Tag Archives: Reciprocity

“Let’s break loose”

“Can generosity itself be a reciprocal practice?” Chicago based curator Mary Jane Jacob asks in her contribution to What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art (2005). To ask this question means that the equation of generosity … 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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If I Take Care of You Others Will Take Care of Me

For the month of July, I was an artist-in-residence at AS220, a non-profit art space located in the heart of downtown Providence, RI. The space is remarkable for numerous reasons: it began illegally almost 25 years ago, when some artists … Continue reading

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Beyond reciprocity

Joseph Beuys: “If I take care of you, others will take care of me.” Stanislav Menshikov: “If I take less, others have more.” These two quotations still resonate in my mind since I attended “La chaĆ®ne est belle”; the New … Continue reading

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Handshake Games

  In greeting one another there is an expectation. You put your hand out with the expectation it will be received in a reciprocal clasp. Some kind of up-down-shake is expected. They say you can learn everything about a person … Continue reading

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Identity in Action

When I think of reciprocity, I visualize a call-and-response scenario: a give and take, or the meeting of a positive action with a subsequent positive action. In order to understand reciprocity one must therefore define boundaries: to attribute one action … Continue reading

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One Way Reciprocity

From 1973 to 1986 James Lee Byars sent numerous letters and postcards to Joseph Beuys. Scribbles on small pieces of paper; poems knitted in golden thread on sheets of red satin; sentences inked on rice paper resembling the stones of … Continue reading

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