Skydive to Publish Houston Fringe Art Omnibus in March

by Bill Davenport October 15, 2012

Houston artspace Skydive has announced a forthcoming publication: Satellites and Socialists: On the Fringe of Houston Arts, a book of “essays, letters, fictions, floorplans, scandals and more”, to premier in March 2013. Edited by Sasha Dela & Nancy Zastudil, and published in conjunction with the Temporary Art Review, the proposed publication includes contributions from nearly everybody: DiverseWorks, Project Row Houses, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, A Call for Proposals for a Socialist Colony, Skydive Art Space, Many Mini Residency / Sarrita Hunn / Ryan Thayer, Hear Our Houston / Carrie Schneider, Aurora Picture Show, Interview with Andrea Grover, Cite / Raj Mankad, Antena Books / John Plueker / Jen Hofer, Galveston Artist Residency, Interview with Eric Schnell, Box 13, Core Program, Interview with Joe Havel, NOTSUOH / Dean Liscum, Domy Books, West Oaks Art House (WOAH) Sharsten Plenge, New Hope Housing / Bray’s Bend, Dan Phillips / The Phoenix Commotion / Robert Boyd, and more.


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JS October 15, 2012 - 13:34

I don’t need to read the book to identify that this is a gross misunderstanding of the political terminology, “socialist” which has NOTHING to do with the following:

1. social practice art forms, 2. social work, 3. or meditations on the nature of living/practicing art/teaching in communal or community-based organizations.

Not something to be proud of, Houston.

Dan March 17, 2014 - 13:54

a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

The book is put out by a collectively run artist space where the space’s community works together to curate shows, events, and this book. The title appears to be referring to various contributors of the book’s content, and their approaches to fostering a progressive and involved art scene.

Seems like an appropriate and fitting title to me, way to go Houston!

Houston October 15, 2012 - 17:34

Hey man, don’t be a bummer.

Rainey Knudson October 15, 2012 - 20:05

This aggression will not stand.

Here’s an idea: how about “Satellites & Socialites”?

JS October 15, 2012 - 20:06

Really? Is it too much to ask to use the correct terminology? Or should I assume it was a typo?

JS October 15, 2012 - 20:07


The Satellites October 18, 2012 - 00:31

I’m wondering how I will be involved in this book. I’m content orbiting Earth. I’ve no need to go to Houston.

And to my socialist friends, godspeed.

Anis Shivani October 26, 2012 - 12:46

This sounds like it will be an absolutely outstanding contribution to understanding the Houston arts scene. It’s the kind of book I wish I’d written: necessary, real, defining. It looks like it’s pulling together a lot of dynamic happenings in the area, identifying important trends, signaling out the innovators for praise. I can’t wait to read this book.


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