Power 2016 is a hybrid art-journalism project that is sending a team on site to document and provide commentary on the Republican and Democratic parties’ national political conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. In addition to the power2016.net, you can track their progress at The Brooklyn Rail, The Public (Buffalo, New York) and Little Village (Iowa City, Iowa).
Meet the Power 2016 Team
Jon Winet is a media artist and photographer. He has spent roughly 100 days over the past 32 years attending and documenting the quadrennial spectacles. He is professor of Intermedia in the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History Media | Social Practice | Design Area.
David Levi Strauss is the author of Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow (Aperture, 2014), From Head to Hand: Art and the Manual (Oxford University Press, 2010), Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics, with an introduction by John Berger (Aperture 2003, and in a new edition, 2012), and Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art and Politics (Autonomedia 1999, and a new edition with a prolegomenon by Hakim Bey, 2010). Strauss was a Guggenheim fellow in 2003 and received the Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography in 2007. He is Chair of the graduate program in Art Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he also runs the Art Writing Lecture series. And he is on the faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.
Allen Spore is a practicing documentary photographer. His work explores the nature of community, primarily through portraiture. His work has been shown at the Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA; the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco, Aperture Magazine online Exposures website. He is a is an MFA graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and previously served on the faculty of the San Francisco Art Institute. He has photographed the Republican and Democratic conventions since 2000.
Designer Ari Craven is 2016 double major (Studio Art & Theatre Arts) graduate of the University of Iowa. He recently launched Ari Craven Design.
Reporter Maureen O’Reilly worked as a student journalist during the Republican National Convention. Her day job is in medical research—still stories, just presented differently. She has a twin brother and hiking mountains brings her peace.
Special Thanks to the Organizations and People whose support and encouragement has made this project possible:
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY.
The Brooklyn Rail
Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson
University of Iowa Office of the Vice-President for Research Internal Funding Initiative-Arts Humanities Initiative
University of Iowa Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio