San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Ted Purves: Endless Occupations: Art, Social Forms and the World-at-Large
Ted Purves is a writer and artist based in Berkeley, California. His public projects and writings are centered on investigating the practice of art in the world, particularly as it addresses issues of localism and power, systems of exchange, and critical occupations of social forms. He produces socially-based projects in collaboration with Susanne Cockrell under the umbrella name of Fieldfaring. Their most recent project, The Red Bank Pawpaw Circle, a large public planting project, was completed in in Cincinnati, Ohio in Fall 2012. Purves was the founder of the MFA concentration in Social Practice at California College of the Arts in 2005, and is currently the Chair of the MFA Fine Arts Program. His book, What We Want is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art, was published by SUNY Press in 2005. A significantly expanded and revised edition will be released in early 2014.
This talk is the keynote address at the second annual Culture + Community event. This gathering of artists, and cultural practitioners, community leaders and citizens addresses and celebrates the current state of social practice and community arts practice at the local level, as well as in the context of international artistic practices. This year, the event will be held in dialogue with New York-based Creative Time’s annual summit Art, Place and Dislocation in the 21st Century.
The 2013 Summit sets its sights on the fact that culture, for good or bad, is an active ingredient in the construction and shaping of the contemporary city. Tapping into widespread debate on this issue, the 2013 Summit provides a global platform for consideration of the trials, tribulations, artistic practices, campaigns, theories, and practicalities that accompany this phenomenon. As the active role of culture in the city gains traction not only with artists but also with architects, city planners, philanthropists, and developers—from monumental sculpture, to arts districts, to battles over eviction and squatting—this year’s Summit provides a timely opportunity to debate and consider a variety of artistic approaches to this contemporary condition.