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Hello, My Name Is: Abu Dhabi by Melissa Gronlund
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Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People and the fantastical realities of life in the Persian Gulf

Mel Chin by Saul Ostrow
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Wry installations and revelatory sculptures blend art-making and activism in Chin’s unique practice of transformation.

Fred Dewey’s The School of Public Life by Ammiel Alcalay
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Hovering far below any conceivable radar, Fred Dewey’s The School of Public Life ought to be the cause of more than some disturbance.

Jem Cohen by J.P. Sniadecki
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“In Counting, I was counting almost everything I encountered: street life, light, weather, animals, and some intangibles, political or social or economic currents, and certain seismic changes in my own life.”

Hosing Down the Slaughterhouse by Micaela Morrissette
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On Michel Houellebecq’s Submission

The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, Edited by Claudia Rankine, Beth Loffreda, & Max King Cap by Timothy Donnelly
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“I can’t distill it all,” Evie Shockley confesses in her contribution to this vital and multifarious print offshoot of Claudia Rankine’s online Open Letter Project.

Maggie Nelson by A.L. Steiner
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“What expression isn’t a negotiation of some sort?”

Seth Price’s Folklore U.S. by Ben Fama
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Seth Price’s Folklore U.S. documents a series of installations and exhibitions stemming from his dOCUMENTA (13) contribution, which included the Folklore U.S. SS12 fashion show (with collaborator Tim Hamilton), an exhibition at Hauptbahnhof, and a series of shop windows and garments for sale at SinnLeffers.

Agnieszka Kurant by Sabine Russ
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Agnieszka Kurant’s interests include various forms of surplus, invisible entities, and the phantoms haunting capitalist production. Some of her projects involve crowdsourcing, others outsourcing to nonhuman species: think colonies of termites.

Astra Taylor’s The People’s Platform by Orit Gat
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Was the Internet intended for you? It’s hard to think about it structurally without throwing personal use into the mix.

Claudia Rankine by ​Lauren Berlant​
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I met Claudia Rankine in a parking lot after a reading, where I said crazy fan things like, “I think we see the same thing.”

Semiotext(e): 28 Pamphlets for the 2014 Whitney Biennial by Corina Copp
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We are not all Pierre Guyotat, writing of our capture and interrogation in Algerian solitary in 1962, our words and acts subject to violent retaliation, but maybe we’ve seen our own soul’s bifurcation.

Critical Practices, INC. at the Whitney Biennial / “Supposium 2014” at MoMA by Mónica de la Torre​
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Pythagoras taught behind a veil to avoid distracting his students with his bodily appearance, which he considered an impediment to their pursuit of pure knowledge. His voice was an acousmatic one—its origin could not be identified.

Roxane Gay by John Freeman

A fear of alienating myself from approval by revealing my truest self … a fear of not being heard, being judged, being misunderstood … These things make me tremble.

Wayne Koestenbaum by Kenneth Goldsmith
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“I couldn’t have gone to Woodstock because I’m not fit to be a nudist.”

K8 Hardy by Ariana Reines
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The obsession with documentation and online sharing might have caused K8 Hardy to press pause on performing, at least for now. Hardy discusses, with poet Raines, the runway show she’s producing for the Whitney Biennial.

Ingo Schulze by Eliot Weinberger
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“Anyone who has ever visited a slum knows that the worst part is not the wretched shacks, the dust, the rusty water tanks, the crowds of people, crime, etcetera, but the smell.”

John Miller by Liam Gillick
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John Miller and Liam Gillick talk about repurposing painting, conceptualism, and reality TV.

Terence Gower by Pedro Reyes

Terence Gower’s latest video, New Utopias, is a lecture filmed in the style of a 1950s Walt Disney documentary. 

Cihan Kaan’s Halal Pork and Other Stories by Amiel Alcalay
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Cihan Kaan’s Halal Pork and Other Stories is a near-future whirlwind of contemporary geopolitics blended with fantastical story telling that is humorous, well-written, and dizzying.

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