Welcome to the .065th edition of Prescriptions. Lot’s going on in the world since the start of fall:
Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini files a defamation suit against writer Roberto Saviano, a staunch critic of Salvini’s policies.
Marine Le Pen, head of France’s re-branded National Front/Rally is ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation.
Trump has an Emperor’s New Clothes moment as diplomats break out laughing when he mistakes the United Nations assembly for a book club reading of Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo.
The U.S. Senate is about to roll out the red carpet for nominee Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite claims of the candidate’s history of predatory behavior – a perverse evolutionary turn in the checks and balances as the Legislative Branch becomes the rank and file of the Executive, and Judiciary member selections resemble a season finale of some reality show produced by the White House.
In other news, Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad are co-recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for their fight against sexual violence.
Here is our look back on the week in the arts.
Through this project, David Stewart has constructed a finely tuned record featuring a cast of inter-related characters and explores the changing face of workplace culture and the wider dehumanizing effect. At Wren London through November 17, 2018.
QI is an attempt to join forces and resources and form links across a fragmented geography, responding to the need to find solutions for the collective rather than individual institutions. October 3–30, 2018 in various locations throughout Historic Palestine, along with other international collaborating venues including Serpentine Gallery, Volcano Theatre, and Columbia University.
There is not simply one American landscape but a multitude of American landscapes – one for each attempt to record it. A new reality of that landscape is created each time it is approached. –Joseph Allen Shea. Works by Colin Snapp on view through October 27, 2018 at Galerie Allen.
Other Situations is a non-linear survey of Liliana Porter’s work from 1973 to 2018, exploring the conflicting boundaries between reality and fiction, and the ways in which images are circulated and consumed. Through January 27, 2019 at El Museo del Barrio and accompanying performance, THEM, October 25–26, 2018 at The Kitchen.
Influenced by contemporary theory, these works investigate writing as a model and basis for artistic production, the composition of new texts as well as appropriation of already existing documents. On view through November 4, 2018 at Bielefelder Kunstverein.
With its support of new works of art, Signal Festival in Prague has become a respected platform on an international scale and a sought-after venue for introducing the newest projects of the field. Various locations throughout Prague, October 11-14, 2018.
Photographer David Stewart explores workplace culture in the series Paid Content at Wren London; Alejandro Cesarco with his distinctly text based art works in Scripts at Bielefelder Kunstverein; Liliana Porter exhibiting Other Situations at El Museo del Barrio along with performances at The Kitchen; Colin Snapp with his photographic series TC00565718 at Galerie Allen; artist Akram Al Halabi, participating in QI’s 4th edition, Solidarity; reintroducing Maria Gutu, one of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2018 exhibiting together this fall at Galerie Claude Samuel and La Maison de la Photographie Lille; and Zimoun, adding the element of sound to the Signal Festival of Lights.