Thursday, May 29, 2008

Peace On A presents: Power & Performance

Despite my affinity for the term relationality, we may need other language to approach the issue that concerns us, a way of thinking about how we are not only constituted by our relations but also dispossessed by them as well.
~ Judith Butler

Peace On A


Power & Performance
featuring presentations by David Buuck, Julie Patton, and Chen Tamir

Sunday, June 8th 2008 6PM
BYOB & donation: $5

hosted by Thom Donovan at:

166 Avenue A, Apartment #2
New York, NY 10009

about the readers:

David Buuck lives in Oakland, where he organizes BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics. He is a contributing editor for Artweek, and teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.

I had disembarked at the Embarcadero, platforming myself into some semblance of public figuration. The bay area rapidly tranced it, from the resident base camps to the clamor and throng. Up and out into the punctuated street-sprawl, shadowed by the public directives. Heaved out then into the scablands, street-rocks popping against the undercarriage of the survival carts. Billboards tower as trees might shadow that. The turn lanes apropos of the new gold rush. Steetside is saddle leather, limbered for the pickets. 425,258 a day, fro and bending to it.
~ from Electricworks

Julie Patton extends her pulpoethic strategies into collaborative spaces via anyone willing to hand-dance—recent activities include stirring up an ArtScience mecca in Cleveland's inner city, "A Roon for Opal" art installation as part of the Olin Art Museum's (Lewiston, Maine) "Green Horizons" exhibition. "Using Blue to Get Black," an extended argument about the color blue forthcoming in Crayon Magazine. The rest is herstory.

riff off of
"Using Blue to Get Black"
(for my mo' there mudder)

blah blah blew light
be lack beat subject
leadible huge margins
lake back eerie bl accents
reeking scalp blue hung
er un
speak a bruised surf
faces mean blood ism
cl...oud braille lean
conscious pilots (heavenly friction)
hum blue staff
road read stratejeans
bic hus blind air
high hand le soluablu sex pack
14 ml tube b lousy pinkablue
sigh sing argue a pale smiles
be lie a blue lip fast
(as you write for days
vary a ble tongue brash
dis as stern pen onyx drink text
siccative blind
azurite for days
terre blue ish cast
boon flower b light
belie s can vast memory
ig blue not house a b...loa
ice, water, oil, wind
con vert sable skin c lash
crop then go after value
ire my bluest I
pearl pliant
goo out
b rain b light
tinktured, wheight bl+ u…
more than you can thank
flat to be tied re
touching orange
cut off your risk so
bleu to feel raw skies
scrump back ground
pain t hang
soul solvent
gesso so yes so blue
tellin’ me making do
with all that

Chen Tamir is an independent writer and curator based in New York, Toronto, and Tel Aviv. She holds an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from Bard College. She is also a curator at Flux Factory in Queens. Her most recent curatorial efforts are on view in Toronto at the Barnicke Gallery with a show called "Stutter and Twitch":

In “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics,” art historian and theorist Claire Bishop called Bourriaud up Relational Aesthetics’ cliquishness. She advocated instead for what I’m calling “Social Practice.” Social Practice is not reactionary to Relational Aesthetics: They run parallel. Their distinctions may sound benign, but it’s important to differentiate between artwork that reinforces a closed system, and one that challenges it. Although it’s really nice to hang out in galleries and feel cool, what we (and I mean a very broad “we”) need is art that takes us beyond that, or at least makes us question what that means. Sometimes that can be uncomfortable, forcing us to deal with issues we’d rather not face, or people we’d rather not associate with, but that discomfort is productive.
~ from “Social Practice”

Peace On A is an events series devoted to emergent work by writers, artists, performers, activists and scholars. Link Wild Horses of Fire weblog ( for back advertisements, introductions and reading selections.

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