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Research/Practice #01 – I'm good at love, I'm good at hate, it's in between I freeze

Michael Rakowitz - Research/Practice #01
The inaugural publication of the “Research/Practice” series focuses on an artistic research by Michael Rakowitz on the aftermath of a canceled show by Leonard Cohen initially scheduled in Palestine.
Michael Rakowitz's I'm good at love, I'm good at hate, it's in between I freeze charts the historical context and aftermath of a concert that never happened. In 2009, the inimitable Leonard Cohen was scheduled to perform at the Ramallah Cultural Palace in Palestine. As a result of the cultural boycott of Israel, the concert was canceled but the story, as Rakowitz's eponymous work amply demonstrates, did not end there. Conjoining the cultural histories of Palestine and Israel and the ethical dilemmas faced by performers and artists alike in the face of political intransigence, this volume brings to light the research that went into this multi-faceted work and plots the future arc of its yet-to-be completed trajectory.
Edited by Anthony Downey, “Research/Practice” focuses on artistic research and how it contributes to the formation of experimental knowledge systems. Drawing on preliminary material such as diaries, notebooks, audiovisual content, digital and social media, informal communications, and abandoned drafts, the series examines the interdisciplinary research methods that artists employ in their practices. Each volume endeavors to ask: In their often speculative and yet purposeful approach to generating research, what forms of knowledge do artists produce?
Michael Rakowitz (born 1973 in New York, lives and works in Chicago) is an American artist. In 1998 he initiated paraSITE, an ongoing project in which the artist custom builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building's heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), MoMA PS1 and MoMA, Castello di Rivoli, the 10th and 14th Istanbul Biennials, Tirana Biennale, and the National Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern in London and Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin. He is the recipient of the 2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts (Visual Arts category), a 2008 Creative Capital Grant, and awarded the Fourth Plinth commission in London's Trafalgar Square which was unveiled in the spring of 2018. His first US museum survey, titled “Backstroke of the West”, opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in September 2017. Rakowitz is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.
Edited by Anthony Downey.
Text by Anthony Downey, interview with the artist by Anthony Downey.

Graphic design: Daly & Lyon.

published in March 2020
English edition
12 × 18 cm (softcover)
100 pages (color & b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-95679-476-6
EAN : 9783956794766
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