PROJECT: As a class project, choose one resource that your campus consumes to keep your school operating and create a ‘social practice’ work of art that makes its use more efficient; or its disposal less polluting; or its manufacture less wasteful.
READ TO LIFE! Read any three chapters by the artists mentioned below.
Social practice artists are more likely to display disapproval and dissent than to affirm the status quo. Thus, reform is an essential component of social practice art. The artists in this section reform the following components of society: politics (Beuys, Chin, Dory); science (Ballengee, Critical Art Ensemble, Jeremijenko); energy production (Beehive, Eke, HeHe, Franceschini); architecture (Hundertwasser, Potrc); economics (Mandiberg, Reyes, Talen, Yeh); resource acquisition and disposal (Gelitin, Fournier, Superflex, Sherk, Ukeles); religion (Red Earth).
In social practice art, members of the community become actively engaged in the artist’s work. As such it differs from public art that is observed in a public space, but does not invite interaction. Diverse forms of public art engagement include dialoguing (Beuys, Beehive, Ukeles); experimenting (Ballengee, Jeremijenko, Critical Art Ensemble); co-creating an artwork (Chin, Eke, HeHe, Hundertwasser, Gelitin, Reyes, Sherk); establishing a school (Dory); teaching self-sufficiency (Fournier, Franceschini, Potrc, Sherk, Superflex, Yeh); influencing purchasing decisions (Mandiberg, Talen); creating a ceremony (Red Earth)
PROJECT: Convey Reform.
As a class project, choose one resource that your campus consumes to keep your school operating and create a ‘social practice’ work of art that makes its use more efficient; or its disposal less polluting; or its manufacture less wasteful. For example, organize a “Kilowatt Not!” competition between two living units. The winner is the unit that reduces its energy use by the greatest percent over the course of one week. Half the class devises and carries out a strategy to activate the residents in one living unit to participate in this energy conservation scheme. The other half of the class does the same for the second living unit.