M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online #5 – 25th Anniversary Edition

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This is an unusual moment of global economic crisis, failure of capitalism and of progressive political movements, a moment of political impasse, and of generational shift, following upon a series of traumatic political events and a decade of war. Methods of communication have changed since we began our project 25 years ago and concepts of privacy and individuality seem to be in a process of radical transformation.

Our 25th anniversary issue centers around two themes: the impact of public trauma on art and art critical practice, and the nature of privacy for the artist or critic working in the age of social networking and global spectacle.

The first issue of M/E/A/N/I/N/GA Journal of Contemporary Art Issues, was published in December 1986. We published 20 issues biannually over ten years. In 2000, M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism was published by Duke University Press. In 2002 we began to publish M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online and have published four previous online issues. The M/E/A/N/I/N/G archive from 1986 to 2002 is in the collection of the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

To address our themes in this online issue, we invited a wide spectrum of artists, art historians, and poets, some who had written for our journal before and many new artists and writers whose work we have encountered in recent years. We are proud to continue our commitment to maintaining an open, non-profit space for independent writing about art.

Contributors include: Suzanne Anker, Eleanor Antin, Susan Bee, Bill Berkson, Charles Bernstein, Nayland Blake, Anney Bonney, Jackie Brookner, Joyce Burstein, Sharon L. Butler, Tom Butter, Anna Chave, Daryl Chin, Jennifer Coates, Maureen Connor, Patricia Cronin, Jennifer Dalton, G. Roger Denson, Dubravka Đjurić, Bailey Doogan, Johanna Drucker, Noah Fischer, Hermine Ford, Joe Fyfe, Joy Garnett, Andrea Geyer, Vanalyne Green, Mimi Gross, Julie Harrison, Eleanor Heartney, Susanna Heller, David Humphrey, Julia Jacquette, Amelia Jones, Shirley Kaneda, Vincent Katz, Joyce Kozloff, Rachel Levitsky, Ellen K. Levy, Ligorano/Reese, Greg Lindquist, Judith Linhares, Mary Lucier, Lenore Malen, Ann McCoy, Ann Messner, Robin Mitchell, Erik Moskowitz and Amanda Trager, Beverly Naidus, Joseph Nechvatal, Craig Olson, Our Literal Speed, Alix Pearlstein, Sheila Pepe, Dushko Petrovich, Nick Piombino, William Powhida, Nancy Princenthal, Melissa Ragona + Abigail Child, Hilary Robinson, Kara L. Rooney, Bradley Rubenstein, Raphael Rubinstein, Caitlin Rueter and Suzanne Stroebe, Carolee Schneemann, Mira Schor, Francie Shaw, Alexandria Smith, Buzz Spector, Misko Šuvaković, Jeremy Sigler, Anne Swartz, Aldrin Valdez, Marjorie Vecchio, Roger White, Daniel Wiener, Faith Wilding, Tom Winchester

We are honored to publish the responses we have received, people really wrote what they wanted, what they felt, each very individually, many clearly inspired and energized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began September 17th in Lower Manhattan and has rapidly sent a wave of optimism around the world.

Susan Bee and Mira Schor
New York City, November 18 2011

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