The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is pleased to have the artist Jill Magid and editor and writer Alexander Provan as the 2013-2015 Vera List Center Fellows.
Vera List Center Fellowships
The Vera List Center Fellowships support individuals whose work advances the discourse on art and politics. The appointments provide the opportunity to further develop such work drawing from the academic resources of The New School, to expand on the work in collaboration with students and classes, and to bring it to the public through the Vera List Center's interdisciplinary programs. Fellowship projects are selected following an open call for applications and relate to the current Curatorial Focus Theme. They can result in performances, concerts, exhibitions, lectures, online artworks, archives, or publications. Past fellows include Maurice Berger, Wendy T. Ewald, Andrea Geyer, Susan Hapgood, Sharon Hayes, Danny Hoch, Ashley Hunt, Lin + Lam, Kobena Mercer, Lorraine O'Grady, Walid Raad, and Robert Sember.
Chosen from an international pool of over 200 applications from 22 countries, Jill Magid and Alexander Provan's proposals are notable for their artistic excellence, political focus, and ties to New School and Vera List Center scholarship.
The 2013-2015 Vera List Center Fellows
Jill Magid, a New-York based artist and writer, forms intimate relationships with systems of power, including police, military, secret service, corporations, and CCTV surveillance. For Magid, power isn't a remote condition to contest, but rather something to manipulate, by drawing it closer, exploiting its loopholes, engaging it in dialogue, infiltrating its structure, repeating its logic. With solo exhibitions at institutions around the world including Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Liverpool; the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam; Yvon Lambert, Paris and New York; Gagosian Gallery, New York; The Centre d'Arte Santa Monica, Barcelona; and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands, Magid has been recognized with awards such as the Basis Stipendium from Fonds Voor Beeldende Kunsten in the Netherlands and the Netherland-American Foundation Fellowship Fulbright Grant. Magid has participated in the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, Incheon, and Gothenburg Biennials. She is also the author of four books, including Becoming Tarden, a nonfiction novel which opens with the phrase "the secret itself is much more beautiful than its revelation." Magid holds a BFA from Cornell University and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an adjunct professor at Cooper Union.
Alexander Provan is a writer and editor living in New York City. He is the editor of Triple Canopy, a magazine and editorial collective based in New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin. He is also a contributing editor of Bidoun, a magazine of the arts and culture of the Middle East and its diaspora. His writing on digital culture, aesthetics, literature, and politics has appeared in Artforum, Frieze, The Nation, Art in America, The Believer, n+1, Bookforum, and other publications. Provan is the recipient of a 2011 art and research grant from the Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea,Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, where his project Popular Legacy was exhibited in the summer of 2012.
With Triple Canopy, Provan works on collaborative artistic and literary projects, public programs, print objects, and technological experiments, so as to cultivate a critical perspective on the relationship between technology, culture, and the politics of public space. Triple Canopy is devoted to sustained inquiry and creative research—to making a public, and thus a living culture, one that accumulates and reverberates rather than being bracketed and bucketed, monetized and dispersed. Triple Canopy has recently participated in exhibitions and organized public programs at the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; Artissima 18, Torino, Italy; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson.
The VLC's initiatives evolve around curatorial topics of particular urgency and broad resonance. In 2013–2015, the topic is Alignment, usually referred to as the "proper or desirable relation of components to one another." By blurring the distinctions between nature and culture, individual and group, and political and economic systems, we hope to examine the phenomena of alignments in political, economic, and scientific spheres and, in so doing, ask questions about political agency. Magid and Provan, through their fellowship projects, will help advance the exploration of such ideas.