An ongoing research group facilitating critical discussions about social practice and contemporary art.
Using human relations as method and medium across art and design, social practice uses creativity to intervene in public space, focusing on engagement with communities, industries and institutions to address contemporary social issues.
Supported by the Design and Creative Practice Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT, this conversation series is designed as an ongoing research group facilitating critical discussions about social practice, design and contemporary art. Sessions will be audio recorded to build an archive for public access.
Art and politics in the age of Trump, 3 April 2017
Chair: Dr. Grace McQuilten
Guest speaker: Gabrielle de Vietri
Responders: Adjunct Professor Zara Stanhope & Dr Geoff Hogg, Director, CAST
In the midst of a global rise in nationalism, protectionism, Islamophobia and racism, epitomized by the election of Donald Trump in the USA, the re-emergence of Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party in Australia and the shock of Brexit in the UK, the socialsphere is increasingly seen to be a zone of conflict, division and unpredictable potentiality. What does this imply for the "social" in social practice, including the aestheticisation of protest?
Dr. Marnie Badham, Dr. Grace McQuilten, Associate Professor Keely Macarow, Associate Professor Soumitri Varadarajan, Adjunct Professor Zara Stanhope