‘The idea of the glitch pushes back against the speed at which images of Black bodies and queer bodies are consumed online.’ – Legacy Russell
In the September issue of frieze, poet Momtaza Mehri talks to the author of Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto (2020), Legacy Russell; Charles Aubin, Aruna D’Souza, Brendan Fernandes, Ligia Lewis and Paul Maheke consider how artists and institutions can adapt to the post-pandemic world; and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz answers our questionnaire.
Conversation: Momtaza Mehri and Legacy Russell
‘Opacity is a strategic tool, a form of encryption: a way of mediating how we are seen and asking questions about for whom those images are show and circulated.’ Legacy Russell, whose Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto is published by Verso Books this month, talks to poet Momtaza Mehri about correcting the cyberfeminist canon, the Black trauma at the root of memes and why online space is still ‘real’.
Roundtable: Dance During the Pandemic
‘If I adapt an older performance to meet social-distancing requirements, how much of that work’s integrity will be compromised?’ With performance programmes around the world cancelled, Charles Aubin, Aruna D’Souza, Brendan Fernandes, Ligia Lewis and Paul Maheke consider how artists and institutions can adapt to the post-pandemic world.
An essay by Sinéad Gleeson on Jesse Darling, Julia Phillips, Diamond Stingily and Donald Rodney. A profile by contributing editor Aaron Peck of the artist Lucy McKenzie ahead of her retrospective at Munich’s Museum Brandhorst. 1500 words by the author Ben Lerner on how the paintings of Margaux Williamson transport him to the moment when he first fell in love with making art. And Jessica Lynne responds to Ming Smith’s Amina and Amiri Baraka (Lovers)(1980).
Columns: Time Travel
Verónica Bayetti Flores reviews Arca’s fourth studio album, KiCk i (2020); Lucy Ives on Shane Carruth’s 2004 dystopian buddy movie, Primer; Fred Wilson on visiting the Temple of Dendur at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; Cao Fei, Agnieszka Kurant, Jennifer Moon, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Pope.L, Luiz Roque, Cecilia Vicuña and Anicka Yi offer their predictions for the art world in 2050; and Alexander Kluge searches history for those who sought to own the future by conquering the past.
Plus, in homage to Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the Next Millennium (1988), ten essays to the world after the COVID-19 crisis. These pieces are divided into six categories: ‘lightness’, ‘quickness’, ‘exactitude’, ‘visibility’, ‘multiplicity’ and ‘consistency’ with contributions from Chloe Aridjis, Helen Dewitt, Helen Grubbs, Alexandra Kleeman, Sarah Manguso, Nisha Ramayya, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Kara Walker and Elvia Wilk.