Artworks
Performance
33 minutes
2013
Performance
15 minutes
2014
Performance
8 weeks
2013
Dance, Performance
2013
Performance
2 hours
2012
Dance
20 minutes
2012
Performative Lecture
20 minutes
2012
Participatory Performance
4 hours
2011

Activity

  • Mn Artists Presents: Jovan C. Speller  May 3, 5-9 pm Walker Art Center, Free Mn Artists, the Walker’s platform for local artists, brings its online network live and into the museum. Connect with local artists of all disciplines, and engage with the questions driving the Minnesota arts community. Choosing Home: A Right, A Privilege or an Act of Trespass, is a one-night “visual inquiry” in which guest curator/collaborator Jovan C. Speller activates the Walker Art Center’s public spaces…
  • When we first visited the James J. Hill House on Summit Hill in St. Paul, it was the leather wallpaper in the dining room that stopped us. The walls were covered with the rippled skin of an animal—no, dozens of animals. The tour guide said that Hill had imported the hide from the U.S. Virgin Islands, that he had imported the wood for the ornate hand-carved woodwork as well. The ceiling was gilded gold. There was a partition on one of the walls. It was meant for hiding.  It was meant for the s…
  • My father lives in the middle of a desert. If you walk a couple of blocks, jump a fence, take the sidewalk until there is no more sidewalk, you can easily end up surrounded by nothing but faded shrubbery and dust. The mountains cup the landscape, and thin long wind turbines stand like alien plants as they catch the wind. There is a beautiful, palpable loneliness out there. You can easily end up feeling as alone as if on the moon. I used to hike out into the desert alone, sit up high on the mount…
  • As a Black/Biracial woman in America, my writing is uniquely informed by my positionality in the world. My writing is informed by my privileges and my politic. Part of my politic is the problematic; by problematic, I mean those images or sounds that make you feel kind of itchy, or that give you a little mental pinch when you take them in. Like microaggressions, they give you pause, sometimes numb you or make you question, “What just happened?” My practice lies between the trashy booziness of…
  • Emily Gastineau updated the Article Frankenstein AF
    Someone, or something, took the life of a young boy from a well-to-do family. The only suspect was the victim’s housekeeper, Justine. Despite the evidence against her, the family’s eldest brother, Victor Frankenstein, pictured a very different suspect: “The deformity of its aspect, more hideous than belongs to humanity...Could he be...the murderer of my brother? No sooner did that idea cross my imagination, than I became convinced of its truth.” So begins the central conflict of Mary She…
  • Free Black Dirt was born serendipitously in a community college LGBTQ literature class in 2001, when two nerdy Black girls connected for the first time. And to what extent, we are joyously and curiously still discovering. We are Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus, and Free Black Dirt is our love child of creativity, boldness and desire to create a world of narrative, story and transformation that will amplify the healing and holding that goes on in this world. We grew up being book worms and librar…
  • Still from The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys (2017). What is ethnography? Here, short filmsTease out the long history of anthropological methodologies that treated indigenous people as endangered species—to be documented en route to the expansion of the WestIn forms which are the opposite of singing: A photograph—as currency of the archiveA mask—as a souvenir of the rising/razing EmpireA bone—as artifact of what was conqueredWri…
  • In order to speak a truer word concerning myself, I must strip down through layers of attenuated meanings made an excess … over time, assigned by a particular historical order, and there await                     whatever marvels of my own inventiveness[1]       /  /   /   /     /   The adjectives flake away from me, no threads left holding me, I flake apart layer by layer down quietly to the bone, my skull unfolds to an astounded flower[2]     To be seen / to …
  • Photo credit: Studio Zu. In Minnesota, it’s hard to imagine a more famous axe-person than the fictional lumberjack Paul Bunyan. As a kid, each summer my family would go to Paul Bunyan land in Brainerd, Minnesota. There, a larger-than-life sculpture would welcome you over a loud speaker by your first name, which the ticket person sneakily collected before you entered the building. As a little blonde girl, staring up at this big brute, I never related to him. That massive axe at his side would b…
  • Selma Fernandez Richter, Kristina and great grandmother Dhan Piakurel, Saint Paul, MN, 2011. “Place is latitudinal and longitudinal within the map of a person’s life. It is temporal and spatial, personal and political. A layered location replete with human histories and memories, place has width as well as depth.” - Lucy R. Lippard, The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society “Our grandmother, Baba, made this house living space. She was certain that the way we lived…