Jon Rubin & Dawn Weleski


Photo courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University



Jon Rubin creates interventions into public life that reinvent social and political conditions and create platforms for agency, participation, and exchange. His projects include starting a radio station in an abandoned town that only plays the sound an extinct bird, developing a hypnotized human robot army, running a barter-based nomadic art school, operating a restaurant that produces a live talk show with its customers, and running another take-out restaurant that only serves food from countries that the United States is in conflict with. He has exhibited at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, New York; The Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico; The Rooseum, Sweden; The ParkingGallery, Tehran, Iran; Nemo Film Festival; as well as backyards, living rooms, and street corners.



Dawn Weleski’s practice administers a political stress test, antagonizing routine cultural behavior by re-purposing underground brawls, revolutionary protests, and political offices as transformative social stages. Recent projects include City Council Wrestling, a series of wrestling matches where citizens, pro-am wrestlers, and city council members personify their political passions into wrestling characters, and “I will not bomb Iran” (100 times), a curriculum designed and taught by Weleski to generate student-authored apologies on behalf of the United States. Her on-going project with collaborator Jon Rubin, Conflict Kitchen, a take out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the U.S. government is in conflict, has been covered in over 400 international media and news outlets worldwide, including The New York Times, Al Jazeera, NPR: All Things Considered, and BBC News. Weleski has exhibited at The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Townhouse Gallery, Cairo; The Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; Festival Belluard Bollwerk International, Switzerland; The Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh; and 91mQ, Berlin; has been a resident at The Headlands Center for the Art and The Atlantic Center for the Arts; and is a fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.