Quarterly

The CSPA Quarterly is a publication arm of the Center for Sustainable Arts. It is meant to give a longer format and deeper space for exploration than some online platforms provide, and to reflect the myriad ways in which sustainability in the arts is discussed, approached and practiced. The publication features reviews, interviews, features, artist pages, essays, reflections and photos. It is a snapshot of a moment in time, a look at the many discussions in sustainability and the arts through the lens a particular theme. It is part of a rigorous dialogue.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Quarterly accepts open submissions for all upcoming issues on a rolling basis. We also approach individual contributors for material that creates a robust dialogue within a particular themed issue. Please email artist pages, reviews, process papers, conference reports, and essays to: moe@sustainablepractice.org. Check back for our upcoming issues on DIS/SUSTAIN/ABILITY with guest editor Bronwyn Preece, and QUEER ECOLOGIES with guest editor Tarsh Bates.

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NOW AVAILABLE ON JSTOR

The CSPA Quarterly is now listed on the digital library JSTOR! Past issues are archived here, as part of their Sustainability Collection.  Individuals and institutions must have a JSTOR membership in order to access. The most recent issues of the Quarterly, as well as print issues, are only available through MagCloud, so check there for the latest on what we're up to, and support our content with your purchases. In the meantime, we're thrilled about this expanded access for the Quarterly.

 (Online) ISSN 2475-7764 (Print) ISSN 2165-753X

Q17: Sense and Sensuality

Q17: Sense and Sensuality

What sustains our senses? Exploring firsthand experiences of nature, methods of non-human communication and harassment, and ideas of “ecosexuality,” this issue looks at sensory understandings of ecologies. With contributions from Annie Sprinkle, Dao Nguyen, The Plant Sex Consultancy, Pony Express, Sacha Kagan and more.

Q15: Hyperobjects

Q16: Expanded Scenography

In recent years, scenographic practice and performance design have increasingly moved beyond the theatre towards greater forms of hybridity. Possibilities are expanding to use scenographic strategies as a way of engaging with the world beyond the theatre. Can these practices play a role in revealing ecological complexity? Guest editors Tanja Beer and Ian Garrett curate a fascinating issue based on current practices in the field.

Q15: Hyperobjects

Q15: Hyperobjects

A look at Timothy Morton's concept of "Hyperobjects"-- viscous, nonlocal, phased and interobjective "things"-- through the lens of multiple artist practices. How are artists engaging with ideas and places so complex, they cannot be understood from a single vantage point? With contributions from Carol Padberg, Jessica Santone, Bethany Taylor, Sarah Knudtson, Liz Ensz, Timothy Morton, and more.

Q14: Cultural Vibrancy

Q14: Cultural Vibrancy

What does it mean to be culturally vibrant in the face of an escalating climate? How do we adapt to the continually evolving present? What changes, what moves? What is alive? A re-examination of the fourth and final pillar of sustainability-- culture-- this issue looks more deeply at the way art, activism and administration shape our relationship to ecologies. With contributions from Jane Bennett, Ian Garrett, Anne-Marie Melster, Elizabeth Orr, Julie's Bicycle, Guy Eytan, and Andrew Yang.

Q11: On Economy

Q13: On Social Equity

Third of a four-part series on the pillars of sustainability. What is social equity? How do art and performance define and address it? Focus on questions of access, material, meaning and communication in communities both human and non-. With contributions from Theresa May, A.Laurie Palmer, Ross Stanton Jordan, Kristina Wong, Corinne Erni and Anne-Marie Melster.

Q11: On Economy

Q12: On Environment

Though the environment is necessarily a key theme in a Quarterly devoted to sustainability, in this issue we take a particularly sharp focus on it. In particular, we examine environment in scenography, performance, art and theater. Part two of a four-part series on the four pillars of sustainability.

Q11: On Economy

Q11: On Economy

While many of our issues have featured work that is ecologically and environmentally engaged, in this issue, we will take a look at economic models in our cultural spheres. We’re particularly interested in new models & infrastructure, art work or performance staged in response to economy, and reflections on our current cultural state.

Q10: Our Tenth Issue!

Q10: Our Tenth Issue!

The tenth issue of the CSPA Quarterly is about renewing, refreshing, and rewinding. This issue contains content from contributors who were part of Issue #1, along with new perspectives. Contributors include Plantable (Megan Moe Beitiks, Bronwyn Preece, Lisa Woynarski), Linda Weintraub, Sam Goldblatt, Emily Theys with Dance Exchange, Olivia Cambell, and Thomas Rhodes, with featured artwork by Dianna Cohen.

Q9: Science/Art

Q9: Science/Art

Our issue on Science/Art features a preview of the CSPA Fusebox Festival study, writing from Sarah Moon and Alyce Santoro, a report from Moe Beitiks on the first annual Moscow Science Art Conference, and an excerpt from Lina Weintraub's new book. Through this issue, we explore the connection and complex relationship that exists between science and art.

Q8: International Issue: The Sea is Rising

Q8: International Issue: The Sea is Rising

Our third international issue focuses on projects that call attention to topics that extend well beyond national borders. With a focus on interdependence, and an abundance of contributions about water, ice, and sea rise, this issue addresses the space between national borders- our oceans. Featuring work from Moe Beitiks, Chantal Bilodeau, Eve Mosher, Michael Pinksy, Christopher Robbins, and Liz Ward.

Q7: On Art and Agriculture

Q7: On Art and Agriculture

Cultures around the world rely deeply on both local creativity and agricultural activity. Creative culture and agriculture are inextricably linked, and both are facing challenges as we globalize. This issue contains stories from public projects, visual installations, film, and theater, and examines local vegetable farming, cotton and rice paddy industries, and shrimpboating.

Q6: Making the Invisible Visible

Q6: Making the Invisible Visible

In the sixth issue of the CSPA Quarterly, we asked for work that allows what is typically invisible to the human eye to be visible, tangible, and understandable. Work came to us from Silke Walther & Thomas Rappaport, Jane D. Marsching, Christopher McNulty, Marissa Prefer, and Norm Magnusson.

Q5: International Action

Q5: International Action

Our fifth issue of the CSPA Quarterly called for work related to International Initiatives. Contributors include ARTPORT, Arts in the One World, Forum for the Future, Moe Beitiks, Roberta Holden, JB Kyabaggue and Emily Mendelsohn, and Shinji Turner-Yamamoto.

Q4: Summer 2010

Q4: Summer 2010

The summer edition of the CSPA Quarterly. In this issue we look at issues of sustainability around digital artwork. With articles and work from Adobe Systems, Chi-wang Yang, Adam Frank and others.

Q3: Spring 2010

Q3: Spring 2010

In this issue, we’re working against the stereotypes of the form, and attempting to broaden its term. As always, we’re exploring our chosen theme across disciplines and were delighted to include sculpture, visual art, theater, public art, and media art in the following pages. Instead of asking for…

Q2: Winter 2010

Q2: Winter 2010

Issue on International eco-policy and its relationship to art and culture, featuring work from Copenhagen during the United Nation's conference on climate change in December, 2009. Contributors include: Jessica Broderick Lewis, Ian Garrett, Aviva Rahmani, Miranda Wright, David Berridge, Rachel Lois…

Q1: Fall 2009

Q1: Fall 2009

This edition of The Quarterly explores sustainable arts practices in performance, visual art & installation, green touring, and eco-policy. Articles include ‘Code Green: A Comparative Look at Worldwide Cultural Policies for Green Events,’ by Sam Goldblatt. This edition’s featured artist is Diann…

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