This Friday, July 21st at 8 pm – a performance by Julia Santoli and Cynthia Chang in Brooklyn, as part of “Just Situations: A Performative Convention”

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Tomorrow evening (Friday the 21st), VCS 2015 alumna Julia Santoli will be performing at Grace Exhibition Space as part of  the Just Situations festival and conference in Brooklyn. Here’s a brief comment she sent us:

This Friday I will be presenting a collaboration with artist Cynthia Chang  at Grace Exhibition Space for the Brooklyn International Performance Art Foundation 2017, Just Situations: A Performative Convention. This is the last weekend of the festival and it should be amazing!

The performance will take place as part of the festival’s sixth day; here’s a description and schedule for Friday night (you can find the complete schedule for this weekend here):


FRIDAY, JULY 21 (@Grace Exhibition Space)
Day Six: Moving between manifesto and manifestation
Negative, negating, and deconstructive efforts are compared and contrasted with “utopian” planning and construction of “ideal,” “positive” and “intentionally situated” contexts and conditions

Amanda Hunt (durational)
Valerie Kuehne/Paige Johnson-Brown
Eshan Rafi
Julia Santoli/Cynthia Chang
Tsedaye Makonnen
Elaine Thap

The Just Situations website also provides the following additional description of the entire festival:




Justice, it is said, must not only be done, it must be seen to be done (Homi K. Bhabha)

JUST SITUATIONS is a hybrid conference, festival, and “political science fair,” hosting artists and active citizens who are working in performative ways, moving beyond the trending commercialization of art “about” politics, into non-representational and non-reproductive modes of performance which directly construct, speculate, design. position, and posit “just” forms of political, social, and personal human being and becoming.

JULY 14, 15, 16, 17 & JULY 20, 21, 22, 23, 2017 in BROOKLYN, NY


And here’s more from the site’s About page:


JUST SITUATIONS: July 13-16 and 20-23, 2017


Those gathered to perform this convention are ideally enabled to situate and posit some space-time-frames, modes, ethical (en)compassings, arbitrations, motivations, and social (as)semblance for situations in which justice may be done, seen, and seen being done.

We are directly constructing some situations in which, in and as small diffractive social groups, “we” imagine “we” may actually survive. This convention and forum aims (with no small feeling of embarrassment, naiveté and other emotive symptoms of outsiderness) to envision performance art, civic performance, and social art practices as theoretical and actual materializations of in-context equities, reparations, respectfully agonistic relationships, post-capitalist orders and economies, socio-ethical philosophies, self-realizations, and perhaps, liberations and so-seen justices.

JUST SITUATIONS is organized like an inventor’s exhibition or science fair. By framing everything occurring during the time-space of these eight days as just situations, or situation of justices, acts and social behaviors which are often seen as casual, common, as mere entertainment or luxury product, as dysfunctional, dangerous, foolish or impossible, as parasitic, private, and/or worthless within dominant schemas for value, are given primacy, seen as scientific breakthroughs and transformative political vehicles. Traumas are worked through instead of commodified, intersectional recognition of identities is practiced rather than merely hashtagged, constructive ideation is performed as a common, daily intra-activity, natures for human being are performatively reconfigured, dreams are staged as news, our bodies are on fire, our eyes glow in the dark.


Finally, Hyperallergic also published a preview of the festival, which you can read at this link.


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