Wednesday, December 6, 2023


“If you ever get close to a human
And human behavior
Be ready, be ready to get confused

There’s definitely, definitely, definitely no logic
To human behavior
But yet so, yet so irresistible
And there’s no map” -Bjork
The unpredictability of human behavior delights and frustrates. One moment we may revel in the camaraderie of our fellow species only to recoil the next as they set their hackles against one another. We forget our history all to quickly, separate ourselves from the realm of nature where survival depends on primitive instinct. Rather, we dress ourselves up in neckties and petticoats, carefully hold utensils and pretend to exist outside the animal kingdom.

Anna Bitkina lives in the Netherlands and St. Petersburg. Of late she is interested in the politics of food and biotechnology. Ten years ago she founded, along with colleagues, a curatorial project called TOK. This project particularly examines propaganda and what happened to some social and political structures following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In partnership with University of Minnesota, she is participating in a project examining media from a curatorial point of view. She found, after asking around within the community, that the recent midterm elections were of particular interest.

To hear more from Anna Bitkina, including her philosophy of always adapting work to the local environment, listen to the complete interview.


The Krolikowski Art Duo is made up of Alexander Krolikowski and Alexandra Krolikowska. Currently they are in residency during which time they are working on a project related to gold, its value and how it might be used in the future. Or, more exactly, what might be the gold of the future.

Their media varies depending on the exhibition and while some work is made for collection, other pieces are created for educational purposes.

In terms of funding, the duo tends to earn money by selling their work as well as teaching art, philosophy and culture.

Alexander and Alexandra prefer to work together in all of their projects.

To hear more about what this fascinating duo is up to, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:

The sooner we embrace our place among the rest of our greater ecosystem, the more likely we are to save our species in the long run.

Interviews are available on iTunes as podcasts, and for Android please click here. All weekly essay pieces in a shareable format are here. The full archive of interviews here.

Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Praxis user Ann-Marie recommends My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent and an anonymous Praxis user recommends, with an advisory, the book The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells.

Touchstone Foundation for the Arts invites all artists to apply for their fellowship in downtown Washington, D.C. Selected artists receive a two year membership at Touchstone Foundation, monthly participation in group shows and a guaranteed solo show at the end of the fellowship duration as well as other perks. Artists are responsible for helping staff the gallery, attending gallery meetings and serving on at least one gallery committee. For complete details and to apply, visit the website. Deadline April 1.


Weekly Edited Grant and Residency Deadlines – review the list here.


Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and the forthcoming Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

Signed and doodled copies of these books can be purchased from Praxis Center.


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