What if a museum and its discourse becomes a space to generate an alternative history of a State, that makes its myths and storytelling seem like they belong to a false and constructed legacy that needs to undergo a serious deconstruction? This is one of the questions that Miguel Lopez is trying to answer in […]
After the publication of the visible book (Sternberg Press, 2010), Visible has committed to continued development in the sphere of publishing, by assembling a free, digital, flexible workbook series that could allow us to continue presenting the emerging practices, that we gather around the visible network, by shedding new light on them. The main idea we wanted to experiment with, was one of having workbooks where the exercise we ‘assign’ to the artists and curators on our board, is to present a dialogue with an expert coming from another field of knowledge, may this be city planning, economics, cooking or whatsoever other sector of human expertise. In doing so, we are trying to open up modest and unprecedented confrontation spaces where new bestowals of what art can affect and transform, within the social body, are achieved and written black on white on this free space that publishing can be.
Issu#0 Free for all. Art as a service to others by Temporary Services (Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer)
We’ve invited the group Temporary Services (Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer; shortlisted with their project Printed City for the first Visible award), to answer an interview in which we go through their personal history; that they very much based around the idea that publishing can be one of the most accessible and democratic tools to spread empowering artistic projects and their outcomes. Started in 1998 with the opening of an experimental exhibition space in Chicago, in a working-class neighborhood, the group has been operating on an international scale for long time now, and maintaining publishing at the core of their activities to “provide art as a service to others; a way to pay attention to the social context in which art is produced and received
Art As a place by Raqs Media Collective
The Raqs Media Collective is here in dialogue with Kaushik Bhaumik, a historian that shares with them some thoughts about imagining art as a place. Thanks to the exhibition Sarai Reader 09, curated by the collective, this conversation became public and involved almost 110 artists, and non artists, that submitted a proposal through an open call. A proposal to think about what constitutes the artistic practice, to think of art as a place that becomes a different place every time. The title of the show makes reference to the Sarai Reader book series, which has been, over the years, widely recognized as a site of critical and creative thinking.
The Museo Travesti del Perú and the Histories We Deserve by Miguel Lopez and Giuseppe Campuzano
What if a museum and its discourse become a space to generate an alternative history of a State, that makes its myths and storytelling seem like they belong to a false and constructed legacy that needs to undergo a serious deconstruction? This is one of the questions that Miguel Lopez is trying to answer in this essay that emerges from a series of discussions and interviews with Giuseppe Campuzano, the philosopher and drag queen that founded the Museo Travesti del Peru (Transvestite Museum of Peru) in Lima.
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