Where We Are Now - Online Journal Launch, Issue #1: "The Aesthetics and Politics of Intimacy"

Journal Launch Celebration Thu 25 Jun 2009 6.00PM-8.00PM The New School, Vera List Courtyard
66 West 12th Street
Free admission
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Where We Are Now (WWAN), an open and loosely organized platform initiated in 2007 by a group of artists, curators, activists and writers, intends to illuminate, deepen, and amplify the discourse around an aesthetic practice with political content. In celebration of the inaugural issue of WWANs online journal, participants gather to discuss their explorations of the first volumes guiding theme: The Aesthetics and Politics of Intimacy.

7:00 p.m. - Performance and reading by Jill Magid and Eddie Vas
7:30 p.m. - Comments by contributors Sofía Hernández Chong Cui, Joseph Grima, Marisa Jahn, Dave Rankin and Mary Anne Staniszewski

Intimacy is frequently thought of in terms of rawness, confluence, and proximity. The space of intimacy often feels atemporal, privileging the safety of disclosure and heightened physiological, sexual, or affective response. But how does a geopolitical and micropolitical understanding of the conditions that frame intimacy question notions of the body and self? Edited by Marisa Jahn and Sofía Hernández Chong Cui, Issue #1 examines these questions from the perspectives of art, architecture, film, and law. Contributors include Svetlana Boym, Rene Gabri, Joseph Grima, Ed Halter, Jean-Baptise Labrun, Jill Magid, Dave Rankin and Marisa Jahn, and Mary Anne Staniszewski. The launch will feature a performance and reading by Jill Magid and Eddie Vas, followed by comments from some of the contributors.

WWAN invites public commentary on what it produces and welcomes suggestions and listings about events, lectures, workshops, and public projects that pertain to art and politics in New York City. For more information, visit www.wherewearenow.org.

Participants
Sofía Hernández Chong Cui, Curator at the Tamayo Museum (Mexico City)
Joseph Grima, New York-based architect, writer and crietic.
Marisa Jahn, artist/curator
Jill Magid , artist
Dave Rankin, attorney
Mary Anne Staniszewski, Ph. D. Acting Head of the department of the Arts at Resselaer
Eddie Vas, collaborator with Jill Magic