Artist John Sims brings SquareRoot of Love: Love and Politics to New York City and Paris for the Valentine’s Day Season.
Just in time for the Valentine’s Day spirit, conceptual artist John Sims will be presenting his ongoing love project and its latest iteration, Square Root of Love: Love and Politics- NYC/Paris event, featuring poets, writers, performance artists, musicians in both New York City and Paris. These two events will explore the various dimensions of love as it intersects with the ideas of liberty, justice and politics in the current cultural climate, leading perhaps to the question, where is the love? The details of the events are the following:
Love and Politics:New York City, Monday, Feb.12, 2018 - 6-7:30 PM Bowery Poetry Club, NYC $15/door-$12/online - bowerypoetry.com
Featuring: Raluca Albu, Rev. Billy/ The Church Stop Shopping, Melissa Goodrum, Herukhuti, Miss Justice Jester, Swati Khurana, M.L. Liebler, Yael Acher “KAT” Modiano, Kristin Prevallet, Edwin Torres,Christopher Paul Wolfe, Hosted by John Sims, Music Mix by Faith Newman
Valentine’s Day in Paris, Wed., Feb 14, 2018 7-9 PM (Paris Time) Culture Rapide,103 Rue Julien Lacroix, 75020 Paris
Featuring:Jamika Ajalon, Antonia Alexandra Klimenko, Ray Knight, Rethabile Masilo, Lisa Pasold, Daniel Wilner, hosted by Ed Bell
Also on February 12, 2018, The Rumpus, an online literary magazine will publish its second SquareRoot of Love article by John sims, featuring a selected number of poems presented at the NYC and Paris events.
For live streaming go to www.johnsimsprojects.com/live
For more info on these events, please visit www.bowerypoetry.com
The SquareRoot of Love, first appeared in New York City, in 2010, in a duet installation and associated performance with the artist and Karen Finley, and since has traveled to various cities engaging the ideas of love with the help of art, poetry, performance, food and drink. Last year, Sims brought the project to Paris with series of events featuring a wine tasting, a film screening and poetry readings at the Berkeley Books in Paris. More of the background of the project see this.
John Sims is a multi-media artist, writer and producer, creating projects spanning the areas of installation, text, music, film, performance and large-scale activism. His main projects are informed by mathematics, the politics of sacred symbols/anniversaries and the agency of poetic text.
He is currently completing Recoloration Proclamation, a 16-year multimedia project which explores the complexity of identity, cultural appropriation and visual terrorism in the context of Confederate iconography and African-American culture. Most recently he organized a performative public hanging of the Confederate flag at Ohio University. And at the end of 2017, National Coalition Against Censorship listed him as one of the year’s Defenders of the 1st amendment.
His work has been covered in Art in America, Sculpture, Guernica Magazine, Transition, FiberArts, Science News, CNN, NBC News, New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the science journal Nature. He has written for CNN, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, Guernica,The Rumpus, and The Grio.
$12 online / $15 at the door Tickets at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3327087