Here we are at the end of this cycle of the Social Practice (SoPra) interviews from Open Engagement 2011 and just in time we received this posting from the magical land of Portland…
is an international conferenceÂ that sets out to explore various perspectives onÂ art and social practice and expand the dialogueÂ around socially engaged art making. The OpenÂ Engagement conference is an initiative of PortlandÂ State Universityâ€™s Art and Social Practice MFAÂ concentration. Directed and founded byÂ JenÂ Delos ReyesÂ and planned in conjunction withÂ Harrell FletcherÂ and the Art and Social PracticeÂ students, this yearâ€™s conference features keynoteÂ presentersÂ Tania Bruguera,Â Shannon Jackson, andÂ Paul Ramirez Jonas. The work by these artists andÂ scholars touchÂ on subjects including politics,Â economies, education, and representation.
Through conversations, presentations, workshops, interviews, open reflections, andÂ related projects created for or presentedÂ at the conference, we will be investigating,Â questioning, celebrating, and challenging theÂ current state of art and social practice. ThisÂ conference is a site where an intergenerationalÂ exchange can occur between emerging artists andÂ established artists. This is also a site whereÂ transdisiplinary conversation is possible.
You are invited toÂ contributeÂ to OPEN ENGAGEMENT:Â Art and Social Practice by submitting yourÂ proposals for projects, performances, tours,Â interventions, presentations, or panel ideasÂ (other formats are also welcomed).
We are organizing thematic groupings throughoutÂ the conference, so if applicable markÂ your submission under one of the followingÂ categories:Â Politics
SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE JANUARY 3, 2012.
GO TOÂ WWW.OPENENGAGEMENT.INFOÂ TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FORM.
is a free conference that willÂ take placeÂ May 18-20, 2012, in Portland, Oregon.
Contributors are not asked to pay a registrationÂ fee and the public will not be charged to attend. Â Contributors to the event will be supported in theÂ following ways: participants from out of town willÂ be housed in Portland homes, select meals duringÂ the conference will be provided emphasizingÂ community dining, and a variety of transportationÂ will be provided drawing on Portlandâ€™s bike cultureÂ and public transportation.