The Spectacle and/in the Society: Who has access to art?
Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
Who gets to name themselves an artist? Who gets to access art and in what spaces? Does everyone have an artistic voice? This public conversation considers the privilege of artistic creation and consumption. How can art become a vehicle for individual emancipation? Do venues mandated to showcase have a responsibility to situation themselves in relation to a social change narrative? How are communities transformed by artistic creation?
Guests: Vero Leduc, Maher Kouraytem, Shane Watt
Moderator: Emma Haraké is a visual artist and educator who also collaborates on curatorial projects and events. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in Concordia University’s Art Education Department. Her research interests include autobiographical and arts-based inquiries, memory work, storytelling and oral history. Emma has worked extensively in the non-profit sector and locates her teaching within community-based practices.
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