The transition into the 21st century has been marked by the rise of ubiquitous connectivity. The proliferation of new technologies and networks has enabled millions to create a series of new experiences mediated online but often coupled with physical, real world manifestations. In 2011, the Arab Spring movement illustrated the impact this 24/7 connectivity could deliver, toppling structures and institutions that had existed for decades. The Chasm Arena, featuring multi-media works by Zeina Barakeh with Michal Gavish, Cece Carpio, Cybele Lyle, and Dennis Kim with Michelle Lee, explores the dynamics of some of the longest lived conflicts and the fissures that continue to divide us geographically and psychologically, revealing the cracks and openings that shift existing structures.
Public Intimacy focuses on the ways that contemporary artists have explored interpersonal relationships, encounters, and exchange in everyday social life in South Africa. Initially formed from a consideration of South African photography in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art collection, the exhibition also includes works in painting, printmaking, sculpture, media art, graphic design, and performance, with an emphasis on 2008 to the present. Artists include David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, i-jusi (Garth Walker), William Kentridge, Billy Monk, Zanele Muholi, Lindeka Qampi, Jo Ractliffe, Ernest Cole, Nicholas Hlobo, Sabelo Mlangeni, Santu Mofokeng, Sello Pesa and Vaughn Sadie, Athi-Patra Ruga, Mikhael Subotzky (with Patrick Waterhouse), and Kemang Wa Lehulere, among others.
by Richard Hankin
The rebuilding of Ground Zero is one of the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban planning projects in American history. For well over a decade, the struggle has encompassed nineteen government agencies, a dozen projects, and over $20 billion. Aside from the staggering engineering challenges, a major complicating factor is the sheer number of interested parties. Politicians, developers, architects, insurance companies, local residents, and relatives of 9/11 victims all profess a claim to the site and are often in conflict with one another. With inside access to the project and these key players, 16 Acres tells the story behind the headlines. (2012, 92 min, digital)