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.
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Q20: Self Care
For this, our 20th issue, we take a moment to look back at the history of the quarterly, and examine our own self-care, while inviting contributions from artists and thinkers who address self-care in their process and practice. How do we sustain ourselves, when everything around us demands sustenance? Featuring contributions from John K.Grande, Perdita Phillips, Ernesto Pujol, Sarah Berkeley, and more.
Q19: Queer Ecologies
Queer ecologies slither through the wanton matteriality of naturecultures, including the perversity of electrons, the polyamorous tendrils of lightning, the deep futurity of plastic, the trans-species animacies of xeno-estrogens, and the polymorphous fecundity of holobiontism, and on and on and on. O yes yes yes. This issue invites you to writhe in the queer resistances of anti-normativity, anti-futurity and anti-reproductivity, the queer possibilities of performativity, diversity and kinship, and the precarity, intimacy and adaptability of evolutionary theories of sexual, natural and social selection and phenotypic plasticity. It slides through sustainability and slips into compostability, sifting through the transient, the fecund, the toxic, the permanent, the deviant, the perverse and the selective to unearth the spacetimematter of proliferation, extinction and thennowwhen. Guest edited by Tarsh Bates.
This Quarterly issue offers a diverse array of artistic responses and critical means for interrogating the overlaps of sustainability and disability-- and the relevance of conjoining these concepts in/for today’s world. Drawing on practitioners and scholars from three continents – some self-identifying as ‘disabled’, others not – this issue grapples with the neologistic tensions, hurdles and gifts of our cultural, social, economic and environmental propensities towards and with notions of disability. With contributions from Petra Kuppers, Stephanie Heit, Dee Heddon, Sue Porter, Neil Marcus, Sandi Yi, Ray Jacobs and Bree Hadley. Guest Edited by Bronwyn Preece.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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…