We might say that everything has a lifespan and artist-run centres are no different. Some end before their time, others transform and renew themselves through successive generations, and some remain on life support far longer than is dignified, beholden to the palliative care of a burnt out “new generation” of cultural workers tasked with working out their present and future while struggling to honour their past.
With this special-issue bulletin, we at FUSE have embraced the motto “Do Less with Less.”
December 2013 Special-issue bulletin
Austerity in and beyond artist-run culture
No-nonsense motto against neoliberalism
Combatting unpaid internships one letter at a time
In keeping with FUSE’s tradition of covering the arts and their cultural context, this issue considers how a sense of place and location is now dominated by an all-consuming surge toward globalization. A dislocation of artists’ practices ensues from these conditions.
A striking aspect of the Egyptian revolution is the frenzy of creative response and accelerated cultural production that has gripped Cairo and other parts of the country. The creativity and sense of urgency expressed in the streets continue on as competing groups give voice to their visions for the country’s future. —Joseph Banh
Contributors: Nahed Mansour and Bassam El Baroni (ACAF); Denise Ryner and Babak Radboy (Bidoun Library); Damon Kowarsky; Olive McKeon; Joseph Banh, Moataz Nasreldin (Darb 1718), Mia Jankowicz (CIC) and William Wells (Townhouse); Themba Lewis; Aliza Ma, Rasha Salti and Gabe Klinger; Anna Feigenbaum; Francisco-Fernando Granados; Leila Timmins.
Discussing alternative ideas and spaces seems just as much an exercise in locating the norm, as it is a matter of articulating possible alternatives. Ranging from articles that consider contemporary alternative spaces in art, to the normalization of alternative thinking, Playing by the Rules questions whether spaces can remain “alternative “over the long term. The collection contains 13 essays from artists, historians, curators, writers, poets, critics, philosophers, theoreticians, and professors, including a preface by Stephen Rand, an introduction by Heather Kouris, and essays by Pablo Helguera, Robert Atkins, Biljana Ciric, René Block, Irene Tsatsos, Raphael Rubenstein, Marina Grizinic, Julie Ault, Renaud Ego, Boris Groys, Naeem Mohaiemen, Winslow Burleson, and Sofija Grandakovska. Together the essays develop a theoretical and practical space for rethinking and assessing the continued relevance of alternative spaces.