Art/Tech: In Conversation | Accelerating socially engaged artistic practice

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 06:30
ZERO1 Garage

ZERO1's monthly "Art/Tech: In Conversation" series features artists and technologists exploring topics relevant to contemporary society. This month’s topic looks at how artists are applying creative thinking and on-the-ground problem solving in order to advance social change. Socially engaged art is on the frontline of social transformation—its collective and unconventional nature builds community while pushing the boundaries of how we conceptualize the world and its possibilities. How can technology be used to document social practice art projects and connect artists, social justice NGOs, funders, and cultural institutions?

This talk features ZERO1 Fellow Cecilia Galiena, whose fellowship project, titled A.N.D. SOCIAL PRACTICE, is focused on the creation of an online portal for social practice projects, in discussion with ASU Art Museum Director Gordon Knox and artist Dawn Weleski.

This Art/Tech: In Conversation is free but we have limited seating avaialble. RSVP today!

March 15, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm
6:30-7pm: Networking and socializing
7-8pm: Talk
8-8:30 Networking and socializing

Location: The ZERO1 Garage
439 S. 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113

(Top Image: Conflict Kitchen by Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski)

More about this month's speakers

Cecilia Galiena, ZERO1 Fellow
Originally from Italy, Cecilia Galiena is a San Francisco-based artist with a background in psychology and journalism whose projects combine traditional knowledge, creative thinking and on-the-ground problem solving in order to advance social change. Her Fellowship proposal, titled A.N.D. SOCIAL PRACTICE, is focused on establishing an online portal focused on socially engaged art practice. A core element in A.N.D. SOCIAL PRACTICE is the re-engagement and activation of traditional knowledge systems in addressing the pressing concerns of our time. Galiena’s fellowship is supported by The Christensen Fund. 

Gordon Knox, project partner
Gordon Knox is the Director of Arizona State University Art Museum. Previously Knox lead Global Initiatives at the Stanford Humanities Lab, and was Artistic Director at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California. Knox has advised numerous international residency programs and cultural institutions in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa in the areas of fund raising, management, program design and international collaboration.

Dawn Weleski, artist
Dawn Weleski’s practice administers a political stress test, antagonizing routine cultural behavior by re-purposing underground brawls, revolutionary protests, and political offices as transformative social stages. Recent projects include City Council Wrestling, a series of wrestling matches where citizens, pro-am wrestlers, and city council members personify their political passions into wrestling characters, and “I will not bomb Iran” (100 times), a curriculum designed and taught by Weleski to generate student-authored apologies on behalf of the United States. Her on-going project with collaborator Jon Rubin, Conflict Kitchen, a take out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the U.S. government is in conflict, has been covered in over 400 international media and news outlets worldwide, including The New York Times, Al Jazeera, NPR: All Things Considered, and BBC News.