1. SPIKE 45


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    SPIKE 45 is just out, and it’s all about the event. 9/11. The Greek referendum. Tonight‘s opening. The many events that have nothing to do with spectacle or even remain invisible. The event holds the promise of the collective encounter; it is ubiquitous and rare. When does it begin: here on Facebook, when you step through the door or when the live-stream is running? Or only when something happens that can no longer be undone? With a discussion between Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Matthias Lilienthal and Tino Sehgal, portraits of William Pope.L and Shanzhai Biennial, an interview with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and an essay by Benjamin H. Bratton. And much more! http://bit.ly/1KgmOQN

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    • William Pope.L Lecture at Portland State University, Jan. 15, 2014


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      William Pope.L lecture at Portland State University, Jan. 15, 2014. Part of the PSU MFA Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Sponsored by Blick Art Materials, PICA, and MFA Happy Hour.

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      • Get Off The Truck: Black Factory Rehearsal 2005


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        In May 2005, three fresh new Black Factory employees - David, Pasqualina, and Nathaniel - are run through a galloping two-week rehearsal in preparation for the upcoming Black Factory national tour. The CEO of the Factory, William Pope.L, invites a young filmmaker into the intriguing yet elusive process of training performance artists to change the world. Soon serious questions arise concerning the CEO's ethics and how his medical problems are affecting the rehearsal. The result is a rare, funny, sweet, and quirky perspective on the process and sacrifices necessary to the making of socially conscious performance art.

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        • Vlog: William Pope.L


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          In this vlog, artist and educator Christine Sun Kim speaks with artist William Pope.L about his use of language in the Skin Set Drawings (2001-2005).

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          • William Pope.L: Burying the Blues


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            In this video, documentation of artist William Pope.L's public program Burying the Blues is accompanied by Pope.L's thoughts on the legacy of blues music. The program was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Blues for Smoke.

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            • [Whitney] William Pope.L: Burying the Blues


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              In this video, documentation of artist William Pope.L's public program Burying the Blues is accompanied by Pope.L's thoughts on the legacy of blues music. The program was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Blues for Smoke.

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              • William Pope.L Artist Talk


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                Artist talk featuring William Pope.L and The Renaissance Society's Associate Curator and Director of Education, Hamza Walker. On occasion of the opening reception of Pope.L's installation, "Forlesen" on view at The Renaissance Society April 28 through June 23, 2013. www.renaissancesociety.org

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                • William Pope.L Inspired Crawl


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                  William Pope. L, self proclaimed “Friendliest Black Artist In America” has done a number of performances in which he crawls across a destination or to a destination. Pope. L generally always dose his work with what being a black male in a white dominated society entails. He addresses serious subjects but involves humor as a way of drawing viewers in. He is quoted saying “artist don’t make art, they make conversations. They make things happen. They change the world.” I think looking at art in this light is a truth. Good contemporary art seems to raise a question, not necessarily creating a beautiful work of art but more of a beautiful work of conversation and question. So in the tradition of Pope. L I am doing my own crawling piece. Me being white changes things a little bit obviously. I will be juxtaposing elements of my identity with ideas of the average White American. We are considered a free people but with the way things are it seems people are more enslaved by their life styles than ever. In a recent survey 59% of people say they would choose a different career if they could do it over again. If we are truly able to pursue what we want to do why are so many people stuck doing what they hate doing? With this piece I will be doing my work of crawling, moving my personal possessions, from point A to point B to make it home to watch some great Television. The things I am trying to address are the consumer goods that tent to bog down any money we could be using to pursue goals we actually have in life. Another aspect is the routine lifestyle of an average White collar worker who is trying to make ends meet and live the American dream of living “middle class”. I will have a stream of popular TV playing the entire time as well, longing to get my work finished so I can get “home to catch up on my shows. I don’t intend to insult anyone but simply bring up the ideal struggle we all seem to subscribe to. I am no exception to the life of consumer goods. With this piece I would like to allow people to see perhaps what I am doing is not that far off or ridiculous as what we actually do.

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                  • Reenactor: Excerpt


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                    Reenactor (William Pope. L, 2012) is a film about how we costume and theatricalize time in order to make sense of our mortality. We dress reality up in history, documentary, biography, or art to restage and reorder the chaos of getting from one side of life to the other. Reenactor is a poor man’s parallel universe; it is my way of haunting time. I call Reenactor my Civil War film but the war I’m referring to is any great trauma that marks the land and its people such that ghosts are spawned and made restless. Most of the film was shot in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009 and 2010. Footage of historical reenactments was shot in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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                    • Artists Panel: Black Is, Black Ain't


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                      Black Is, Black Ain't April 20 – June 08, 2008 Panel Discussion featuring Thomas Johnson, Elizabeth Axtman, and William Pope.L Taking its title from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, this exhibition will explore a shift in the rhetoric of race from an earlier emphasis on inclusion to a present moment where racial identity is being simultaneously rejected and retained. The exhibition will bring together works by 26 black and non-black artists whose work together examines a moment where the cultural production of so-called “blackness” is concurrent with efforts to make race socially and politically irrelevant.

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