NS (formerly known as Native Strategies), the performance art journal of Los Angeles, is a six-volume archive of performance art production in L.A. from 2011 to 2016. At the start NS was created to bring artists together at live performance events organized for the launch of each issue. NS directors Brian Getnick and Tanya Rubbak conceive of the archiving function of NS as a platform for live exchanges between artists who were otherwise separated by L.A.’s vast terrain and the insular quality of its many vital scenes. The first five issues were organized around performance modalities; satire, dance, ritual, activism, and sound. Their last issue, FINAL TRANSMISSION: PERFORMANCE ART AND AIDS IN LOS ANGELES is about how performance makers process history, legacy, and myth in the wake of catastrophe. — NS website
From top: Brian Getnick, Blue Way, 2021, mixed media on paper. Image © Brian Getnick, courtesy of the artist and General Projects, Los Angeles; publication signing invitation card courtesy of Artbook.