Thursday, March 31, 2022

Art of Assembly XIV








Florian Malzacher's long-running and excellent series Art of Assembly came to NY in March. I was totally thrilled to be doing my first in-person public event in 2+ years, and in the company of (insane combination alert) Tania Bruguera and Ann Liv Young. I also discovered I was completely out of practice at navigating live Q&A. Here's the vid.

Conservation Conversation








I know nothing about conservation, so I was disconcerted by this invitation to talk to researchers at Bern University of the Arts about the conservation of performance. I declined but Hanna Hölling was persuasive and twisted my arm. The awkward results can be viewed here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Interventions lecture in Tokyo

Somewhat belatedly, I'm posting this video of a lecture I gave at Tokyo University of the Arts last June. The paper has changed shape a bit since then, but you'll get the gist. Thanks to Professor Mouri for organizing this event and asking great questions.

Friday, July 17, 2020

In conversation with/en conversación con TB

It only took nine years! My book of conversations with Tania Bruguera has been a labour of love and frustration, but it's finally published. Book launch on 15th October, moderated by the great Irene Small; a recording is here

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Free Your Mind

A speculative review of new MoMA, imagining what we'd see if they'd got it slightly more right. The piece was commissioned by Artforum but they killed it - because I co-authored with Nikki Columbus, who successfully sued MoMA PS1 for gender discrimination in 2019. In their eyes, this produced a "conflict of interest" and insufficient objectivity. Wow. We finally published it with n+1.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Missing Okwui

An obituary for Okwui Enwezor, on the Third Text website. Such a pleasure to spend time revisiting his catalogues, and to appreciate afresh the scale and ambition of his thinking. He is sorely missed.

The Art of Political Timing

The beginnings of an article about political timing specific art - a term taken from artist Tania Bruguera to describe a way of working at high speed, in response to current affairs, with an interventionist mentality. Published in the May issue of Artforum, with a somewhat disappointing layout and choice of photos. In my view the piece needs to be pushed further, and broadened out to encompass more examples of what political timing specific interventions might look like in the US.