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 Digital Narrative of Genocide Survival (DNGS) has worked to capture on digital video the stories of individual survivors of the 1975-79 genocide event that took place in Cambodia. The DNGS project has developed as part of the rapid expansion in the interdisciplinary field of Genocide Studies throughout the curricula of higher education and the K-12 classrooms in this country. The now-completed, initial stages of the project began in 2006 when the DNGS team began capturing on digital video the stories of individual Cambodians who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide from 1975-1979 in Democratic Kampuchea. This genocide, often referred to as “The Killing Fields” from the biographical movie of the same name, continued for almost four years and resulted in as many as two million deaths. What became clear to the team during this initial work in-country was that contemporary Cambodians from the genocide survivor generation, for the first time in more than two decades, were prepared to talk about their experiences.
In 1978 contemporary New Zealand artist Barry Thomas undertook a public art project in inner city Wellington. Utilising a vacant lot on the corner of Willis and Manners Streets, the artist and his friends cut through a wire perimeter fence, delivered a truckload of top soil to the site and planted 180 cabbages. Barry Thomas, ‘Vacant lot of cabbages’ documentation, 1978. Purchased 2012, Te Papa. Photo: courtesy of Barry Thomas. The project Vacant lot of cabbages (also known as ‘The cabbage patch’) immediately caught the public attention and received extensive media coverage. Barry was interviewed in local newspaper The Evening Post where he challenged Wellingtonians to occupy the vacant lot and claim the site as their own. The lot was quickly filled with all sorts of objects—which the city council promptly cleared away—except for the cabbages. For several months the vacant-lot-turned-urban-garden became the site of informal gatherings, events and a one-week arts festival called ‘The Last Roxy Show’.
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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
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The California Arts Council received quite the Valentine's Day surprise from one of its fellow state agencies last February. The head of rehabilitation programs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) called with a proposal: help coordinate an 18-month, $2.5 million Arts-in-Corrections pilot program in California state prisons. CDCR would provide the funding, and the Arts Council would provide the know-how and coordination. Like most Valentine’s Day proposals, CDCR’s was happily accepted. By June the first phase of the program was launched. The Arts Council contracted seven arts organizations with dozens of artists scheduled to provide more than 10,000 hours of arts programming in 14 state prisons in the first year, and even more planned for the following year. The current Arts-in-Corrections pilot isn't exactly new, but rather is a revival of a previously successful program. Arts programs in California prisons started in the late 1970s, and became world-renowned through the 1980s and early 1990s. But due to various budgetary and policy decisions, the program dwindled to next to nothing during the first decade of the 21st century and was officially closed by CDCR in 2010. - See more at: http://arts.gov/art-works/2014/arts-prison-transforming-lives-behind-bars-through-arts#sthash.xil90PMz.dpuf
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