Contemporariness

Two selections from Giorgio Agamben’s “What Is the Contemporary?” published in Nudities, translated by David Kishik and Stefan Pedatella (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011), pages 13-15. 3. The poet–the contemporary–must firmly hold his gaze on his own time. But what does he who sees his time actually see? What is this demented grin on the face …

Shift (1970)

Shift is a large outdoor sculpture by American artist Richard Serra, located in King City, Ontario, Canada about 50 kilometers north of Toronto. The work was commissioned in 1970 by art collector Roger Davidson and installed on his family property. Shift consists of six large concrete forms, each 20 centimeters thick and 1.5 meters high, zigzagging over about four hectares of rolling countryside. What I …

WHOLE

They tell me alchemy doesn't exist, But I took this pain And I turned it to gold; This self-loathing to wine. I learned how to transform destruction into growth How to take all these broken, chipped, Fragmented pieces And make something WHOLE.

Self Reclamation Through Ritual-in-Performance

"That which in art reminds us of our greater selves, our unexplored potentials, and our personal mysteries —however beautiful, dignified, humiliating, or painful— ultimately opens us to transpersonal realities of which we are not immediately conscious." In her fantastic article about the work of Ana Mendieta and Yoko Ono, Deborah K. Ultan explored how both …

What is Progress?

James Turrell's Roden Crater, as seen in Kanye West's Jesus is King music video. People usually think that progress consists in the increase of knowledge, in the improvement of life, but that isn't so. Progress consists only in the greater clarification of answers to the basic questions of life. The truth is always accessible to …

Resting with Warriors

Shelley Niro, Resting with Warriors (detail), 2001, series of 4 woodcuts on wove paper.  Shelley Niro is a multi-diciplinary artist, and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. She has worked in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography, and film. Her work challenges stereotypical images of Aboriginal peoples. "Some people …

No Fear, No Die

Claire Denis’ 1990 film was inspired by Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth: “a special type of neurosis - colonized people feeling psychologically defeated even though they are physically free to determine their future.” Set on the outskirts of Paris, No Fear, No Die focuses on Dah and Jocelyn, immigrants from the former French colonies who train …