MaComère - Contemporary Women Artists, Fall 2013

CFP: MaComère - Contemporary Women Artists, Fall 2013

Deadline: Dec 30, 2012
Given the multilingual and shifting locations of Caribbean women artists, this special issue of MaComère focuses on the work of women whose artistic practices engage with the multiple meanings of the Caribbean and its diaspora. Through diverse written and visual contributions, this special issue seeks to begin a conversation about the ways in which Caribbean women artists, who define themselves as such, engage with and challenge the very notion of the “Caribbean” and introduce nuanced and intertextual concepts in relation to contemporary art practice(s). We invite contributions that contextualize the artwork historically and culturally, while offering close readings of the work by extensively engaging its formal and aesthetic qualities. For our purposes, discussion of Caribbean women's artistic practice will encompass all language areas in the region and its diaspora and is intended to be as inclusive as possible.
We invite submissions in the following areas:
1. Artist Essays. Self-reflective essays written by artists in which they explore their visual arts practice (2,000 - 2,500 words).
2. Visual Art Projects. Projects created by individual artists or in collaboration unique to the MaComère issue (4 pages ie. 2 pages back and front).
3. Critical Essays (no more than 5,000 words): a. Essays making links between the work of one or more Contemporary Women Artists whose visual practices encompass work in any of the following areas: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Installation, New Media, Performance, Photography, Land Art, Interventions/Public Art, and Sound Art. b. Essays that explore the frameworks, which provide the contexts for seeing and understanding the work being produced by contemporary female artists. These framing devices might include academic journals and conferences, published texts, periodicals, curated exhibitions, formal and informal networks, national, regional and international exhibitions, biennials and prizes.
4. Reviews of Books (1,500-2,000 words) in which the work of Contemporary Women Artists are featured.
5. Reviews of current and recent exhibitions (1,500-2,000 words) which might include but are not limited to exhibitions such as Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art (USA); Disillusions: Gendered Visions of the Caribbean and its Diasporas (USA); Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (USA); Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions (USA); Who More Sci-Fi Than Us? (The Netherlands); Contemporary Jamaican Art, circa 1962 / circa 2012 (Canada), with a focus upon the role / visibility of women in these exhibitions.
Submission process:
Please send a 300-word abstract and a two-page CV to the Guest Editors to the following address:
macomereartissue1@gmail.com Documents should be emailed with a subject line reading “MaComère Special Issue” referencing the submission area in the tagline i.e. Artist Essay, Critical Essay, Book Review, etc. by December 30th, 2012.
Following the review of the abstracts, selected potential contributors will be notified by January 30th and asked to submit their full paper for the peer review process by May 30th 2013. This Special Issue will appear in Fall 2013.
Inquiries can be directed to the Guest Editors:
Annalee Davis (annalee@annaleedavis.com)
Joscelyn Gardner (jg@joscelyngardner.com)
Erica James, Yale University (erica.james@yale.edu)
Jerry Philogene, Dickinson College (philogej@dickinson.edu)
MaComère is a refereed journal that is devoted to scholarly studies and creative works by and about Caribbean Women in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean Diaspora. It is the journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, an organization founded in 1995 (www.macomerejournal.com).


chris krauss conference, call for papers

The Critical Writing in Art & Design programme at the Royal College of Art is pleased to announce the first conference on the work of the American writer Chris Kraus, to take place in London on 13-14 March 2013. Alongside presentations of new interpretations of Kraus’s work, the conference will include a reading by the author of some of her writings, an on-stage interview and screening of her films.

We are interested in receiving proposals for both academic and non-academic papers on any aspect of Chris Kraus’s work, or the themes with which it engages, as well as performative/multimedia responses to her work. We are particularly interested in the following areas:

• Kraus as novelist: Papers that specifically address aspects of Kraus’s novels I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, Torpor, and Summer of Hate.

• Kraus as intellectual historian: Kraus’s writing blurs traditional delineations of “fiction” and “nonfiction,” eliciting portraits of such seminal figures as Sylvere Lotringer, Félix Guattari, Simone Weil, Nan Goldin, and William Bronk, to name but a few. Alternately, one might suggest that Kraus uses her work to validate gossip as a serious artistic practice, aligning her endeavor with that of a number of queer and feminist practitioners such as Vaginal Davis, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Dodie Bellamy.

• Kraus as post-feminist philosopher: As Eileen Myles wrote about I Love Dick, "Chris's ultimate achievement is philosophical. She's turned female abjection inside out and aimed it at a man. As if her decades of experience were both a painting and a weapon. As if she, a hag, a kike, a poet, a failed filmmaker, a former go-go dancer—an intellectual, a wife, as if she had the right to go right up to the end of the book and live having felt all that. I Love Dick boldly suggests that Chris Kraus's unswervingly attempted and felt female life is a total work and it didn't kill her."

• Kraus as critic: Papers that explore Kraus’s engagement with the contemporary art world, including the art-critical aspects embedded in her fiction. We are also interested in papers that contextualize Kraus as one of the chief proponents of the emerging field of critico-fiction (alongside such figures as Lynne Tillman, Brian Dillon, Maria Fusco, Tom McCarthy, and Eileen Myles.)

• Kraus as editrix: While Semiotext(e) is widely acknowledged for having introduced “French theory” into American academia in the 1980s, Kraus’s “Native Agents” series, which proposed a parallel trajectory of radical fiction writing, has seldom been considered. We are interested in critical and historical accounts of Semiotext(e) that focus on Kraus’s ongoing contribution to the project.

• Kraus as filmmaker: In Aliens & Anorexia, Kraus presents a somewhat brutal self-assessment of her previous career as a failed filmmaker. If anything, her early film work failed to find a major audience. In recent years, however, as a result of her success as a writer, a revival of interest in her films has been spawned, with major screenings in New York and Los Angeles. Now is the time for a critical reckoning of Kraus’s films, which can potentially be posited within the dialectics of failure.

Please submit a 300 word proposal and short biographical statement to cwad@network.rca.ac.uk. If you plan to present your work in a performative / multimedia format, please indicate the nature of any equipment required. The deadline for proposals is 15 January. Invitations to participate will be made at the end of January. The organizers of this symposium are not able to support the travel or accommodation costs of participation.



The International Seminar Fazendo Gênero 10 - Desafios Atuais dos Feminismo (Doing Gender 10 - Current Challenges of Feminisms) will be held in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, from September 16 to 20, 2013. The event is organized by the Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas and the Centro de Comunicação e Expressão, and supported by other schools of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), in partnership with the Centro de Ciências Humanas e Educação of the State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC).
Fazendo Gênero 10 (Doing Gender 10) seeks to: favor the articulation of gender studies with approaches involving other categories of analysis such as class, race, ethnicity, and generations; create spaces for dialogue and exchange of experiences among researchers, teachers and people involved in social movements; encourage the participation of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of feminist studies and gender, providing a more qualified training in the area; and produce knowledge that could result in articles to be published in books and periodicals about the theme.
The general conception of the event arises from the consideration that, despite the many advances made by the numerous struggles waged by women, many obstacles still remain, some  reconfigured, others recently emerging, thus requiring a debate on the Current Challenges of Feminisms. Such challenges include, among others, the little participation of women in positions of political power; gender inequalities in the work environment and income distribution; the difficulties faced in the struggle for abortion rights; domestic and institutional gender violence; the critical situation of women, especially the low-income ones, in post-colonial and trans-modern contexts; health inequities; the backlash in the struggle for LGBT rights and in the effects of the intersections of gender, class, generation and race / ethnicity; gender imbalance in the production of scientific knowledge; the significant inclusion of women in contemporary mobility, and many others.
November 20, 2012 - Announcement of accepted proposals for Thematic Symposia (TS)
November 25, 2012 - Starting date for submission of papers for the Thematic Symposia (TS) and for the submission of Poster proposals
November 25, 2012 - Starting date for submission of proposals for the Photography Exhibit and for the Audiovisual Exhibit.

O Seminário Internacional Fazendo Gênero 10 - Desafios Atuais dos Feminismos se realizará em Florianópolis, Santa Catarina,  entre 16 a 20 de setembro de 2013 e será promovido pelo Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas, pelo Centro de Comunicação e Expressão, bem como por outros Centros da UFSC, em parceria com o Centro de Ciências Humanas e da Educação da UDESC.
O Fazendo Gênero 10 visa favorecer a articulação dos estudos de gênero com abordagens que envolvem outras categorias de análise como classe, raça, etnia, e gerações; criar espaços de troca de experiências e diálogo entre investigadoras/es acadêmicas/os e aquelas/es ligadas/os a outras entidades e aos movimentos sociais; incentivar a participação de estudantes de graduação e de pós-graduação nas discussões travadas no campo dos estudos feministas e de gênero, possibilitando uma formação mais qualificada na área, e produzir conhecimentos que possam resultar em material bibliográfico a ser publicado em livros e periódicos sobre o tema.
A concepção geral do evento considera que, apesar  dos avanços obtidos por meio das inúmeras lutas travadas pelas mulheres, muitos obstáculos persistem, alguns se re-configuraram, outros emergiram,  exigindo por isso mesmo o debate em torno dos Desafios Atuais dos Feminismos, os quais incluem, entre outros, a baixa participação das mulheres nas instâncias de poder político; as desigualdades de gênero no âmbito do trabalho e da distribuição de renda; as dificuldades enfrentadas no âmbito das lutas  pelo direito ao aborto; as violências domésticas e institucionais de gênero; a grave situação das mulheres, principalmente de baixa renda, nos contextos pós-coloniais e transmodernos;  as iniquidades em saúde; as contramarchas nas lutas pelos direitos LGBT e contra os efeitos de subordinação das interseções de gênero, classe, gerações, raça/etnia e deficiência; as assimetrias de gênero no âmbito da participação das mulheres na produção do conhecimento científico; a inserção significativa das mulheres nas mobilidades contemporâneas, etc.

Coordinators: ANA GABRIELA MACEDO (PhD (completed) - Universidade do Minho), SIMONE PEREIRA SCHMIDT (Postdoctoral (completed) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)
Abstract: O objectivo deste painel temático é a apresentação e o diálogo entre comunicações que visem a temática do gênero e da Identidade como um dos desafios mais aliciantes e mais promissores do Feminismo contemporâneo. Pretende-se analisar e discutir "estudos de caso" focando a articulação entre questões de identidade e a problematização do sujeto através da representação visual do corpo e dos espaços que este habita, a casa, a cidade, etc. Pretende-se concretamente que nos estudos de casos apresentados haja um ênfoque em temas como : a política da localização; a cidadania; a problematização da identidade feminina e a construção da subjectividade, entre outros. O diálogo cultural e geracional são igualmente um ênfoque prioritário num painel que pretende situar este debate no cerne de questões actuais da História e da crítica de arte contemporâneas e no diálogo com outros discursos teóricos, estéticos e críticos, tais como a literatura e as interartes.


A Room Full Of Dirt - Miguel Bonneville e Carlota Lagido

21 a 24 de Novembro às 21.30 NEGÓCIO

A Room Full Of Dirt

Carlota Lagido e Miguel Bonneville

A ZDB associa-se ao Festival Temps d’Images e co-produz a peça de Carlota Lagido e Miguel Bonneville, acolhendo o seu processo criativo, estreia e apresentações. Residência de criação: de 1 a 20 de Novembro. Estreia e apresentações de 21 a 24 de Novembro às 21.30.

‘Ambos temos vindo a insistir – nos nossos trabalhos – na ideia da experiência individual como processo social, rompendo assim com a distinção entre público e privado, tal como na ideia de que a identidade não é estanque ou linear e que deve ser entendida como um processo de auto-consciência. Assim, aquilo que procuramos agora é um escape dos julgamentos a que somos expostos, do tumulto ruidoso das cidades, do apego vicioso das tecnologias, no fundo, do afastamento crescente da percepção dos nossos corpos e das nossas identidades; das nossas verdadeiras vontades. O tempo é-nos preenchido involuntariamente. As distracções são constantes e quase exigidas. Impedem-nos de pensar.

Nesta peça pretendemos então recriar uma paisagem familiar, em toda a sua transitoriedade e em toda a sua decadência; apresentar uma compilação ou abstracção de memórias de outros tempos. Queremos falar de tudo o que deixámos para trás, da involuntária e inerente saudade, dos nossos sonhos perdidos. Como visitar um sótão repleto de tudo aquilo que, por uma ou outra razão, foi ficando esquecido – as nossas aspirações, as nossas vontades, as nossas visões românticas de reconhecimento e de estrelato.

E pretendemos que seja claro que, o espectador que se deparar connosco, com esta obra, possa responder com uma contemplação catártica.

A Room Full Of Dirt é, acima de tudo, o movimento de dois corpos à procura do mesmo:ultrapassar o medo.’

Ficha Artística

Concepção, interpretação, cenografia e figurinos:
Carlota Lagido & Miguel Bonneville
Desenho de Luz & Sonoplastia: Diogo Melo
Fotografia & Video: Joana Linda
Produção Executiva: Mafalda Gouveia
Projecto apoiado pela Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Em colaboração com o festival Temps d’Images

NEGÓCIO Rua de O Século nº9, Lisboa
Entrada: 7,5 € Entrada estudantes em grupo 5 €
Entrada sócios ZDB: duas entradas livres por ano e as restantes a 5€ reservas@zedosbois.org


RECLAIM THE NIGHT - 24th November 2012

Meet Whitehall Place, 6pm
Women take back London on Reclaim the Night!

Join us in 2012 for the 9th revived London Reclaim the Night march. Marches are always held on the nearest Saturday to the 25th November to mark the UN Day to End Violence Against Women. All women are welcome at Reclaim the Night, including: women of all colours and cultures, of all religions or none, women of any age, disabled and non-disabled women, heterosexual women, lesbians, trans women, bisexual women, refugee and asylum-seeking women and any other women you can think of! We would love to see you all there. Bring along your mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, and daughters.


Hayley Newman

Recently advised to me by a friend, the work of Hayley Newman, and specially the Volcano Lady, have a look at her website here.


||HOST|| a collaboration between artist Sovay Berriman and curator Laura Mansfield.

As part of Service Provider at The Royal Standard for Liverpool Biennial 2012.

Open for public viewing between 12noon and 4pm and, for use by Biennial workers between 4 and 7pm until Sunday 4th November.

Having been invited to respond to the theme of Service Provider by The Royal Standard Berriman and Mansfield have developed a ‘relaxation booth’ for Biennial workers, providing a service for the service provider and allowing the host to become the hosted.

The development of a relaxation booth aims to draw attention to the central role hosting plays within the visual arts, highlighting its importance across institutional and sectoral hierarchies. In providing a service for Biennial workers, the project, by means of example, offers room for thought on the priority of hosting within the practices of large arts organisations and individual practitioners alike.

Occurring mid-way through the Biennial, ||HOST|| is open for a seven day period during which Biennial workers, from curators to volunteers, can be refreshed, relaxed and revived. A selection of relaxing services, including audio recordings, holistic massages and herbal teas, will be available for Biennial workers to sample.

Biennial workers are invited to use the relaxation facilities between 4pm and 7pm. Prior to 4pm the booth will be open for the public to view. The public are invited to walk around the space and observe the relaxation environment. Once the booth is open for Biennial staff, the public can view the activity of the space from the Service Provider foyer.

Alongside celebrating a pleasure of hosting, ||HOST|| seeks to raise questions around the divisions between the host and the hosted, the audience and the public, and the service provider and the serviced.  Lucy Byatt, Director of Hospitalfield and Megan Wakefield, PhD candidate, UWE/Spike Island have been invited by Berriman and Mansfield to write texts in response to the ||HOST|| project. The resulting texts present discussions around the theme of hospitality and considerations of hosting within the visual arts.