Public Sense
Issue

9.1 / Public Sense

December 12 2017

Introduction

Can art help communities redefine social economies, or create meaningful exchanges between disparate groups? This issue of Art Practical is looking for overlaps and disconnects with politically engaged object-making practices, social practice and its pedagogy, and public-facing and audience-engaging practices. We are asserting that something new is needed to establish and make legible practices that may be overlooked by not being executed with pedagogical underpinnings or institutional support, as well as recognizing that many categorical visual-art practices intersect with engagement/action in very meaningful ways—and have for a long time. 

We’ve decided to dedicate six months to this endeavor and will be publishing new content each month on a rolling basis, giving the issue the opportunity to be flexible, responsive, and experimental. Newly commissioned essays will reflect on and probe the pedagogy and commercial market for public practices, will bring forth under-recognized practitioners, will look to institutional platforms that support socially engaged projects, and will bring to light new perspectives we have yet to know. On our AP Audio channel, we will be releasing a series of recorded conversations about artistic practice, place, and publics that confront socio-political concerns, participation, and social histories. AP Programs will include events and partnerships that extend the conversation of the issue into public spaces, including through our Wikipedia edit-a-thon series. We are also including some previously-published essays in the issue in order to situate new conversations within a broader and ongoing dialogue of what we are calling “public practice” to create space to contend with an evolving field and methodology for art making and engagement. Everything related to the issue will be published here, so check back every month for more content.

Features

Connective Tissue

Connective Tissue

By Ranu Mukherjee

Death never makes sense, but it seems like a particularly strange time to lose Ted.

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Columns

Interview with C. Davida Ingram

Interview with C. Davida Ingram

By Sarah Margolis-Pineo

"I’m committed to having spaces to think about the conditions Black people and people of color are living in and what might produce our freedom—spaces for communion, dancing, good music—all the conversational prerequisites for creativity."

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Interview with Dread Scott

Interview with Dread Scott

By Bad at Sports

If this moment is going to stick, it will require not just a movement in the arts, but much more social upheaval.

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Episode 18: Brett Cook

Episode 18: Brett Cook

By Weston Teruya

Brett Cook and Weston Teruya talk about creating skillful outcomes, bringing people into relationship with one another, and creating a culture of assessment and reflection. 

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