Field Perspectives 2017

Common Field is excited to announce the 2017 Field Perspectives program, a project organized by Common Field in collaboration with nine art publishing organizations around the US. Field Perspectives publishes writing that explores the state of the artist organization field and key ideas being explored in Common Field’s upcoming Los Angeles Convening.

The nine 2017 Field Perspectives partners are Los Angeles publications Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (CARLA)contemptoraryX-TRA, and national publications ARTS.BLACK (Detroit/NewYork), Art Practical (Bay Area), The Chart (Portland, ME), DIRT (DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) Area), Pelican Bomb (New Orleans), and Temporary Art Review (St. Loius).

Each publication has commissioned one piece of writing that they will publish weekly during October. The essays aim to catalyze discussion, dialog, and debate before, during and after the Convening. After the big event, Common Field will publish them collectively as free downloadable PDF. Commissioned writers include Chloë Bass, Dan Bustillo, Travis Diehl, Lucy Lopez, Lindsay Preston Zappas, Susan Silton, Ellen Tani, Anurandha Vikram; Andrea Andersson, Imani Jacqueline Brown, L. Kasimu Harris, and Charlie Tatum; and a collaborative essay by Ani Bradberry, Martina Dodd, Andy Johnson, Jordan Martin & Ikram Lakhdhar, Georgie Payne, and Valerie Wiseman. 

Download a PDF of 2016's Field Perspectives here, or visit our Miami partners Miami Rail and Temporary Art Review.

Synopsis of Essays: 

October 12, 2017

The Chart published Ellen Tani’s essay, "Airing Out Ambivalence: on cultural care and the allure of judgment," that examines the idea of ambivalence, not as a state of critical failure but rather a generative platform for creative practice, both for writers and artists.

Temporary Art Review published Lucy Lopez’s essay “On Care and Parrhesia” that asks how the art institution practices care of the self – towards (or on behalf of) its workers and its publics.

X-TRA published Travis Diehl’s “Op-Ed: An Ultra-red Line” that considers the protests against art galleries in Boyle Heights, the position of radical sound collective Ultra-red and asks what it means for the intersection of art and activism

October 19, 2017

Art Practical
Anurandha Vikram
Anu’s essay will focus on the impact of small institutions—how they look like America in ways that bigger institutions don’t. Anu will examine the NYC Cultural Equity Plan and consider how such a plan can be implemented in LA.

Dan Bustillo
An essay on Candice Lin's work in the context of health as a tool of imperialism in a neomedieval, post-9/11 security state.

Pelican Bomb
Andrea Andersson, Imani Jacqueline Brown, L. Kasimu Harris, and Charlie Tatum
Pelican Bomb is sharing a conversation between a curator, a non-institutional arts administrator, an artist, and a critic about how place affects arts workers in New Orleans. The discussion touches on the challenges and obligations of working in a small city; the necessity for arts workers to wear multiple hats; and balancing local, national, and international concerns.

October 26, 2017

Chloë Bass 
A text that will live at the intersection of the apology (institutional apologetic language; the apology Mad Libs -- sorry for the racism! sorry for the unsolicited dick pic!) and the poetic, navigating the personal and the institutional.

Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla)
Lindsay Preston Zappas
This essay will examine the trend towards all women exhibitions over the last few years, and highlight the potentially problematic aspects of this exhibition format. The essay will focus particularly on the language around these shows (titling, didactics, etc).

Georgie Payne, Martina Dodd, Ani Bradberry, Valerie Wiseman, Andy Johnson, Jordan Martin & Ikram Lakhdhar
Dissecting the Archives: An Investigation in 7 Parts
Through a seven part investigation, DIRT’s editors address: why a socio-political lens is necessary to approach an institutional archive; how an individual finds agency in forming their own archive; the processes in which artists reincarnate the archive; the challenges of archiving performance art after the Internet; the body as an archival vessel in drag and house ball culture; the role of the archivist in the contemporary art field; and the practice of archiving in the everyday.

The Common Field Convening is an itinerant annual gathering that brings together 350+ local and national organizers to explore the state of the field of arts organizing and to share resources, knowledge and methods for artist-led, artist-run, and artist-centered projects, spaces and practices.