FOCI Words

FOCI Words is an online periodical and podcast dedicated to the contemporary arts. It offers artists a flexible platform to present their thoughts or work as they so choose.


Angela Guyton, “The Me That No One Sees” (June 3, 2017)

Ian Power, “Beauty as Privilege: Contemporary Music and Trump Anxiety” (March 2, 2017)

Art and Games 4: Ray Evanoff, “Radical Redefinition with Grandmaster Zendo” (January 30, 2017)

Art and Games 3: Ray Evanoff, “Reaching into the Dark with Hearthstone’s Miracle Rogue” (December 20, 2016)

Shi An Costello, “Positioning Art Within Economy” (December 5, 2016)

Alejandro Toledo Acierto, “DEEP BREATHS: Listening to the Breath of Cinema” (November 2, 2016)

FOCI Words Podcast Ep.4: “There is No One Place to Call Home,” with Ellen McSweeney (October 11, 2016)

Art and Games 2: Aaron Hynds, “Fallout 4, or How I Learned to Embrace Chaos” (September 18, 2016)

Music We Care About 5: Ray Evanoff, “Jenna Lyle’s Bewilderment of the Bodily” (July 23, 2016)

FOCI Words Podcast Ep.3: “Building Nightmares, Friends, and Fun,” with Natacha Diels (May 1, 2016)

Music We Care About 4: Ray Evanoff, “Steven Kazuo Takasugi’s Strange Worlds” (April 16, 2016)

Liam Hockley, “Conflicting Messages: Performer Agency in Contemporary Aesthetics” (March 25, 2016)

Art and Games 1: Aaron Hynds, “The Road Never Ends” (February 27, 2016)

Art and Athletics 5: Ray Evanoff, “A Throw is a Connection” (December 8, 2015)

FOCI Words Podcast Ep.2: “No One Gets What They Want But Everyone Wins,” with Michael Lewanski (November 27, 2015)

Art and Athletics 4: Angela Guyton (September 20, 2015)

FOCI Words Podcast Ep.1: “A Note to Index the Entire Weight of the Piece,” with Weston Olencki (August 30, 2015)

Clare Louise Harmon, “Selected Poems” (July 26, 2015)

Art and Athletics 3: Johnny Chang, “Brooklyn Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs, June 4, 1957” (July 1, 2015)

Ray Evanoff, “Composing as Augmentation” (May 20, 2015)

Rodrigo Constanzo, “Making Decisions in Time” (May 13, 2015)

Creating Atmosphere: Three Poems (March 2, 2015)

Art and Athletics 2: Ray Evanoff, “Chance and Circumstances” (February 2, 2015)

Art and Athletics 1: Ray Evanoff, “Rehearsing the Impossible” (December 17, 2014)

Weston Olencki, “Performing the Body” (November 19, 2014)

Music We Care About 3: Ray Evanoff, “Natacha Diels’ Bahnhof (October 25, 2014)

Two Thoughts on Performance (June 9, 2014)
Editor’s Note
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, “The Failure of Music”
Liam Hockley, “Towards a Redefinition of ‘Performer'”

Max Murray, “Fingerprints Against the Avalanche” (March 12, 2014)

Music We Care About 2: Joan Arnau Pàmies, “Obscurity, Greenwald, Fisher-Lochhead” (February 12, 2014)

Music We Care About 1: Ray Evanoff, “Sounds to be Unheard: Reactions to Evan Johnson’s die bewegung der augen (February 12, 2014)