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Spotlight: Contemptorary

Still from Ana Mendieta's Volcán, 1979. From Bhanu Kapil's blog post on Sep 20, 2016 with caption: "This image comes closest to what I could not speak in Ban."

This summer, Daily Serving is shining a light on the work of some arts publications that we respect, and this week we’re looking at contemptorary. Today’s spotlight excerpts an examination of racial politics and “arts freedom” in an interview with poet and performance artist Bhanu Kapil. Co-founders Eunsong Kim and Gelare Khoshgozaran write, “In ‘Title TBD (Part 1)’ Kapil narrates the politics of her embodiment, the difficulty of an[…..]

Spotlight: Contemptorary

Codex, 2017. courtesy of Mari Matsuda. Photo: Reese Kato.

This summer, Daily Serving is highlighting some publications that contribute to the global arts conversation. Today from contemptorary, co-founders Eunsong Kim and Gelare Khoshgozaran write, “Legal scholar and artist Mari Matsuda’s interview further extrapolates the power dynamics found in freedom and the arts. In ‘Mari Matsuda: Founding Critical Race Theorist, Activist and Artist,’ we discuss with Matsuda her thoughts on the intersections between law and expression, and the[…..]

Spotlight: Contemptorary

FEMelanin, Performance Stills from Bedtime Stories of White Supremacy, November 15, 2015 at Mana Contemporary, Chicago.

This summer, Daily Serving is shining a light on some arts publications that we admire, and this week we’re focusing our attention on contemptorary, a publication that has been running “on the desire to catapult and transform art conversations about power.” Co-founder Gelare Khoshgozaran writes, “With the ongoing debates surrounding the foundations and violences of ‘Freedom of Speech,’ we hope you read ‘The Freedom to Oppress’ by Eunsong[…..]

Spotlight: N-o-nS…e;nSI/c::::a_L

Wrapping up our week with N-o-nS…e;nSI/c::::a_L, today we bring you an excerpt from artist and filmmaker Margaret Haines’ essay “Sex without Threat.” Co-founder Vivian Sming notes, “Haines springs from Theodor W. Adorno’s The Stars Down to Earth, which posits astrology in relation to fascism in 1950s California. Haines revisits the Carroll Righter Astrological Foundation to reflect on current-day Los Angeles and the global events between the[…..]

Spotlight: N-o-nS…e;nSI/c::::a_L

Continuing our week highlighting the work of N-o-nS…e;nSI/c::::a_L, today we bring you a selection by co-founder Vivian Sming: “In ‘Extraordinary But Not Quite Magic: What Makes the War On Terror So Damn Medieval?,’ artist and writer Dan Bustillo underlines the semiological relationships between Western military intentions and medieval history. Bustillo relentlessly throws themself against the architecture of patriarchy, showing that the middle ages are far from over.[…..]

Spotlight: N-o-nS…e;nSI/c::::a_L

This summer, Daily Serving is shining a light on some of the commendable arts publications that we regularly read, and this week we’re spending some time with N-o-nS…e;nSI/c::::a_L. Today we bring you an excerpt from Los Angeles-born and -based artist EJ Hill’s text, “An Utter Disregard of the Potential for (and the Likelihood of) Complete and Total Ruin,” after Lauryn Hill’s legendary Miseducation album. Co-founder Vivian Sming writes, “The album’s[…..]

Spotlight: N-o-nS…e;nSI/c::::a_L

This summer, Daily Serving is shining a light on some of the many arts publications that we respect, and this week we’re devoting our attention to N-o-nS…e;nSI/c::::a_L. Co-founder Vivian Sming notes, “Icelandic activist, writer, and artist Snorri Páll Jónsson Úlfhildarson builds his text, ‘LAUGHING STONES: Ownlogical Situations,’ around the contested analysis of one of Iceland’s most illustrious poems, ‘The Time and the Water,’ by modernist poet Steinn Steinarr. Úlfhildarson hooks[…..]