Nine values guide our organization. These values hold us accountable to our history, clarify our intentions, and guide our continued formation.

One of these values is geographies, which we perform by engaging our participants and publics at the intersection of the local and the global. Learn more about this value and how and why we negotiate these borders conceptually and spatially by browsing the projects below. The accompanying graphics indicate the values performed and their intensity (rated on a scale of 0 to 6).

Begins Apr 01, 2004

A conversation about Dr. Albert C. Barnes and the resistance he encountered in Philadelphia to his educational and aesthetic method

Begins Oct 08, 2005

A seminar by Hélène Cixous about displacement, exile, and the relation of art and literature to cities and their destruction

Begins Oct 11, 2007

An outdoor installation by Braco Dimitrijevic featuring photo portraits of unknown persons

Begins Oct 22, 2009

A conversation with Achille Mbembe and others about underground spaces and the vertical and racial segmentation of the city

Begins Mar 03, 2011

A community history project documenting Philadelphia's neighborhoods, buildings, and public spaces amidst widespread change

Begins Feb 16, 2007

A series of moving conversations and archival exchanges across different social, institutional and cultural contexts

Begins Mar 30, 2007

Exploring overlooked urban zones, state borders and extra-territorial sites throughout the world, contributors probe contemporary perspectives on power and its evasions

Begins Dec 10, 2008

An exhibition exploring and questioning transience, mobility, and Turkish identity

Begins Oct 01, 2010

A curatorial intervention exploring 21st century prospects for international peace through a series of symposia, exhibitions, lectures, and films

Begins Mar 13, 2012

Programs with Huang Rui and Ko Siu Lan exploring the social construction of the citizen through signs, languages, and ideology

Begins Mar 07, 2002

Recordings by Fred Wah of readings, lectures and discussions by notable New American poets

Begins Aug 27, 2010

A research initiative and publication series exploring the history of the Venice Biennale of Architecture and the relationship between architecture and display

Begins Jan 23, 2011

A space for inter-cultural conversation and research about art and advocacy, exploring a variety of trends, shared differences, and common concerns

Begins Mar 06, 2011

A research initiative and archive about the lives and experiences of 1001 Chinese participants who traveled to Kassel, Germany for Ai Weiwei's project "Fairytale" (2007)

Begins Jul 07, 2011

An exhibition and conversation with Sergio Fajardo and others about the relationship between public policy, social justice, and civic imagination