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When
September 17, 2017 to February 18, 2018

Where

Queens Museum of Art
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens  New York  11368
United States
718-592-9700
Queens Museum of Art

Julia Weist: 17.(SEPT) [By WeistSiréPC]™

Image: Julia Weist and Nestor Siré, 1mberto (Santa Clara), 2016. Fujifilm instant film. Courtesy the artists

For the project 17.(SEPT) [By WeistSiréPC]™, American artist and 2016-2017 Queens Museum-Jerome Fellow Julia Weist collaborates with Cuban artist Nestor Siré to analyze creative social strategies in Cuba that have developed in place of internet connectivity. The most significant of these phenomenon, El Paquete Semanal or “the weekly package,” is a 1 terabyte digital media collection, aggregated weekly and circulated across the country via in-person file sharing. 

The centerpiece of 17.(SEPT) [By WeistSiréPC]™ is a 64 terabyte server containing 52 weeks of El Paquete Semanal from August 2016 to August 2017. It is the only comprehensive archive of the Paquete and its construction and deployment was designed around the legal and logistical restrictions of the changing US-Cuba relations over the last year. Weist and Siré contacted every copyright holder represented in the Paquete from the week of August 8, 2016, in an attempt to legalize its contents. Where possible they secured the rights to distribute the same material circulating in Cuba to Queens Museum visitors, free of charge.