About this project
What We Are
Summer Forum for Inquiry + Exchange is a new text and discussion-based residency program that will take place this summer from July 21-28 in New Harmony, Indiana. Thirty residents will spend the week discussing a selection of texts and the theme Community, Utopia, and the Individual. We have also invited five guests to share with us each evening: music collaboration Lucky Dragons, Harvard professor Timothy McCarthy, New Media artist Marisa Olson, poet and novelist Linh Dinh, and professional cook Randall Szott. These guests will address the residency theme from their unique areas of expertise. We will also be publishing a print and digital journal, Dilettante, in the fall to document the residency and to facilitate contemporary cultural production.
New Harmony is the amazing historic site of two failed utopian projects from the 19th century and the perfect venue for the residency. We will be hosting our evening programming in the Atheneum, designed by the world-renowned architect Richard Meier.
Our Invited Guests
Linh Dinh was born in Vietnam in 1963 and came to the US in 1975. He's the author of stories, poems, and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, and 2007, among many other places. Addressing our nation in crisis, he has published political essays in Common Dreams, Counterpunch and Dissident Voice, as well as traveling across the country to take photos for his ambitious blog, State of the Union. A book of his photos and political writing is scheduled for release in 2013. More
Lucky Dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active as a band since 2000, they are known for their participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and their sprawling catalog of digital sounds crafted in playful humanism. They have presented performances and installations at the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), The 54th Venice Biennale, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and more. More
Timothy McCarthy is a Lecturer on History and Literature and on Public Policy at Harvard University. He is also Director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. An historian of social movements, media culture, and the American radical tradition, Dr. McCarthy has most recently published The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition (New Press, 2003). A national leader in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, Dr. McCarthy was a founding member of Barack Obama's National LGBT Leadership Council. More
Marisa Olson's work combines performance, video, net art, sound, drawing, and installation to address the cultural history of technology, the politics of participation within pop culture, and the aesthetics of failure. Her work has recently been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou-Paris, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Sundance Film Festival. She is also a founding member of the Nasty Nets "internet surfing club." Her critiques of contemporary art and digital visual culture have extended to writing for various publications and to curating exhibitions and programs at the Guggenheim, SFMOMA, and other institutions. More
Randall Szott spent 11 years in college at 7 schools in 5 states and has 3 degrees. He has been cooking professionally for around a decade and has prepared everything from Thanksgiving dinner for over 300 to multi-course wine tasting menus for 12. His life is a series of three week cycles on land and three at sea working as a cook aboard the largest US owned hopper dredge. Inexplicably, institutions occasionally invite him to present his thoughts and activities in a public setting, even ones that should know better like SFMOMA, basekamp, The University of Houston, The California College of the Arts, and threewalls. More
Some of the texts we will be discussing this summer include: Utopie: Texts and Projects, 1967-1978, ed. by Craig Buckley and Jean-Louis Violeau; Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and With (Almost) No Money by Dolly Freed; Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber; The City in the Age of Touristic Reproduction by Boris Groys; The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula Le Guin; Reveries of the Solitary Walker by Jean-Jacques Rousseau; The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron; The Parasite by Michel Serres; A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit; Broken Manual by Alec Soth; Everybody's Autobiography by Gertrude Stein; The Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN; Exhaustion and Exuberance: Ways to Defy the Pressure to Perform by Jan Verwoert, and more. Visit our website for the complete list.
What we will do with your donation
- We will heavily subsidize the cost for each resident to make this type of endeavor as accessible as possible. Residents will pay only $250 for room and board and all programming for the week.
- We will pay for transportation costs, room and board, and provide a modest honorarium for all of our invited guests.
- We will rent the facilities in New Harmony where we will eat, sleep, discuss, and hang out.
- We will feed 35-40 people for the week with delicious, locally sourced food cooked by the talented chef, Brandon Hinman.
- We will create a new website to house our journal, Dilettante, and design and publish the print edition.
Thank you for supporting this new, multidisciplinary endeavor!
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