[artinfo] Non-Participation: Call for Submissions - please spread the word

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Wed Nov 21 00:17:07 CET 2012


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From: Art Leaks <artsleaks at gmail.com>
Date: 2012/11/19
Subject: Non-Participation: Call for Submissions - please spread the word
To: artleaks at googlegroups.com

via Lauren van Haaften-Schick / lauren at laurenvhs.com.

I'm writing to let you know about a project I'm organizing titled
"Non-Participation," a collection of letters written by cultural
producers declining their participation in cultural events for
political reasons.
I'm hoping that you may be aware of additional cases of artists
declaring their non-participation, specifically written by those
outside of the US.

The actions highlighted in ArtLeaks were a major source of inspiration
for this new project, and I think it will similarly benefit from being
as inclusive and open as possible. I would like for
"Non-Participation" to have a print and web presence,  and public
events as well.

If you have any suggestions of other artists or organizations who may
be willing to share appropriate statements, I would greatly appreciate

If you are interested, please feel free to pass along the call for
submissions, below.

I'm a curator from New York, and most of my recent projects have
concerned the intersection of art, economics and the law. More about
me here: http://www.laurenvhs.com
Here is the page on my site announcing the call for submissions:

Thank you in advance.

My best,


Dear artists, writers, curators, musicians, and others,

I am seeking submissions for a new project, Non-Participation.


The project, Non-Participation, will be a collection of letters by
artists, curators, and other cultural producers, written to decline
their participation in events, or with organizations and institutions
which they either find suspect or whose actions run counter to their
stated missions. These statements are in effect protests against
common hypocrisies among cultural organizations, and pose a positive
alternative to an equally ubiquitous pressure to perform. At the heart
of the project is the notion that what we say “no” to is perhaps more
important than what we agree to.

Historic instances and examples include: Adrian Piper’s letter
announcing her withdrawal from the show Reconsidering the Object of
Art: 1965-1975 at LA MoCA, stating her opposition to Phillip Morris’
funding of the museum and requesting that her criticizing statement be
publicly shown; A letter from Jo Baer to a Whitney Museum curator
canceling an upcoming exhibition on the grounds that her work was not
being taken seriously because she is a woman artist; Marcel
Broodthaers open letter to Joseph Beuys questioning the relationship
between artists and exhibiting institutions; and, just recently,
critic Dave Hickey‘s public announcement of his “quitting” the art

I am now collecting your letters of non-participation, which will be
compiled as a publication, with other activities surrounding the
project to be determined.

Please send copies of your letters via email to lauren at laurenvhs.com.

With your submission, please indicate whether or not you wish to
remain anonymous. All names and contact information can be omitted or
made public, depending on your preference.
Also, feel free to include any other details or background information
which could illuminate the situation, as you see fit.

The deadline for submissions is December 31.

In terms of my own work, this project is a natural extension of my
last exhibition, “Canceled: Alternative Manifestations & Productive
The idea for “Non-Participation” came up many times over the course of
the exhibition, and now I would like to see it come into being.
Please feel free to pass this along to anyone else you think may be

And of course, let me know if you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions.

Thank you in advance!

All my best,



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