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A magazine about art and social engagement. A Blade of Grass (ABOG) was founded to support and deepen understanding for socially engaged artists who are enacting social change within a community.
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PublisherArtists Space2022
virgil b/g taylor: Minor Publics is a large-scale installation exploring the boundaries between art and memorial through research and poetic encounters with Sol LeWitt’s Black Form–Dedicated to the Missing Jews. Originally installed in Münster as part of the 1987 Skulptur Projekte, LeWitt later sold the sculpture to the city of Hamburg in 1989 and donated the fee. Black Form represents an oft-overlooked component of LeWitt’s work that extends beyond his conceptual and dematerialized methodologies to address deeply political and personal questions. The exhibition is framed by a core text by taylor that ruminates on the notion of a “bima”— a Greek and Hebrew architectural term ...
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PublisherHatje Cantz2012
For his notebook, Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas has compiled excerpts and notations from his personal sketchbook, as well as associative photographs. Cruzvillegas playfully picks up notions of sense, sensibility, reason, and fantasy—the four basic terms of the “human mind and soul” on which Johann Wolfgang von Goethe built his chromatic circle of 1809—and combines them with handwritten thoughts about the structural and creative aspects of artistic production. This notebook is a colorful collage of ideas opposing the appropriation of art by capitalism, against which Cruzvillegas reacts with collective, living, and “definitely unfinished” social sculptures—involving people, animals, and things—that come to ...
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PublisherFHNW HGK2022
Hunger, the third episode of the series Ages of Receivership: On Generous Listening, is based on an online conversation by xwélmexw (Stó:lō/Skwah) artist, curator, writer and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University Dylan Robinson with Quinn Latimer. Dylan Robinson’s work spans the areas of Indigenous sound studies and public art, and takes various forms, offering him a space to integrate the sonic, visual, poetic, and material that are inseparable in Stó:lō culture. The series Ages of Receivership: On Generous Listening emerges from the spring 2022 Master Symposium at the Institute Art Gender Nature, moderated by Chus Martínez and ...
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PublisherMACBA2008
Rosalyn Deutsche is a professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Feminist Theory, and Urban Theory at Barnard College (New York). Her analytical materia prima are the concept of the public sphere, discrepancies in development, and models of public art (public art criticism), such as that done by Krzysztof Wodiczko. One of her most important works is Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics (The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusets, 1996). This volume includes the essay Agoraphoobia, which we publish here in a new, revised version of the Spanish translation done by in a new, revised version of the Spanish translation by Jesús Carillo ...
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PublisherArchive Books2018
The street is as usual – a stage for a clash between extreme forces capable of bringing about general passivity and frustration in a whole society. Well-situated middle class families and intellectuals strolling around, self-assured they really know how this world goes round – oh you can’t tell them anything new, they know what is going on in literature, in music, in theatre, in arts – oh they know everything, just everything. Yet what they do not know is that their understanding of literature, music, theatre and the arts has nothing to do with what is going on outside, outside ...
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PublishersEDHEAart&fiction2018
We are sitting here at ECAV in our current working place, which is the salle de réunion at the administration. Our fingers are typing this letter to invite you to contribute a text within the Art Work(ers) research project. We are thinking about how closing factories and the use of industrial ruins have affected our ways of working in the arts, and of the promises of creative economies. What narratives have been created to tell stories of art and industrial production as well as of deindustrialisation. Besides looking at historical examples such as EAT, Artist Placement Group, Equipo 57 & Grupo ...
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PublisherA Blade of Grass2019
In this issue, we’re looking at how socially engaged artists are challenging mainstream habits of seeing and doing that exclude the lived experience and creative potential of large swaths of people who do not fit into—or rather, who have been systematically oppressed by—the social norms and physical expectations of capitalist society. Rather than view difference in negative terms, these artists are using their work to affirm physical, sensory, emotional, and cognitive difference as “to be expected and respected on its own terms as part of ordinary human experience,” as Colin Cameron wrote in a 2001 article on Disability Arts that ...
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The Biennals in Pakistan explores popular political, religious and nationalistic dogmas that have influenced art-making in Pakistan since the 1990s. It addresses the gap between the conception and the reception of public art within Pakistani society that has arisen since the country began hosting visual art biennales and festivals in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.
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Publisheronestar press2008
Call for a Demonstration brings the artist’s observations about her everyday environment into dialogue with public debate about the re-development of Hove seafront. In calling for a Museum of Contemporary Art to be built Ström raises questions about the nature of the civic realm and the place of art and art institutions within it. At the core of the project is a children’s demonstration which took place in Hove on Saturday 24 June 2006. Call for a Demonstration archives Ström’s act of preparation for an unexpected museum of the future and further creates the possibility for it to arrive.
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PublisherArtFCity2018
In this episode of Explain Me William Powhida and Paddy Johnson discuss the horrific business practices of Peter Brant and Interview Magazine, a fundraising campaign at University of North Carolina so misguided that firing is in order, and the latest headscratching Creative Time project. To help us discuss all of this, and how the new tax code will affect artists, accountant and painter Hannah Cole joins us.
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Publisheronestar press2003
When the parasite sets in, small white bubbles rise up. They are warm, transparent and may appear anywhere. Cases have been documented in Boston, Cambridge and New York and the number is increasing. The appearance is not on the skin but on the sidewalks. New York artist Michael Rakowitz is the engineer of paraSITE, a temporary living space for the homeless. We may see homeless citizens every day, but now we see them unexpectedly, living inside what looks like a space age tent. paraSITE uses the warm air that escapes buildings to inflate and to provide night-time shelter. The cities and ...

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