Anne Focke discusses the early alternative space movement in Seattle in the 1970’s, including her gallery and/or and its many offshoots, in this historical account of the arc of artists’ spaces in the period.
Current Topic: Transitions
Between the election and the inauguration in the United States is a period known unpoetically as the “transition.” Our own transition feels like a categorical shift, a break in the paradigm. It is closer to Gramsci’s interregnum - “the crisis...that the old is dying and the new cannot be born.” The synonyms here don’t fit: progression, shift, evolution. Antonyms feel more like the truth: decline, cease, or decrease.
This interregnum in the nation-state is transempirical: beyond experiential knowledge. The beyond, also, of empire. We go across, through; we change thoroughly. We transition.
"Artist's publications in time of crisis" panel at Louise Dany (Oslo) w/ The Ventriloquist Press and Vi ser på kunst