Issue

3.16 / Nomadic Tendencies

May 31 2012

Introduction

May 31, 2012. In her review of How We Leave and Return, Michele Carlson notes that nearly one million Chinese immigrants were processed through the Angel Island Immigration Station in the early part of the twentieth century. That common point of entry contrasted against the immigrants' subsequent dispersal throughout the United States underscores how writer Rebecca Solnit describes the concept of place: "stable locations with unstable converging forces...something is always coming from elsewhere." Viewed through that lens the habitual convergence of the art world in far-flung locations for exhibitions or art fairs (a trek that is about to commence again shortly) is an act of creating place, however temporary; it is about claiming primary authorship of an experience, even one fueled by collective momentum. From such journeys may even arise the opportunity for pilgrimage of the type Holland Cotter describes in this issue's profile. Given the choice between object and experience, Cotter notes, choose the experience, but attend it with a willingness to be silent, curious, and still. Enjoy—PM.

Features

Species Being

Species Being

By Elyse Mallouk

Members of the "Decompiculture Society" frequently express interest in purchasing her "Mushroom Death Suit." They've asked if they can offer their bodies to the project, evidencing a firm conviction that the project should meet its ends.

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Survey as Form

Survey as Form

By Christina Linden

But if the endeavor to produce a clean, cleared, and bordered path has its own appeal and logic, I prefer to avoid spouting untruths about the landmarks I've passed along the way. It's true that, sometimes, we can't see the forest for the trees.

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Profiles

Holland Cotter

Holland Cotter

By Bad at Sports

Constantly learning, constantly reading—I would stay a student, basically, which is what I consider what I am, and I love that.

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Reviews

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