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  • A Couple of Questions to Etiquette Instructors

    A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS TO ETIQUETTE INSTRUCTORS By Ana Prvacki Over the last months I have been reading etiquette books and philosophy dealing with the issue of hospitality and welcoming. Besides the “web to web handshake” I was most moved by this paragraph from Derrida’s “Of Hospitality”: "Let us say yes to who or what turns up, before any determination, before any anticipation, before any identification, whether or not it has to do with a foreigner, an immigrant, an invited guest, or an unexpected visitor, whether or not the new arrival is the citizen of another country, a human, animal or divine creature, a living or dead thing, male or female." QUESTION 1 I asked our etiquette instructors how etiquette enables this "yes", this welcoming of the other and what is the most important gesture which facilitates this opening? VARTOUHI (VIKI) KESHISHYAN “There is no particular etiquette rule


    The Hammer wants your BIKE SHORTS! The Hammer Student Association is currently looking for bicycle-related short films to be screened at the Hammer Museum's third annual, "Bike Night at the HAMMER!" happening April 14, 2011. Film Criteria: We welcome all interpretations of the theme “bike-related” Length of 10 minutes or less Submissions Instructions: Send two copies of your film Label each copy with the following: 1. Name 2. Email address 3. Phone 4. Film title 5. Run time in minutes 6. Mail your submission to: Bike Night Films c/o Sue Yank Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024 Films MUST BE received by April 4, 2011. Accepted Media Formats: VHS, DVD, Mini DV & Mini HDV Super 8mm, 8mm, and 16mm film help writing a speech

  • Utopian Hospitality

    Utopian Hospitality

    UTOPIAN HOSPITALITY By Ana Prvacki How to visually represent welcoming and greeting gestures? These gestures, when performed with intent and with generous emotion easily turn into socialist imagery. Images of unbridled joy and utopian hospitality such as seen in Chinese propaganda posters attempt to encourage a democratic and integrated sense of belonging, there is no air-kissing, only firm handshakes, welcoming smiles and open arms. However, it is important to note that there is a tendency to be suspicious when greeted with a smile and acceptance. What could the smiling person holding a door for us possibly want?! Images taken from Chinese Propaganda Posters, published by The Pepin Press, www.pepinpress.com homework help hotline

  • Interview with Irina Aristarkhova

    INTERVIEW WITH IRINA ARISTARKHOVA BY ANA PRVACKI Irina Aristarkhova's article "Hospitality and the maternal" published in the Hypatia journal has been an important resource for the Greeting Committee project. I have been very fortunate to be able to engage in a dialogue with her on the topic of hospitality and contemporary art. Irina Aristarkhova, PhD, writes and lectures on comparative feminist theory, new media aesthetics, and contemporary art. She is currently Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Visual Art at the Pennsylvania State University. personal.psu.edu/ixa10 Here is the beginning of our discussion. AP: In your text, Hospitality and the maternal, referencing Derrida and Levinas you write about the innate ability of the feminine to host and to welcome the other in the most radical of ways. How does this ability present itself in etiquette practices and in socialization? IA: Thank you for your question. In the text

  • Emilie Halpern on view in Cafe Hammer

    Emilie Halpern on view in Cafe Hammer

    Still from Hibiscus, 2007. Video, color. 43 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Pepin Moore, Los Angeles. A collection of four video works by Emilie Halpern will be on display in Cafe Hammer, February 28, 2011 - April 10, 2011. Emilie Halpern (b. Paris, France) is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. She holds a BA from the University of California Los Angeles and MFA from Art Center College of Design. Halpern’s work has been exhibited at Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles; Art Palace, Houston; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles; and Leo Koenig, New York, among others, and is represented by Pepin Moore, Los Angeles. buy essays

  • Classic Western Handshake

    ABOUT GREETING COMMITTEE Einstein thought the most important question facing humanity should be, “Is the universe a friendly place?” and Kurt Vonnegut asked that we practice “A little less love, and a little more common decency.” Greeting Committee, by Ana Prvacki, considers these ideas by magnifying and zooming in on the protocols and customs of basic hospitality routines, such as greetings, salutations and welcoming. For her project at the Hammer, visitors are invited to observe or participate in interventions encouraging gestures of welcoming in the Wilshire lobby Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10 from 12-4pm each day. write term papers

  • Actors Needed for New AIR Project!

    The Hammer Museum is looking for actors to participate in an artist project April 7-10th, 2011. Ana Prvacki’s project, "Greeting Committee," is a dynamic scene in the entrances of the Hammer museum that magnifies and zooms in on the protocols and customs of basic hospitality routines, such as greetings, salutations, and welcoming. Working with UCLA students and the local community, the artist and the museum will invite visitors to participate in practical demonstrations and practices of cultural manners with each other. Actors will be working within these groups of students led by etiquette instructors to improvise and facilitate social and public aspects of etiquette practices and gestures. This is an improv, unscripted situation with a fun, slapstick side actors can explore - as the artist said ”imagine Emily Post meets Borat". The events will take place in the museum lobby April 7- April 10. The Hammer is looking

  • Fantasies of social harmony, etiquette and slapstick

    FANTASIES OF SOCIAL HARMONY, ETIQUETTE AND SLAPSTICK By Ana Prvacki Being half Romanian made me only half a stranger growing up in Yugoslavia. As a teenager my family immigrated to Singapore as Yugoslavia was self-destructing. Living in Singapore as an East European teenager was doubly foreign, as puberty can be a kind of exile, similar to a culture shock you would have coming from Eastern Europe to South East Asia overnight. Plutarch wrote, "The soul is itself exiled, errant, an arrival from elsewhere. Birth is a voyage into a foreign land". Within this foreign land, assimilation and adaptation are like survival mechanisms, important techniques within the choreography where appropriate behavior and etiquette are essential. To me these rituals of protocol hold a promise of social harmony, or at least engage a fantasy of it, opening doors for others and shaking hands with intent could possibly save the world if