CFP: Collective imaginations and collaborative art practice
Panel no. P087 at EASA Biennial Conference, Tallinn, 31st July to 3rd August 2014
Panel Chairs: Dr. des. Fiona Siegenthaler, Prof. Dr. Till Förster and Dr. Ulf Vierke (Universities of B
In cities all over the world and particularly in what is called the Global South, we can observe an increase of socially and politically interested art practices that address audiences beyond the art world while adopting media and methods widely accepted in international art discourse. They mostly are labeled collaborative art, dialogical art, or participative art and often are event-like, performative, and processual rather than object-based. They are mostly directed towards social change and exchange, often in protest against political authorities and social realities.
Artists working in this genre mostly seek interaction with socially and economically marginalized ‘communities’ or ‘groups’, and they emphasize the integrative purpose and function of such art practices. Sometimes, they also involve political engagement such as public protest against social injustice, against failure in service delivery, police arbitrariness, unemployment, etc. Often, the artists also collaborate with, or at least are funded by, NGOs, social organizations or other networked groups that also speak to a much broader, trans- and international public.
We invite papers that reflect the notions of social empowerment, collaboration, and community critically on the basis of case examples of engaged art projects in cities all over the world. What does collaboration mean? How is it related to notions of power? What social and aesthetic benefit do artists as well as their collaborators draw from these art practices? How are individual and collective imaginations of political realities and futures articulated and reflected in such practices? And what role does the ethnographer play when s/he is involved in these artistic initiatives?
Deadline: 27 February 2014
Please submit your paper proposals directly on the conference website. For this, please visit the website to read the instructions: http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2014/cfp.shtml.
Proposals must be made via the 'Propose a paper' link found beneath the panel abstract.
Proposals must consist of:
• a paper title
• a short abstract of no more than 300 characters
• a long abstract of no more than 250 words
The 2014 EASA conference is organized by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University in conjunction with the EASA.
The theme of the conference is Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution: innovation and continuity in an interconnected world. For more information, see: http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2014/theme.shtml v
Please note that EASA membership fees, conference fees, accommodation, and travel expenses are not covered and must be secured by the participants.
Dr. des. Fiona Siegenthaler
Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Basel
Münsterplatz 19, CH-4051 Basel
Tel: +41 61 267 27 48
Fax: +41 61 267 27 47
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