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Guest Blog: Meleko Mokgosi

  • Meleko Mokgosi
    Pax Kaffraria: Terra Nullius (detail), 2009–12
    Courtesy the artist
    Photo: Marc Bernier

Like all normal people, I hate public speaking. No one can avoid the performance anxiety that comes with rows of faces watching you squirm as you try to sell them something clever. But why be an artist then, since artists are in many ways always speaking to a public about what is dearest to their hearts? Of course the “voice” of the artist and ordinary speech act are different things. The former is developed and exercised mostly in the private quarters of a studio, while the latter is a universal attempt at getting at signification. Both of these voices, or rather any voice, according to Lacanian theory (I hope you are happy Liz!), is “everything in the signifier that does not partake in the effect of signification.” This is so because it is only through the structure of both lexicon and syntax that intention of signification registers. This obviously means that the voice does not partake in this structure, thus it is a remainder.

Drawing the Block

Guest Blog by Kira Lynn Harris

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  • Kira Lynn Harris installing The Block | Bellona (2011). Photo: Seger Bonnebakker

  • View of The Block | Bellona (2011), mid-installation. Photo: Seger Bonnebakker

  • Kira Lynn Harris and an assistant installing The Block | Bellona (2011). Photo Seger Bonnebakker

  • View of The Block | Bellona (2011), mid-installation. Photo: Kira Lynn Harris

  • Kira Lynn Harris installing The Block | Bellona (2011). Photo: Seger Bonnebakker

These photos are from the second day of installation. My assistants (Andrea Solstad, Stuart Lorimer and recent Studio Museum artist in residence Valerie Piraino) met in person for the first time the day before.  We began our draw-a-thon in earnest on Friday afternoon and went through the weekend. 
  

We Made a Zine!

AIR Kamau Amu Patton Collaborates with ETW Students

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  • Images from the zine produced by the 2011 Expanding the Walls students in collaboration with current artist in residence Kamau Amu Patton

  • Images from the zine produced by the 2011 Expanding the Walls students in collaboration with current artist in residence Kamau Amu Patton

  • Images from the zine produced by the 2011 Expanding the Walls students in collaboration with current artist in residence Kamau Amu Patton

  • Images from the zine produced by the 2011 Expanding the Walls students in collaboration with current artist in residence Kamau Amu Patton

Recently, I facilitated a workshop with the museum’s Expanding the Walls Youth Program. Totally fun! Thank you to all the students who participated. Gerald Leavell and I had a few conversations prior the workshop about what that afternoon could look like. After continued discussion about themes, we decided on “building creative communities” as the idea that would inform our activity. We presented the group with a variety of underground artists produced zines and videos from my collection. The discussion that followed focused on the power of such objects to voice the spirit of a creative community. Then, we made a zine!

The Sounds behind StudioSound

Matana Roberts's Playlist

  • Matana Roberts
    Papa Joe (from COIN COIN Happenings), 2010
    Photocollage, charcoal and pastel on cardboard
    Courtesy the artist

This week guest blogger Matana Roberts, our current StudioSound artist, shares some of her favorite music!

My thirst for sound knowledge spirals from the traditions of the jazz alto saxophone, which is my main tool of reference, or "weapon of choice," as it was recently described to me. But it is heavily combined at this point with other sound aspects that intrigue me and filter through my work right now, such as language, repetition and trance. Below are items on my current playlist, chosen completely randomly. There's so much sound to explore out there, that I can barely keep track myself. By the time this posts, I will be onwards to completely different soundscapes most likely, but here are a few that I thought might pique any sound-seeker's interest:

Harlem, USA 35 Years Later

A Guest Blog Post by Dawoud Bey

  • Dawoud Bey
    Mr. Moore's Bar-B-Que, 125 Street, 1976
    Silver print
    Gift of the artist 79.1.8

A writer once wrote that every place is simultaneously the place that it was and the place that it is. It is the combination of the two that constitutes the deeper meaning and experience of a place. And so it is with Harlem.