'I believe that every socially engaged work begins with a personal story. The story that we don’t tell but that drives us on, deep inside.
Social practice invites a constant traveling between being, making and reflecting with others. It is a process of co-actions ( (Gergen, K, – Relational Being, 2009) which validates our emotional world and moves it out there into an expression, to become of-this-world.
The stories collide, and in the magic of the clash, new knowledge emerge from our differences.'
Divided into groups of four for Truth-Dare-Art-1 'Dare to Act': the challenge posed to the artists was to spontaneously make a difference.
This group of artists were at a bit of a loss what to do and went toward the charity shop with a Tesco trolley. "I don't see these places making a difference" said Andy. Richard was a good sport and followed Tina's suggestion that he get in the trolley. We explained "we're just doing an art experiment" to the shop keeper. When it came to borrowing the pillows to go outside the collaboration process truly began as we had to consult with the store manager to get his permission and explain our intentions.â
TheDare to act challenge to “make a difference” in one hour, with no planning or forewarning. Artists divided into groups and summoned their spontanaeity. This group learned a song that had been taught to Rosalind Turner and together she and Linn O'Carroll and Jemima Hall sought out locations in Salisbury town centre break into song which they did beautifully, harmonising, and surprising shoppers, passers by, and business owners. The controversial nature of the song gave us pause when we considered sharing the films prompting a discussion about Online vs In Context.
‘The French Artist’
‘The French artist is the part of me that is on a quest. A quest to reach deeper understanding in an attempt to put a wrong right. To revisit the history of how society has developed and reached such discrepancy between logic of the heart, of human relationship, and the logic of institutional priorities; a gap reaching the edge of the chaos which may become our learning zone.’
This Saturday 20 October, you are invited to participate on social media as we tweet, stream, and post content from ‘Social Practice: Truth or Dare?’ a peer-to-peer learning event for artists with a socially engaged art practice whether than means activism, social service, art in education. You may think of your practice as socially engaged through its audience participation or have been influenced by artists/writers who are socially engaged.
Over the weekend we will begin building a ‘map’ of social art practice, which we hope will be inspiring, informative, and collective experience.
Please use the hashtag #truthdareart and tag us at @casartists
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10.30am Laurence Dube-Rushby presents her PhD research Study; what D-DARE proposes to test as a methodology for delivering and evaluating micro-socially-engaged-projects in education and community settings (20 min)
11am four breakout room discussions: ‘You’ ‘Me’ ‘My Practice’ and ‘Them’ exploring the new role of the artist in contemporary social practice and the various positions artists take as creators, educators, facilitators, entrepreneurs, disruptors, activists
2pm Dare to Bare
2.30pm Dare to Act
4pm Moment of Truth
In partnership with CAS and NewRED studios.