Travis Diehl
A Response to Nizan Shaked

Date October 18, 2017

After Trump’s election, one of the many ethical problems facing the art community took the form of a line: the U.S./Mexico border. Trump would build a wall—but who would design it? Should architects boycott the call for proposals? Or should they participate—scabs!—or somehow subvert the process? The architect Ronald Rael argued for another way. The ethical thing for artists and architects to do, he wrote, is to actively, even complicitly, reimagine the border. Only then, he reasoned, could a wall …

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Nizan Shaked
A Response to “Op–Ed: An Ultra-red Line”

Date October 17, 2017

On October 12, 2017 X-TRA published an online Op-Ed by Travis Diehl titled “An Ultra-red Line,” where he addressed the protests and debates concerning the presence of galleries and new art administrations in Boyle Heights, which have been polarizing the Los Angeles art world.

Symptomatic of the liberal misunderstanding of class-based struggle and its terminologies, Diehl positions the actual middle ground in parallax, wrongly demarcating the center and any sense of fairness at a position …

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Ultra-red
A Response to “Op–Ed: An Ultra-red Line”

Date October 16, 2017

From Complicity to Movement
A response to Travis Diehl’s
Op-Ed: An Ultra-red Line

October 12, 2017

“But is it enough for artists to be aware of the reality of their complicity?”

Exactly. In 2012 Ultra-red convened School of Echoes Los Angeles to cultivate a network of popular educators and organizers committed to moving beyond complicity. And in 2015 School of Echoes organized L.A. Tenants Union. Today, L.A. Tenants Union has hundreds of active members across the city (many …

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Nao Bustamante:
Voice Memos Vol. 3

Date October 16, 2017

X-TRA Online presents the third installment of our series of the voice memos of Nao Bustamante.
More songs!: Songs about dogs, songs about love, and songs about how you absolutely should not fuck with her kids.

Check out Volume 2>, and Volume 1>.

These recordings are the quick and dirty notes-to-self and little ditties that offer a glimpse into the artist’s thinking process. Tomorrow’s great ideas in their most embryonic form. The short verbal sketches are too brief to be entirely diaristic, but …

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Travis Diehl
Op-Ed: An Ultra-red Line

Date October 12, 2017

This text was commissioned by X-TRA as part of Field Perspectives 2017, a co-publishing initiative organized and supported by Common Field as a part of their Los Angeles 2017 Convening. Field Perspectives 2017 is a collaboration between Common Field and arts publications ARTS.BLACK, Art Practical, The Chart, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, contemptorary, DIRT, Pelican Bomb, Temporary Art Review, and X-TRA. Partners each commissioned a piece of writing that aims to catalyze …

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Nao Bustamante:
Voice Memos Vol. 2

Date October 4, 2017

 

Our second release of Nao Bustamante’s voice memos. Selected by the artist for this X-TRA web project, these recordings span songwriting ideas, notes-to-self, dream diaries, travelogues and provide a glimpse into the artist’s thinking process. The short verbal sketches are too brief to be entirely diaristic, but through their wry humor manage to be disarmingly personal, and reveal Nao as an amateur songwriter and lover of folk music.

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist, residing in Los Angeles, California. Bustamante’s …

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