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Art, Performance and Social Practice: A Lecture by Shannon Jackson

Visions and Voices

Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley, will talk about the “social turn” in art, looking at work that integrates a desire for social change and collective engagement. Jackson is the author of Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics.
Encountering art is no longer limited to passively viewing objects. Many contemporary artists instead create powerful social interactions with audiences. Author Shannon Jackson will explore this “social turn” in art, looking at work that blurs the boundaries between visual art and performance and integrates a desire for social change and collective engagement. 

Shannon Jackson is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in the Arts and Humanities and director of the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley. Her most recent book is Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics, which examines the changing roles of community organizers, civic activists, visual artists and performance artists as they explore new forms of “art performance” and social interaction. Previous books include Lines of Activity: Performance, Historiography, Hull-House Domesticity andProfessing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity.

Organized by Holly Willis (Cinematic Arts).

Image: 11 People 16 Spaces / How to Guerilla Art, Temporary Services, 2006