On April 30th at 7:00 pm, I presented on the topic, “Are we all performance artists?” at Philosophically Drinking, a monthly public philosophy program at Rudyard’s Pub. Looking at the recurrence of the term “performance art,” the history of the discipline, and its current social and political implications, I led a conversation where we asked how performance […]Read more "Are we all performance artists? Discussion at Philosophically Drinking, a public philosophy project"
What is performance art anyway? Public discussion about performance art, performativity, and Experimental Action Performance Art Festival. February 23, 2019; 2:00 – 4:00, Space HL, 1303 Cullen Street, Houston, Texas Panelists: Sophie Asakura (Station Museum of Contemporary) Paul Middendorf (Space HL & Flak) Khelli Willetts (Engage Houston at Mid-America Arts Alliance) Julia Claire Wallace (Experimental […]Read more "What is performance art? Experimental Action Festival panel"
In a rare case of agreement, politicians and artists alike are casting doubts on the viability of the International Criminal Court. Artist Milo Rau and current debates on the ICC are highlighted in my article for Political Animal Magazine.Read more "Artists and Politicians Respond to International Criminal Court, article in Political Animal Magazine"
Works by Guatemalan artist Regina Jose Galindo in LA in 2017 provide an alternate perspective on the experiences that Central Americans face when considering immigrating to the US. See my full article in Political Animal Magazine. From the series: Art of Politics, Politics of ArtRead more "Guatemalan artist Regina Jose Galindo provides another perspective on Central American immigration discussion"
The New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society recently held their annual conference. Below is a response I have to a paper by Dr. Robert Tierney (University of Houston) on “Corporate Action and Indexical Incoherence” _______________ Enron, Art, and Corporate Responsibility Dr. Tierney addresses in the introduction to his paper, corporate intentionality can take two strategies: intent […]Read more "Enron, Art and Corporate Responsibility"
Think that Donald Trump is a ‘colorful’ political leader? Wait until you read about Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian Prime Minister. The recent Italian General Election, neo-fascism, protest and prostitution are the topics of my latest article in Political Animal Magazine. Click here to read: Bare Breasts, but no Bunga Bunga From the series: Art of Politics, Politics […]Read more "Bare breasts but no ‘bunga bunga’ in Political Animal Magazine"
Suzanne Lacy is a performance artist / social activist who creates participatory projects in order to bring communities together to tackle problems like violence against women. Her body of work is demonstrative of the variety of ways – outside of traditional political participation – that artists are creating opportunities for political engagement. Here is an […]Read more "Suzanne Lacy, social art activist, speaks at University of Houston"
An article on Right-wing Austrian politics and art policy is the first in a series of articles that I am writing for Political Animal magazine. “Art of Politics, Politics of Art,” looks at how artists around the world are using public and participatory art forms to describe and analyze contemporary politics. With an eye to the intersection of […]Read more "Right-wing Austrian politics and art policy featured in “Political Animal”"
When I talk about performance art, many people ask me – but what is the difference between performance art and the performing arts? I have tried to respond to this in an article I recently published on Experimental Action’s blog. “Performance art, as formalized by artists in New York City in the 1970’s, largely explored […]Read more "What is the difference between performance art and the performing arts?"
Political Animal Magazine, an online publication that includes interdisciplinary articles related to politics, featured, “Performing a Seduction,” an overview of “The Political Seducer’s Diary.” The article includes an interview between Steven Martz and me.Read more "“The Political Seducer’s Diary” featured in Political Animal Magazine"
On 21 November 2017, I gave an overview lecture of Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism” at Texas Woman’s University Department of History and Government. See how Arendt anticipated “fake news,” social media, and the rise of modern loneliness.Read more "Hannah Arendt’s “Origins of Totalitarianism” lecture at Texas Woman’s University"
In Joseph Bryan Park in Richmond, Virginia this past Wednesday night the art collective INDECLINE completed a public performance / installation: Ku Klux Klowns. INDECLINE dressed life-sized, soft dolls in clown costumes – rainbow jumpsuits, red wigs and oversized shoes – and then put KKK sheets and hoods over them. They then took those dolls […]Read more "INDECLINE’s Ku Klux Klowns"