As a pioneer of socially engaged artistic practice, Pablo Helguera has used installation, photography, drawing, writing, musical performance, and large-scale projects as elements of his work. His School of Panamerican Unrest is one of the most far-reaching and enduring public art projects on record. The School, a “nomadic think-tank” facilitating discussions, screenings, performances and partnerships with organizations encountered along the way, has been touring for over a decade. Marked by the yellow schoolhouse that accompanies Helguera’s travelling project, the School has crossed over 20,000 miles and made 40 stops from Anchorage, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Helguera’s work takes a pedagogic approach to exploring the relationship between art and language, as well as the social dynamics of contemporary art and our daily lives. His musical performances, which have taken place across the nation, from Mexico City to the Musem of Modern Art in New York, combine elements of classical music and opera, as well as more conceptual explorations of musical structure and score. “Parallel Lives,” for example, which was performed at the MoMA in 2003, placed performance practices within the exhibition context. In this hybrid project, objects were displayed in the museum’s gallery space alongside five alternative narratives accessible through audio guides. Each storyline described the vastly different lives of five individuals accompanied by music. Helguera’s Parallel Lives sought to illustrate how objects in exhibition settings “become receptors, not containers of meaning.” He also highlighted the great differences of each story in contrast to the commonality of the shared objects. In addition to his art and music practice, Helguera formerly served as the Head of Public Programs in the Education department of the Guggenheim Museum, and is currently the Director of Adult Academic programs at MoMA.
For the 2012 Creative Time Summit, we are seeking a cultural producer from our dynamic global audience who is tackling issues of inequity and using creative strategies to mobilize social change. The Summit will be held on October 12th and 13th, 2012 at New York University’s Skirball Center.
This year’s Summit, titled Confronting Inequity, brings together artists, curators, organizers, and thinkers who have contributed to changing public discourse and political debates surrounding global financial inequality.
We seek an inspirational 8-minute talk about a single project that speaks to the issue of wealth inequity, highlights the political implications of your practice, and showcases what your work has done to discuss, expose, or challenge a specific issue. We are looking for compelling projects and sincerity, rather than a CV or a laundry list of professional achievements. If selected to present at the conference, Creative Time will fly you to New York City and cover all accommodations from October 11th–14th.
Join Slavoj Žižek, Suzanne Lacy, Laura Poitras, Pablo Helguera, Invisible Borders, and Malkia Cyril, among others, as a presenter at Creative Time’s 2012 Summit. It’s simple to apply!
TO APPLY SEND:
A short (500 word max.) description of what you would present during your allotted 8 minutes at the Summit. Remember, this presentation should focus on a single project.
Up to 5 images or 5 minutes of video. Please do not send anything that cannot be opened via email. If we would like larger files, we will request them from you!
All materials to: email@example.com by: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29th, 2012
If you are selected, we will notify you by: Friday, September 14, 2012.
Due to a large number of applications, we will not be able to notify all applicants of receipt or application status. Please do not apply if you cannot travel to New York between October 11th and October 14th.