Community/Performance (4th-6th June 2004) seeks to bring together
scholars and practitioners of participatory art, community performance,
performance theory and related fields.
The three-day event will take place on the green campus of Bryant
College, Rhode Island, which lends itself both to the installation for
temporary outdoor art works, to the presentation of computer-based/new
media works, and to traditional stage-based performances and workshops.
Themes and Questions:
What is the efficacy of arts interventions in building communities?
What are the present and future roles of the arts in our social
Are there separate aesthetics of community arts?
What are the relations between performance theory and practice?
What communities are being served/serve themselves?
What factors hinder or further collaboration, dissemination,
organization, and sharing?
What are the relationships between activism and action, between
performance and the performative, between the artistic and art?
What are the practices of transformation and transgression in our
contemporary cultural scene?
What are the shapes, the smells, the scenes, the people and the
places of politics?
As part of Community/Performance, the national organization ACN/Arts
Culture Nature will sponsor a number of panels and workshops that
address in particular art and ecology issues.
Community/Performance will bring together artists, scholars, activists
and community workers from the US and beyond. Community/Performance
will provide a venue to share experiences, to celebrate our diversity,
and to discuss our agendas.
Individual 20 min paper proposals that address issues of community
art, participatory art, minority-culture and aesthetics, arts-in-
education practices, e-communities, landscape and art, environmental
art, performances of the everyday, popular culture and performance,
etc. Please send a 300-500 word proposal, and biography.
Roundtables of four participants discussing a specific topic relation
to practice, theory, or organization. Please send a 500 word proposal,
with details of all participants.
Short performance pieces: 300 word proposal, biography and additional
information: please state length, required technical support if
appropriate, number of participants, etc.
Workshops: 300 word proposal, biography and additional information:
please state time required (up to 1.5 hours), requirements, min/max
number of participants, etc.
Material for media room: videos, internet sites, CD ROMs, DVDs, fine
art, poster presentations: 100-300 word proposal or viewing copy,
Material for outdoor exhibition: 100-300 word proposal or viewing
Please send all queries and proposals by November 1st, 2003, to the
conference director, via the email address below. Alternative email:
If you prefer snail-mail: the address is provided below.
A volume of selected papers from this conference is planned for
Conference costs will be kept low to allow wide participation, with
costs, including meals, under $80 for students and non-funded
participants. A number of low-cost housing options on campus will be
At this time, there are no funds available to support participants'
travels or to provide honoraria, but we will help participants
to raise funds by providing letters of invitation.
Bryant College is located in Northern Rhode Island, one hour's drive
away from Boston, and three hours from New York City.
Asst. Professor of Performance Studies
English and Cultural Studies
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield RI 02917
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