HomeWork II: Long Forms / Short Utopias

Join IN/TERMINUS, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Trillium Foundation, and the Ontario Arts Council in supporting Broken City Lab‘s second Homework conference: Long Forms / Short Utopias, 8-10 November at the Art Gallery of Windsor and Civic Space.

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Homework II: Long Forms / Short Utopias is a three-day conference and collaboratively-written publication that will aim to unfold the ways in which we construct, articulate, and practice ideas of micro-utopias, pop-up ideals, collaboration, and long-term social engagement in Ontario, across Canada, and abroad.

The conference will build on Broken City Lab’s previous conference, Homework: Infrastructures & Collaboration in Social Practices (2011), in bringing together multidisciplinary artists and creative practitioners enacting and articulating the complexities of working in practices driven by curiosities about utopian collaboration, community, infrastructures, locality, and long-form social practice. With support from the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation, and IN/TERMINUS, the conference will frame a discussion on socially-engaged practices that span disciplines, with a particular focus on emerging practitioners.

Homework II will run November 8-10, 2013 in Windsor, Ontario at the Art Gallery of Windsor and CIVIC Space.

Featured keynote speakers this year will be Jeanne van Heeswijk (Rotterdam), Darren O’Donnell (Toronto), and Steve Lambert (New York). In addition to keynotes, a series of curatorial partners have been invited to develop panels that tackle the conference themes. And, to top it all off, everyone who attends will be co-authors of a book that captures the ideas and conversations from this year’s conference through a series of interviews with presenters, attendees, and organizers alongside collected materials from the 2011 conference.

IN/TERMINUS members Michael Darroch and Jennifer Willet present two different approaches to art, politics, and pedagogy in their panel The Shape of a Question. Darroch addresses questions about failure and success in collaborative artistic endeavours, drawing upon the historical political context of postwar Berlin with the performance and theatrical projects of Bertolt Brecht and the Berliner Ensemble. Willet describes contemporary approaches to collaborative and performative creative projects through her work  as a bioartist and as Director of Incubator: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology.

For more information, please email homework@brokencitylab.org.

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