Situation as Site: Social Performance and Interventions
Dates: June 14-25, 2021
2 undergraduate studio credits
Like a laboratory, this timely online program brings together artists, scholars, and activists to re-imagine social and socially-engaged art in civic/private spaces during the current and post-pandemic. Participants will develop a progression of work constructing space for civic dialogue and cultural awareness. Projects will combine methods from a variety of art forms, activism, and performance practice in order to cultivate innovative approaches to the construction of new work in our quickly changing social landscape.
Celebrating creativity under all circumstances, participants will conceptualize, develop and share work created in these new conditions. Applicants from around the world are encouraged to devise installations and performances in their nearby and immediate surroundings: home, balconies, windows, sidewalks, courtyards, and online.
This online version of the ten year old City as Site program explores new possibilities to introduce and demonstrate concepts of public intervention and performance. This residency addresses the global issues of shifting from traditional civic locations of social activity to the home, nearby public places, personal spaces, relationships and inner experiences to reveal new possibilities of discovery.
Interventions may take many forms: online tours, site performance, temporal installations, video or sound projections, digital platforms, community involved projects, peer-to-peer platforms, print or online publication, or a virtual event.
This is a unique opportunity to study with a faculty composed of leading artists, thinkers, and social entrepreneurs. Through experiential online synchronous and asynchronous workshops and one-on-one sessions, faculty will help artists to originate projects that reflect the new current social dynamics. In the experimental spirit of City as Site, we welcome artists who are interested in moving from traditional spaces into the new world arena that we now inhabit.
Situation as Site faculty: Ed Woodham (artist; founder and director, Art in Odd Places). Guest lecturers have included: Ayana Evans (performance artist, editor at large for cultbytes.com), Alicia Grullon (artist), Kendal Henry (artist and director of NYC Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program), and Todd Shalom (artist; educator; founder of Elastic City). Tom Finkelpearl (arts promoter), Risë Wilson (The Laundromat Project, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation), Radhika Subramaniam (curator, writer), Martha Wilson (Franklin Furnace), Marlène Ramírez-Cancio (Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics), Micaela Martegani (More Art), Kameelah Janan Rasheed (artist and educator), Baseera Khan (artist), Esther Neff (artist), Sheryl Oring (artist and educator), Shaun Leonardo (artist and educator), Lisa Kim (Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice) and Tomashi Jackson (artist).
Note: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program. This residency is fully online and offered through a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous lectures, discussions and activities. Synchronous sessions will be announced and scheduled in consideration of different time zones. All students with an active registration in this online course will be given free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud.
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