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‘For black boys [at night] on the internet’ by Legacy Russell

‘For black boys [at night] on the internet’ by Legacy Russell

Taking your place in cyberspace
An architecture meeting architect
Surveilling under the cymbals of surveillance

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‘An Anatomy Of Mourning’ by Legacy Russell

‘An Anatomy Of Mourning’ by Legacy Russell

Grief is positive!
GRIEF IS NEGATIVE

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Legacy Russell

Legacy Russell

Legacy Russell is a writer, artist and curator. Born and raised in New York City’s East Village and now based in London, she is the UK Gallery Relations Lead for the online platform Artsy. She has worked at and produced programs for The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Creative Time, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum…

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The Stand by Legacy Russell

The Stand by Legacy Russell

Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin by Legacy Russell Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman / Giving all your love to just one man / You’ll have bad times / And he’ll have good times / Doing things that you don’t understand / But if you love him you’ll forgive him / Even though he’s…

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Legacy Russell: Watching Me, Watching You

Legacy Russell: Watching Me, Watching You

by Legacy Russell 1. In the early-evening hours of November 4th, 2008, when everyone was waiting to find out whether or not Barack Obama would take the election and become the 44th President of the United States, I was at home drinking an ill-timed whiskey. A friend of mine called me up and asked if…

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Legacy Russell: Do the Perp Walk

Legacy Russell: Do the Perp Walk

“Adam and Eve Driven Out of Paradise”, from The Story of the Bible by Charles Foster. Illustrations by F.B. Schell by Legacy Russell The cultural practice of the “perp walk” is a form of social performativity. The perp walk itself is not a performance, singular. Rather, it is a myriad of happenings, spectacles that are…

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Legacy Russell: Status Update

Legacy Russell: Status Update

“Rest In Peace”, from The [Face]book of Hours series, Legacy Russell by Legacy Russell Poet Richard Siken begins his “Dirty Valentine” [1] by confessing, “There are so many things I’m not allowed to tell you. / I touch myself, I dream.” I do, too. We live in a confessional culture wherein the most detailed minutiae…

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‘The Sweepstakes’ by Legacy Russell

‘The Sweepstakes’ by Legacy Russell

by Legacy Russell They killed our dog. It was December. I was in the garage. I was hiding. I hate to admit it, but I was hiding next to the goddamn freezer. It was propped open: the freezer. We had won the local sweepstake at the school pre-Christmas fundraiser and they had given us some…

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Aria Dean: #WanderingWILDING

Aria Dean: #WanderingWILDING

It’s easiest to start from the impulse to problematize the position of the flâneur. The ugly word privilege hovers around it, and we turn to questions that we know the answer to, “Who, exactly, is allowed to wander, like so?”

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Here’s Us With the News

Here’s Us With the News

Another One Bites The Dust, Cory Arcangel, 2007 Thanking You Thanks to our incredibly generous 132 funders, Berfrois will continue publication. We have even raised enough to spruce things up around here. Cheers! Introducing Our New Editorial Team Our new senior editors are: Daniel Bosch Nicholas Rombes Legacy Russell Masha Tupitsyn Our new associate editors…

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Initiation

Initiation

by Legacy Russell 1. The Mom-to-Be “The mom-to-be” played by Adrea Teasdale. 2. The Party Girl “The party girl” played by Rance Palmer. 3. The Bride “The bride” played by Maria Dizzia 4. The Mourner “The mourner” played by Elizabeth Koke 5. Portrait Commissioned for the Museum of Arts and Design, New York About the…

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Courtroom Sketch

Courtroom Sketch

by Legacy Russell The “courtroom sketch” is an artistic rendering done by hand of courtroom activity, dating as far back as the 1800s, as a means of preserving privacy and avoiding disturbance during formal legal proceedings. As tabloid yellow journalism has collided with the presence of new media and 21st-century Hollywood celebrity culture, the scope…

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Screen Test for Rineke Dijkstra

Screen Test for Rineke Dijkstra

by Legacy Russell Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street) New York, NY 10128 ATTN: Ms. Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Dear Ms. Spector: Please find here my recent review of “Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective,” currently on view at your venerable institution. I truly…

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First Kiss/Last Dance (High Volume)

First Kiss/Last Dance (High Volume)

by Legacy Russell Here’s how the dream ends: It is Summer. Moisture is crucified in the air with two wooden clothespins and a wire hanger. You are told there are trees in the city but everywhere you look you cannot see them and so you will all get into your little cars and drive up…

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MINE (NOT YOURS)

MINE (NOT YOURS)

by Legacy Russell       Challenging notions of ownership and provenance, and acknowledging clashes of space and territory as part of the rich history of  the East Village and the Lower East Side, the Rite of Reclamation is a call to action and an act of solidarity wherein residents and the artist alike processed the ever-evolving…

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Virginia Woolf at Sheffield Place

Virginia Woolf at Sheffield Place

by Virginia Woolf The great ponds at Sheffield Place at the right season of the year are bordered with red, white and purple reflections, for rhododendrons are massed upon the banks and when the wind passes over the real flowers the water flowers shake and break into each other. But there, in an opening among…

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Virginia Woolf’s Times by Andre Gerard

Virginia Woolf’s Times by Andre Gerard

After Macbeth, Heart of Darkness. After Heart of Darkness, Howards End. Only connect. Just as the Marlow name provides a connection to Heart of Darkness, the Bast name links To the Lighthouse with Howards End. Old Mrs. Bast’s name builds a powerful bridge by way of poor Leonard Bast.

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‘Žižek and Education’

‘Žižek and Education’

Rarely do scholars of Žižek speak of themselves or their work as “Žižekian.” Most scholars of Žižek write about particular facets of his work, and the “Žižekian,” as a mark of one’s own approach to philosophy, is rarely cited in scholarly work on philosophy or critical theory more generally.

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Jeremy Fernando on Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew

Jeremy Fernando on Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew

Death Mask, Yanyun Chen, 2013 by Jeremy Fernando … the highest function of the sign is to make reality disappear and, at the same time, to mask that disappearance. — Jean Baudrillard, The Perfect Crime To conquer death you only have to die, you only have to die —Tim Rice, ‘Jerusalem’ There is a famous…

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Monarchist

Monarchist

From Eurozine: Barack Obama’s updated version of the so-called war on terror has received a free pass from most US political and legal scholars. To be sure, civil libertarians and liberal voices on the editorial pages of the New York Times have pilloried Obama for his failure to fulfil what appeared to be heartfelt 2008…

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