Boycott as a political and cultural strategy has rarely been more prominent than in our current moment. From art institutions and universities, to cities and entire countries, many have been affected by positions that pose as “withdrawal” or “disengagement” and in fact often result in various actions and pointed engagement around a specific issue or question.
This colloquium concludes a year-long cycle of seminars and programs on cultural and academic boycotts as special conditions for discourse and art making, organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School starting in spring 2014. The seminars addressed timely questions of the agency of artists in the social and political sphere, and how culture can enact and perform change within a politics of disengagement.
Building on the themes and examples discussed in these seminars, Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production brings new voices to join previous speakers in articulating a way forward for future boycott movements. Conceived as a concluding strategy session, the afternoon is divided into open discussion sections with all colloquium participants around three topics, introduced by short prompts by the invited speakers, among them Joslyn Barnes, Noura Erakat, Pato Hebert, Maria Lind, Ahmet Öğüt, Omar Jabary Salamanca, Dread Scott, Radhika Subramaniam, and Chen Tamir.
Examples abound of contemporary artists holding institutions, exhibitions, and projects accountable for their practices. Via labor issues in the United Arab Emirates, funding structures of the biennials in Sidney or São Paulo, participation in the 2014 Manifesta in Saint Petersburg, and calls to renew a cultural boycott of Israel – artists are leveraging their power to shift the ways culture is produced on individual, civic, institutional, and educational levels. In anticipation of a forthcoming publication, Assuming Boycott focuses on key texts developed during specific campaigns and the shifts in language and implementation of their principles, over time, to reflect changing contexts. Above all, the colloquium seeks to explore how strategies, alliances, lead actors, and guidelines have responded and adapted to a changing cultural, political, and economic environment.
Kareem will moderate the following panel discussion during the 3 to 5 pm session:
Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Against Israel
Initiated by members of Palestinian civil society in 2005, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that was reignited in recent years has gained newfound traction in the face of unrelenting Israeli oppression. Throughout the life of this decade-long movement, targets and strategies for disengagement have been hotly contested and frequently debated. The BDS movement remains sharply polarizing, underscoring its potential as a rallying point in Palestine/Israel relations, yet frequently obscuring the variety of nuanced positions on this movement. The BDS statement is being compared to initiatives opposing a boycott, and is examined in the context of a layered and complex matrix of resistance efforts.
Omar Jabary Salamanca
Chen Tamir And colloquium participants, moderated by Kareem Estefan
Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production will take place at The New School this Saturday, April 11th from 1 to 5 pm in the Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building, Wollman Hall, 66 West 12th Street, 5nd floor in New York City. Admission is free; RSVP is requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julia Santoli and I are helping out with the launch of artist run space of artist Laura Cooper, who I met while working for Liz Magic Laser. I would hope to spread the word and increase the attendance of VCS students!
In her message, Rachel also said she’d love to hear from any other VCS students who would be interested in helping out with the event. If you’d like to lend a hand, you can reach her by e-mail at email@example.com
Barbara Hammer / Laure Prouvost / Shana Moulton / Molly Lowe / Andrew Norman Wilson / Ann Hirsch / Jenna Bliss / Juliana Cerqueira Leite / Jeremy Hutchison / Stephen Kwok / Laura Cooper & Ian Giles
‘Body2Body’ is the Off-site launch event for Global Committee; an evening featuring the New York premieres of new work by Laure Prouvost and Barbara Hammer.
Global Committee is proud to present installations, performances and video works by some of today’s most compelling international artists, at Garis & Hahn gallery; 263 Bowery, New York, NY 10002. Global Committee is a new artist-run project space, that will exhibit and connect international and national artists through a series of exhibitions and events.
What is the purpose of our bodies in the age of digital intimacy? How can we even ask a question that infers that the body may no longer be the primary vehicle through which we experience the world?
Global Committee is delighted to be presenting a new video by the Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvostentitled ‘We Know We Are Just Pixels’ in which flickering images form a conversation amongst themselves. Discussing their existence and vulnerabilities, in relation to the viewer looking at them, the images want to be more than just pixels; they want to explore and exist outside of the machine upon which they are being played.
At 8pm Legendary filmmaker and artist Barbara Hammer will present new a performance entitled ‘Available Space’ where she explores the relationship of architectural space to image and the limits of the projector’s beam.
Live performances by Jeremy Hutchison, Stephen Kwok and Laura Cooper & Ian Giles engage with the body through mediated experiences, broken signals and collaboration. These works will be happening periodically throughout the evening – set your body clock and you won’t miss a thing!
Throughout the night enjoy a curated selection of recent video works by Shana Moulton, Molly Lowe, Andrew Norman Wilson, Ann Hirsch, Juliana Cerqueira Leite and Jenna Bliss. These works’ engage with how the body can be displayed and transported through film and video – flesh-like textures, whispering voices and pulsing images reach out and touch our eyes and ears, reminding us that we are still physically present even in this digital age of distant touch.
So slip into something sleek and place your body in our hands for the night – Let’s get body to body.
Laure Prouvost’s video is shown in association LUX