Every year Day With(out) Art events take place around the world as an International Day of action and mourning to raise AIDS awareness and show support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

This year Visual AIDS presents:


Launching TODAY, December 1, 2016, COMPULSIVE PRACTICE shares the daily and habitual practices of nine artists and activists who use their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS.


New Museum235 Bowery, New York NY 10002TONIGHT: Thursday December 1, 7:00–9:00PMScreening and artist talk featuring James Wentzy, Luna Luis Ortiz and Carol Leigh, moderated by Jean Carlomusto Over 70 screening locations worldwide – find a location near you here or watch online now.

For the 2016 Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS presents COMPULSIVE PRACTICE, a video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. This hour-long video program will be distributed internationally to museums, art institutions, schools and AIDS organizations.

From video diaries to civil disobedience, holiday specials and backstage antics, Betamax to YouTube, COMPULSIVE PRACTICE displays a diversity of artistic approaches, experiences, and expectations. The compulsive video practices of these artists serve many purposes—outlet, lament, documentation, communication, empowerment, healing—and have many tones—obsessive, driven, poetic, neurotic, celebratory. COMPULSIVE PRACTICE demonstrates the place of technology, self-expression, critique, and community in the many decades and the many experiences of artists and activists living with HIV/AIDS.

COMPULSIVE PRACTICE highlights subjects ranging from historic actions against government neglect to contemporary issues such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and living with an undetectable viral load. Altogether, the program charts over three decades of AIDS-related video production in the face of the ongoing crisis.

COMPULSIVE PRACTICE is curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz, and Hugh Ryan for Visual AIDS. Participating video makers and artists include Juanita Mohammed, Ray Navarro (1964–1990), Nelson Sullivan (1948–1989), the Southern AIDS Living Quilt, James Wentzy, Carol Leigh aka Scarlot Harlot, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mark S. King, and Justin B. Terry-Smith.

COMPULSIVE PRACTICE is presented in conjunction with the Visual AIDS exhibition Everyday at La MaMa Galleria, 47 Great Jones Street, NYC, on view through December 10. 

Visual AIDS launched the first Day Without Art in 1989, and we continue to present programs that inspire, witness, and provoke dialogue about HIV/AIDS today.  As we remember friends and family on this day–we also ask for your support to continue to present important programs like this.  Please give if you can.  

-Visual AIDS