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Improvisation and Ideology: Nat Randall, Anna Breckon, and Alia Shawkat Interviewed by Rachel Stone
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The artist, director, and actress discuss their endurance performance, The Second Woman, and its exploration of gender performativity.

The Space of Intimacy: Daniel Wiener Interviewed by Fawn Krieger
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Painting and sculpting faces.

Foreign Objects in Your Mouth: Johannes Göransson Interviewed by Katrine Øgaard Jensen
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The poet, translator, and Action Books publisher on his collection of essays about US literary culture, foreign influence, and the illusion of mastery.

Contingent Encounter: Sreshta Rit Premnath Interviewed by Sohrab Mohebbi
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Reminding us the artwork does not exist in a void.

Movement and Technology: Jenn Nkiru Interviewed by Rianna Jade Parker
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A short history of Detroit techno.

Running off to Join the Circus: Wayne Koestenbaum Interviewed by Ruby Brunton
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The writer on the tradition of notebook writers, archiving his own work, and enjoying a ragged, damaged, nervous narration.

Work As Gift: Sean Sullivan Interviewed by Paul Maziar
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Honoring the art-making process.

Merging With: Leidy Churchman Interviewed by Tausif Noor
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On mystifying moments big and small.

Necessary Creatures: Chaya Bhuvaneswar Interviewed by Daniel A. Olivas
White Dancing Elephants

The writer on releasing her debut story collection, writing as a woman of color, and balancing a medical career with the writer’s life.

A Crisis of Personhood: Tsitsi Dangarembga by Bhakti Shringarpure
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The writer and activist filmmaker on completing the trilogy comprised of Nervous Conditions, The Book of Not, and This Mournable Body—narratives of women’s strength in the face of injustice.

Self and Community: Billy Gerard Frank Interviewed by Katy Diamond Hamer
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Exploring Grenada’s past and present.

Traversing a Life Through Movement, Text, and Film: Germaine Acogny Interviewed by Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone
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The “mother of African contemporary dance” discusses her solo, multimedia performance SOMEWHERE AT THE BEGINNING.

The Task of the Publisher: Lucas Zwirner Interviewed by Addis Goldman
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The Head of Content at David Zwirner discusses art books, design, and a new Romanticism.

Embodied Presence: Isabel Lewis Interviewed by Brooke Holmes
Neven Allgeier Occasion In Kunsthalle Schirn

Honing sensory experience and collective mindfulness.

Oral History Project: Janet Olivia Henry & Sana Musasama
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“When you’re an artist, you bring what you know, what you think, what you’ve experienced, your aesthetic, your ambition, and it doesn’t have to be conscious. In fact it shouldn’t be self-conscious. If the work isn’t speaking to you, if you’re not getting it from what you’re seeing, you’ve failed, and no amount of explanation is going to change that.” —Janet Olivia Henry


“Making our art is the purest thing we do. There are no hidden lies. My work is my truth as I have lived it.”—Sana Musasama


Prageeta Sharma and James Thomas Stevens
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On a visit to the New Mexico Museum of Art, two poets grapple with questions of performed authenticity and settler poetics, while analyzing depictions of the American West.

Ben Whishaw and Édouard Louis
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The actor stars opposite an opera diva in Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, Anne Carson’s verse play that reflects on the histories of two iconic women millennia apart.

Tyshawn Sorey by Claire Chase
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The composer and percussionist’s Autoschediasms language invites collaborative composition between a conductor and musicians by employing a lexicon of gestures and textual cues.

Venkatachalam Saravanan by Amit Dutta

An international chess master and a filmmaker play a match while discussing the art of the game and its history in India.

Nanfu Wang by Hao Wu
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The two Chinese-born filmmakers reflect on Wang’s new documentary One Child Nation and her unique approach to blending the personal and political.

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