Subject: CCE - Context & Culture - 2015
Class 08 - Contemporary Art Practices & Creativity - Artists as Agents for Change
1. On Artists as Agents for Change
There are many ways that artists contribute to culture and society. There are a plethora of academic texts on the topic of artists as agents for change - social & political change, environmental change, educational change, health issues, innovation in science and technology, etc. Today's class notes provide some links within some broad categories where artists are currently involved in changes that are not purely for artistic purposes.
One could link some of these areas to movements like the Situationist International and Fluxus, though it seems that the current zeitgeist is for artists to be working from within the area they wish to affect, rather than operating as outsiders railing against the status quo.
our global village
Wasteland - Vik Muniz (youtube URL: https://youtu.be/QUAavzJsTBw )
art/science collaboration & ethics
2. Review and reflection of the last three weeks
Today is an opportunity to think back on the last three classes and the themes that were explored:
You might be interested in one or more of these areas from a personal, creative perspective, and you might also be leaning towards one of these areas to write your second review piece about.
Let us look at some questions to apply to your selected theme. These questions will help you to decide what you want to write about, why it's important or relevant to you personally and perhaps, how knowledge you have acquired for this theme might be explored in greater detail and how it might affect your creative practice.
These are the questions:
In small groups, research one of the categories listed above and find one or two artists or a group that interests you, present your findings to the class.
Homework / Readings
Follow up on some of the references provided today and the research done in class - if you find something that interests you, you might want to make a blog post about it.
Begin thinking about the next writing task & doing some introductory research on your selected area.
Keep adding content to your blogs.