Why this blog is called “post studio”

by Yule Heibel on September 10, 2003

It appears that there may be one or two people confused as to why I changed the name of this blog from Yule Heibel’s Weblog to Yule Heibel’s Post Studio. It has nothing to do with anything as stupid as wanting to avoid the word blog, which I happen to think is quite a good word. I pointed out in my post on August 18 that I changed the name in a burst of enthusiastic support for the likes of Temporary Services; also for Gregory Sholette and others, for their attempts to take art out of the studio and into the street (as REPO History, for example) and into the community (note: this event, “Technopocalypse vs. Technotopia,” lasted 3 days and cost $35; be sure to check out the website, and visit Lumpen, too). Their practice has been called “temporary services,” “service art,” and “post studio.” The affinities to blogging are real: as curators in Banff put it when they went Beyond the Box,

The white cube — it’s a vision of the gallery museum that has dominated thinking and practice in the art world for decades. Beyond the Box: Diverging Curatorial Practices is a collection of essays by leading Canadian and international curators and artists that explores regions of practice outside this “cube,” delving into contemporary challenges to traditional ideas about art and curating.

None of this is new; it’s what the avant-garde has been doing for decades and decades and more decades. None of us is (re)inventing the wheel here, but it is my prerogative to call this blog what I want. If I wanted to call it Hugo Ball’s Nearly Hundred Year Old Hat Trick, I could do that, too. But I like the fact that there are people out there who are working beyond the studio, not by punching people in the face (literally or figuratively), but by involving those who have been disenfranchised from the ruling culture. (Actually, the way things are going, that’s almost all of us.) So, more power to post studio practice; it’s why I started blogging in the first place, not so I’d have to dance in a line or win a contest.

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Joel September 11, 2003 at 4:06 am

I’ll be thinking of you when I go to Capitol Reef National Park and do a few hikes from The Post.

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