This blog is dedicated to a variety of social art practices including: urban interventions, utopian proposals, guerrilla architecture, new genre, public art, social sculpture, project-based community practice, interactive media, service dispersals, service design, activism and street performance. The primary material of social practice is person-to-person exchange, interaction, or participation. These situations, organizations and events can involve various media including photography, video, drawing, text, sound, sculpture,, political art, design, eco-art and performance art.
A day of discussions about the changing connections between art and its publics: Co-organised by Auckland Art Gallery and AUT University School of Art and Design
International keynote speaker: Jeanne van Heeswijk
How can the public play a greater role in art? How can public participants be generative in the creation of culture - in reality as well as in theory? How can a multitude of voices be heard or seen in 'public art' and in art institutions? Can art in public space support new or productive relationships with communities? Is it possible for art institutions to engage with expectations that art will assist in the development of a discursive public sphere while also having to prioritise cultural tourism or the economic contribution of the arts?
This symposium seeks discussion on the rise of connectivities between art in public space and publics. It addresses varied calls for art to play a role in the creation of a public sphere, evident, for example, in the recent Istanbul and Sydney biennales.
Run of events9-9.30amRegistration and Introduction 9.30-10.15amKeynote: Jeanne van Heeswijk 10.45am-12.30pmSESSION 1: Enterprise vs hospitality Grace McQuilten Amy Spiers Keely Macarow Suburban Floral Association - Tanya Eccleston / Monique Redmond 1.15-3pmSESSION 2: Exploring the localSESSION 3: Exploring the localAlex Monteith Andy Thomson and Paul Cullen Amanda Yates Gretchen CoombsJanita Craw and Victoria O'Sullivan Tracey Williams Martin Awa Clarke Langdon Olivia Labb3.30-5pmSESSION 4: Public or counter-publicSESSION 5: Non participation Social Practices Art Network (SPAN) Emil Dryburgh Mark Amery, Sophie Jerram, Helen Kirlew SmithLayne Waerea Tosh Arhkit Sarah Rodigari
Image: Jeanne van Heeswijk, The Resistance of Small Happiness 2010. Photo by Marcel van der Meijs
The River School is a series of study days, workshops, symposia and exhibitions that engage with the Danube as a transforming natural environment with a long history of human intervention, a route of transnational flows and migrations, a focus for ecological concern that spills over into civic action, and a magnet for diverse artistic and cultural reflections.
Twelve artists will have an opportunity to participate in a program that would provide them with a studio in exchange for work in the community, thanks to the Neighborhood Time Exchange introduced by Broken City Lab and the Mural Arts Program.
The central installation in Ai Weiwei's forthcoming exhibition on Alcatraz is set of 176 LEGO sculptures depicting political prisoners. (I've always been a fan of Lego Mosaics, but here is the use of mosaics for a political art exhibit.
In 1993, artist Rick Lowe took over nearly two dozen derelict shotgun houses in Houston's Third Ward and, over the course of 20 years, turned them into a thriving cultural center that offers exhibitions, artist residencies and even a program for...
As a sculptor, my interest in the natural world rests both in art and science. I work within the two fields using art as a vehicle for translating the patterns and processes of the natural world into the language of human understanding. I try to design a project so that the site tells the ecological story of itself. I am interested in showing the invisible aspects microorganisms and their complicated relationships of eating and being eaten, the spiraling hydrological patterns of a stream, the mosaic of growth in a vacant lot, the prevailing winds and their effects on vegetation, the flow of water through a living system. Often people think that nature ends where the city begins. But natural processes are always occurring in the city. I like to explore the idea of nature in the city and make it visible to people. I look for sites which give me the opportunity to bring the patterns and processes of the natural world into the built environment.
Alfredo Barsuglia’s Social Pool is an eleven-by-five-feet wide pool in the Southern California desert, open for anybody to use. White, unadorned and geometric, it is formally reminiscent of a Minimalist sculpture. Its location, on the other hand, nods toward the related US-American phenomenon of large-scale Land Art installations in deserts around the American West, like, most notably, Walter de Maria’s The Lightning Field in New Mexico, Robert Smithson’s famed Spiral Jetty, or Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels in Utah. Conceived in the 1970s, these works bore a critical response to and refusal of both the increasing commodification and institutionalization of art and the rampant destruction of the ecological environment.
Streetsblog is a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities. Since 2006, Streetsblog has covered the movement to transform our cities by reducing dependence on private automobiles and improving conditions for walking, biking, and transit. Our reporters have broken important stories about transit funding, pedestrian safety, and bicycle policy from day one. And our writing makes arcane topics like parking prices and induced traffic accessible to a broad audience.
The Tulane City Center (TCC) is nationally renowned for strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations in the Greater New Orleans community to advance high quality Public Interest Designs. The TCC's work is driven by citizen’s ideas and input and involves the faculty and students of the Tulane School of Architecture as well as many departments across Tulane University. The Tulane City Center’s mission has been to educate, advocate and provide design services to New Orleans neighborhoods and non-profit clients who are traditionally severely under-resourced and underserved by the design disciplines. We continue to believe in the public necessity of design and its broad and popular access to all citizens. As a result the work is characterized by deep citizen engagement in the planning and design decisions that will affect their lives.
Meet The 2014 Winners Of The MacArthur 'Genius Grants' Alabama Public Radio "Lowe has initiated similarly arts-driven redevelopment projects in other cities, including the Watts House Project in Los Angeles, a post-Katrina rebuilding effort in New...
Houston Chronicle Houston artist, Austin advocate win MacArthur 'genius grants' Chron.com What's remarkable is that Rick was on this track of socially engaged art and developing community long before anybody thought about it.
Together Work by Carol Stakenas | Sep 30, 2014 “Artists alone can’t change the world. Neither can anyone else, alone. But we can choose to be a part of a world that is changing.”1 —Lucy Lippard Social Practices Art Network (SPAN) curator Carol Stakenas on the concept of \'together work\' and the recent SPAN Together Survey.
Green Art Lab Alliance In partnership with Julie’s Bicycle TransArtists desk has developed a European wide program dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability and how that can be challenged in practical, ethical, and artistic ways across cultural communities in Europe. Based on the concept of a ‘knowledge alliance’ we are building a collaborative project with cultural organizations and artists all over Europe, and Georgia. We believe it is time that people working in the arts take responsibility in innovative and artistic ways. In the world of arts we shouldn’t see environmental sustainability as a side issue, but as an essential part of its practice. What that exactly implies for the visual arts and design, is what this project will investigate on different levels and in close collaboration with designers, artists and scientists across Europe.
The Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art is a new centre for transnational research into East European art and ecology based in Budapest that operates across the disciplinary boundaries of art history, contemporary art and ecological thought. Founded by Drs. Maja and Reuben Fowkes in 2013, the Translocal Institute emerged from a decade of collaborative curatorial and research as translocal.org. In addition to fostering research in the overlapping fields of contemporary art history and ecology, our activities include working with universities and art spaces across Europe to realise curatorial projects and contribute to arts education.
New York Times In a Mattress, a Fulcrum of Art and Political Protest New York Times “Carry That Weight” is both singular and representative of a time of strongly held opinions and objections and righteous anger on all sides, a time when, not...
AxS Festival 2014 Mixes Art and Science in Pasadena, Beginning This Weekend Broadway World Across 17 days of events, AxS Festival 2014 | Curiosity will engage audiences in dynamic, multidisciplinary programming that explores the intersection of art...
Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. Since 2009 we have served the greater New York area by providing educational outreach, cultural events, and a platform for science innovation at the grassroots level. In December 2010 we opened the first-ever community biotechnology laboratory, a Biosafety Level One facility in Brooklyn, New York, where we offer hands-on courses to the public, provide extracurricular experiences for students, and encourage scientific entrepreneurship, particularly in the fields of molecular and synthetic biology. As a community-based lab, we offer members the unique opportunity to work on their own projects and experience the joy and wonder of science firsthand.
A cheerleader of possibility, Public Workshop creates uniquely engaging opportunities for youth and their communities to shape the design of their cities. We are redefining the way that youth participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their communities, and addressing the most pressing challenges in the world around them. In the process, we are fundamentally re-imagining education by reshaping how and where learning occurs. Working with our partners and clients, we develop inspiring curricula, transformative youth design leadership programs, innovative participatory community design tools, engaging events and thoughtful strategies that help people rethink possibility. We accomplish this by relentlessly challenging and radically rethinking assumptions about how people learn and design occurs. Our students and clients are smiling (and in some cases leaping) because we believe that the very best learning and design occur when it’s challenging, empowering and fun. Over the past fourteen years we have worked with numerous public schools, organizations, museums, universities, architecture firms and city agencies including openhousenewyork, DreamYard, Charter High School For Architecture and Design in Philadelphia, Rural Studio, Hester Street Collaborative, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Landon Bone Baker Architects, National Building Museum and the City of Austin, Texas. We are nationally recognized experts on K-12 design education with an emphasis on service learning. Our work has been featured on NPR’s Studio 360 and in magazines such as Architect, Metropolis, ID and the Architect’s Newspaper as well as showcased on various company websites including Fast Company, GOOD, Next American City, Slate, Kaboom!, Core 77, Yahoo and NBC’s TODAY.
Jonathan Watts: Conceived during the mass protests in Brazil last year, the premier art event in Latin America puts everything from the Amazon’s ethnic cleansing to the demonisation of mixed-race youth on the walls of Oscar Niemeyer’s famous pavilion...