Never the Same is organized by Daniel Tucker and Rebecca Zorach. The project documents Chicago’s rich art history and develops a language for discussing the impact of socially and politically engaged art practices that integrates consideration of external with internal transformation and effects.
Never The Same was launched in the Fall of 2010 with a roundtable discussion about archiving Chicago art held at the Experimental Station. The next Fall of 2011 with 10 interviews posted online at never-the-same.org. The first round of interviews included Kelan Phil Cohran, Jorge Felix, Emily Forman and Josh MacPhee, Dara Greenwald, Aaron Hughes, Jae and Wadsworth Jarrell, Mary Jane Jacob, Ladyfest Midwest, Patric McCoy, and Christina Obregón and Jose David (Calles Y Suenos). And then in the Fall of 2012, interviews with 10 new Chicago artists and organizers were posted, along with the city-wide interview project 5 Questions About Socially Engaged Art in Chicago and updated resource listings. The second round of interviews included Barbara Jones Hogu, Estelle Carol, Joanna Brown and Mark Freitas (Homocore Chicago), Laura Shaeffer, Nicole Garneau, Pemon Rami, Penelope Rosemont , Salome Chasnoff, Terri Kapsalis, and Turtel Onli. This site will also house a significant amount of archived materials and ephemera collected from Chicago’s social and political art communities.