In Philadelphia
In the World
In the Cloud


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 urgency, which we perform by engaging publics with topical issues and imagining culture as a forum for advocacy. Learn more about this value and how and why we are responsive to social issues and concerns by browsing the projects below. The accompanying graphics indicate the values performed and their intensity (rated on a scale of 0 to 6).

Begins Nov 13, 2004

An exhibition by David Stephens about cross burning and the 2002 Supreme Court ruling in Virginia Vs. Black

Begins Oct 06, 2006

A conversation with Tim Dean about alternative approaches to kinship that oppose normative heterosexual relationships

Begins Mar 28, 2009

Conversations about the history, present circumstances, and future of Iraq with Jeremy Deller and others

Begins Oct 06, 2011

A conversation with Leo Bersani and others, building upon Bjarne Melgaard's work, exploring questions of gay identity, activism, and militancy

Begins Jan 17, 2012

A conversation with Allan Sekula on the politics of occupation and the shifting relationship between photojournalism and global capitalism

Begins Jul 16, 2012

An urban education model that responds to the crisis in community participation and political representation by circulating different ways of thinking and making

Begins Jul 09, 2003

Drawing from Rosenbach Museum archives, this exhibition explores the limits and conditions of citizenship in early and modern times

Begins Mar 13, 2004

An investigation by architects Rafi Segal and Eyal Weizman on the politics of Israeli architecture

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 Sep 14, 2008

Highlighting America's rich history of architectural experimentation and the original ways architects today are working collaboratively to invigorate community activism and environmental policy

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 07, 2002

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

Begins Oct 31, 2003

A project from 1978 by Steve Benson exploring the problems and possibilities facing someone cultivating a career in the arts

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

Begins Jan 05, 2014

A new identity that radically transforms how Slought operates in Philadelphia, the world, and the cloud, and makes legible the organization's movements as it performs its activities