Speculations on Digital Art Media’s Future(s)
How we will be reading and writing on the arts ten years from now? We invited web-savvy journalists, critics, artists, curators, and media innovators—from national platforms like the Washington Post, Art in America, ArtSlant, and Culturebot to regional voices from Chicago Artist Writers, MinnesotaPlaylist.com, and Springboard for the Arts—to speculate on the future of cultural media online.
Burn the Maps
Art of the Rural’s founder on artists using digital space to redraw a geography of the cultural center
Art News from Elsewhere
“If your theatre can’t afford to pay all your actors a minimum wage, then maybe you shouldn’t be doing a show with so many actors.” Community engagement specialist Jason Tseng proposes possible solutions to the unequal distribution of funds in the LA scene.
A Culture Wars Chronicle
As identity politics made their way into galleries and museums in the ’80s and ’90s, social conservatives took note, lashing out at artists like Robert Mapplethorpe, Karen Finley, and Ron Athey for work that addressed sexuality, multiculturalism, and LGBT rights. Featuring many of these artists, the Walker found itself at the center of the conversation—and the controversies—that marked the Culture Wars.
Polemic of Blood
Ever since a suicide attempt at age 15, death has been a constant companion for Ron Athey—even more so since 1985, the year he tested positive for HIV. Until it wasn’t. Healthy on the 30th anniversary of his diagnosis, the 53-year-old performance artist reflects on the “post-AIDS” body, the 1994 performance that put him at the center of the Culture Wars firestorm, and his homecoming after six years abroad.
The Universal Latin American Theater of Mariano Pensotti
Mariano Pensotti’s genre-bending Cineastas is a play that exists outside of the contemporary expectations of Latin American theater. Instead of “Amazonian sensuality” and magical realism, Pensotti presents us with “a hybrid moment that moves between the theatrical event, performance installation, and literary narration”—a moment that takes equal influence from Roberto Bolaño and Wim Wenders.
Art News from Elsewhere
Out There Insider
“So out there that he’s in.” Graydon Royce profiles the Walker’s Philip Bither, hailed by choreographer Sarah Michelson as “a crucial (the most crucial?) performing arts presenter in America.”
Like Brothers, Lovers, Proto-Humans: Miwa Matreyak on Still Standing You
“Sometimes they are like brothers, playfully and slightly cruelly competing with each other. And sometimes they seem like violent, crazed proto-humans or baboons in a zoo, duking it out without an awareness of social taboos like some neolithic fight club.” Film/performance artist Miwa Matreyek wrestles with the changing dynamics between Pieter Ampe and Guilherme Garrido in Still Standing You.
The Unadorned Archetype: Discussing The Evening with Richard Maxwell
“I’ve always felt there’s an urgency when people step out on stage,” Richard Maxwell tells Soho Rep’s Sarah Benson. “That’s part of why I feel cautious about making things dramatic. It’s already a dramatic situation!” Their chat ranges from archetypes in Maxwell’s new play The Evening—from “the hooker with a heart of gold” to the aging prizefighter—and the difference between a person and a character.