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To celebrate the release of our November issue, DIG, we will be hosting the U.S. premiere of contributor Anna Zett’s film, This Unwieldy Object, plus a screening of her DINOSAUR.GIF at Videology in Williamsburg. In This Unwieldy Object, the animated dinosaurs of Hollywood cinema meet the petrified ghosts of colonial history. You follow the protagonist on a road trip into the dusty heart of the USA, where fossil traders, sculptors and scientists are trying to reconstruct the plot of natural history. As she starts to get carried away by her own theories, the screen itself turns into a virtual dig site for unwieldy objects between science and fiction, trauma and entertainment, the remote past and the near future. Watch the trailer here.
Monday, November 9th
308 Bedford Ave
Celebrate the opening of Dis place, curated by Allison Davis and Ali Rosa-Salas, Selections from Revelations, a photography series by Kudzanai Chiurai, and HOW TO SUFFER POLITELY (And Other Etiquette), a print series by (TNI editor!) Kameelah Janan Rasheed. Sounds by DJK7, and beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.
Saturday Oct. 17
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
80 Hanson Place
Free (donations appreciated)
In 2009, Human Rights Watch published a report, detailing alarming labor conditions and human rights violations on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi where a new Guggenheim Museum was to be built, one of several international cultural institutions. In response, several dozen artists, curators and cultural producers launched the Gulf Labor Artist Coalition with the intention of protect the rights of the migrant workers during the construction of museums on Saadiyat Island. Among various initiatives – public programs, exhibitions such as participation in this year’s Venice Biennale, the artist platform 52 Weeks, and research trips to the Emirates but also the countries where some of the workers come from – most recently, Gulf Labor’s protest has taken the form of a publication, The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor.
This event features reports by Gulf Labor members Nitasha Dhillon, Mariam Ghani, Amin Husain, Andrew Ross and Gregory Sholette and focuses on the repercussions in the art world of oppressive labor policies in art institutions. On the occasion of the release of their book, The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor, they expand on the most recent research and its implication for the work of artists and cultural producers everywhere.
FRI 2 OCT 2015
The New School University Center
Room U L104 (Lower Level)
63 Fifth Avenue @ 13th Street
New York, NY
We are thrilled to welcome the newest contributing editors to join the New Inquiry team: Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Francisco Salas Pérez, and Miranda Trimmier.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a conceptual artist, writer and former public high school teacher turned curriculum writer. In her free time, she enjoys reading about new religious movements, cordycep fungi and the history of archiving. See her work for TNI here.
Francisco Salas Pérez is a computational linguist and poet living in Brooklyn. See their work for TNI here.
Miranda Trimmier is a New York-based writer, editor, and activist with an interest in bodies and protest. She’ll focus on critical and creative science pieces for TNI. See her work for TNI here.
We are overwhelmed with excitement at what Kameelah, Francisco, and Miranda will bring to the project.