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Interview

Censoring the Voice Tunnel: 5 Questions with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

by Clara Olshansky on July 31, 2013
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In a remarkable case of irony, the NYPD has attempted to censor an art installation about free speech. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s upcoming Park Avenue tunnel installation, Voice Tunnel is an open platform, allowing anyone to say whatever they want through an intercom that will translate the noise into waves of light and sound. The NYPD, however, wanted to include a 6-second delay, in case they needed to censor anything dangerous. They compromised: a monitor will stand by as people speak, and, in case of anything really incendiary, there is a button to delete the recording.

This is a uniquely appropriate issue for Lozano-Hemmer, whose work often concerns free speech and monitoring the public.

The artist talks with us about how he feels about the intervention, and what the censorship will look like.

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Critics’ Q&A with Paddy Johnson on ARTINFO

by Paddy Johnson on July 9, 2013
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Today I spent a bit of time talking to ArtINFO Canada’s Sky Goodden about criticism here and in Canada for her Critics Q&A Series. Turns out, I’ve got quite a bit to say.

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Whatever Happened to the Dependent?

by Corinna Kirsch on March 21, 2013
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Why has the Dependent, our favorite New York art fair, been so quiet lately? For the last two years, the hotel fair had been held during Armory week, but now doesn’t even have a website.

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A Furniture Rundown With the Johnson Trading Gallery

by Whitney Kimball on January 25, 2013
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I interview furniture dealer Paul Johnson about his designers, the trade, and his new space in a 1940′s cinema in Queens.

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The ABC No Rio Interviews: Steven Englander

by Whitney Kimball on December 20, 2012
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In the last ABC No Rio interview before the renovation, director Steven Englander says fighting the city is the easy part. He asks, “What do you do if you win?”

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Immigration in the Arts: An Interview with Lawyers Nathan Waxman and Susu Durst

by Paddy Johnson on September 19, 2012
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In 1999, I moved from Canada to the United States to go to grad school. As many foreign students do, I stayed in the U.S. after I finished my degree in 2001 and thus needed a work visa. It was around that time that I met Nathan Waxman, an immigration lawyer who put together the paperwork for the jobs I took.

Nathan is awesome. He makes immigration and paperwork sound fascinating, not frightening, and he can talk about art with the best of them. So, I figured I’d sit down with him and Susu Durst, an Extraordinary Ability Specialist who works at his firm. I asked them to get me up to speed on the lastest immigration news for artists, and chat a little about what artists need to do to immigrate to the U.S. We spoke about all that, and even ended up discussing how the differences in Canadian and American culture have informed immigration policy. It was amazing.

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The ABC No Rio Interviews: Vikki Law

by Whitney Kimball on September 5, 2012
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In the third of four ABC No Rio interviews, I spoke to community organizer and prisoner advocate Victoria Law. We discuss some of the activist initiatives at No Rio in the mid-nineties through early 2000s.

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Artists are on TV! This Time, Not For Bravo Money

by Whitney Kimball on August 23, 2012
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We’re fuckin’ famous. A talk with Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie, co-directors of the artist-run public access TV show E.S.P. TV.

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Brooklyn Museum Curator Catherine Morris on “Six Years”

by Corinna Kirsch on August 3, 2012
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Six Years is a book of art-based lists that was compiled by curator and critic Lucy Lippard between 1966 and 1972. Now that book is being transformed into an exhibition, opening September 14th at the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center. I caught up with Catherine Morris, one of the exhibition’s curators, about how the idea for the exhibition came about, what to expect, and the importance of launching historical surveys today. From description alone, this exhibition sounds like a breath of fresh air from the spectacle-driven exhibitions that have lately dotted the museum exhibition landscape.

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