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.
On Saturday, February 28, 2015, Yale University will host a major symposium titled The Legal Medium: New Encounters of Art and Law. Leading artists and thinkers of our time will gather to engage in a series of panels, presentations, performances and an art exhibition. Rather than focusing on the practice of art law, this symposium will examine law as an artistic medium, in and from which artists create. It will focus on how artists encounter, take advantage of and seek to mold law.
SPEAKERS Amy Adler, Jack Balkin, Tania Bruguera, Mary Ellen Carroll, Joshua Decter, Keller Easterling, Liam Gillick, Kenny Goldsmith, Tehching Hsieh, David Joselit, Robert Post, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Doris Sommer, & Laura Wexler
The pages of Emergency INDEX are open to all who work with performance. In each annual volume, contributors document works made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX reveals the breathtaking variety of practices used in performance work today. Each volume features a comprehensive index of key terms used by contributors in describing and discussing their own work. Begun in 2011, INDEX is a lens for seeing the field of contemporary performance from the ground up. Order before December 15 and get $10 off the cover price. Use this coupon code at checkout: performthis If you have a performance venue you may wish to become a Partner Organization and share INDEX with your colleagues; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and The Joyce Foundation are pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the 2014-2015 DCASE Studio Artist and Curatorial Residency Awards.
A Conversation between Marisa Jahn and Joseph del Pesco On the occasion of the launching of Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices, published by YYZ BOOKS and REV, we have invited the editor, artist, and writer Marisa Jahn, and Joseph...
This report, Culture Shift - How Artists are responding to Sustainability in Wales, was commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) to explore this ‘creative response’ in Wales: to identify key projects, initiatives, networks and organisations that are part of what is becoming an emerging ‘sector’ within the arts; to draw out themes, threads and commonalities; and to establish a representative picture of how principles of sustainability are being used to underpin creative projects, and, conversely, how creative principles are being used to enhance sustainability projects.
We recently had the pleasure of welcoming Benjamin Patterson to the Twin Cities. Patterson is participating in the exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art and, at age 80, is...
This is a blog devoted to the topic of cultural value, and in particular to an exploration of cultural value that does not rely on an understanding of ‘value’ in economic terms. The starting point for this initiative is that we need to reclaim the value debate from the ‘econocrats’ who operate on the basis of ‘the belief that there exist fundamental economic tests or yardsticks according to which policy decisions can and should be made’ (Self 1975, 5). Economics has much to contribute to the cultural value debate, but it represents only one possible way to think about what we value – as a society – and how we look after what is valuable to us (besides, there is much more to an economics-based undeerstanding of value than cost-benefit analyses). As a researcher working interdisciplinarily but initially trained in the Humanities, I am interested in looking at what other disciplinary perspectives can offer the understanding of what cultural value is and how it is inscribed in public policies for the cultural sector. In short, there is more to cultural value than what can be expressed in terms of a cost benefit analysis, and here is a place to explore what that ‘more’ might look like. Indeed, I very much hope that you might like to contribute your own take on that. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM THIS BLOG? My interest in cultural value dates back to years ago, when I began researching the idea that the arts can have beneficial social impacts, and that these impacts might constitute a convincing rationale for policy and a solid justification for arts subsidy. In the context of a move towards evidence-based policy making in all areas of the public sector, I was intrigued by the persisting faith in the power of the arts to deliver such impacts even in the face of an inadequate evidence base and poor impact evaluation standards. However, I eventually came to be quite critical of the blind faith in evidence as the actual driver of policy (not just in cultural policy making, but more broadly) coming to the conclusion that, rather, policies seem to be driven by what policy actors think and what they believe in – or in other words – their values.
On the heels of her wildly successful installation at the Domino Sugar Factory in New York, the artist Kara Walker prepares for a new exhibition and opens up about what drives her fearless exploration of race and sexuality.
(SPAN) Together Survey : Unruly Engagements/Cleveland What Is the Survey About? (SPAN) TOGETHER is an online survey and report aimed at providing richer quantitative data on how artists and culture workers are choosing to work in an expanded field (aka Socially Engaged Art, Community-Based Art, Public Practices, Participatory Arts, to name a few). In broad terms, this survey invites reflection on: - the 'shape' and 'scope' of your practice, - how and where you work, - who you are working with, - the primary audience for your work, - the tools and methodologies you employ, and - touches on the topic of funding, duration and work/life balance. A huge thank you to the 560+ individuals that participated. We look forward to hearing about your practices in Cleveland!! Welcome! On the occasion of the Unruly Engagement conference at Cleveland Institute of Art, we are thrilled to invite your participation in the (SPAN) TOGETHER SURVEY 2014. Your feedback is crucial in developing a report that is distinct in that it will be generated by artists and culture workers, not just about us. The goal is to collect richer quantitative data to communicate the realities of our practices to funders, institutions and other stakeholders demonstrating an interest in working with socially engaged artists. We are accepting responses through Saturday November 15, 2014. Please be assured, your answers will be completely anonymous and combined with others' responses. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.
Unruly Potluck Social Practice Gets Messy Friday, November 07, 2014, 7:30PM - 10:00PM Location: SPACES 2220 Superior Viaduct Cleveland, OH 44113 SPACES is participating in the Unruly Engagements Conference: On the Social Turn in Contemporary Art & Design, with a potluck dinner, collaboratively presented with Social Practices Art Network (SPAN). During this interdisciplinary conference that will examine various approaches to social practices, we wanted to get out of the academic setting and get a little messy. Is it socially engaging to have a food fight? We're not sure, but we're willing to find out. We hope that the potluck will encourage a feisty wrap up conversation from the 3 day-long conference hosted at Cleveland Institute of Art. This is an opportunity to have an informal and casual gathering – a chance for artists, culture workers, community activists, students and other types of organizers to meet and get to know each other, whether you've attended the conference or not. Our potluck partner is the Social Practices Art Network (SPAN), a resource for individuals, organizations, community groups and institutions that are interested in new genre arts forms and practices. During the potluck (SPAN) will discuss their nascent project, (SPAN)Together Cleveland, which will provide a snapshot of what it means to be a socially or community engaged cultural worker in Cleveland. This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you bring drinks or a side dish to share.
The Brooklyn Museum prides itself on being in touch with the borough's wide-ranging neighborhoods. Beyond offering its permanent collection, the museum has shown a commitment to being an active part of the community....
Creative Time Summit: Stockholm In collaboration with Public Art Agency Sweden Exploring socially and politically engaged art in a global context November 14–15, 2014 Kulturhuset Stockholm Sweden www.creativetime.org ...