Toward the Not Yet: Art as Public Practice

Thursday, February 16, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102


63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY


Jeanne van Heeswijk will talk about her practice and the “not-yet” as a foundational component of collective becoming and a necessary strategy for surviving in the face of the current conditions of the world. She will discuss how “training for the not-yet” could become an embodied practice crucial for living a livable life. She will do this based on “Trainings for the Not-Yet,” an exhibition as a series of trainings for a more just future, and the publication Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice which combines a handbook, a dictionary, and an anthology. The book gathers artistic and cultural practices that are propositional, collective, and yearning for a just life-in-common through the chronopolitics of the “not-yet.”  

In this conversation, Jeanne will discuss different practices and strategies included in the publication. Asserting imagination-as-practice and powered by a commitment to anti-colonial forms of futurity, the book contributors — among them artists, scholars, activists, poets, writers, and organizers — reflect on and model ways of practicing equitable life. The book is divided into five thematic sections — Learning Otherwise, Radicalizing the Local, Deep Listening, Creating Sanctuary, and Becoming Collective—each of which includes interrelated visual contributions, interviews, exercises, essays, and propositions. 

Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice (2021, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and MIT Press), edited by Jeanne van Heeswijk, Maria Hlavajova, and Rachael Rakes, includes contributions by: Yasmin Ahmed, Grace Lostia, Ying Que, and the basic activist kitchen; Barby Asante; Athena Athanasiou; Clara Balaguer and Gabriel Fontana; Chloë Bass; Aimee Carrillo Rowe; Carolina Caycedo; Merve Bedir; Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips); Dhanveer Singh Brar and Louis Moreno; David Bravo, Miguel Robles-Durán, and Urban Front; Allan deSouza; Nicoline van Harskamp; Adelita Husni-Bey; Rosalba Icaza; Walidah Imarisha; Hamada al-Joumah and Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh; Nancy Jouwe; Elke Krasny; Sandra Lange; Joy Mariama Smith; Francesca Masoero and QANAT; Lorenza Mondada; Lisa Myers; Carmen Papalia; Elizabeth A. Povinelli; Laura Raicovich; Hafiz Rancajale; Jonas Staal; Ultra-red; Françoise Vergès; We are Here; and Carol Zou.

Toward the Not Yet: Art as Public Practice is now available online. For more information, click here.

Jeanne van Heeswijk is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local.” Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organizing and pedagogy in order to assist communities in taking control of their own futures. 

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Presented by the Housing Justice Lab in collaboration with the MS Design and Urban Ecologies.