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When Teenagers Had Hyphens (1955)

The first teenagers emerged in the 1950s when mothers gave their offspring pocket money. In an audio article I listened to this weekend, it was parents reacting to the stiff regime of their war-torn youth which led them to encourage … Continue reading

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Nosing Towards Aesthetic Equality

In Christoph Menke’s essay Aesthetics of Equality (Hatje Cantze, 2011), he quotes Renée Descartes, “Good sense is of all things in the world the most equally distributed, for everybody thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that even those most difficult … Continue reading

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Face-to-face or shoulder-to-shoulder

On a fine, windy Summer day in 2008 Swedish artist Tobias Karlsson invited me to sit with him in one of the three cubicles, mentioned “Untitled”, which he presented as part of his graduation show at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie … Continue reading

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The Position of Criticality

I continue to think about AS220, specifically about what it means to create and support work in a defiantly non-critical environment. AS220 is, of course, not the only space that fosters, first and for most, the creative impulse but it’s … Continue reading

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When Performance is a Mirror

  Dear Yoko, Mothers don’t always ask to be Mothers and dogs scratch any old door to escape dogcatchers or their idea of dogcatchers—but here we are now; we’ve found ourselves Here. My mother has died and I need a … Continue reading

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Potential Return

When I was a child we sometimes played a game in the school gymnasium. My kindergarten class would line up around the periphery of a parachute-blanket. Everybody grabbed a piece of the outside and, following the count of a teacher, … Continue reading

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Yearning for Reciprocity

Between the small towns of Štúrovo in Slovakia and Esztergom in Hungary flows the river Danube, five hundred metres wide. Now the Mária Valéria bridge connects both towns and spans the border between both countries, but from 1944 till 2001 the bridge lay in … Continue reading

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