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Restless Practices #3

PRESS ROOM respond to Vanessa Kwan’s brief “The whole of the institution, the mansion, the city can’t contain the phantom, the figment, the creep; how do we build a home for restless practices?”

PRESS ROOM on Twitter: @pressroomvenice #restlesspractices

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Artists: Poets or Politicians? #2

Transcript of conversation with Debra Levine at the Creative Time Summit, 12/08/2015, responding to Cesare Pietroiusti’s brief: Lo senti il vento? / Can you feel the wind?

Do you think artists are poets or politicians?

I think art is situational… so… I think that the one thing artists have is the ability to choose modes of discourse, modes of practice in relationship to their… …their concerns, their obsessions… um.. and what they do in the world… and sometimes a poetics activates an audience that they might be trying to reach, or… activates the issue far better than a direct… um.. political polemic. I don’t, sometimes I think that political language itself is obfuscating or ah.. um.. it can narrow down your vision aswell, so the choice to.. work with political language, either.. um.. for the fact that it may be transparent or may obscure something, also could be a poetic choice, I don’t think that there’s a binary between the two. I think that artists.. um.. really think very carefully about the mode of operations that they choose, and then.. ah.. some also.. may have.. a much more.. innate.. um.. verge or tendency to work with one material or the other, but I think that its also, its culturally (inaudible)

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Artists: Poets or Politicians? #1

Transcript of conversation with Line Mejia and Aline Hernandez at the Creative Time Summit, 12/08/2015, responding to Cesare Pietroiusti’s brief “Lo senti il vento? / Can you feel the wind?”:

Do you think artists are poets or politicians?

… (muffled laughter) …

I would think politicians are joksters… and.. should be poets…

and poets should be politically active… um.. that’s it!

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As if, in passing, she says my black, it’s fake!

Jade Montserrat responds to Simone Leigh’s brief “If the World’s Fair Pavilions were a recreation of the colonial project while it was still happening, what does the Venice Bienniale do?”








On reaching The Probable Trust Registry (2015; Venice Biennale installation + Participatory Group Performance):

We talk with the Receptionist, she witnesses signatures and we engage in conversation with another, sceptical (a grammatical problem: I will always be too expensive to buy), potential signator;

An exchange follows between myself and the Receptionist

>Adrian Piper, the Black Artist?

> (said with quiet, firm, neutral conviction) no (preceded by something along the lines of she is no longer black or not black anymore or no longer identifies as black or doesn’t want to be labelled as black)

Jade Montserrat on Twitter: @jademontserrat