Arts and community: What next?

Communities provide materials, inspirations, reasons and worthy audience.  Over the last few decades, from rural to urban contexts, artistic experiments with communities have been intensifying and spreading. The artists’ engagement in a community can be as simple as serving the community members. Environmental concerns are often important reasons for artists’ interaction in the community. How can we evaluate these concerns, and what lessons are to be learned for the future, esthetically, ethically and politically?  How are they related to the idea of community? This lecture will present various successful projects...

Community as an alternative way of life

Can community be a viable alternative way of life, economy and desire? A community is where certain commons are truly shared. Its advantage is in providing bounds that can be immediately and concretely felt by the individual and sensed by the state. But modern states and economies treat people as individual citizens and consumers: they call forth the modern idea of individual freedom, through a critique of the oppressive traditional communities. Nowadays that ecological consciousness — of limited resources and other species– is rising, it brings about the awareness and...