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.
Our courts are out of balance. A judicial system premised on the concept of professional representation is now increasingly deciding cases in which at least one side is not represented by counsel. In some instances, all parties have lawyers. In others, some litigants have lawyers and some do not. In many matters, none of the parties have the assistance of counsel.
In every instance, people and organizations are seeking resolution of critical disputes ranging from basic shelter to child custody to payment for damages, and everything in between. Although our justice community has responded with, among other things, a significant expansion of resources for unrepresented litigants, it remains the case that the current system was designed for a reality that no longer exists. The time is right to rethink how our courts do business, and reconsider the structure of our judicial system, so that it can better meet the needs of everyone involved.
A partnership of three organizations – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Trial Court, Northeastern University School of Law’s NuLawLab, and the premier design and innovation consultancy IDEO – is ready to tackle a fundamental redesign of formal conflict resolution for an age when legal representation is no longer assured.
Our process will leverage the application of service and system design methodologies to approach the challenge from the perspective of the full range of end-users of our courts – represented and unrepresented parties, attorneys, judges, clerks and administrators, jury members, and many others. The targeted outcome of our project is a fully redesigned trial court experience that, after sufficient evaluation, could be scaled geographically and substantively to other trial court departments across Massachusetts as well as other jurisdictions across the country.
Come and celebrate another accomplishment in support of workers' rights. We are excited to be launching the Mass Domestic Workers' Hotline because workers can call in during their free time to hear about their labor rights.
This project was created through a partnership of Studio Rev, the Brazilian Worker Center, and Northeastern University NuLawLab. When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 3-5pm
Where: Northeastern University School of Law, 65 Forsyth Street in Dockser Hall (Refreshments and Snacks will be served)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
To accompany the current exhibition Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art, the Queens Museum presents Artists In/Of The City, a special convening that explores the current wave of new artist residency programs in city agencies taking place throughout the nation. Beyond Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ almost four decade long artist residency within the NYC Department of Sanitation, NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs has recently initiated artist residencies inside three other city agencies and is working on more. Cities around the country, including Boston, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Kansas City, and Los Angeles, are experimenting with their own versions of residencies within municipal agencies and departments.
Artists In/Of The City convening provides an open space to share and discuss the aspirations and experiences of artists and their city agency partners involved in these kinds of residencies in NYC and across the country. We’ve also invited those in charge of organizing these residencies to share how they initiated and structured their residencies given their local contexts. We hope that these examples will illuminate the best ways moving forward to harness artists’ unique creative and critical contributions to how urban systems work. The Artists In/Of The City convening starts with a brief examination by Ukeles of the artworks that inspired the event from the Touch Sanitation Show, 1984.
Three works originally conceived for Touch Sanitation Show have been reimagined for the Queens Museum, and we will meet in front of One Year’s Worktime II, 1984/2016, a full year of work shifts in the form of clock faces has been silkscreened over a gradient of colors representing the seasons which is installed on the Museum’s Large Wall in the Main Atrium. We will then assemble around the Peace Table, originally commissioned in 1997 by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art for Ukeles’s installation Unburning Freedom Hall. Made of layers of cobalt blue stained glass and plate glass in the shape of a halo, it will be suspended from 50 feet above the central atrium of the Queens Museum.
This setting for the convening, a literal round table, has inspired a format for the convening consisting of three concentric rings of guests. The first ring will be Presenters, artists and city officials with direct experience with residences at municipal agencies whose presentations will act as conversation starters for the convening. The second ring will be Respondents, other artists who have been asked to prepare questions to bring to the table that can deepen the conversation. The third ring will be Participants, other invited artists and the general public interested in the theme that can keep the conversation going with their own questions and comments during the convening.
Confirmed guests for the convening include: Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Artist-in-Residence at NYC Department of Sanitation Vito Turso, Deputy Commissioner of Public Information at NYC Department of Sanitation Norman Steisel, Former Commissioner at NYC Department of Sanitation Brendan Sexton, Former Commissioner at NYC Department of Sanitation Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Tania Bruguera, Artist-in-Residence at NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal, NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Loree Sutton, Commissioner of NYC Department of Veteran’s Services Jules Rochielle, Artist-in-Residence at NYC Department of Veteran’s Services Christine Tinsley, Artist-in-Residence at NYC Department of Veteran’s Services Gladys Carrion, Commissioner of NYC Administration for Children’s Services The Lost Collective, Artists-in-Residence at NYC Administration for Children’s Services Marcus Young, former City Artist, City of St Paul, MN Alan Nakagawa, Artists-in-Residence at Los Angeles Department of Transportation Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture, City of Boston Gulgun Kayim, Chief of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Minneapolis
Image: Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-1980. Citywide performance with 8,500 Sanitation workers across all 59 New York City Sanitation districts. Photo by Marica Bricker. Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
Mission/History/Storia Through research-driven approaches Radical Intention expands the horizon of possibilities for collective experiences/actions focusing on the affinity between the social-political and artistic practice. Collaborative research, activism, alternative education, gatherings and the politics of hospitality play a continuing and vital role within the methodology and concepts of the group. Maria Pecchioli and Aria Spinell started…
Composer and pioneer Pauline Oliveros, founder of the practice of Deep Listening, describes the practice as “a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible, to hear no matter what you are doing.” There’s more to listening than meets the ear! Deep Listening, as developed by Oliveros, explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature of listening. The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams. It cultivates a heightened awareness of the sonic environment, both external and internal, and promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, playfulness and other creative skills vital to personal and community growth.
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