Current events underpin much of the work of London-based artists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler. Their notion of “non-participation” stems in part from an experience in 2007 when they witnessed protests by the Pakistani Lawyers’ Movement outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad. Viewing from within the National Gallery as the event–culminating with violence against demonstrators by government authorities–unfolded outside, they began to consider the ways that museums and the broader art world are cut off from contemporary social and political realities.
From April 15–19, 2013, in preparation for the April 18 opening of their Walker exhibition The Museum of Non Participation: The New Deal, the artists will take over Art News From Elsewhere, the section of the Walker homepage that aggregates news and views from the art world and beyond. Along with their stint as guest news editors, the pair agreed to share a list of their favorite ten online news sources. These publications suggest the global, ethical, and aesthetic vantage point–and possibly the actual news sources–that will guide their first-of-a-kind takeover of our curated news feed.
IanRobertDouglas.com: A Cairo-based writer, editor, and professor of politics, Ian Robert Douglas is a member of Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal, coordinator of the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq, and cofounder of the Centre for Global Geostrategic Analysis.
Socialism and/or Barbarism: “Notes on a once & future nightmare,” artist, author, and theorist Evan Calder Williams’ blog for The New Inquiry.
Mute: A London-based online magazine and biannual publication dedicated to “exploring culture and politics after the net.”
The BRussells Tribunal: Founded by artists and intellectuals in 2003, this think tank, activist group, and antiwar organization “tries to be a bridge between the intellectual resistance in the Arab World and the Western peace movements.”
Militant Esthetix: “Esther Leslie and Ben Watson plunge the into theory and art conspired into existence by the praxis of Walter Benjamin, T.W. Adorno, Kurt Schwitters,” and others.
ArtLeaks: Like Wikileaks for the artworld, this online platform for international artists, curators, art historians, and intellectuals aims to document and expose “the abuse of their professional integrity and the open infraction of their labor rights.”
Precarious Workers Brigade: A UK-based organization/campaign formed to “demand, create and reclaim” equal pay, free education, democratic workers, and the Commons.
ArtTerritories: A platform, presented in English and Arabic, where artists, thinkers, researchers and curators can “reflect on their art practice and engage in critical exchange on matters of art and visual culture in the Middle East and the Arab World.”
Bring In Take Out Living Archive: An evolving laboratory, exhibition, and public archive of women artists and feminist art, with editions so far in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, and Vienna.