SFMOMA’s Open Space blog has an interview with Art Practical editor Patricia Maloney, who is also one of Bad at Sports’ San Francisco correspondents. Art Practical is a new online magazine that covers the visual arts in San Francisco and shares SF-related podcast content with Bad at Sports. A brief excerpt from the interview follows; go on over and check ’em out!
From the beginning, your strategy has been to partner with other web-based content providers. How does this strategy reflect the larger philosophy and approach of Art Practical?
In the mission statement, I wrote that Art Practical is not a proprietor of information; our goal is to generate pathways for investigation. In additional to the original content that we produce, which appears as Reviews and Features in issues, we share content with three web-based platformsâ€”the calendar and directory Happenstand, the podcast Bad At Sports, and the forum Shotgun Reviewâ€”as well as one quarterly print publication, Talking Cure.
Shotgun Review now exists as a section within Art Practical; the other entities operate fully outside of Art Practical as well as providing us with content. Our event listings for openings and closings, as well as our editorial picks, come from Happenstand; we conduct interviews that appear simultaneously as Features on Art Practical and podcasts on Bad At Sports, and many of our Features are published first in Talking Cure. Together, we function as a coalition that provides comprehensive information and analysis of events, practices and exhibitions.
Art Practical is the site that choreographs this coalition. The idea came together via conversation with and the generosity of the people involved with the respective entities you, Joseph, and Scott Oliver (Shotgun), Lucas Shuman (Happenstand), the Bad At Sports team, and Jarrett Earnest (Talking Cure). I had no interest in duplicating their activities, but instead saw an opportunity in which we could mutually support our shared objectives. Collectively, we create visibility for individual projects and a forum for critical reflection for an audience much broader than our individual efforts.
Art Practical itself is a collective endeavor, emblematic of the collaborative spirit of the Bay Area visual arts culture, which has a long local history of incubating experimentation and innovation.Â The team members that have created Art Practical and produce each issue have each played crucial roles in creating a model for visual arts criticism that is highly conscious of the audience it is serving. Perhaps more than anyone else, Stoyan Dabov, our developer, recognizes and articulates the ways in which familiar forms of communication are being ruptured. As the site evolves, he is pointing us toward embracing new approaches. The Editorial team, Hope Dabov, Vicky Gannon, Catherine McChrystal, and Morgan Peirce, work tirelessly in encouraging our writers to be creative, to find new modes of description and criticism, and to further define their personal voice. Their collaboration reflects our entire approach. (Continue reading here).
This looks to be a great lecture!
Monday, February 22, 6 p.m.
Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago,
111 S. Michigan Ave FREE ADMISSION
Widely known for his innovative fine art installations, Doug Aitken is at the frontier of 21st-century communication. Utilizing a wide array of media and artistic approaches, Aitken’s eye leads us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts. Aitken’s work effortlessly slips into our media-saturated cultural unconscious allowing the viewer to experience cinema in a unique way by deconstructing a connection between sound, moving images, and the rhythms of our surroundings. Treating the world as his studio, he edits together frenetic and unique models of contemporary experience. Aitken has had numerous screenings, and solo and group exhibitions around the world, including the 1999 Venice Biennale, where he won the International Prize for his acclaimed installation electric earth. He’s exhibited work in institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Pompidou Center in Paris.
The folks at Temporary Services are puttin’ on a Fair in conjunction with their current Gallery 400 show, Art Work (January 26 through March 6, 2010). This Friday and Saturday from 12-6pm Bad at Sports will be there, selling t-shirts, giving away stickers, and recording your questions on video for our upcoming exhibition at apexart!
Please join everyone at the Fair for two days of art, books, talks, things for sale, things for free, and more….including short discussions about the work of various participating organizations scheduled throughout the day.
The whos (as in, who will be at Fair):
Bad At Sports
CAFF: â€œFind us in the real world motherfuckers!â€
Green Lantern Press
Half Letter Press
Clifton Meador & guests
Onsmith Dog Stew & Monkey Nudd Wine
Pros Arts Studio
Radah & Team
The whens, wheres and hows:
Friday, February 26, Noon – 6 pm
Saturday, February 27, Noon – 6 pm
Two days of art, books, talks, things for sale, things for free, and more!
Organized by Temporary Services in conjunction with ART WORK: A NATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT ART, LABOR, AND ECONOMICS â€¢ www.artandwork.us
G400 Lecture Room & Gallery 400 at the Art & Design Hall, University of Illnois, Chicago
400 S. Peoria St (at Van Buren)
www.gallery400.aa.uic.edu â€¢ 312-996-6114
And while you are there:
Check out The Free Store, a concurrent exhibition at Gallery 400 taking the form of “a nomadic, temporary free store that irregularly visits a variety of Chicagoland neighborhoods.” The Free Store asks you to get involved by coming to the store, bringing stuff you want to give away, and taking stuff that you want. There is no restriction on what you can take. You don’t even have to haggle!Â Just take it!
**Items can be dropped off at Gallery 400 during open hours. The Free Store organizers are always happy to accept donations (everything except for people, animals, and illegal/toxic substances).
On this week’s podcast, Duncan has a special announcement regarding our upcoming exhibition at Apexart in New York. It’s group participation time, folks, so I’m passing along Duncan’s message to all of the blog’s readers to get the word out (actually, I just transcribed what he said on the show, as I’m too knackered to come up with any words of my own). Sayeth Duncan, speaking for the entirety of Bad at Sports:
“What [Bad at Sports] is doing is asking questions to our artworld. What we’re more interested in than anything is in asking, ‘what’s the deal? HEY ARTWORLD, WHAT’S THE DEAL?’ We’re trying to figure out how to encapsulate that as an element in the exhibition, this curiosity about our artworld.
We need your help. We want you to bust out your Mac, go to Photobooth, and make a little video of yourself asking a question to your artworld. It could be directed to us, it could be to other personalities, it could be to an abstract artworld. What we’ll do is we’ll try and find an answer. So if you have a question for Damien Hirst, we’ll try and get to him. If you have a question for us, we’ll do our best to answer it. If you have an abstract question we will find someone who can answer that question and have them respond on video. We’re looking for everything from, “how do I become a better human?” to “Hey Damien Hirst, can’t you get enough?”
We will track down these answers. Questions can run from the pithy to the abstract to the theoretical. You send us a video, and we’ll incorporate it into the project and you can come find your answers in New York at Apex. If you have a newish Mac, Photobooth will take the video for you. if you have an oldish Mac or a PC, we’ll have to figure that out but we’ll be posting further instructions for how to do it on the blog soon. So please, get involved, send us a video and let us find you answers. You’ve listened to us find our own answers. What questions do you have?”
PLEASE SEND YOUR VIDEOS TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Hannah was first-wave feminism, for me. I took all the requisite women’s studies classes when I was in college, but it wasn’t until I started listening to bands like Bikini Kill (and later, Le Tigre) that I ever felt any kind of emotional connection to feminism and its larger history. So I pretty much revere Kathleen Hannah and I lap up every interview and what not with her that I come across. Watch this video, and take note:Â Ms. Hannah doesn’t need to get all pretentious with the theory (though she totally respects it, too) to be crystal clear about who she is and what she’s all about. Also note: you can talk like a Valley Girl and still be super fucking smart. Kathleen makes some important points about the dangers of mistaking bullshit insecurities-cum-personal politics for authentic politics. So true. And also has some interesting things to say about zines vs. blogs, and the state of female political leadership today.