Public Annotations

An online project by the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. Part program and part logic, Public Annotations seeks to reorient curatorial and artistic research by making an open invitation to contribute to the process Register to Annotate

Public Annotations is a project based on collaboration, communication, and mutual respect.

Code of Conduct

Public Annotations is a project based on collaboration, communication, and mutual respect. Constructive criticism and critique are welcome, but if you participate in the program, please avoid any form of disrespectful behavior, discrimination, harassment, slurs, sexually explicitly behavior, unwanted sexual attention, bullying, and other forms of incivility. This includes, but is not limited to, comments, cartoons, jokes, or other communications that include degrading, insulting, or insensitive content or assumptions concerning any individual’s race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other protected status under applicable laws. We greatly appreciate your help in making this a safe and civil community for all who choose to participate.

Waiver Notices

The Institute For Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (ICA) and its directors, officers, employees, agents, and designees (collectively “The ICA”) have the non-revocable permission to use make screen captures (“Screen Captures”) of any images, comments, writing, photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, recordings, or any other media contributed to the Public Annotations platform/site. The ICA will own such Screen Captures. You grant the ICA permission to copyright, display, publish, distribute, use, modify, print and reprint such Screen Captures in any manner whatsoever related to ICA business, including, without limitation: publications, advertisements, brochures, website images, or other electronic displays and transmissions thereof. By using the Public Annotations platform, you further waive any right to inspect or approve the use of the Screen Captures by the ICA prior to its use and holds ICA harmless from any and all liability arising out of the use of the Screen Captures in any manner or media whatsoever, and waive any and all claims and causes of action relating to use of the Screen Captures.

The ICA retains the right to to use any content posted to this platform in any way the ICA deems appropriate. If the ICA chooses to use your content, the ICA will contact you.

Copyright/Terms & Conditions

Content from the Public Annotations may not be copied, reproduced, transmitted, distributed, downloaded or transferred in any form or by any means without the ICA's prior written consent. Copyright infringement is a violation of federal law subject to criminal and civil penalties.

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Public Study: Research and Institution

Public Study is an ICA program logic where the primary mode of working is driven by a desire to work collaboratively and with transparency so as to continuously leave the possibility of learning open, in process, and in collaboration with our publics. At its core, Public Study is concerned with collective research—including the marginalia, the side conversations, the notes and sketches, and the differing points of view, which together inform alternate ways of conducting research and learning.

Contributor: Christina Sharpe

Total Education

Filed under: Public Study
Contributors: Fred Moten, Stefano Harney
Filed under: Public Study
Contributors: Fred Moten, Stefano Harney

Plantation Logic: Racial Capitalism + Anti-Colonial Poetics

Plantation logic is dedicated to the history of settler colonialism in the United States and its lasting impacts on people and natural environments. The texts included in this section consider the colonized landscape, plantation capitalism, forced migration, cultural erasure, architecture, and space. Additional texts and poems also consider spiritual survival, kinship, ritual, and language across cultures and space.

Filed under: Kandis Wiliams
Contributor: Clyde Adrian Woods

Canisia Lubrin

Erotic Consumption: Sex, Desire, and Propagation

Erotic consumption features themes around sex and desire from feminist, queer, and post-humanist studies. These texts consider how the erotic is mobilized through the consumption of human and non-human subjects ranging from pornography to speculative plant theory.

Filed under: Kandis Wiliams
Contributor: GVGK Tang

Ain’t I a Bottom?

Filed under: Kandis Wiliams
Contributor: Mandy Harris Williams

Cumming to Power

Filed under: Kandis Wiliams
Contributor: Mireille Miller-Young

The End of the World by Other Means

Filed under: Kandis Wiliams
Filed under: Kandis Wiliams
Contributor: Vincent Woodard
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