Talk: Lauren Mackler on Parts of Speech

  • The Commons
    Second Floor, East Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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Lauren Mackler
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Discuss the tactics of public speech with Lauren Mackler, founder of curatorial and publishing platform Public Fiction, as she kicks off the newest iteration of The Commons Artist Project, titled Parts of Speech.

Over the course of four months, Public Fiction and New York–based magazine Triple Canopy stage a series of experimental lectures on public speech at sites of assembly throughout Chicago. The lectures address the use of public speech to mold opinion, forge intimacy, marshal authority, and orchestrate movements. An installation in the Commons responds to these lectures and conveys the overall structure and timeline of events.

Parts of Speech is by Public Fiction (Lauren Mackler) with Triple Canopy. The Commons Artist Project is organized by January Parkos Arnall, Curator of Public Programs, with Christy LeMaster, Assistant Curator of Public Programs.

Lectures are presented by Steffani Jemison, Hari Kunzru, Tomeka Reid, Astra Taylor, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, and Julio Torres. The exhibition includes video work by Rami George, Liz Magic Laser, David Levine, Nicole Miller, Rodney McMillian, and Videofreex.