Near Contact by David Joselit

Near Contact
A Project by Common Practice New York
by David Joselit and Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho

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Common Field has partnered with Common Practice New York to re-publish and archive Near Contact and continue to ensure this work is accessible.

Common Practice New York (2012 - 2018) was an advocacy group that fostered research and discussions about the role of small-scale arts organization in New York City. The members of Common Practice New York were Anthology Film Archives, Artists Space, Bidoun, Blank Forms, Danspace Project, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), ISSUE Project Room, The Kitchen, Light Industry, Participant Inc, Primary Information, Printed Matter, Recess, SculptureCenter, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Triple Canopy, and White Columns. Common Practice New York drew inspiration from Common Practice, London, an affiliated advocacy group working for the recognition and fostering of the small-scale contemporary visual arts sector in England.

Near Contact comprises two essays with artwork by Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho: David Joselit’s essay, “In Praise of Small,” is a seven-point litany on the work of small-scale organizations and the unique challenges they face. The essay was originally commissioned by Common Practice New York as part of a series of invitational roundtables on contemporary institutional practice organized in collaboration with students and faculty from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in fall 2013. A version of the essay was later presented by Joselit at Out of Alternatives, spring 2014, a symposium on the role of small-scale arts organizations in New York City, hosted by Artists Space Books & Talks and co-presented by CCS Bard. Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho’s “Thought Experiment” responds to an invitation from Common Practice New York to formulate a contribution to be published alongside “In Praise of Small.” Lien & Camacho’s collaborative practice as artists and writers has existed through a series of geographic displacements: between their respective home cities of New York and Manila; and recent periods living and working in Berlin, Milan, and Singapore. Accordingly, their work reflects different models of organizing around art—particularly “contemporary art”—both within and outside its supposed centers.

Near Contact was edited by Matthew Shen Goodman and produced by Miriam Katzeff for Common Practice New York, and designed by Other Means.