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On December 1, Atlanta-based writer Logan Lockner, who has been serving as BURNAWAY’s interim editor in a temporary capacity for the last three months, will join the organization permanently as editor. As Logan will be responsible for guiding the magazine’s content in coming years, we asked him a few questions about his history with and plans…

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As new technologies continue to pervade our everyday lives, attendant policies must proactively protect users from exploitation. Interdisciplinary artist Xin Xin, an assistant professor in Media Design and Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia, works at the intersections of technology, labor, and identity. Their exhibition “Labor in a Single Shot,” on view in the…

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Founded by artist R.D. King in 2017, Extended Play is an independent small press based in Nashville, with projects produced in collaboration between King and other local and regional artists. For example, We Love You We Know You Always Watch We Will Try To Do Better Next Year is an anarchic send-up of Christmas-themed kids’…

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In his controversial notion of “Third-World literature,” first outlined in an essay published in 1986, Marxist cultural theorist Fredric Jameson argues that a certain subset of literature—that of nations problematically characterized as belonging to the so-called “Third World”—projects an inextricable political dimension on the individual, always narrating personal experience as a form of national allegory….

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On a short, leisurely walk we recently took together, Atlanta-based artist Iman Person led me along the proposed path for Waterlust, her upcoming installation for Flux Projects’ latest iteration, FLUX: Grant Park.  The weekend-long, park-wide exhibition shows a new approach to the organization’s public art events, such as the widely-panned, most recent FLUX Night in…

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 I met Katya over a decade ago when we were both students at Cooper Union in New York. In school, she was the gregarious class clown and cool girl, making irreverent, slapstick paintings and art-cum-standup comedy that charmed students and professors alike. Back then, her energy and work evoked the joie de vivre and sarcastic…

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While paintings or sculptures might be compared to any number of things, few would think to compare such physically static objects to the dynamic, flowing form of a waterfall. As American philosopher Susanne Langer argues, however, the comparison is quite apt. For example, neither the flowing water nor the ridge it goes over is the…

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Girls have been a provocation, titillating bit players in American cinema. They’re the sirens with sassy pompoms, the victims of sex trafficking and meteors, the hand-wringing girlfriends wondering if their boyfriend will get home safely from being righteous and saving the world. They wait and they fret, and they’d better look cute doing it. If…

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The great American singer Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76 on August 16, the same day my appointment as interim editor of BURNAWAY was announced. One of the first people I thought of after hearing the news of Franklin’s death was Atlanta artist Paul Stephen Benjamin, who used footage of the singer’s 1977 performance…

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Then Achilles, in tears, moved far away from his companions, and sat down on the shore, and gazed out over the wine-dark sea. (Iliad, 1. 351-353, trans. Stephen Mitchell) What color is the sea? Perhaps a silver-pewter at dawn, or a deep blue, or a warm green-blue, depending on the particular day, depth, and geographic…

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With a population of around 90,000, Asheville, North Carolina, is a large town rapidly turning into a small city. Over recent years, it has been optimistically dubbed (or self-dubbed) “Beer City,” “Craft City,” “Climate City,” “Foodtopia,” and most charmingly “the Paris of the South.” Lonely Planet and Forbes have both designated the Blue Ridge Mountain…

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Our new column “Theory Decoded” looks at art theory and aesthetics across a spectrum ranging from the ancient to the contemporary, and from the well-known to the obscure and overlooked. Each column decodes a particular theory or theorist in contemporary terms, using as little headache-inducing jargon as possible. If your first response to an artwork…

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Located in the heart of downtown, Athens’s newest space to view contemporary artwork is actually two distinct galleries, Tif Sigfrids and Howard’s. Though it’s fairly uncommon for more than one gallery to occupy the same physical space, at least in this neck of the woods, the arrangement allows for gallery owners Tif Sigfrids and Ridley…

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Poet and “Army brat” Ann Fisher-Wirth spent her childhood in Washington D.C., Germany, Pennsylvania, Japan and California, but her new collaborative book with photographer Maude Schuyler Clay gives the appearance that she was born and raised in Mississippi. Each of her 47 poems – all of which explore connections between Mississippians, the environment and home…

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