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Kate Johnson Wins Emmy with Mia, A Dancer’s Journey

We are thrilled to share with you that Kate Johnson (center, pictured with Ted Sprague and Brenda Brkusic), a well known artist and cultural producer is part of a team that has won a 2015 Emmy for their work on the brilliant documentary film, Mia, A Dancer’s Journey. What makes this even more poignant is…

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Temporary Space LA: Creating An Alternative Art Economy For Mid-Career And Late-Career Artists

With the crush of mid and late career artists far outnumbering the opportunities that galleries and museums have to represent their work and ideas, Temporary Space LA (TSLA) is a new venture in Los Angeles that serves a burgeoning baby boomer constituency with what it hopes will be comprehensive, self help strategies. TSLA will exhibit…

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Michael Masucci, Speaking At InfoWarCon: What Does Performance Art Have In Common with ISIS?

In the April CCG newsletter we wrote about  Michael Masucci who was speaking at the InfowarCon security conference. InfowarCon is the brainchild of author and cyber-security pioneer Winn Schwartau, who not only coined the now-ubiquitous phrase “Information Warfare” ( the title of his 1994 book, now considered a classic in the field) but founded the…

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Combine Studios, A Progressive Residency Center and Artist-led research platform at Arizona State University

Gordon Knox, consultant with Campbell Consultants Group, has been in the residency field for a long time, having founded Civitella Rainieri in 1995 in Umbria, Italy. He was an active Board Member for Res Artist from 2000-2006; was the Artistic Director of the Lucas Artists Programs at Montalvo Arts Center 2003-2008, and Director of Global…

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Five Chinese Feminist Performance Artists Released From Prison, for Now

Update from Slate After more than a month of imprisonment, the so-called “feminist five” (Wang Man (王曼), Li Tingting (李婷婷), Wu Rongrong (武嵘嵘), Zheng Churan (郑楚然), and Wei Tingting (韦婷婷) were released from custody by Chinese police yesterday. The five activists had been arrested on March 8, International Women’s Day, over a campaign they attempted…

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Online Video As A Weapon Of War

Campbell Consultants Group Michael Masucci spoke this April 30 in Nashville at InfoWarCon 15 which is an annual conference of political, military, academic, DIYer, and commercial cyber-leaders and thinkers from around the world who examine the current, future, and potential hostile use of cyber and related information technologies and how to neutralize the current ones.…

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The Skid Row History Museum and Archive

The Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) is one of the truly courageous and innovative arts efforts to have emerged in the United States over the past decades. LAPD creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities. LAPD’s works express…

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Supporters of Detained Chinese Performance Artists Come Under Pressure

Demonstrators in front of the Central Government Liaison Office in Hong Kong last Saturday call on Beijing to release the five women detained as they were planning to distribute stickers highlighting the problem of sexual harassment on public transport. Credit Didi Kirsten Tatlow/The New York Times Like a modern-day Leviathan scenting challenges to its rule,…

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1:17 of William Pope L

The Los Angeles Geffen MOCA museum has just opened a wonderful new exhibition for the artist William Pope L that features a stunning metaphor of the fraying of the American Vision. A mammoth American flag fills the central hall of the Frank Gehry designed annex. Propelled by large industrial fans and lit dramatically by arc…

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Five Chinese Women Jailed March 7 for Transgressive Performance Art

Wu Rongrong, Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Zheng Churan and Li Tingting are five courageous women who have been staging protests for the past several years in China. They are advocating for equal-rights legislation and highlight discriminatory behavior in government and businesses. Their protests have been viewed as “performance art”—a term strategically employed to dodge the…

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