Watch This Space
Ways of coping with the past, present, and future, this month on Medium
This month’s featured articles, collected here as the May edition of Watch This Space, all seem to ask: what do artists know? The modes of questioning vary but the spirits of inquiry — and the strongly held belief in those outcomes — are kindred. After a year and then some of hardship, uncertainty, and unrest, and on the precipice of the oft-alluded to “return to normal”, what do we turn to artists for? Our politics, our palliation, our pleasure?
At the risk of oversimplifying (and of too much alliteration!), the intersection of performance, protest, and pedagogy serves in some way all four of the artists featured here— Freya Powell, Pablo Helguera, Greg Sholette, and Andrew Freiband —as they attempt to answer, for us and for themselves, how to cope, how to laugh, how to act out, how to connect, right here, right now.
Freya Powell: Recovering Lives Lost and Giving Voice to the Silenced
“Ambiguous loss has been a huge part of the pandemic. So many people have lost loved ones — they just disappeared from…
At The Table with Pablo Helguera: The Serious Need for Humor In Art
Can humor offer a route to radical change?
Greg Sholette: Public Art, Protest, and 21st-Century Politics, Part III
“Art has lost its centuries-old ideological privilege, and yet has gained in this process a front-row seat in a…
Andrew Freiband: Rethinking Systems, Reaffirming Artists’ Insights
“Art is not the production of artworks; art is research. And if we view art as research, we recognize the outcomes as…
Watch This Space is More Art’s bimonthly collection of interviews, excerpts, updates, and essays, all curated and collated for you on our Medium publication page. At the beginning of each month, we’ll gather a handful of recently published pieces to share and spark conversation, framing our current work as well as our archival material for the present moment.