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To Sleep Together in Comfort (Which is Politics)

19-Dec-21


Workshop, 2021
Marc Herbst and Michelle Teran

A workshop on generative conflict and difference. This workshop was a semi-closed event, and embedded within the 2021 version of the Climate Care festival, curated by Soft Agency for the Floating University in Berlin. Participants invited to spend the night in the basin at the Floating University campus were members of the floating e.V and invited guests.

Pandemic Exchange: How Artists Experience the COVID-19 Crisis

30-Nov-21

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Theory on Demand #41 Pandemic Exchange: How Artists Experience the COVID-19 Crisis
Edited by Josephine Bosma

News reports on the Covid-19 pandemic seldom include how the virus and the societal lockdowns affect artists. A lively circuit of cultural events, meetings, and exhibitions has come to an almost complete stop, leaving artists often not just with a significant drop in income but also bereft of their vital and supporting social communities. Art writer and curator Josephine Bosma, feeling quite cut off herself after a year of lockdowns and too much screen time, saw both desperate and relieved outcries from artists popping up through the glossy algorithmic veneer on social media. She decided to reach out to some of the more outspoken voices. From this an interview project was born, which grew into this collection of heartfelt stories and brief reports from artists trying to survive the pandemic and sometimes finding unexpected ways to do so.

https://networkcultures.org/blog/publication/pandemic-exchange-how-artists-experience-the-covid-19-crisis/

Authors: Annie Abrahams, Lucas Bambozzi, Dennis de Bel, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, S()fia Braga, Arcangelo Constantini, Tiny Domingos, John Duncan, Nancy Mauro Flude, Ben Grosser, Adham Hafez, Sachiko Hayashi, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Garnet Hertz, Jennifer Kanary, Brian Mackern, Miltos Manetas, Lorna Mills, Daniela de Paulis, Tina La Porta, Archana Prasad, Melinda Rackham, Michelle Teran, Mare Tralla, Igor Vamos, Ivar Veermäe.

Everything Gardens! Growing from the Ruins of Modernity

29-Nov-21

Everything Gardens! Growing from the Ruins of Modernity, edited by Marc Herbst and Michelle Teran, outlines a pedagogical model that is intended to remain useful throughout Berlin’s next 99 years, through the ravages of climate change and social upheaval. This model is centred in Berlin’s Prinzessinnengarten at Moritzplatz and developed under the moniker of Nachbarschaftsakademie (The Neighborhood Academy). The Nachbarschaftsakademie (NAK) was created in 2015 as a self-organized platform for collective learning, bringing together critical artistic practices and urban and rural activism. The NAK is an educational project bound up with an ecosystem of other projects that share similar goals in Berlin’s Prinzessinnengarten – guiding an eco-social practice over time.

Informed by the concept of “staying with the trouble,” it names key issues, while seeking an ethno-poetic approach that energizes, orients and sustains the project for the duration. The book serves to document the conflicts that inform the garden project today. At the same time, while cataloging the 2019 summer course offerings.

PAGES: 144
EDITORS: Marc Herbst and Michelle Teran
ISBN:  978-3-943253-33-7
DESIGNER: Luca Bogoni
PUBLISHER: adocs Verlag

Everything Gardens! Growing from the Ruins of Modernity is part of the three book boxed set Licht Luft Scheisse. Perspectives on Ecology and Modernity. Volume 1 documents the exhibition Archaeologies of Sustainability at the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK); Volume 2 is dedicated to the teaching and event program Growing from the Ruins of Modernity at the Nachbarschaftsakademie im Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg; and Volume 3 looks back on the exhibition Über Nature at the Botanical Museum Berlin.

Situationer Workbook / Cookbook

29-Nov-21

Situationer Workbook/Cookbook, edited by Michelle Teran with Johanna Monk, Teana Boston-Mammah, and Clementine Edwards, is a book in two volumes on transformative pedagogy and teaching in times of crisis. How can times of crisis – or of crises, in their many forms – inform and influence the pedagogies needed to situate ourselves in a troubled world? How can one tune in to the conditions, concerns and difficulties of these complex times, by cultivating new and necessary forms of humility, attentiveness and recognition toward other knowledges, other value systems, other frameworks of understanding? The essays, interviews, and other creative and critical interventions in this book offer a wide variety of reflections upon these fundamental questions.

This publication connects to emergent research around transformative pedagogy in socially engaged art and art education. It comes from the impetus to go back to the drawing board, in order to imagine other possible perspectives on learning and education. It is a body of research that continually writes and enacts itself into existence, cultivated by engaged practitioners within the Willem de Kooning Academy and Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and beyond.


PAGES: 246
DIMENSIONS:7.48″ × 10.24″ × 0.67″
ISBN: 9789492308283
IMPRINT: Publication Studio Rotterdam
DESIGNER: HARDWORKING GOODLOOKING
PUBLISHER: Research Centre WdKA and Publication Studio

VIS # 1 RISK IN ARTISTIC RESEARCH

16-Jun-19


“A Few Notes about Getting Lost (Again) featured in inaugural issue of VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research

https://www.en.visjournal.nu/tag/issue-1/

VIS Nordic Journal for Artistic Research is a new digital journal about Artistic Research in the Nordic region. The journal is the result of a cooperation between Stockholm University of the Arts and Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. The purpose of the journal is to serve as a basic source of knowledge for anyone who wants to learn and immerse themselves in artistic research in the Nordic region.

PERCEPTION CRISIS MACHINE CONGLOMERATE: A FAST ENTRY INTO THE METHODOLOGY OF SYNSMASKINEN

16-Jun-19

The essay PERCEPTION CRISIS MACHINE CONGLOMERATE: A FAST ENTRY INTO THE METHODOLOGY OF SYNSMASKINEN by Michelle Teran & Frans Jacobi included in the reader for the 9th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research

Link to publication

University of Plymouth, April 11th-13th, 2018 

EDITORS: Geoff Cox, Hannah Drayson, Azadeh Fatehrad, Allister Gall, Laura Hopes, Anya Lewin, Andrew Prior.

Electronic Literature

16-Jun-19

Transmedia Literature works Folgen and Buscando Sr. Goodbar included in the publication Electronic Literature.

In this book, Rettberg places the most significant genres of electronic literature in historical, technological, and cultural contexts. These include combinatory poetics, hypertext fiction, interactive fiction (and other game-based digital literary work), kinetic and interactive poetry, and networked writing based on our collective experience of the Internet. He argues that electronic literature demands to be read both through the lens of experimental literary practices dating back to the early twentieth century and through the specificities of the technology and software used to produce the work.

Considering electronic literature as a subject in totality, this book provides a vital introduction to a dynamic field that both reacts to avant-garde literary and art traditions and generates new forms of narrative and poetic work particular to the twenty-first century. It is essential reading for students and researchers in disciplines including literary studies, media and communications, art, and creative writing.

Future Guides for Cities: From Information to Home

15-Apr-17

“Future Guides: From Information to Home” is an artistic research project on following: how to practice and theorize following. It was carried out between 2010-2014 within the Norwegian Artistic Fellowship Programme and around the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. A final exhibition of my artistic research, “Your Revolution Begins at Home“, took place at the USF Gallery and Cinemateket in Bergen, September 4-14, 2014. “Confessions of an Online Stalker“, a critical reflection text on artistic results of the research, was submitted in 2015.

Link to Critical reflection

The study outlines the emergence of an artistic research method combining data mining, systems for mapping, storytelling, and translation and its application in the fields of media art, microhistory, and activism. The development of artistic works (several books, text, film, installation and public performance) become the aesthetic results of conversations, negotiations and reflections around the proceeding questions: How are tracking, guiding, following and stalking used as artistic research methods? What role does image production play in everyday life and how does it create tension between the public and private experience? How can strategies of translation provide the critical tools for experimenting with shifts between context, subjectivity and scale?

This artistic research reflects on a contemporary condition in which personal and social archives constitute a new type of city guide that challenges the official representations of cities online. It reflects on the phenomenon of documenting and sharing one’s urban life to the world online, an act reflective of a culture of making oneself and one’s life visible thus, present in online social networks. The work focuses on the micro or working on case studies, whereby the studying and following of trails of data produced by different individuals and seeing where it leads is a process of trying to establish where one “is” from other people’s data. However, the effort of pinning down a location is not merely to focus in a machinic system of (geo)precision on the place where one might be standing but to recognize the people who occupy (or have occupied) that place in the city. It is a method of online tracking which leads to spatial tracking, from which a narrative language emerges. The question is implicitly addressed: to what extent urban media art can help us to locate ourselves in the mediated city by offering to trace and reveal the connections between places, people, and digital culture. But what if the connections reveal a city in crisis? The research leads to a flight to Madrid and ends up in the homes of evicted families, where anti-eviction activists use digital information to locate and make public the everyday effects of crisis. In the foreground of the crisis is the crisis of the home. It is there that we encounter sites of political struggle, the act of making oneself and one’s life visible becoming a strategy for collective empowerment.

The Obra Social Manual

28-Jan-17

The Obra Social Manual, a 25-page manual of civil disobedience on the tactics of recuperating houses- a direct action how-to. The manual describes the tactics of the Obra Social campaign launched by the PAH in 2012. It offers a step-by-step guide for reinstating the social use of empty housing owned by banks, by putting them in the hands of evicted individuals and families. The Obra Social manual is a model for alternate approaches to living in times of crisis. It provides a step-by-step guide to recuperation: how to find buildings, which buildings to target, the relation between real-estate speculation and eviction, how to enter a building, and how stay once you are inside.

The Obra Social (Social Work) Manual is a translation project initiated by artist Michelle Teran and published by The Journal of Aesthetics& Protest. The English translation accompanies Dignity / Dignidad, a feature-length film about an Obra Social building in Mosteles, Madrid, and the Reclaiming Workshop, both developed in 2016.

What Urban Media Art Can Do Publication

10-Sep-16

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Why When Where and How?

Editors: Susa Pop, Tanya Toft, Nerea Calvillo and Mark Wright
Pages: 524
Year of Publication: 2016
Illustrations: 200 color

Published by: AVEdition

Urban media art is possibly one of the most momentous expansions within the field of contemporary public art. Referring to various forms of media-aesthetic, artistic engagement in urban environments and evolving from a mix of genealogies of media art, avant-garde, architecture, urban development, design and technology, and biology, urban media art creates a space in which artists make, utilize and critically explore innovations in software and technology to create artworks, installations and situations in response to the urban discourses and urgencies of our time.