Gelare Khoshgozaran
Terrorientalist Landscapes

Date June 12, 2018

For the Re:research series, we invite artists and writers to present the underpinnings of their work. Gelare Khoshgozaran wrote about her research as she was finishing Medina Wasl: Connecting Town for Made in L.A. 2018, on view at the Hammer Museum through September 2nd.


A Pan American oil platform in the Persian Gulf, date unknown. Courtesy of Iran Petroleum Museum.


No one knows for certain how many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion 15 years ago. Some …

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Leslie Dick reads “Intentional Accidents: Reflections on Sarah Charlesworth’s Stills”

Date June 12, 2018

Several of us on the Editorial Board are big fans of audio books, podcasts and just being read to. Some of us are truly expansive in our listening tastes—anything really, from L’Engle to Levinas to the laundry list, as long as it is well read. Some of us are distracted enough that audio listening is fast becoming a new commonplace of our overall reading experience. We launch this new project, Writers Read, to integrate the expanding auditory space of …

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Daniel R. Small

Date June 11, 2018

For the Re:research series, we invite artists and writers to present the underpinnings of their work. Daniel R. Small wrote about his research as he was finishing this body of work and preparing for its exhibition. Animus Mneme is on view as part of the exhibition 74 million million million tons at SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY until July 30th. More information on his work at


Animus Mneme is a project that contemplates the hybridity and elasticity …

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Letter from the Editors

Date May 11, 2018

Dear Reader,

On April 29, 2018, X-TRA hosted the Los Angeles premiere of Martine Syms’s film, Incense Sweaters & Ice, at 356 Mission, in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The screening, which was followed by a conversation between the curator Erin Christovale and the artist, was the third event in X-TRA’s 20th Anniversary Artist Writes series. Our goal was to provide a venue that could support a meaningful encounter with Syms’s work and an opportunity to celebrate her writing, which is …

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Date January 3, 2018

On Friday June 30, 2017, A.L. Steiner delivered an 8-hour lecture at the Women’s Center for Creative Work as part of her  contribution to ARTIST WRITES for X-TRA.  Below is a companion to Steiner’s lecture and essay, a reading list compiled from the 8-hour lecture. 

Steiner spoke for a full 8-hr work shift, and her presentation explored the root — or radical — condition of beliefs that are established through the proliferation of mediated information systems. These conditions were also taken up …

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Nao Bustamante:
Voice Memos Vol. 4: Notes on TABLEAU and Fufu

Date December 22, 2017


Our 4th release of Nao Bustamante’s selected voice memos.
This installment continues the focus on Fufu, her dog, notes-to-self, but also contains several notes about her film TABLEAU(2013).

We’re pleased to present the video here too! A bonus track to the Voice Memos collection. It’s like seeing how the sausage gets made! 
In her hilarious fiction short, Nao Bustamante captures another experimental filmmaker, JT (played by noted queer filmmaker Joshua Thorson) as he struggles with his apocalyptic film and the pesky interruptions by the …

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