January 19, 6-8PM - Preview Party January 20, 10AM-6PM - Benefit Sale January 21, 12-4PM - Benefit Sale - Buy 2 get 1 FREE!
Postcards From the Edge offers a rare opportunity to acquire
original, postcard-sized artwork from internationally renowned and
emerging artists for only $85 each. Offered on a first-come,
first-served basis, over 1400 works are exhibited anonymously, and the
identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased.
With the playing field leveled, all participants can take home a piece
by a famous artist, or one who's just making their debut in the art
world. Nonetheless, collectors walk away with something beautiful, a
piece of art they love!
The Queering Paradigms network is dedicated to examining the current
state and future challenges of queer studies from a broad
trans-disciplinary and polythetic perspective, and by interrogating
numerous social, political, cultural and academic agendas.
With our conference ‘Fucking Solidarity’, we ask for the
possibilities, gains and limits of (our) queer solidarity. We want to
‘fuck’ with the idea, the theories, the practices and the art of
solidarity, from different angles, different spaces, from and with
different groups. Investigating into the erotics of queer solidarity,
their drives, and desires behind it we reflect on hegemonies and the
possibility for anti-hierarchical or empowerment. We are interested in
the possibilities of queering existing concepts and practices of
solidarity, especially those solidarity approaches towards the
post-soviet/post-socialist and postcolonial spaces and their respective
Fucking Solidarity is interested in constructive criticism. We hope
to learn about new approaches and ways of solidarity, from
queer-feminist, anti-racist, anti-hierarchical, horizontal, inclusive, “check-your-privilege”, decolonizing perspectives.
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On the occasion of Queering Paradigms IIX, This Is Now from the Equalityproject will be shown by Roberta Orlando.
This Is Now by Roberta Orlando is a collection of media reactions across Europe,
highlighting the current situation of the LGBTQI people living in
Chechnya, Russia. As on-going selection of published articles and
materials, This Is Now aims to keep the attention on what is happening
in the Russian region. Without forgetting how LGBTQI individuals and
groups have been punished in the past, and how they are still persecuted
today in more than 70 countries around the world.
Words Bare is an LGBTQ print exhibition which showcases research-gathered comments
and experiences the community still face in society today. The posters put LGBTQ
social challenges into the limelight, and questions why
The American University of Paris with Pantheon Sorbonne University, Institute ACTE (Arts Créations Théories Esthétiques), CNRS (French National Center of Scientific Research), France
Image by The Arts in Society
Founded in 2000, theArts in Society Research Network
offers an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the role of the arts
in society. It is a place for critical engagement, examination and
experimentation, developing ideas that connect the arts to their
contexts in the world – on stage, in studios and theaters, in
classrooms, in museums and galleries,
on the streets and in communities.
Gestures That Matter
Making a gesture involves confronting the unknowable. A
gesture is not simply mechanical like a movement, nor is it fully semantic as a
sign might be, nor fundamentally intentional like an action must be. The idea
of a “gesture” escapes the classical categories of meaning and is never
developed as an independent notion. A trait that often characterizes gesture is
its ability to use the body as a means to draw evanescent traces. Because a gesture
inadvertently creates relation,
a “milieu” institutes itself within the
interstices of being and metamorphoses our quotidian lives. The gesture is
often a tool towards the transformation of the self and of the world. André Leroi-Gourhan
writes that “the tool is only real in
the gesture which renders it operative
and only exists within a cycle of operativity.”
Intrinsically inter-corporeal and inter-subjective, the gesture
is a “means without end,” in the words of Giorgio Agamben. The gesture
is always a form of the intermedial. But when the gesture apprehends its
mediality in an honest and noble manner, it becomes an artwork. That is
when a gesture “matters.” Whether it emerges in a ritualistic, artistic
or technical context, the gesture extends and transmits itself well
beyond the duration of its concrete manifestation for both the doer (the
actor) or the one doing the observing (the spectator). It is right
there that the body draws a simple gesture and aims to show the most
rudimentary form, but also the most essential, of that which we call
“art.” The gesture shows a clear materiality insofar as it does not
disappear as it seems, and it leaves permanent changes in the art world
and in within society. That is when gestures “matter,” insofar as they
both are important for giving a deep meaning to our lives and inscribe
durable transformation in the flux of everyday event. Gestures matter
because they are ethically, politically and aesthetically important.
Gestures matter because they do not evaporate but shape our lives on the
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The Equality project by Roberta Orlando will take part in the Twelfth International Conference on the Arts in Society,
as part of the Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts.