Academic Session 33: Reading 2013
39th Annual Conference and Bookfair
University of Reading
11-13 April 2013
Jo Anna Isaak, Fordham University, jisaak@Fordham.edu
This session focuses on the social, political and intellectual implications of art that has gotten off its pedestal, got out of the gallery, got up from behind the couch, and gone to work! These interdisciplinary papers explore socially engaged art practices: artists or art organisations collaborating with specialists in other fields, artists working in nontraditional media and nontraditional contexts designing recuperative projects for degraded environments, creating solutions that address specific social and environmental needs, working on issues of environmental justice, or sustainability, or providing prototypes that can be adapted by individuals, communities, city planners and industry.
Jo Anna Isaak (Fordham University) What is Being Done!
Lauren Rotenberg (University College, London) On Tania Bruguera’s Arte ‘Util (Useful Art): Art as pedagogy, social work and institutional prototype
Christine Conley (University of Ottawa) Beyond Art in the Park: Performance research as social work
Ana Balona de Oliveira (Courtauld Institute of Art & University of Lisbon) Art, Circus and Architecture Work
Sjoukje van de Meulen (Independent) Socially Engaged Practices and New Media Art
Maria Luisa Coelho (University of Reading) Contemporary Feminist Art Practices: The case of Carla Cruz