Racism makes one both hypervisible and totally invisible depending on the context and on the last political incident on the airwaves. Effectively erasing ordinary, daily lives from the consciousness of most and creating instead a brutal stereotypes of troublemaker, terrorist, narcosavage, etc.

Que quemen al Judás, que quemen al diablo, que quemen al EPN...

Les nénuphars.
Les fleurs de lys.
La racine du curcuma. Le poudre.
La racine du gingembre.
Je compte d'y aller.
J'y compte bien.
Les cloches de l'église qui sonnent. Le tour qui date du dix-huitième siècle.
C'est chaud là aujourd'hui. Ici des nuages et du froid.
Ta maman est férue de la lecture.
Elle nous va a expliquer la différence entre le ô et le oh.
L'exil s'en va ainsi.

Notes from charge//a practicum

Here are the things I wrote down in the sessions of charge that I went to:

W.A.G.E. – Lise Soskolne

focused on artist fees from non-profits
non-profits are charities
artist fees – bear no resemblance to the amount or value of cultural labor
you do work – should get paid

transparency & accountability around that subjective history of non-payment since 1973
MOMA retrospective of Hollis Frampton

Irresolvible contraditions commonly used for reasons of non-payment

 - engagement with an arts organization is subcontracted labor
 - getting paid is not in contradiction with criticality
 - you need cultural capital to get paid but the more cultural capital you have, the less you are thought to need pay wage certification

voluntary program that recognizes orgs that use fair payment policies

W.A.G.E. is not art. We use some tools of artists, but we were adamant and decided that it was not art.

 Artist fees are calculated based on an organization’s total expenses found on line 18 of tax form 990 - available on Foundation Center website


Alison Gerber

world of art as a job
 - artist as professional with job/career
 - artists in market contexts

four types of artists – our accounts of identity as artists
1) pecuniary account – bottom-line accounting of costs, expenses, time vs returns
2) credentialing account – art as credential, teaching, selling products/services related to art, being competent in something technical (wedding photographer, professional engineer (who was sculptor), teaching (i could always teach))
3) relational account – art as creating social good, relationships, draws on ancient ideas about art as important for a social good for artists and citizens (“instead of having a kid, we have a community”)
4) vocational account – time is transcendent, no regulated modern clock time, art world is not basis of action, only relevant actor is the self (time for myself = time for my work) (im one of those people who is always working, which is really hard financially) (fit a long held assumption that artists have to create, that art is its own reward)

individuals move synchronically and temporally between different accounts

relational and pecuniary do not co-occur
pecuniary and credentialing do not co-occur
pecuniary & vocational co-occur (dance between love & money)

commensuration – how we agree to value something in dollar terms. we agree it doesnt gauge everything but we agree to use a certain metric (ie $$$)

de-commensuration a disagreement or conflict over value

an existing field of activity (art) becomes something professional (career) art is for

– love and relationships and work and more (like plumbing)
future – draws on contemporary vision of the past

when we talk about value, we are talking not only about money, but about who we are or what is a value

federal law of taxes – business must have a “profit motive”
- but artists have been taught they make art for love not money
- professional artist, working artist, serious artist – these are fighting words
- occasional obscenity and copyright laws

but there are not many authorities to regulate the boundaries
- in the end, the auditor decides if you are an artist or not
“Hay una tensión entre leer y la acción política”, escribe Ricardo Piglia. Interpretar el mundo puede llevar al deseo de transformarlo. En ocasiones, la letra, y la ortografía misma, son un gesto político que desafía un orden bárbaro: “Podríamos hablar de una lectura en situación de peligro. Son siempre situaciones de lectura extrema, fuera de lugar, en circunstancias de extravío, o donde acosa la amenaza de una destrucción. La lectura se opone a una vida hostil”, argumenta Piglia en El último lector. 

El Che Guevara pasó su última noche en una escuela rural. Ya herido, contempló una frase en la pizarra y dijo a la maestra: “Le falta el acento”. La frase era “Yo sé leer”. Ya derrrotado, el guerrillero volvía a otra forma de corregir la realidad. 

Hace años, maestros acorralados por el Gobierno decidieron tomar las armas en Guerrero. Lucio Cabañas decidió salvar a uno de los suyos para que volviera a la enseñanza, instrumento de lucha en un país sin ley. 

43 futuros maestros han desaparecido. La dimensión del drama se cifra en una frase que se opone a la impunidad, el oprobio y la injusticia: “Yo sé leer”. El México de las armas teme a quienes enseñan a leer. 

A ese país le falta el acento. Llegará el momento de ponérselo.

- Juan Villoro. Lee el resto aquí.
Acabe de ver este post de blog que escribió Aurelio Meza sobre el proyecto de Erre y David Taylor:


Buenísimo el análisis de los argentinos estos...
(Gaspar Enriquez, Shine on Mijita, Shine on, 1994, Airbrushed acrylic on paper, Pintado con aerógrafo, acrílico sobre papel. Collection of the Artist)

Siempre es grato ver que a pesar de todo, la vida sigue. Las personas salen a caminar en el centro. Dos hombres juegan dominó en una cafeteria. Los jóvenes se juntan frente a una peluquería a platicar. Un hombre nos ayudó a localizar las cruces de las muertes de Lomas de Poleo.

La palabra del día

pazguato, ta.

1. adj. Simple, que se pasma y admira de lo que ve u oye. U. t. c. s.

Note to self: Need to read Cheap Signaling by Daniel Tiffany

and the responses!
To put it bluntly, bilingualism is often seen as “good” when it’s rich English speakers adding a language as a hobby or another international language, but “bad” when it involves poor, minority, or indigenous groups adding English to their first language, even when the same two languages are involved.

- Read more by Valerie Strauss here
We look to the socialist cities of the past and those to come. We aim to reclaim the city as a space for struggle and solidarity in pursuit of needs and wants: public housing, parks, decent work, and plentiful leisure — with the possibility of an occasional escape. To realize the city’s emancipatory promise will require mass movements led by workers, challenges to property rights in its many forms, and feminist reimaginings of urban space and work.

The task of our generation of socialists is to make this alternative a reality — moving beyond the creative-class politics of Richard Florida into the renewed working-class politics of the future.

- Such refreshing analysis of urbanism at The Jacobin
In Mexico, 43 students appear to have been killed by police agents, affiliated with the state government and cartels (as if there was any difference between the two).

Reports in Mexico from human rights activists, like Father Alejandro Solalinde, indicate that police burned the 43 students, some while they were still alive.

And what does the New York Times have to say about the situation in Mexico and in Latin America more generally?

The editors write an piece today against the free election of Evo Morales in Bolivia and what they call a "new generation of caudillos who have staked out anti-American policies."

How could the NYT not be an agent of the US state when they defend governmental interests so doggedly? And when they ignore the fruits of the US drug war on the ground?

Qué vergüenza.