AC&oSS #3

January 4th, 2018



More fan fiction! AC&oSS #3 takes up bodily responses to art, including a text about sculptural attraction in relationship to the work of Jade Yumang, an ode to sculptor Louise Bourgeois’s ponytail, and a meditation on literally ingesting the work of Aleesa Cohene. Writing by Vanessa KwanHazel MeyerAriana JacobMaya Suess and Carmen Papalia.


December 9th, 2017


This August, Hannah and I had the opportunity to teach a short course for the Critical Pedagogical Studies students at Malmö Art Academy. We began the process with group interviews based on student-written CV’s reframed around strange prompts including sections for kid knowledge and bad taste. It was a real treat to get to work with such a super crew of students. Curiously, the course ended in learning to make slime from children at a Montessori school in Lund…


December 9th, 2017


Well five years later and this book is finally in print! Copies will be available here and here shortly. The book is an extended riff on a classroom project that Hannah and I did in 2012 as part of The Pedagogical Impulse. The book features newly commissioned texts by Lorna Brown, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Mark Clintberg, Jack Halberstam, Sydney Hermant, Vesna Krstich, Stephanie Springgay & Maiko Tanaka. Design by Chris Lee. Exciting stuff! Plus a weirdo wraparound chocolate poster.

We’re just back from a mini-book tour, it was great to share the project, here’s the itinerary:

Tuesday, October 31, 2–3pm
Tate Liverpool, Tate Exchange
Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4BB

Thursday, November 1, 4:30–6pm
Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University
Project Space, 128 Bullingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4BG

Monday, November 6, 10–11:30am
Bastä Biennalen, Lunds konsthall
Mårtenstorget 3, 223 51 Lund, Sweden

Wednesday, November 8, 7–9pm
Curatorial Studies, KASK School of Arts, Ghent
Cirque auditorium, KASK School of Arts,Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

Saturday, November 11, 2pm
Westfälischer Kunstverein
Rothenburg 30, 48143 Münster

Tuesday, November 21, 5:30–7:30pm
Read Books, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5T 0H2, Canada


February 9th, 2017

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Chris Lee has made a totally wacked out website for Big Rock Candy Mountain,

lots to explore on there, including a text by project curator Vanessa Kwan, an essay by Zoë Chan, some postcards, some chocolate bars, plus the instagram feed of project images…


February 9th, 2017

Edited by Renata Cervetto and Miguel Á. López, published by Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

An interview that I did with Pablo Helguera in 2012 called A Bad Education has been translated into Spanish for this publication put out by MALBA. The english version can be found online, here. We talk about the parallels of participatory art practice and education and where these practices diverge… ie. when is good art a bad education?


February 9th, 2017
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Big Rock Candy Mountain at Art League Houston. Image courtesy of Alex Barber.

Hannah and I were in Houston, Texas this August at the invitation of Zachary Gresham, who curated a show called with/in: blurring the line between art and education at Art League Houston. The show also featured the work of Andres L. Hernandez (Chicago), Christopher Lee Kennedy (New York), and Patricia Vázquez Gomez (Portland).



July 14th, 2016


Above is a detail of one of three Tall Tale postcards that we made with a class of grade 4/5 students at Queen Alexandra Elementary. These are part of a larger project called Big Rock Candy Mountain that Hannah and I have been working on for the past year. Will post more info about this project soon, very soon…


February 18th, 2016


In Conversation: Cindy Mochizuki with Hannah Jickling, Helen Reed, and Vanessa Kwan on Artistic Collaborations with Children

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:00 PM
Access Gallery

What is the radical potential of artists working with children? How do we understand agency and authorship in projects involving young people? How might such projects point to broader questions around the ethics of engagement in contemporary art practice, and to new (and often destabilizing) forms of interaction within the gallery and beyond? How might curators or institutions shift their practices to support a wider range of complex, generous, and attentive play, in younger communities and in a wider sense? These are some of the questions that will propel a conversation between artists Cindy Mochizuki (Access Gallery), Hannah Jickling, Helen Reed, and Vanessa Kwan (Other Sights for Artists’ Projects) on the occasion of their concurrent artistic collaborations with children. We view this informal event as a generative jumping-off point for a robust, longer-term discussion. Children are welcome at this event, of course!


November 20th, 2015



Hannah and I were invited to present on our latest Other Sites for Artists’ Projects commission at the For A New Accessibility (FANA) convergence at Gallery Gachet. We gave a brief talk on the themes and research of Big Rock Candy Mountain, our public artwork, flavor incubator and taste-making think-tank housed in an East Vancouver Elementary School. Along with the opportunities for multi-sensory experiences that food and candy provide, Big Rock Candy Mountain explores candy’s cultural narratives and the ways in which it connects to larger stories about utopia, power and desire. After the talk the workshop participants spun some cotton candy into desirable and undesirable flavors. By combining different flavors of hard candy we created a good taste – Werther’s Originals and green apple Jolly Rancher combo and a bad taste – Ricola and Cherry Vicks. Special thanks to Elizabeth Milton for lending us her cotton candy maker.


July 29th, 2015


I wrote a piece of short fiction about performance artist Margaret Dragu for the summer issue of C Magazine. It’s called Aerobic Justice and speculates that one of Margaret’s performance personas, Lady Justice, takes control of a senior’s fitness class that she is leading. I’ll upload the piece shortly.

In the meantime, you can find our more about Margaret’s work here.

Above image credit goes to Shawna Dempsey.