Storefront for Art and Architecture x Montez Press Radio, 2023. Courtesy of Montez Press
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Storefront and independent online radio Montez Press Radio collaborate to release Broadcasts, a series of radio programs that further explore Storefront’s yearly thematic. These broadcasts provide another platform to disseminate our ongoing generative research and will collage case studies, conversations, and field recordings to weave our findings together.

 

See below to learn more about each broadcast.

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On the Ground: Broadcasts | Threshold

 

Sunday March 27, 2023

 

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture and Montez Press Radio presents the first episode of On the Ground: Broadcasts, titled Threshold. This episode explores the tensions between public and private space through a close look at New York City’s ground floor.

 

Architect Sol Camacho, former Cultural Director of the Instituto Bardi, reads from Lina Bo Bardi’s seminal text, Vitrinas. Artist Alvaro Barrington discusses the storefront as a threshold between life and work. Canal Street Research Association further explores their inquiry into billboards and the “facadification” of Manhattan in a four way chat with artists Nick Poe and Gabriela D’Addario, and Levi Eichenstein, CEO of Red Rock Outdoor. Journalist Nathan Kensinger and UPENN Media Studies professor Shannon Mattern engage in conversation around their respective works on the transformation of the city’s streets and sidewalks. Architect Germane Barnes expands on his long-standing research on Porch Politics.

 

 

 

Sound and Video Credits:

Brown, Barry Alexander (Director). (2010). Sidewalk [Film, excerpt] 20:20-21:18

Cohen, Jem (Director). (1996). Lost Book Found [Film, excerpt] 03:29-04:20

Fitzgerald, Kit and Sanborn, John with Van Tieghem, David (Directors). (1982). Ear to the Ground [Film, excerpt] 00:00-1:04

Houston Jr., Otis. (2020). I Like Where I Stay. On AMERICA [Audio file]

Wilson-Tanner. (2022). Sun Room. On 69 [Audio file]

 

About the Contributors:

Germane Barnes is the Director of Studio Barnes, a research and design practice that investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Mining architecture’s social and political agency, he examines how the built environment influences Black domesticity. 

 

Alvaro Barrington is a multidisciplinary artist based in London. Raised in the Caribbean and later Brooklyn, New York, Barrington harnesses abstract painting, embroidery, and site-specific installation to explore communal and personal histories and disrupt art historical narratives.

 

Canal Street Research Association is the fictional office entity of poetic research and roving archival unit, Shanzhai Lyric. Delving into the cultural and material ecologies of the street and its long history as a site that probes the limits of ownership and authorship, the association repurposes underused real estate as spaces for gathering ephemeral histories, mapping local lore, and tracing the flows and fissures of capital. 

 

Sol Camacho is an architect and urban designer and the former Cultural Director of the Instituto Bardi/Casa de Vidro Institution founded by Lina Bo and Pietro Bardi. 

 

Nathan Kensinger is a New York based journalist, photographer, filmmaker and curator, whose work explores hidden urban landscapes, including forgotten waterways, post-industrial ruins, environmental cleanups, and coastal communities endangered by sea level rise and climate change.

 

Shannon Mattern is the Penn Presidential Compact Professor of Media Studies and Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2004 to 2022, she served in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York. Her writing and teaching focus on media architectures and infrastructures and spatial epistemologies.

 

 

On the Ground: Broadcasts | Void

 

Sunday July 30, 2023

 

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture and Montez Press Radio present the second episode of On the Ground: Broadcasts, titled Void. This episode focuses on the various registers of emptiness across the built environment. The void is unpacked as spatial absences, erasure, unmet potential, permissive emptiness, liberating silences, and capital-driven failure. We explore the many languages of vacancy in New York City in dialogue with other socio-political contexts with shared challenges.

 

Participants in this episode include the following: Dominique Petit-Frère from Limbo Accra who talks about Into the Void, a digital project aimed at archiving West Africa’s unfinished property developments and revitalizing their existence through collectivity and embracing liminal space. Dragonfly aka Robin LaVerne Wilson, member of The Stop Shopping Choir, brings us into The Earth Chrxch. Writer Jeremiah Moss, reads an excerpt from Feral City, a book they published in 2022 about life in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists Tom Burr and Carlos Motta think about void in its multiple possibilities and what it means in the context of queer life. Artist Igancio Gatica has a conversation with Martha Snow from the Urban Design Forum and Gina Lee from the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development about their studies on the hidden stories of vacancy in the city and their potential. Dia Art Foundation curator, Jordan Carter, reads an excerpt from a text by Glenn Ligon published in Artforum in September 2004, titled Black Light: David Hammons and The Poetics of Emptiness. Collaged within the episode are clips from archival videos and audio from artists Amanda Williams, Gordon Matta-Clark, June Jordan, Zoe Leonard, and Francisca Benítez.

 

 

Sound and Video Credits:

Spirit of Space (Director). (2017). Amanda Williams, Color Shift [Film, excerpt] 0:00-01:00

Silver, Howard (Director). (2007). Gordon Matta-Clark Exhibit at Whitney walkthrough with Jane Crawford [Film]

Holman, Bob (Director). (1989) REC0047_2_158_2142: WNYC-TV Poetry Spots June Jordan [Film, excerpt] 01:17-02:52

Documenta 12 (Director). (2007). Zoe Leonard, Analogue (1998-2007) [Film]

 

About the Contributors:

Amanda Williams is a Chicago-based artist who uses ideas around color and architecture to explore the intersection of race and the built environment

 

Carlos Motta is a Columbian multi-disciplinary artist whose practice documents the social conditions and political struggles of sexual, gender, and ethnic minority communities in order to challenge normative discourses through acts of self-representation.

 

Dominique Petit-Frère is the founder of Limbo Accra, a spatial design practice founded in 2018 in Accra, Ghana, that imagines a more community-minded and revitalizing future for the incomplete concrete buildings left throughout African cities undergoing rapid urbanization. 

 

Dragonfly (aka Robin LaVerne Wilson) is an artist that interweaves a lifetime of professional experiences in radio, filmmaking, stage and street theater, photography, design, journalism, spoken word, music, activism, facilitation, and guerilla marketing.

 

The Earth Chxrch is a former East Village bank space at 36 Loisaida Avenue, and home to weekly services by the radical performance community, Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir. The philosophy of The Earth Chxrch surrounds the imminent “Shopocalypse”, which assumes the end of humanity will come about through manic consumerism.

 

Francisca Benítez is an artist born in Chile in 1974, living and working in New York since 1998. Her art practice explores relations between space, politics, and language, being closely linked to the places where she lives and the communities she interacts with. 

 

Gina Lee is the Program Coordinator of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development which is a member organization of community groups across New York CIty using research, advocacy, and grassroots organizing to build equity and justice in their neighborhoods and city-wide. In 2022, the ANHD published a report titled The State of Storefronts: Alarming Vacancy Rates and Rising Rents during the Pandemic which used the latest annual release of storefront registry data to assess the state of storefronts as of 2020.

 

Glenn Ligon is an American artist who has pursued an incisive exploration of American history, literature, and society across bodies of work that build critically on the legacies of modern painting and conceptual art. 

 

Gordon Matta-Clark was an American artist who pioneered a radical approach to art making that directly engaged the urban environment and the communities within it, through large-scale architectural interventions in which he physically cut through buildings.

 

Ignacio Gatica Rojas is a Chilean artist whose practice identifies and questions systems of knowledge and structures that configures the urban, historical, and personal experience. He works between installation, sculpture, video, and text, to map out and make connections between distinct forms of signs and signifiers.

 

Jeremiah Moss, pseudonym of Griffin Hansbury, is an American poet, writer, psychoanalyst, social worker, and social critic. He is the author of the blog Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York and in 2022 published Feral City, a book about life in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Jordan Carter is a curator at Dia Art Foundation and a former associate curator in the Art Institute of Chicago’s department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

 

June Jordan was one of the most widely-published and highly-acclaimed Jamaican American writers, poets, playwrights, and essayists of her generation. She was known for her fierce commitment to human rights and political activism.

 

Martha Snow is the Director of Community Design at the Urban Design Forum which is an independent membership organization that convenes civic leaders to confront the defining issues in New York City’s built environment. In 2022, the Urban Design Forum released a year-long initiative called Streets Ahead, aimed at advancing ideas and proposals to envision a more vibrant, equitable streetscape. 

 

Tom Burr is an American conceptual artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. From his first exhibitions in New York City in the late 1980s, Burr has placed a consistent emphasis on spatial issues both sociopolitical and formal. 

 

Zoe Leonard is an American artist who over the past three decades, has produced work in photography and sculpture that has been celebrated for its lyrical observations of daily life coupled with a rigorous, questioning attention to the politics and conditions of image making and display.

 

 

On the Ground: Broadcasts | Care

 

Thursday December 7, 2023

 

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture and Montez Press Radio present the third episode of On the Ground: Broadcasts, titled Care. This episode focuses on different projects that are rooted in care and mutual aid through the lens of the city’s ground floor, and how practices that strengthen bonds of affection can transform and reshape our immediate environment.

 

Participants in this episode include the following: An experimental choral performance read by Natalia Boumatar and Zara Zulfiqar, created for a class at Cooper Union titled “Public Art as Alimentary Infrastructure.” This project is by Anders Kristensen, Natalia Boumatar, Ralph Karam and Zara Zulfiqar. It engages fragments of texts about settler colonialism through collective oral readings. Red Canary Song introduces us to their advocacy around Asian and migrant massage parlor workers through their short film, “Fly in Power”. Curator Diya Vij, writer and organizer Ted Kerr, and artist Zacarías González have a conversation about the 90s Chicago-based art collective titled Haha, and their project Flood, which was a hydroponic garden in a storefront that grew vegetables and herbs for people with HIV. Curator Eric Booker reads some archival texts from Smokehouse Associates, the artist collective that transformed Harlem with vibrant, community-oriented abstract murals and sculptures during the late 1960s. Writer Lam Thuy Vo reads from an article she wrote on Pearl River Mart for Documented NY. Artist Cudelice Brazelton talks to Senior frieze editor Terence Trouillot about his recent exhibition at Wschod Gallery in the Lower East Side and how his work relates to intimate micro practices of care. We learn from OlaRonke Akinmowo how the Free Black Women’s Library is fueled by tenants of Black Feminism, and the transformative power of both reading and creating. Huda Tayob discusses her research on Architectures of Care. Scholar Adam Anabosi performs a poem by Palestinian poet Tawfiq Zayyad written to the Palestinian people in their different places of refuge. Interspersed throughout the episode are clips and archival sounds from professors and writers Premilla Nadasen, Carlos Sanabria, Sharon Zukin and artist Jenna Bliss’s documentary “The People’s Detox.”

 

 

Sound and Video Credits:

The Peoples’ Forum (Director). (2023). BOOK TALK: Care: The Highest Stage of Capitalism with Premilla Nadasen and Ujju Aggarwal [Film, excerpt] 4:00-14:31

Red Canary Song (Director). (2022). Fly In Power [Film]

Bliss, Jenna (Director). (2018). The People’s’ Detox [Film, excerpt] 0:00-02:10

Global Cities Local Streets (Director). (2015). Orchard Street, New York [Film, excerpt] 0:14–09:00

Center for Puerto Rican Studies – Centro (Director). (2017). The Bodega: A Cornerstone of Puerto Rican Barrios [Film, excerpt] 10:13-25:06

Tayob, Huda. (2015). Architectures of Care [Audio file]

 

About the Contributors:

Adam Anabosi is a Ph.D student at Princeton. He possesses a keen interest in the modern middle east studies and the cultural, political and historical approach associated with it. Adam is deeply fascinated by Arabic culture and its rich oral heritage. On occasion, he indulges in writing poetry in the spoken Shami dialect and in colloquial Arabic. And every now and then, he contributed to online cultural magazines articles related to the political, cultural and social history of Palestine and Bilad al-Sham.

Carlos Sanabria is author of the book The Bodega: A Cornerstone of Puerto Rican Barrios: (The Justo Marti Collection). He is former associate professor in Caribbean studies at The City University of New York.

 

Cudelice Brazelton IV is an artist who lives and works in Frankfurt. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and currently studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste. Selected solo and duo exhibitions include Friend of a Friend Warsaw, Wschód and Emanuel Layr, Warsaw (2021); Bronzed from Silver, Sans titre (2016), Paris (2021); Recoil (with Dozie Kanu), International Waters, New York (2020); Violent Groom, Wschód (2020); Prune (with Nicholas Grafia), Shoot the Lobster, New York (2019); and Bounty, Jeffrey Stark, New York (2017). 

 

Diya Vij is the Curator at Creative Time and is committed to critically investigating the evolving role of public art in politics and civic life. Over the past decade, she has held programming, curatorial, and communications positions at major New York City Institutions. She currently serves on the Board of the Laundromat Project and as the Co-Chair of the Board of A Blade of Grass. She recently was part of the Curatorial Ensemble for the Counterpublic 2023 public art triennial in St. Louis.

 

Eric Booker is a curator and writer. His work makes space for artists and narratives that challenge dominant histories. Booker is former Assistant Curator and Exhibitions Coordinator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where he worked on a range of exhibitions, performances, public art, and site-specific installations. Booker is currently Associate Curator at Storm King Art Center.

 

Haha was an art collective—originally including Richard House, Wendy Jacob, Laurie Palmer, and John Ploof—that formed in Chicago in 1988 and continued to work together until 2008.

 

Huda Tayob is a South African architectural historian and architectural theorist. She is currently a lecturer in Architectural Studies at the University of Manchester, and has previously taught at the University of Cape Town, the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg and the Bartlett School of Architecture. Her research focuses on minor, migrant and subaltern architectures, centered on the African continent and global south.. She was a participant in the 18th International Architecture exhibition in Venice (2023) with a project titled Index of Edges, which traces watery archives, methods and stories along east African coastal edges from Cape Town to Port Said.

 

Lam Thuy Vo is a journalist who marries data analysis with on-the-ground reporting to examine how systems and policies affect individuals. She is currently a reporter with The Markup and an associate professor of data journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she was a journalist at BuzzFeed News, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America and NPR’s Planet Money.

 

OlaRonke Akinmowo is an interdisciplinary artist that scecializes in collage, papermaking, printmaking, stop motion animation and interactive installation. She also works as a set decorator, yoga teacher, cultural worker, and mom. In 2015 she started The Free Black Women’s Library, a social art project that features a collection of over 4000 books written by Black women. This particular work is fueled by the tenants of Black Feminism, Community Care, and the transformative power of both reading and creating.

Premilla Nadasen is professor of history at Barnard College and president of the National Women’s Studies Association. She has published extensively on the multiple meanings of feminism, alternative labor movements, and grass-roots community organizing and is most interested in visions of social change, and the ways in which poor and working-class women of color have fought for social justice.

 

Red Canary Song’s (RCS) work centers on mutual aid, community care, and decriminalization of labor. 

In November 2017, RCS formed in response to the death of Yang Song, a migrant Chinese massage worker who fell to her death from a fourth-floor window during a police raid. RCS rallied to protest the police, provide mutual aid to the family of Yang Song and other Asian massage and sex workers, and to advocate for decriminalization of unlicensed massage work and sex work. 

 

Sharon Zukin is professor emerita of sociology at Brooklyn College and at the CUNY Graduate Center but is still working with PhD students and will occasionally teach courses. Her new book, The Innovation Complex: Cities, Tech, and the New Economy, examines the shaping of the tech ecosystem in New York.  Zukin has been a Broeklundian Professor at Brooklyn College; a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Western Sydney, and Tongji University; and a distinguished fellow in the Advanced Research Collaborative at the CUNY Graduate Center.

 

Smokehouse Associates was an artist collective formed in 1968 by William T. Williams, Melvin Edwards, Guy Ciarcia, and Billy Rose. Through developing community-oriented public art projects in Harlem, the collective sought to transform space through vibrant, geometric abstract murals and sculptures. Initially spanning three generations of artists, the Smokehouse collective eventually grew to encompass a diverse range of creative practitioners, all of whom united around the transformative potential of public art. 

 

Terence Trouillot is senior editor of frieze. He lives in New York, USA.

 

Theodore Kerr is a Brooklyn based writer, organizer and artist whose work focuses on HIV/AIDS, community, and culture. Kerr’s writing has appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, The New Inquiry, BOMB, CBC (Canada), Lambda Literary, POZ Magazine, The Advocate, Cineaste, The St. Louis American, IndieWire, HyperAllergic, and other publications. In 2016, he won the Best Journalism award from POZ Magazine for his HyperAllergic article on race, HIV, and art. In 2015, Kerr was the editor for an AIDS-focused issue of the We Who Feel Differently journal.

 

Zacarías González is a queer artist with a background as a commercial art director turned chef and sommelier. They founded ediciones projects in 2020, a creative studio focused on collaborative projects that intersect and explore food, wine, hospitality, media, consulting, and design specifically through a queer-centric lens as a Cuban-American.

 

 

On the Ground: Broadcasts | Analogue

 

Sunday March 10, 2024

 

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture and Montez Press Radio present the fourth and final episode of On the Ground: Broadcasts, titled Analogue. This episode focuses on our online obsessions, the digital realm, and how technology and commerce have changed the urban landscape and public life. 

 

Participants in this episode include the following: Poet and artist Benjamin Krusling layers and colleges audio textures to explore structures of dispossession and the constitution of public space. Remixing music, particularly drill and trap, with archival footage sourced from New York media outlets like CBS and Newsweek, and tiktok, Ben uses sampled reports about crime tracking apps, police surveillance, and recruitment videos for civic services, against the backdrop of  failing city infrastructure. Architect Jesse LeCavalier reads NYC Local Law 166, a local law established in 2021 in relation to micro-distribution centers for distributing goods from ecommmerce platforms otherwise known as microhubs. Artist Danielle Dean talks about post-Fordism, Amazon Mechanical Turk workers, and specifically how capitalistic structures are maintained through specific forms of labor organization and data collection. Artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s 4-channel video and live performance titled At Those Terrifying Frontiers Where the Existence and Disappearance of People Fade into Each Other. Performed by multiple avatars generated from people who participated in the 2018-2019 March of Return in Gaza, the work repurposes fragments from Edward Said’s After the Last Sky to reflect on what it means to be constructed as a person who’s right to exist is threatened. Writer and technologist Sophia Tareen brings together Claudia Irizarry Aponte, senior reporter covering labor and work issues for THE CITY and AI researcher Ria Kalluri to discuss contemporary labor movements and digital technology. Architect and curator Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli reads an excerpt from his research project Riders not Heroes, introducing us and setting the foundation for his video essay of the same name which we listen to next, that investigates the precarious conditions of food delivery riders in Milan. Artist David L. Johnson meets sociologist Sharon Zukin about their shared ongoing interest in the transformation of New York City and the increasing privatization of civic infrastructure. Artist Cao Fei’s documentary 11:11, recorded the work overload of the entire JD.com logistics sectors before and after the Double Eleven Shopping Day in China which is the equivalent of the Black Friday, sketches out the landscape of consumption driven by the powerful Internet economy and asks how this situation will lead us into a future social ecosystem. Curator and researcher Camila Palomino reads from her recent essay on artist Emily Jacir and unpacks her 2000 work, My America (I am still here).

 
 

 

Sound and Video Credits:

2050+ & -orama (Directors). (2021). Riders Not Heroes: Anatomy of a Delivery [Film]

Fei, Cao (Director). (2018). 11:11 [Film, excerpt]

Mauriès-Rinfret, Emmanuel (Director). (2022) Retail Apocalypse: The Epilogue | SSENSE x CCA [Film]

Julmud (2023). Tuqoos | ط​ُ​ق​ُ​و​س [Audio Files]

 

About the Contributors:

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme work together across a range of sound, image, text, installation and performance practices. Their practice is engaged in the intersections between performativity, political imaginaries, the body and virtuality. Across their works they probe a contemporary landscape marked by seemingly perpetual crisis and an endless ‘present’, one that is shaped by a politics of desire and disaster. They have been developing a body of work that questions this suspension of the present and searches for ways in which an altogether different imaginary and language can emerge that is not bound within colonial/capitalist narrative and discourse. In their projects, they find themselves excavating, activating and inventing incidental narratives, figures, gestures and sites as material for re-imagining the possibilities of the present. Often reflecting on ideas of non-linearity in the form of returns, amnesia and deja vu, and in the process unfolding the slippages between actuality and projection (fiction, myth, wish), what is and what could be. Largely their approach has been one of sampling materials both existing and self-authored in the form of sound, image, text, objects and recasting them into altogether new ‘scripts’. The result is a practice that investigates the political, visceral, material possibilities of sound, image, text and site, taking on the form of multimedia installations and live sound/image performances.

 

Claudia Irizarry Aponte covers labor and work issues for THE CITY, a nonprofit local news outlet in New York. Her reporting on the exploitative working conditions of the New York’s app-based food delivery workers resulted in the adoption of a landmark minimum pay rate for those workers and was awarded the James Beard Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award, among other honors.

 

Danielle Dean is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the geopolitical and material processes that colonize the mind and body. Drawing from the aesthetics and history of advertising, and from her multinational background—born to a Nigerian father and an English mother in Alabama, and brought up in a suburb of London—her work explores the ideological function of technology, architecture, marketing, and media as tools of subjection, oppression, and resistance. Dean received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She recently worked on Amazon Proxy, a new commission for Performa 21, New York (2021); and Amazon, a solo show at The Tate Britain, London (2022). Other solo shows include Trigger Torque at The Ludwig, Germany (2019), and True Red Ruin at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2018) among many others.

 

Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli is an architect and curator and is a partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). The studio looks at temporary, communal spaces for food preparation and consumption as a testing ground for alternative models of domestic institutions. Together with Anna Puigjaner and Marina Otero Verzier, Ippolito is a tutor on ADS8: Domestic Institutions at the Royal College of Art. ADS8 will use Manifesta, the nomadic European Contemporary Art Biennial, as a cultural and spatio‐temporal framework.

 

Jesse LeCavalier uses the tools of urban design and architecture to research, theorize, and speculate about infrastructure and logistics. He is the author of The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), and his design work has been recognized by the Sudbury 2050 urban design competition, the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the Oslo Triennale, and the Seoul Biennale. LeCavalier was the Daniel Rose Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture (2017–19) and the 2010–11 Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in Cabinet, Public Culture, Places, Art Papers, and Harvard Design Magazine. His essay “The Restlessness of Objects” was the recipient of a 2013 Core77 Design Award.

 

David L. Johnson is an artist who lives and works in New York City. Johnson uses photography, video, found and stolen objects, and installation to engage the margins between public and private space. Focusing on loitering and property law, his recent work has been interested in the complex relationship urban development engenders between the built environment and its living and non-living subjects. Johnson received a BFA from The Cooper Union in 2015 and an MFA from The University of Pennsylvania in 2020. He is an alum of the Whitney Independent Study Program and a part-time lecturer at The New School. Recent exhibitions include: Life Between Buildings, MoMA PS1, New York, NY; Everything is Common, Artists Space, New York, NY; Revocable Consents, Theta, New York, NY; A Place to Live, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA; Wants & Needs, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY. Johnson’s work is in the public collection of The Studio Museum in Harlem.

 

Ria Kalluri is an AI researcher and PhD candidate at Stanford University. Weaving scientific and humanistic inquiry, Ria’s work confronts and nuances narratives that paint AI as a purely neutral, inscrutable, and authoritative technology. Rather, Ria’s research looks beyond this veneer of neutrality to reveal that AI technologies are currently contributing to larger, overwhelmingly power-centralizing, neocolonial, and surveillant projects.

 

Benjamin Krusling is a poet and artist, the author of Glaring (Wendy’s Subway, 2020) and two chapbooks, most recently It got so dark (UDP, 2022).

 

Camila Palomino is Curatorial Assistant at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. She is a curator and researcher from New York City. Most recently, Palomino was the 2021–2022 Curator in Residence at Abrons Arts Center and the 2022 In-Practice Curatorial Fellow at SculptureCenter. She has held curatorial positions and contributed research to exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, The Drawing Center, and the 58th Carnegie International. Palomino is a curatorial consultant at Amie Gross Architects on a project that commissions artworks by Queens-based artists for new affordable housing buildings in the borough. She has also been a visiting lecturer in The Photography Program at Bard College. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

 

Sophia Tareen is a civic technologist and writer based in Brooklyn. In both her narrative writing and technical work, she aims to center the experiences of historically marginalized communities and their relationships with digital technologies. Sophia was a 2022 Open City Fellow with the Asian American Writers Workshop and her work has been featured in The Margins, Reconstructed Magazine, and delightfully, even found its way into the curriculum of a Brooklyn high school government class. 

 

Sharon Zukin is professor emerita of sociology at Brooklyn College and at the CUNY Graduate Center but is still working with PhD students and will occasionally teach courses. Her new book, The Innovation Complex: Cities, Tech, and the New Economy, examines the shaping of the tech ecosystem in New York.  Zukin has been a Broeklundian Professor at Brooklyn College; a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Western Sydney, and Tongji University; and a distinguished fellow in the Advanced Research Collaborative at the CUNY Graduate Center.

 

 

Swamplands: Broadcasts | Fluid Coexistence

 

Sunday June 2, 2024

 

 

Fluid Coexistence is the first episode of Season Two of Storefront: Broadcasts. It traces the swamp as a site where something can both belong and not belong, as a space of possibility and impossibility, where multiple ideas, forms, and ways of life can exist in harmony and disharmony all at once.

This season, each episode is anchored around a specific idea or provocation that is inspired by essays or projects that we’ll unpack or expand upon through conversations and research. Fluid Coexistence is grounded in the essay “Sensing Grounds: Mangroves Unauthentic, Belonging, Extra-Territoriality” by curators Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl, published in 2013 at e-flux.


Participants in this episode include: Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl reading passages of their essay that will thread together the other segments throughout the episode. Environmental scientist Gonzalo Carrasco and architect Feifei Zhou discuss their project “Before There Was Land, There Were Mangroves”, commissioned for the 2024 Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale. The project involves a series of mapping analyses examining Singapore’s history of land reclamation and the chemical impacts of recent industrial and urban transformations along the Southern coastline. Anthropologist Marcus Barber talks to Waka Mununggurr, the chairperson of the Djalkiripuyngu Aboriginal Corporation, about Indigenous relationships to land and sea. Tejah Shah reads five poems that were written by Minal Hajratwala, commissioned for Shah’s project Between the Waves. Chris Cyrille-Isaac tells a story he wrote called The Crab and the Aparahiwa in French for his exhibition “But the world is a mangrovity.” An English translation of The Crab and the Aparahiwa can be read here. Collaged in between are audio clips from soundscapes, interviews and films by Nicole L’Huillier, Thao Nguyen Phan and Barbara London, Sónia Vaz Borges and Filipa César, and Magnetic Ideals.

 

Sound and Video Credits:

L’Huillier, Nicole (2018). Amphibian Songs [Audio Files]
Amphibian Songs was originally composed for Futurity Island, a project by Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, designed in collaboration with Indrė Umbrasaitė, that is an infrastructure for interspecies communication and an open space for learning. 
Borges, Sónia Vaz & César Filipa (Directors). (2022) Mangrove School [Film, excerpt]
LOOP Barcelona (2020) Becoming Alluvium Thao Nguyen Phan in conversation with Barbara London [Film, excerpt]
Shah, Tejal (2012) Between the Waves [Audio Files]
Lumm, Kirsty and McKnight, Heather (2023) The Swamp: Ritualising our Biodiversity as a Utopian Somatic Practice [Film]

 

About the Contributors:

Marcus Barber is an environmental anthropologist at the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. He has 25 years field research experience with Indigenous Australians, focused on water issues, livelihood development, and building contemporary Indigenous cultural and natural resource management. His work in Blue Mud Bay, NT contributed directly to a High Court decision recognising Aboriginal rights to the intertidal zone along the Northern Territory coastline and he has researched and written about Aboriginal freshwater values, rights and interests in key locations in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and Queensland. He has expertise in the interface between scientific and indigenous knowledges, and has co-directed documentary films with Indigenous rangers in the Northern Territory and Cape York. He has published in a wide range of social scientific research journals.

 

Sónia Vaz Borges is an interdisciplinary militant historian and social-political organizer. She has BA in Modern and Contemporary History/Politics and International Affairs from ISCTE-IUL Lisbon, and a Master’s Degree in African History from the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lisbon. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Humboldt University of Berlin. Her forthcoming book, titled Militant Education, Liberation Struggle; Consciousness: The PAIGC education in Guinea Bissau 1963-1978, (Peter Lang, 2019), focuses on liberation schools and the concept and praxis developed by the PAIGC. She is also the editor of the booklets Cadernos Consciência e Resistência Negra and author of the book Na Pó di Spéra. Percursos nos Bairros da Estrada Militar, Santa Filomena e Encosta Nascente (2014). Along with filmmaker Felipa César, Sónia co-authored the short film “Navigating the Pilot School.”(2016) She is currently developing a new project focused on her concept of the errant /walking archive and the process of memory and imagination.

 

Gonzalo Carrasco grew up amidst the Amazon jungle, the Atacama desert, and the Andes mountains in Peru, where he developed a connection to nature and the effects of human perturbations on them. He studied pharmacy and biochemistry in Peru (BSc 1994), later moved to the US to pursue chemical oceanography (MSc 2006, PhD 2010), and later moved to Singapore to continue his research about coastal regions’ capacity to deal with pollutants. Along the way, he has investigated industrial waste from leather, mine and electronic waste, deforestation, mono-cultural agriculture, aquaculture, and land reclamation as they affect mangroves, seagrasses, estuaries, rivers and coastal areas. He has crossed the Atlantic and the Pacific on research expeditions, and has worked in the Arabian/Persian Gulf and Southeast Asia.

 

Filipa César (b. 1975, Porto, Portugal) studied painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and at the Faculdade de Belas Artes of the University of Lisbon. In 2008, she completed an MA in art in context at Berlin University of the Arts. Since 2011, she has been researching the origins of the cinema of the African Liberation Movement in Guinea-Bissau as a laboratory of decolonising epistemologies. She premiered her first feature-length film Spell Reel at the Forum in 2017, while Quantum Creole was exhibited at Forum Expanded in 2020. She lives and works in Berlin.



Chris Cyrille-Isaac is a poet, writer, and independent exhibition storyteller. He graduated from the faculty of Art, Philosophy and Aesthetics at Paris 8 University and has worked for several French magazines. He works on anti-colonial and Caribbean literatures through thinkers and poets such as Sylvia Wynter, Maryse Condé, Dany-Bebel Gisler, Aimé Césaire, and Édouard Glissant. Laureate of the 2022 Cnap Curatorial Research Grant, and the 2023 Adiaf Emergent Grant he is working on a new understanding of archives from orality and the Antillean context. He is currently pursuing his curatorial, philosophical, and poetic project Mangrovité. He currently lives and works in Guadeloupe and France.



Natasha Ginwala is a curator, writer and researcher. She is the Artistic Director of COLOMBOSCOPE, Colombo (2019–ongoing) and Associate Curator at Large at Gropius Bau, Berlin (2018–2024). She also served as Artistic Director of the 13th Gwangju Biennale (2021) with Defne Ayas. Ginwala has been part of curatorial teams for Contour Biennale 8 (2017), documenta 14 (2017), 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2014) and 8th Taipei Biennial (2012). She co-curated international exhibitions at e-flux, Sharjah Art Foundation, Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, ifa Gallery, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, L’ appartement 22, Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi, MCA Chicago, 56th Venice Biennale, SAVVY Contemporary and Zeitz MOCAA. Ginwala is a widely published author with a focus on contemporary art, visual culture and social justice. She is also co-curating Sharjah Biennial 16 (February–June 2025).


Nicole L’Huillier (b. 1985) is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher from Santiago, Chile. Her practice centers on exploring sounds and vibrations as construction materials to delve into questions of agency, identity, collectivity, and the activation of a vibrational imagination. Her work materializes through installations, sonic/vibrational sculptures, custom-made (listening and/or sounding) apparatuses, performances, experimental compositions, membranal poems, and writing. She holds a Ph.D. in Media Arts & Sciences from MIT (2022). Her work has been shown at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2024), Kunsthalle Bern (2024), Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McaM), Shanghai (2023), ifa-Gallery Stuttgart (2023), Bienal de Artes Mediales Santiago (2023, 2021, 2019, 2017), Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2022), Transmediale, Berlin (2022), Ars Electronica, Linz (2022, 2019, 2018), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), Santiago de Chile (2022), 6th Ural Industrial Biennale, Ekaterinburg (2021), and 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2018), among others.


Barbara London is a New York-based curator and writer, who founded the video-media exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked between 1973 and 2013. Her recent projects include the podcast series “Barbara London Calling,” the book Video Art/The First Fifty Years (Phaidon: 2020), and the exhibition Seeing Sound (Independent Curators International), 2021–2026.


Thảo Nguyên Phan (b. 1987) is a Vietnamese visual multimedia artist whose practice encompasses painting, filmmaking, and installation. She currently lives and works in Ho Chi Min City and has exhibited widely in Vietnam and abroad. Drawing inspiration from both official and unofficial histories, Phan references her country’s turbulent past while observing ambiguous issues in social convention, history, and tradition. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Vietnam and abroad, at many public institutions, including the Factory Contemporary Art Centre, Ho Chi Minh City; Nha San Collective Hanoi; Rockbund Art Museum Shanghai; Times Art Center in Berlin, Timisoara and The Mistake Room, Los Angeles.


Waka Mununggurr is a senior Indigenous leader and lawman from Blue Mud Bay in Australia’s Northern Territory. His first language is Yolngu, a language spoken across a wide area of northeast Arnhem Land and he is the son of the famous Djapu clan artist and leader Wonggu Mununggurr. Waka is the Chairperson of the Djalkiripuyngu Aboriginal Corporation, guiding its development in becoming a key rights-holding organization in the region. He works as a strategic cultural advisor for the Northern Territory Government across the entire Yolngu language area, and in the past has occupied diverse roles in education, art, and tourism. He was a key initiator of and witness in the Blue Mud Bay case, an Australian High Court decision granting novel rights in the sea to Indigenous Traditional Owners.


Tejal Shah’s (b. 1979) multidisciplinary oeuvre employs video, photography, performance and installation to explore biopower, the social construction of normalcy, and questions about the relationship between knowledge and power in the constitution of subjects, identities and social relations. Informed by a range of sources from different histories, including stories from various disenfranchised subcultures, her work both references and transcends otherness. Apart from these concerns forming a contextual reference point for her work, the vicissitudes of gender and culture, also function as a site where she underscores the contradictions inherent in the braiding of the political and the personal. Her practice continues to remain research based and self-reflexive. Her works have been exhibited widely in museums, galleries and film festivals internationally. She was the recipient of the Sanskriti Award for visual arts in 2009 and her works are in the collection of Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi) and several private collections in India and abroad. 

In 2003-4, she co-founded, organized and curated Larzish – India’s premier International Film Festival of Sexuality and Gender Plurality. She grew up in central India, Chhattisgarh, eventually moving to Bombay in 1995. Tejal works out of her laptop and Bombay city.



Vivian Ziherl is a critic, curator and researcher of contemporary art, raised in Australia and working in the Netherlands. From 2016 – 2019 she was the founder and director of art and research foundation Frontier Imaginaries that staged internationally mobile thematic editions through exhibitions, art-commissions and symposium projects together with programme partners including Columbia University, e-flux Projects, the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), the QUT Art Museum and the Van Abbemuseum among others. In 2017 she co-convened Humans of the Institution with Anne Szefer Karlsen, a project dedicated to mobilizing international action on the conditions of the freelancer, presented together with the University of Bergen, Veem Huis voor Performance, Amsterdam Art Weekend and Dutch Art Institute. She was curator of Jerusalem Show VIII (2016) with the Al Ma’mal Foundation and as part of the 3rd Qalandiya International, was nominated for the ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award (2016), and received curatorial fellowships from the IMA Brisbane (2015-16), and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art together with Natasha Ginwala (2013). From 2012 to 2014 she was a Curator with performance based institution If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, and in 2012 and 2013 she was a guest curator of Stage It! Parts 1 & 2 which launched the performance programme of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam upon its re-opening. Ziherl is a PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at Monash University, Melbourne.


Feifei Zhou is a Chinese-born spatial and visual designer. Her work explores spatial, cultural, and ecological impacts of the industrialized built and natural environment. Using narrative-based spatial analysis, she collaborates intensively with social and natural scientists to translate empirical observations and scientific research into visual representations that aim to both clarify intricate more-than-human relations and open new questions. Zhou is the co-editor of the digital publication Feral Atlas: The More-than-Human Anthropocene (Stanford University Press, 2021), and the co-author of the upcoming book Field Guide to the Patchy Anthropocene: The New Nature (Stanford University Press, 2024). She currently teaches at Columbia GSAPP, and previously taught at Cornell AAP and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

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