This is a 5 min YouTube video of my Art of the MOOC teachers presenting student work at Creative Time Summit NYC. Please watch it to get an idea of the concepts we’re exploring as social artists, and see some inspiring work.
At 1:39 you’ll see my “Remote Control” on the beach at Otter Rock. How awesome to be a part of this socially-engaged art / open education project. This week I’m peer-reviewing work from Australia, Sarajevo, and Switzerland.
Last week, our assignment was to stage a flash mob at an art museum or cultural institution. Together with fellow Art of the MOOC participant Kathleen Caprario, plus everyone who showed up, we gained some attention for the closing of the Jacobs Gallery. Here’s the link to the picture in the Sunday Register Guard.
I wrote about the action for my peer reviewers in Art of the MOOC. Here’s an excerpt:
Our city can’t seem to keep art galleries open. Serious visual artists must sell work outside of their home community in order to survive and pay studio rent. By taking an ironic stance – an anti-art stance – the flash mob highlighted the lack of support for local visual artists, from both city government and community.
This flash mob was intended to hold up a mirror to Eugene and let us see that contemporary art, outside of an academic setting, struggles and fails to find funding.
Eugene needs an Art Center where contemporary work, such as socially engaged art, can take place.