Portable Gray issue 12: Paraäcademia

Portable Gray issue 12: Paraäcademia

University of Chicago Arts

vanessa german, HOPE (detail), 2024. Glass flower tree, rose quartz, pyrite, power, love, hope, wood, styrofoam, plaster, plaster gauze, wood glue, 41 x 20 x 13 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Kasmin, New York. © 2024 vanessa german. Photo: Charlie Rubin.

June 12, 2024
Portable Gray issue 12: Paraäcademia

The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the release of the twelfth issue of Portable Gray, a publication that draws on the work of the Gray Center, a research center for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars. The theme for our Spring issue is Paraäcademia, which looks at practices, bodies of knowledge, and schools of thought that have historically been excluded from, ignored by, and/or elected not to participate in the academy. This includes subjects such as witchcraft, hauntings, apotropaic magic, dance as history, pareidolic cinemas, skateboarding pedagogy, and much more.  

Join us July 19 (5–8 pm) at The University of Chicago’s Logan Center Exhibitions, 915 East 60th Street, for the issue launch party and the opening reception for featured cover artist vanessa german’s Gray Center Fellowship Exhibition: At the end of this reality there is a bridge—the bridge is inside of you but not inside of your body. Take this bridge to get to the next _______, all of your friends are there; death is not real and we are all dj’s. *artist conversation at 6pm.*

Editor’s Plaisance 
Zachary Cahill

A History of Witchcraft in Four Images
Corinne Halbert

Shadowless Being
Michael Taussig

Don’t You Want to Forget Someone, Too?
Anthony Elms

Peculiarly Human Faculties: Ritual communitas in the Appalachians (In Three Parts)
Ellen Wiese

Hope: Readings
Maud Lavin (ed), Ignatius Valentine Aloysius, Taylor Byas, Zachary Cahill,
Rachel Dewoskin, Calvin Forbes, Janel Galnares, Maud Lavin, Sungjae Lee,
Tim Moder, Nicky Ni, Mallory Yanhan Qiu, and Joy Young

Pareidolic Cinemas
Melissa Friedling and Lana Lin

The Artist as the Complete Technology of Being-ness 
vanessa german

Speaking with Your Body: A conversation with dancer Meredith Dincolo and historian Tara Zahra
Zachary Cahill

The Rhythm Revivalist: A conversation between Britt Julious and Duane Powell
Britt Julious and Duane Powell

You Remember Frank London Brown? A conversation between Sabrina Craig and Adrienne Brown
Sabrina Craig and Adrienne Brown

Skate School: Kahari and Katon Sylvain-Blackburn in conversation with Mike Schuh
Kahari Sylvain-Blackburn and Katon Sylvain-Blackburn

Portable Gray Review (PGR) 
The Healing Circle by Coco Picard 
Anna Searle Jones

Since Time Is Gravity, Natural Information Society Community Ensemble with Ari Brown 
Matthew Metzger

Illinoise: A New Kind of Musical 
Regina Victor

**All issues of the journal are free online to students, staff, and faculty at any institution that subscribes to Portable Gray or the Complete Chicago Package from the University of Chicago Press. Search your library’s collection of online journals or ask your librarian if they subscribe to Portable Gray. You can also support the work of the Gray Center with your very own subscription today. Find out more here.

Executive Editor: Seth Brodsky / Editor-in-Chief: Zachary Cahill / Senior Editor: Mike Schuh / Managing Editor: Naomi Blumberg / Contributing Editor: Sabrina Craig/ Design: David Khan-Giordano / ISSN 2637-8361.

About the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry is a forum at the University of Chicago for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars. Gray Center activities take place all over campus (encompassing various divisions, departments, and programs), across the community, throughout the city, and beyond. Through its various programs—including the Mellon Residential Fellowships for Arts Practice and Scholarship, exploratory research initiatives, the monthly Sidebar conversation series, Gray Sound, an experimental music and sound performance series, international conferences, and institutional collaborations—the Gray Center seeks to foster a culture of innovation and experimentation at the intersection of arts practice and scholarship.

Press contact: Rebecca Daniel, Mottley Public Relations, at rebecca[at]mottleypr.com.

Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60637
United States

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