Charles LaBelle

  • 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale

    Invoking community but largely devoid of the “community-oriented” art that has lately become ubiquitous, i.e., interactive and relational art, this fourth installment of the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale instead sought to explore the notions of kyosei, coexistence/symbiosis, and saisei, revival/reconstruction—expressed in English with the telling title “Live and Let Live: Creators of Tomorrow.” Much of the work highlighted a subjective autonomy and self-expression that is often perceived as being at odds with ideas of community, perhaps closer in spirit to Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Laclau’s

  • picks November 19, 2009

    MAP Office

    “No man is an island,” wrote John Donne in 1624. Nearly four hundred years later, the cultural mythos of islands remains a powerful lure, provoking ongoing separatist propositions for individual subjects and collectives. Wrapped in contradiction and paradox, these dreams of escape and yearnings for a different life, channeled through an essay by Gilles Deleuze, form the foundation of the project “Desert Islands” (all works 2009) by the Hong Kong–based collective MAP Office (Valerie Portefaix and Laurent Gutierrez).

    Featuring three videos, a central seating/viewing platform titled Domesticated

  • picks September 28, 2009

    “Cities of Desire”

    Tearing a few pages from Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life (1980) and numerous Situationist writings, “Cities of Desire” brings together artists, architects, theorists, photojournalists, activists, and politicians from Hong Kong and Vienna whose overriding interest in rethinking and co-opting urban space is timely. As recent exhibitions including Mass MoCA’s 2005 “The Interventionists” have revealed, the issue of urban/social space, and its relationship to democracy, identity, and autonomy, is keenly felt and contested everywhere.

    Few cities would be as appropriate to address this