Duane Linklater: Distances, Origins and Other Concerns
Thursday, August 31, 7:00-9:00 PM
Art in General’s final event of the What Now? 2017 series presented Omaskêko Ininiwak artist Duane Linklater along with artists, scholars, and theorists Bryan Cockrell, Malik Gaines, Alan Michelson, Nicholas Mirzeoff, Jackson Polys, and Maya Valladares. Together, they negotiated complex questions around landscape histories and representation, visual cultures, and indigeneity.
Using a specific Cree object—a beaded hood from the mid-1800s on public view in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—as his starting point, Linklater explored the physical and theoretical structures of the museum in relation to current and historical conditions of Indigenous people’s cultures, landscapes, objects, and forms. Conceived as an open letter to the Met, his talk considered the hood, physical distances, object origins, and other concerns. As a response, the various artists and theorists contributed to the talk by offering their respective perspectives.
Slought: Disjointed Territories
Thursday, July 6, 7:00-9:00 PM
Disjointed Territories was a public program exploring the politics of adaptation in disruptive eras. The starting point for the discussion was Walter Benjamin’s Moscow Diary from 1926, which explores “straying” as a mode of survival for life lived on the margins. Benjamin’s diary of his travels through the streets of Moscow reveals the complex interplay between self, territory, and national identity, and documents a sense of struggle to adapt to a complex socio-political moment. His experience mirrors our current time of crisis, and raises crucial contemporary questions surrounding political subjects’ experiences of landscapes.
The conversation brought together Moscow-based visiting scholars Ksenia Golubovich and Oleg Nikiforov in dialogue with scholar and designer Evangelos Kotsioris and curators Xenia Vytuleva and Aaron Levy. The talk was organized by Slought in collaboration with Art in General.
Don’t Follow the Wind: A Walk in Fukushima
Sunday, April 16, 5:00-8:00 PM
- Curatorial project Don’t Follow the Wind, in collaboration with Art in General, presented an intimate event featuring screenings of the 360 degree video A Walk in Fukushima, as well as a reception with artists and curators from the international collaboration. Prior to A Walk in Fukushima, the collective responsible for organizing the exhibition—comprised of Chim↑Pom (the project’s initiators), Kenji Kubota, Eva and Franco Mattes, and Jason Waite—were hosted for three days at an intensive “camp” by Art in General in collaboration with Brown University, where they worked on future plans of their project; the above is a panel discussion that the organizers and artists had at Brown.
Saturday, March 25, 12:00-1:00 PM
Artist collective Postcommodity, comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martinez, and Kade L. Twist, led a tour of their installation Coyotaje at Art in General. Their multidisciplinary practice considers indigeneity and how it relates to broader social, political, and economic dialogues and actions. The tour highlights the contentious dynamics and relationships between the U.S. Border Patrol, communities living in the San Pedro River Valley region, and individuals moving across the border.
Freya Powell: The Silence of the Unsaid
- Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:00-8:00PM
- Art in General presented Freya Powell’s New Commission exhibition, The Silence of The Unsaid, which prominently featured two video works. Her titular video, The Silence of the Unsaid, revolves around Powell’s trip to a desert landscape known as the “Zone of Silence,” infamous as Mexico’s version of the Bermuda Triangle. It made headlines in 1970 as the crash site of a failed American missile test; the seven-ton missile was carrying two containers of Cobalt-57, a dangerous radioactive element, but was quickly, quietly, and comprehensively cleaned up. This project traces the history of the missile, the silence surrounding its aftermath, and the mythologies that have since built around it.
Juanli Carrión: Zea
Wednesday, February 1- Saturday, February 11, 2017
For Zea, artist Juanli Carrión hosted a series of four culinary workshops revolving around the consumable resources, defining and defined by specific cultures, that landscapes have to offer. Commissioned by Art in General, the project manifests as a series of workshops embodying performance, artist lecture, and participatory sculpture. It engages the recipe as both a type of choreographic instruction as well as a intergenerational record of historical, cultural significance. Focusing on corn as both a key resource and cooking material, Zea reflected on modern economic shifts in the Americas, and the subsequent transformation of corn from food to commodity.
Dineo Seshee Bopape: Sa___Ke Lerole, (Sa Lerole Ke___)
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 1:00-3:00PM
For this artist talk, South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape led a tour of her newly commissioned exhibition at Art in General, presented on the occasion of Art in General’s season-long inquiry into landscape. Bopape’s practice considers land to be a host and archive for both the tangible and the ephemeral, including memories, histories, death and so on. In sa ____ ke lerole, (sa lerole ke ___)—partly inspired by her recent project for the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo—Bopape explores the political complexities of land from perspectives of gender and maternity, leading into questions of history and memory, the politics of place, and the metaphysics of self, material, and presence.
Ieva Epnere: Sea of Living Memories
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 6:30-7:30PM
- Ieva Epnere’s body of work, Sea of Living Memories, commissioned for Art in General, addresses the impermanence of national and social identity in response to the physical and social ruins of Soviet Society in the artist’s native Latvia. On October 25, during a free talk, Epnere addressed questions about past projects and discussed details of her newly created film, Sea of Living Memories. The talk further delved into discussion surrounding her solo show ‘A No-Man’s Land, An Everyman’s Land” at kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, Latvia, which also explored the theme of landscape and identity.