INVISIBILITY LAB to Host Open Engagement 2018 – Dinner Conversation

Invisible Sustenance May 12, 2018 7:00  -  8:30 Invisibility Lab In a fast-paced, interconnected world where people rarely have time for nurturing themselves or their relationships, the Invisibility Lab asks: What keeps you going? What sustains you through difficult times? What do you rely on for sustenance? Are these things measurable? Are they visible? And … Continue reading INVISIBILITY LAB to Host Open Engagement 2018 – Dinner Conversation

Invisible Capital

Here's a peak at a paper by Gretchen Sneegas on GradFoodStudies website: “Sustenance Out of Refuse”: Detroit, Invisible Capital & the Search for Food Justice Gretchen Sneegas abstract | In recent years, Detroit has been largely portrayed by mass media as a site of desolation and desertion. The city’s citizens, however, have another story to tell. … Continue reading Invisible Capital

Graph Commons & Burak Arikan

Making data graphs accessible -  Amazing stuff! From Artists in Laboratories Radio Series: "...beautiful but also politically-revealing data mapping with Burak Arikan, a New York and Istanbul based artist working with complex networks. Burak runs social, economic, and political issues through an abstract machinery, which generates network maps and algorithmic interfaces and draws up predictions … Continue reading Graph Commons & Burak Arikan

Branah

I've been thinking about invisible things a lot today... as well as this idea I have had floating around in my head for quite some time now - that people who are blind are, I suspect, actually able to see better than those of us with sight... Their heightened awareness and increased powers in their … Continue reading Branah

Flowers of Democracy: Women in the Ukraine and other places of conflict…

"During the last 2 years the situation in my country, as in many other countries in conflict, has become more and more patriarchal. The position of women, especially in war areas, is so difficult. Ideas that the place of women is just in the kitchen, to take care of their men and give birth, are … Continue reading Flowers of Democracy: Women in the Ukraine and other places of conflict…

READING DIARY: Artistic Research in the Era of Globalization (Butt)

The 3 readings on Thomas Hirschhorn's Gramsci Monument at Forest Houses in the Bronx, NY introduce us to a broad range of perspectives on the work. First, Hirschhorn's short essays on the origin of the monument as part of the 4 in the series, offer also his theory behind Unshared Authorship and the “presence and … Continue reading READING DIARY: Artistic Research in the Era of Globalization (Butt)

READING DIARY: Dis/placement and art (Marcevska)

Of all the readings, I'm most interested in Shahram Khosravi's Engaging Anthropology: An Auto-Ethnographic Approach piece. I was first introduced to auto-ethnography when you (Elena) were advising me over the first year of my MFA program. While I didn't quite understand it at first, I have found this writing style to be among the most interesting … Continue reading READING DIARY: Dis/placement and art (Marcevska)

Aboubakar Fofana – Indigo (documenta – Athens)

I appreciate the way the author describes the artist's spiritual practice in the article below. I'd love to see what Fofana's work looks like - and to witness his process... From; http://www.documenta14.de/en/artists/13516/aboubakar-fofana Aboubakar Fofana Dried ngalama leaves being prepared for the dye pot, photo: Riley Salyards Works Aboubakar Fofana (b. 1967, Bamako, Mali) Ka touba … Continue reading Aboubakar Fofana – Indigo (documenta – Athens)

Mounira Al Solh – “time documents”

This project seems to resemble my Sin Paredes project in some ways... audio, drawing, personal stories about immigration... It sounds really great - I'd love to see it! From: http://www.documenta14.de/en/artists/13500/mounira-al-solh Mounira Al Solh Mounira Al Solh, four drawings from “I Strongly Believe in Our Right to Be Frivolous” (2012–17), ink, graphite, marker, paint, and thread … Continue reading Mounira Al Solh – “time documents”

Betty Tompkins: WOMEN Words

Check out this project: https://www.artsy.net/show/the-flag-art-foundation-betty-tompkins-women-words-phrases-and-stories Press Release The FLAG Art Foundation presents Betty Tompkins: WOMEN Words, Phrases, and Stories from January 20 – May 14, 2016, on FLAG’s 10th floor gallery. The exhibition marks the first comprehensive presentation of 1,000 intimately-scaled, hand-painted works, each of which features a word or words used to describe women. … Continue reading Betty Tompkins: WOMEN Words

The word connects the visible trace with the invisible thing, the absent thing, the thing that is desired or feared, like a frail emergency bridge flung over an abyss. Italo Calvino

I Send You This Cadmium Red

In I Send You This Cadmium Red, John Berger and John Christie traded letters about art to the music of Gavin Bryars. (Found reference to this work in an article by Stuart Jeffries in the Guardian on Gavin Bryars.) Gavin Bryars website  

Girls quickly learn that a woman’s beauty can be a liability…

André St. Clair and Tavet Gillson of AndréTavet André St. Clair and Tavet Gillson of AndréTavet, i usedta live in the world, 2016 In this work we interpreted Dr. Shange’s poem, i usedta live in the world, which is about the universality of women’s experience of being pinned under the weight of masculinity. The threat … Continue reading Girls quickly learn that a woman’s beauty can be a liability…

Gregory Sholette on Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice With Gregory Sholette by Thom Donovan | Aug 26, 2011 Action Figure encased. Photo courtesy Gregory Sholette Artist, scholar, organizer, and professor, Gregory Sholette embodies multiple ways that artists can interrogate history, politics, and public discourse. Through his initial work with the group REPOhistory (1989-2000) (as in, “repossessing history”), he, along … Continue reading Gregory Sholette on Contemporary Practice

Pathalogical Altruism, or the perils of being too selfless

I'm interested in understanding more about this condition... one of my former professors, Barbara Oakley has published a book on it.  I've tried to order it through the C/W MARS library system, but it doesn't seem to be available through that route... Anyway, from the Amazon page: The benefits of altruism and empathy are obvious. … Continue reading Pathalogical Altruism, or the perils of being too selfless