March 15-17, 2013 Keynote presentation by José Esteban Muñoz, Professor and Chair of Performance Studies, New York University
“Alt,” neither a word nor a prefix in the grammatical sense, has nevertheless been a generative concept in contemporary interrogations of non-normative ways of engaging with and inhabiting the world. Various contemporary artists, practitioners, and performers have begun to investigate the meaning, value, and application of “alt” by entertaining questions of alterities, alternations, and alternatives as they come to define our existence.
Northeastern University’s English Graduate Student Association is seeking artists whose work explores or utilizes the notions of alterity and alternatives with regard to subjects, materials, or processes. All 2-D works are welcome, as are 3-D works which may be hung on a wall.
You Can't Fight City Hall. But... You Can Buy Some Fine Art
This project is a deep look into the strange, odd, unique dynamic of the Three Family home in thecity of Boston. Each Rifrákt member has created THREE original interpretations of a Three Family house that explores the role and significance of the
“Three Fam” in the City of Boston. The density and diversity of a typical Three Family housing situation is endlessly fascinating. Within a relatively small area there are many different lives unfolding, each one believing it is the most important and each one having scant knowledge of what is going on around them. The architectural form, structure, color and density combine to make each home as unique as the individuals who reside within. It is fascinating how so many people can live so close together yet have such limited knowledge and interaction of one another. The purpose is to represent the dynamic and diversity of different living situations. By having multiple artists interpret their feeling and relationship towards the “Three Fam” we have produce a rich and cohesive body of work consisting of photography, illustration, painting and printmaking. The range of styles and mediums serves to reflect the diversity in structure and humanity that meld together to become the “Three Fam.”