It’s been a while since I added anything to this site, partly because of the holidays and partly because I’ve been focused on planning a new project about community and participatory arts practice. I’ve wanted to look at what happens between theory and outcomes – what artists actually do – for a long time. A … Continue reading A restless art
General elections don’t happen very often so it’s odd that this one should be so dull. The campaign has slipped from the headlines and radio presenters have even taken to reassuring listeners it will soon be over. It’s not as if there’s nothing at stake. The parties are not the all same: everyone will be … Continue reading From Newspeak to Nonspeak
• There’s so much to say about this film that it’s better to say nothing, except that it reminds of something Phil Ochs once wrote: ‘ah, but in such an ugly time the true protest is beauty’. Thanks to Lukas Pairon for telling me about the film.
In Finland when a lot of people start complaining they might be called a ‘valituskuoro’, or a Complaints Choir. Two Finnish artists have made a reality of that metaphor, not just once but again and again around the world. In 2005, Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen suggested creating a choir to sing about people’s complaints … Continue reading Sing out your bile
Zoe Spawton is a 30 year old Australian working in a Berlin café. Ali Akdeniz is an 85 year old Turkish tailor, who also lives in Berlin. Since 2012, Zoe has been photographing Ali on his regular walks past her workplace and posting the portraits a blog called What Ali Wore. When it was named … Continue reading Who is the artist here?
I was thinking about you guys yesterday. I've been here three times before and I think I understand a little bit about how you feel about some things. It's none of my business how you feel about some other things – and I don't give a damn about how you feel about some other things. … Continue reading A Masterclass in Participatory Art
"Do you know what threatens democracy most? Silence." Philippe Val, BBC 8 Jan 2015
Migranland It is in the nature of artistic work to reach beyond the boundaries of language, culture and context. You don’t need to know anything about Japan in the Edo era to be captivated by the prints of Hokusai or Kuniyoshi. You cannot respond as a Japanese person might, and still less as a Japanese … Continue reading Art across borders
An experiment in brevity: I have had this question in my mind for a little while.