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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

Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas & Other Warburg Inspirations

Cornell University Library | The Warburg Institute | Cornell University Press | Signale Ten panels from the Mnemosyne Atlas The last project of the German Jewish “cultural scientist” Aby M. Warburg (1866-1929), the Mnemosyne Atlas is an unfinished attempt to map the pathways that give art history and cosmography their pathos-laden meanings. Warburg thought this … Continue reading Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas & Other Warburg Inspirations

Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art

Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art Elizabeth Grosz Duke University Press, Sep 12, 2011 - Science - 264 pages In Becoming Undone, Elizabeth Grosz addresses three related concepts—life, politics, and art—by exploring the implications of Charles Darwin’s account of the evolution of species. Challenging characterizations of Darwin’s work as a form of … Continue reading Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art

SlussenProject, Archiving the ephemeral

From Jacek Smolicki's website: SlussenProject aimed at building an extensive audio database of stories, memories and field recordings characterizing the Slussen area in Stockholm and in particular its unknown and invisible dimensions. The realization of the project has been maintained over six months between December 2012 and May 2013, when the process of demolishing was … Continue reading SlussenProject, Archiving the ephemeral