The Politics of Engagement

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    This Virtual Symposium built on a 2014 event organised as part of the Artworks Scotland Pilot Research Project at Shetland College University of Highlands and Islands. This year the lead was taken by the Community Practices Research cluster in Middlesex University's School of Art and Design, with the aim of developing an annual international event promoting dialogue, interaction and exchange and instigating an ongoing network for emerging artists in this expanding field of practice. The event used video conferencing to bring together students, artists, lecturers and researchers from five universities including the University of Highlands and Islands, University of Brighton, University of East London and Goldsmiths College. The virtual symposium introduced the subject of the social practice of art and design as a vehicle for cultural activism through sharing and discussing projects in progress by students and practitioners from diverse communities. Keynotes were delivered by Gregory Sholette, artist and author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, speaking from New York, and Jane Trowell, founder of Platform arts activist group based in London. Sarah Corbett will also share case studies from the Craftivist Collective.
    Period13 Mar 2015
    Event typeConference
    LocationLondon, Brighton and Highlands and Islands, United KingdomShow on map


    • Politics of engagement
    • art and social practice
    • virtual symposium