Issue 149
September 2012

dOCUMENTA (13): Alex Farquharson and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie grapple with the complexities of an exhibition that incorporates more than 300 participants on multiple sites which extend beyond Kassel to Alexandria/Cairo, Banff and Kabul.

‘Questions and Answers’: Suzanne Lacy talks to Jennifer Higgie about the collaborations, videos and large-scale performances that she has created over the past 40 years. ‘

‘Look into the Camera’: Since the early 1960s Peter Watkins has explored film’s potential as a medium of communication and catharsis for actors and audiences alike. Jonty Claypole visits the director and the cast of his 1974 film Edvard Munch.

‘Never Enough’: On the occasion of David France’s new documentary How to Survive a Plague and a recent retrospective at New York University’s 80WSE gallery, writer Jennifer Kabat looks back at the AIDS activism of ACT UP and Gran Fury in the late 1980s and early ’90s and finds a template for the future.

From this issue

Since the early 1960s, Peter Watkins has explored film’s potential as a medium of communication and catharsis 

BY Jonty Claypole | 01 SEP 12

Kateřina Šedá’s projects question the pros and cons of an artistic practice that purports to be for the good of its participants

BY Christy Lange | 01 SEP 12

Redmond Entwistle on the making of Walk-Through (2012), a film about Michael Asher’s ‘Post-Studio’ class at CalArts.

BY Mike Sperlinger | 01 SEP 12

Melancholy and entropy haunt the French artist’s films and photographs

01 SEP 12

Mark Godfrey travelled to four cities to gain a deeper understanding of Theaster Gates's intermingling of art with urban regeneration

BY Mark Godfrey | 01 SEP 12

Bikesploitation and art

BY Dan Fox | 01 SEP 12

Newsrooms, agitprop theatre and the‘living newspaper'

BY Agnieszka Gratza | 01 SEP 12

Alex Farquharson and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie grapple with the complexities of dOCUMENTA (13)

A survey of recently founded artist-run art academies and education programmes

BY Sam Thorne | 01 SEP 12

How a monumental ruin is turned into gravel, in the Brazilian artist’s show ‘Dois Reais’ (Two Reals, 2012)

BY Jörg Heiser | 01 SEP 12

In an ongoing series, frieze asks an artist, curator or writer to list the books that have influenced them

BY Katerina Gregos | 01 SEP 12

For 40 years, Suzanne Lacy has worked collaboratively to create installations, videos and large-scale performances in response to social themes and urban issues

01 SEP 12

An exclusive extract from Jean-Philippe Obu-Stevenson's memoir of a life in art and politics

What constitutes political art?

BY Lynne Tillman | 01 SEP 12

Spectatorship, fatigue and addiction

BY Jennifer Allen | 01 SEP 12

The Aztec imagery and digital soundworld of Mexican producer Javier Estrada

BY Jace Clayton | 01 SEP 12

Imagination, football and the Cameroonian philosopher Achille Mbembe

BY Sean O'Toole | 01 SEP 12

Performance art in Burma

BY Elizabeth Rush | 01 SEP 12

What is art for? Perhaps it’s one of the few things left that allows us to declare that we don’t fit the given standards.

BY Renata Lucas | 01 SEP 12

AIDS activism now and then – 25 years of ACT UP and Gran Fury

BY Jennifer Kabat | 01 SEP 12

Three new publications on socially engaged art by Claire Bishop, Creative Time and Pablo Helguera

BY Ana Teixeira Pinto | 01 SEP 12

Art’s disputed relationship to activism

BY Jennifer Higgie | 01 SEP 12