greenway from “OY/YO,” the popular public sculpture from Deborah Kass that’s on view until August. Which got us thinking: why...

Melting: the American Dream

Erica Hunt, New York City 

Click here to download the PDF of Erica Hunt’s poem, “Melting: the American Dream.”

The American Dream Project

Charles Bernstein, New York City  

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, hard working, caring, generous, fair, democratic, without prejudice. In 2016, all those ideals seem like a pool of water on...

New Russian Colonialisms

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

Georgy Mamedov & Oksana Shatalova, Bishkek 

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 written by our colleagues, Georgy Mamedov, Oksana Shatalova. Cultural activists and organizers, Mamedov and Shatalova initiated a hub for radical...

The Game of Non-Distinction

Nikita Kadan, Kyiv 

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 new ideology to replace the Soviet one, the so-called Decommunization Laws were approved by the president and parliament of Ukraine...

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

Alexei Penzin, London/Moscow 
Chto Delat, St. Petersberg 

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 Tsarist, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Russia. Oleynikov’s investigation into the connections between past and present forms of imperialism and colonialism in...

The Spectres of Munich

Ilya Budraitskis, Moscow 

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 and full list of essays can be found here. The Spectres of Munich The Official Language of Russia: reading between...

Queer City

Dissident Geographies: São Paulo, Athens, and Beyond

Jarri Castro, Athens 
Marta Echaves, Madrid 

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 be the good queer citizen? Mavi asks a spectator to help her close her necklace. Michelle draws a square made...

Photo by Steven Liang

Ballroom: The Trans Sound of Black Freedom

Michael Roberson, New York City 

In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become a part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed. This means that we are going to have to learn to think in radical terms. I use the term...

We Three Queens

Mike Young, Toronto 
Gary Lee Pelletier, Toronto 

This article was first published in Guts — Canadian Feminist Magazine. Michael and Gary’s experience living with Michael’s grandmother has inspired a web series entitled We Three Queens written by Michael and directed by Tom Cable Rees. Read on to view the trailer. We three queens of (dis)orient are… … living together in a...

Can a mestizo asshole speak?

Jota Mombaça, Natown, São Paulo, & Athens 

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, intersectional,...

Artist Rights

The Beatles of Sudan: 200 songs banished from Khartoum to Norway

Ray Mwareya, Harare 

Abazar Hamid’s soft-molded voice offers little about a man whose 200 songs has earned him brutal expulsion from the oil-rich African state of Sudan when his lyrics angered Mr. Omar Al Bashir, the world’s first sitting president to be indicted for genocide. “I’m Abazar Hamid, 44, from central Sudan, 200...

Artistic Freedom of Expression in Turkey: State of Emergency

ArtsEverywhere Report,  

This report has been written with the aim of investigating and documenting how the State of Emergency (SOE) measures introduced after the July 15, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey have affected the country’s culture and art worlds. Following the July 15 coup attempt, a three-month SOE was announced on July...

Past Borders & Boundaries: Iranian Artist Hadi Nasiri Joins New York City Artist Community

Ashley Tucker, New York City 

Banner image of Hadi Nasiri by Kourosh Sotoodeh. When he was 15, Hadi Nasiri was arrested in Iran for the first time. He had given a speech to his fellow students in the school library, addressing what the Quran says about the hijab, and raising concerns about women’s rights. “They...

Boulevard: The Early History of a Cultural Movement

Ibrahim Abougendy, Cairo 

Port Said is a cornerstone—a small city located at the entrance of the Suez Canal that acts as a bridge between Asia and Africa. While the city of Port Said was being built, the Suez Canal was under the control of foreign authorities. This influenced Port Said, which developed a...

In/Visible Series

In/Visible Series: What is the role of women in the production of information and knowledge?

Another Africa, Vancouver 

In spring 2016, Another Africa launched In/Visible Voices of Women, a long-term publication project. Conceived by Clelia Coussonnet and Missla Libsekal, it focuses on women artists operating within Francophone and Lusophone Africa. Read more articles in the series here. What is holding back the agency of women? Can we name...

In/Visible Series: Is there cooperation amongst women?

Another Africa, Vancouver 

In spring 2016, Another Africa launched In/Visible Voices of Women, a long-term publication project. Conceived by Clelia Coussonnet and Missla Libsekal, it focuses on women artists operating within Francophone and Lusophone Africa. Read more articles in the series here. What is holding back the agency of women? Can we name...

In/Visible Series: What needs to change to make people feel like contemporary art is theirs too?

Another Africa, Vancouver 

In spring 2016, Another Africa launched In/Visible Voices of Women, a long-term publication project. Conceived by Clelia Coussonnet and Missla Libsekal, it focuses on women artists operating within Francophone and Lusophone Africa. Read more articles in the series here. Probing the possibilities of contemporary art, ultimately is a way for...

In/Visible Series: What have been the setbacks, and breakthroughs in the last decade?

Another Africa, Vancouver 

In spring 2016, Another Africa launched In/Visible Voices of Women, a long-term publication project. Conceived by Clelia Coussonnet and Missla Libsekal, it focuses on women artists operating within Francophone and Lusophone Africa. Read more articles in the series here. What is holding back the agency of women today? Can we...

Migration

All Walls are Temporary

Maya Singhal, New York City 

The wall on the U.S.-Mexico border existed long before Donald Trump promised to build it. As early as 1848, following the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo signed by the U.S. and Mexico, fences were constructed along the border to designate territory, control livestock, and ensure security. Under President Bill Clinton, walls...

Creative Maintenance: an Interview with Michael Hardt

Michael Hardt, Durham 

Michael Hardt in conversation with Jean-François Prost and Marie-Pier Boucher JFP (Jean-François Prost): The Heteropolis project specifically addresses the following paradox: as cities become increasingly heterogeneous, certain districts, or ghettos, continue to remain homogeneous. We can observe a very clear, even extreme, division between various social classes, ethnic groups and...

Current Geographies of Haitian Migration

Raphael Daibert, São Paulo 

An almost uncountable number of Haitian migrants are in transit throughout Latin America at this very moment. From the warm Caribbean waters to the steepest mountains of the Andes, from the tropical forests to the arid Mexican deserts, Haitian migrants are everywhere. Overcoming the limit of what human beings can...

National and International Cultural and Human Rights Organizations Denounce Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

National Coalition Against Censorship, United States 

Today, more than thirty cultural institutions and human rights organizations around the world, including international arts, curators’ and critics’ associations, organizations protecting free speech rights, as well as U.S. based performance, arts and creative freedom organizations and alliances, issued a joint statement opposing United States President Donald J. Trump’s immigration...

language

Notes on Language: At the Foot of W̱MIEŦEN

Tim Lilburn, Victoria, British Columbia 
Philip Kevin Paul, W̱SÁNEĆ Nation, Vancouver Island 

ArtsEverywhere asked poets Tim Lilburn and Philip Kevin Paul to write about their experiences as a student (Lilburn) and teacher (Paul) of SENĆOŦEN, the language of the W̱SÁNEĆ—the original tongue of the Saanich Peninsula. Tim Lilburn Behind the shed where I read and think, a ferned cliff, its Garry oak, and Native plum hold language as pitchers hold water. Some of this speech,...

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...

Documenta in Athens

Make problems everywhere

Fabiana Faleiros, Rio de Janeiro 

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 of you I will be happy I don’t carry your semen I vomit your humiliation Woman, not submissive nor devoted...

On Pedagogical Turns and the Use of Time

Nikos Doulos, Amsterdam 
Gian Spina, Athens 

I can think. I can wait. I can fast. Hermann Hesse, Siddartha In recent years we have seen a strong increase in the construction of schools as art projects or as new propositions of producing knowledge. Curators and artists present themselves as educators, public programs have become a sort of...

Dissident Geographies: São Paulo, Athens, and Beyond

Jarri Castro, Athens 
Marta Echaves, Madrid 

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 be the good queer citizen? Mavi asks a spectator to help her close her necklace. Michelle draws a square made...

Waiting for the After-Effects of Documenta 14 in Athens

Gian Spina, Athens 
Jota Mombaça, Natown, São Paulo, & Athens 

This article is part of a series of texts which are being produced throughout 2017 from Athens, Greece — a city which has been going through severe changes and now has the peculiarity of hosting one of the most influential international art festivals: Documenta 14. This series of eight articles...

Online Residency

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 residency, Mavi intends to create a network of communities in...