When Performance Art Is an Anti-War Instrument, Part 1

Alexandra Skochilenko is a thirty-year-old artist from St. Petersburg—the city where I lived before Russia attacked Ukraine. She made music and films, drew comics about depression, and worked as a photojournalist. On 11 April 2022, Skochilenko was arrested and placed in a pre-trial detention center, where she is currently still being held. A criminal case … Read more

When Performance Art Is an Anti-War Instrument, Part Two

Performance and war are intertwined, perhaps more closely than we would like. War is immanently performative, as is the conduct of war. The actions of the military and politicians who wage war are rooted in their desire to demonstrate power and influence the shape of the world. Lindsey Mantoan writes about this in detail in … Read more

When Performance Art Is an Anti-War Instrument

Alexandra Skochilenko is a thirty-year-old artist from St. Petersburg—the city where I lived before Russia attacked Ukraine. She made music and films, drew comics about depression, and worked as a photojournalist. On 11 April 2022, Skochilenko was arrested and placed in a pre-trial detention center, where she is currently still being held. A criminal case … Read more

Freedom Talk at the Power of Art

Safe Havens Freedom Talks (SH|FT) presented a Freedom Talk at Power of Art: We Don’t Call It Occupation, We Call It ihtilalSuffocation livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 8 July at 8:30 am EDT (New York, UTC -7) / 12:30 pm UTC / 2:30 pm CEST (Stockholm, UTC … Read more

Livestreaming a Conversation: Freedom Talk at the Power of Art

Safe Havens Freedom Talks (SH|FT) presents a Freedom Talk at Power of Art: We Don’t Call It Occupation, We Call It ihtilalSuffocation livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 8 July at 8:30 am EDT (New York, UTC -7) / 12:30 pm UTC / 2:30 pm CEST (Stockholm, UTC … Read more

How to Produce a Podcast Series: A Beginner-Friendly Guide to the Art of Podcasting

Podcasting has gained significant traction and is set to increase in popularity within the next couple of years according to industry professionals. In 2022 podcast listeners will account for about 20 percent of all internet users, which means that there will be about 424 million listeners around the world. As digital media and content creation … Read more

Teatro Preto do Candomblé’: The Art of Eco-Reconnection

Through connection with these elements of Black cultural identity and immersion in Black ancestral values, the individual immersed in this experience “Blackens” metaphorically and socially—that is, activates their connection with their Black African descendent identity. Straddling the worlds of Candomblé and theater, I have been developing a deep poetic process of eco-reconnection through my scenic … Read more

Turning a Life Into Art: The Evolution of tick, tick…BOOM!

The following is part of a series of four blog posts connecting readers to archival materials from the Music Division’s Jonathan Larson Papers. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s film adaptation of Larson’s “tick, tick…BOOM!” opens today. We hope that the sketches, notes, drafts and other materials highlighted in these blog posts enhance your understanding of Larson the creator, … Read more