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Socially Engaged Art Practices and Urban Commons. Pelin Tan


Pelin Tan will be lecturing at Rice University on Thursday, March 7, 2013. She has been trained in Sociology and Art History, Dr. Tan completed her PhD. on socially engaged art practices in urban space, and her postdoc on artistic research at Art, Culture and Technology program at MIT (2011). She co-directed “2084, episode I” a video on artist run culture future [with Anton Vidokle]. She has been associate curator of Adhocracy, one of the two main exhibitions of the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial.

With this background and her activity deeply involved in the relationship between art, activism and urban practices, it’s easy to understand why the topic of the lecture is about recent socially engaged art practices in urban space that deals with the current economical and social crisis. By providing some examples of the process of the artistic practices from Athens, Hong Kong, Kyoto and other cities such issues will be discussed: The engagement methodologies, autonomy and search for alternative livelihoods and models of dissemination of surplus.

This lecture is part of the Rice Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series and is a collaborative lecture brought together by the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, University of Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts Core Fellow Program. The Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series is generously supported by the Jerome Segal Endowment in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts as well as the Dean of the School of Humanities.

Socially Engaged Art Practices and Urban Commons
Thursday, March 7, 2013
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Speaker: Pelin Tan
Assistant Professor New Media Department, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey

More info: Rice University and here.


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