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Summer Reading & Potluck Series: Community Arts and Aesthetics

Join Little Berlin member Erin Bernard (of the Philadelphia Public History Truck) for a three-month Summer Reading BYOB potluck series on Community Arts and Aesthetics in the new Little Berlin Annex. 

The event is no cost, but a small donation is suggested toward the Annex. Please come with a dish to share and/or a drink of choice, an open mind, and some thoughts from your independent exploration of the texts that relate to your or other current work.

RSVP is required because space is limited. All genres and disciplines are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Erin to be added to the attendee list, for event-related updates, and for video links to supplementary video lectures. Let's eat together and learn from each other.

Reading Schedule
June 17
The Politics of Aesthetics by Jacques Ranciere
Relational Aesthetics by Nicolas Bourriaud

July 22
Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011 by Nato Thompson
Letting Go?: Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World by Bill Adair, Benjamin Filene, and Laura Koloski

August 19
Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship by Claire Bishop
The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context by Grant Kester

We will discuss artists, curators, exhibition designers, historians such as Theaster Gates, Sam Durant, Mel Chin, Nina Simon, Rick Lowe, Michael Frisch, as well as other talks from the Creative Time Summit of 2013 .

Does community arts have an aesthetic? What is it? How do interdisciplinary creatives and community artists fit into larger conversations on aesthetics? Why should or should we not consider public history participatory art? How should we use the term social practice in 2014? Do any of these questions even matter at all?


Curated by Erin Bernard