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This playlist explores how artists examine queer identity through individual and community participation, challenging audiences and participants to exercise free expression by putting forth their own personal experiences.

Pride Unveiled

“Gay politics, human rights, whatever, it’s always about being free,” ruminates Eli Sudbrack, a principal member of the collective assume vivid astro focus. “Go after things in your life that bring you pleasure.” Historically, social structures have pressured individuals to choose from pre-packed ideas of identity. Breaking free from the expectations of the binary, artists abstract traditional definitions of gender and sexuality to provide visibility to LGBTQ communities and liberated perspectives underrepresented in the mainstream.

For Collier Schorr, “there is no progress unless you put things forward to unveil desire and unveil repression.” This playlist explores how artists examine queer identity through individual and community participation, challenging audiences and participants to exercise free expression by putting forth their own personal experiences.

by Art21

June 11, 2019

10 videos • 1:29:34 total runtime

A playlist featuring artists who engage with environmental concerns to uncover opportunities to see the world through a new lens. From tracking natural phenomena to evaluating the impact of personal consumption, these artists position their work as jumping off points to reflect on our entanglement in these networks and society at large.

The World Is Yours

“Art doesn’t stop where the real world starts,” affirms Olafur Eliasson. Artists in many ways embrace a role as purveyors of knowledge, creating works that challenge viewers to recognize, investigate, and appreciate their surroundings. While individuals enjoy the convenience of modernity, how often do they take into account the grey energy behind its production? Rackstraw Downes paints landscapes marked by human-made structures such as cell phone towers or electric wires—details that otherwise go unnoticed, consciously or not—and considers his job as an artist to “provoke this hypocrisy” of enjoying technological advancements without accepting their environmental ramifications.

In this playlist, artists engage with environmental concerns to uncover opportunities to see the world through a new lens. From tracking natural phenomena to evaluating the impact of personal consumption, these artists position their work as jumping off points to reflect on our entanglement in these networks and society at large.

by Art21

April 22, 2019

12 videos • 1:25:34 total runtime

From blow torches to tattoo guns and video cameras to digital renderings, artists employ a variety of power tools to bring their creative visions to life. This playlist is a celebration of technique and vision, exploring the diverse tool sets from which artists create.

Tools of the Trade

From blow torches to tattoo guns and video cameras to digital renderings, artists employ a variety of power tools to bring their creative visions to life. Cao Fei developed her urban utopia, RMB City, within the vast virtual world of “Second Life”—creating a space to be shaped and governed by the avatars of its citizens. In contrast, Diana Al-Hadid’s giant sculptural works “get you to pay attention to interiors and exteriors” by layering steel, bronze, and fiberglass.

Tools are the conduit of creation—from concept to canvas. “The more intimate you are with your tools, the more you can tell your story,” advises media artist Beryl Korot. For some artists, employing new tools presents fresh opportunities for  artistic freedom expressed in a new medium. Known for her sculptural installations featuring life-like replicas of body parts, Doreen Garner introduced tattooing into her practice, providing a new perspective on the human form. This playlist is a celebration of technique and vision, exploring the diverse tool sets from which artists create.

by Art21

March 14, 2019

12 videos • 1:30:02 total runtime

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