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 …

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 …

Stray Dog Café

Opened in 1911 on New Year's Eve at Mikhailovckaya Ploshchad in St. Petersburg, The Stray Dog was Russia's first ever literary and artistic cellar. Until 1915, it was a meeting place for poets and performances like Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, and many others. The story goes that writer Alexei Tolstoi gave the cellar …