(Per)forming communities – Socially engaged models across the performing and visual arts
Malmö Theatre Academy and Inter Arts Center (IAC) invite you to a public seminar examining the contemporary field and discourse of performing and visual art work engaging communities.
Artists from the performing arts and visual arts are socially engaging with people, places, and communities over time. What are the artistic and ethical dilemmas they meet? How are the structural possibilities of creating new sustainable alliances between institutions, artists and communities?
A registration for the seminar at IAC is required. The deadline for registration has already passed.
The seminar is part of the programme of Malmö Community Biennal.
13.15 Shannon Jackson, keynote
The international history of socially-engaged artistic practice is long and varied, including movements in applied theater and community performance from the performing arts, including movements in activist art and social practice from the visual arts. What does it mean to excavate and join these genealogies of practice — politically and aesthetically—in our contemporary moment? Do contemporary socially-engaged artists have different political sensibilities? Are their aesthetic sensibilities reconcilable? This lecture reviews some key opportunities and debates around such questions, while setting the scene for a wider conversation amongst artists and artistic groups in the region.
14.15–15.45 Artistic presentations
Amanda Fromell (SE) With focus on Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatre’s production Unprotected and BeFrank Theatre’s Do We Do the Right Thing, Amanda will talk about ”verbatim theatre” – honing in on how it is being used as a form of audience engagement and seeks to open up the theatrical space. She will also talk briefly about how Malmö Stadsteater are currently working with community theatre.
Nasim Aghili (SE) will do a presentation about the two works Manifiesto de las Madres / Mödrars Manifest / Mothers' Manifest and Şaneşîn.
Maj Hasager (DK) will do a presentation about the work Three structures touching in LA.
16.00–16.45 Panel discussion