Nancy Zastudil covers the initial convening for New Cities, Future Ruins, a four year arts initiative re-imagining the explosive urbanism of Western Sun Belt cities.
Using the recently published anthology Avant-Garde Museology as its launching point, the symposium “Avant Museology” began its two–city, two–weekend run on November 11th and 12th at the Brooklyn Museum. The expansive conference of thirteen rigorous and engaging presentations considered early Soviet attempts to use museums to craft a “better, more evolved human being” by making them more reflective of all aspects of life, in content and form.
Taking place through June and July in Athens Greece under the title “No Future,” the guerrilla Performance Biennial brought together forms of artistic, political and theoretical practice and discourse questioning the potential of a collective refusal to a referred futurity.
In an era marked by the spectacle of black death, manifested as the vision of lifeless black bodies in the media, knightworks made clear that its rite was not carved out of fear. Rather, it was a calling upon a source of strength and security in order to identify a way to move into the future.