In this issue's Global Public Art column, Caitlin Bruce discusses her Hemispheric Conversations Urban Art Project, which connects post-industrial cities across the US/Mexico border and offers new ways of producing and engaging graffiti and mural-making.
David Chan brings several theories of the archive to bear on the recent documentary Shirkers, asking how the film's openness as a text and mission of collecting a lost film relate to the specificities of place and embodied difference that gave rise to the project.
Mathilde Fauteux explores the political spaces of Janelle Monáe’s work, concentrating on both the diegetic spaces that make up her recent projects and the transmedia spaces those projects occupy and create.
In her introduction to this installment of Student Voices, Amy Corbin contextualizes the essays in the work of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies's undergraduate conference, which she co-organized. She also provides a platform for Jeffery Lin, an invited contributor, to discuss the ongoing protests on Hong Kong and his reasons for withdrawing his essay.
In this installment of ‘from the archive’, Swiss artist Giorgia Piffaretti focuses on the subject of ‘personal archive’. Starting from her own archive, she recognizes potential in everyday objects and situations, based on the observation of a newsstand at the border between Italy and Switzerland. Persisting in a digital era, Piffaretti has examined its archival features, for the way it provides access to the world through its papers and magazines.