Dahlia Elsayed’s Ideological Tug of War takes over campus

Last Thursday Visiting Artist Dahlia Elsayed conducted a public art project in the center of campus, the Ideological Tug of War. Using the game of Tug of War as a means of examining divisions and generating poetry, Elsayed mobilized a cast of hundreds to play a tiered tournament of tug of war and settle for all time the epic battle of Ideologies. As seems fitting at any university, Logic Won!… beating out a highly competitive field that included battles between Faith and the State, Money vs Passion, Spectacle vs Nothingness and Puppies vs Kittens (those cats left the little pups saying “me-ow”!).

About Paul Collins

Paul Collins is an assistant professor of art and gallery director at Austin Peay State University. Paul makes drawings, paintings and sculpture that combine humor, tactility and observation to examine the world around us. Paul has an mfa from Yale and has been a resident at Skowhegan, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Vermont Studio Center. Paul is an enthusiastic collaborator and has curated shows or organized artist projects for a wide range of artists including James Surls, Betty Woodman, Liz Ferrill, Danielle Genadry, Paul Jacobsen, Mala Iqbal, Kenny Scharf, David Humphrey, Charles Long, Michael Kreuger, Jason Rogenes, Kim Dickey, and Takashi Nakazato.

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