Held bi-annually since 2002, the Queens International highlights the artistic production of Queens in a major group exhibition. Now in its eighth iteration, Queens International 2018: Volumes, which opens on October 7th, includes 43 Queens-connected artists and collectives representing 15 neighborhoods and several generations, and for the first time, a partnership with the Queens Library. Participating artists’ works respond to sites throughout the entire museum and select Queens Library branches to question and expand systems of knowledge production.
On October 13th, the QI 2018 presents Convening on the Commons in the museum’s skylight and atrium galleries, two architectural spaces that house works responding to the notion of the agora, understood as a public space used variably as a site for assembly and as a marketplace.
Within this context, the QM welcomes proposals for SESSIONS participants. SESSIONS are broken down into thematically-organized discussion groups. Participants give 5-minute talks, performances, and/or readings focusing on the relationships and contradictions between the commons, publicness, and knowledge production. Discussion groups might include sessions on relationships between: the body and the natural or the built environment; technology and visions of collective memory; information and surveillance; property and resource dispersal.
Following SESSIONS, three guest speakers will offer brief lectures, followed by an open discussion between all participants and the audience.
This interdisciplinary event will engage thinkers from the fields of: art, critical theory, architecture & urbanism, performance studies, public policy, municipal law, literature, poetry, technology, education, and beyond.