Justin Langlois will lead a discussion exploring the ethical, political, and aesthetic issues tied to the production of community-based art.
This is the second in a series of monthly reading discussions on the problematic relationships between “art” and “community”. This series is part of 2055 Project programming, using the 40th anniversary of the Helen Pitt Gallery’s founding to pose questions about the next 40 years: What kind of future do we want for our organization, and our city? What would a future that takes into account social and cultural diversity, community history, and social and environmental justice look like? What is community? What are the social and political responsibilities of artists and cultural workers?
Reading: The Nightmare of Participation by Markus Miessen, (Chapters 4 and 5: “Consensus as Stasis” and “Collaboration and the Conflictual”). Contact UNIT/PITT at email@example.com for access to a copy of the book chapters. Everyone is welcome. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the reading ahead of the discussion.
Justin A. Langlois is an artist, educator, and organizer working across media and social practices. He is the co-founder and research director of Broken City Lab, an artist-led interdisciplinary research collective working to explore the complexities of locality, infrastructures, and participation in relation to civic engagement and social change, and founder of the School for Eventual Vacancy. His practice explores collaborative structures, critical pedagogy, and custodial frameworks as tools for enacting divergent possibilities for gathering, learning, and making. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design teaching in the Social Practice and Community Engagement Minor, Graduate Studies, and Critical Studies.