Creative Evolutions: Artist Roles in Reimagining the Social
In this cross-field live conversation, Kenneth Bailey of the Design Studio for Social Intervention discuss the “Ideas-Arrangements-Effects” methodology and how artists can lead the way in imagining more just and vibrant arrangements for everyday life. Artists Tiago Gualberto and Marina Zurkow, will share their artistic social justice projects, uncovering the overlaps of insight and impact that come about when these two fields meet. This live-stream conversation will include audience Q&A via YouTube chat.
Media and participatory practice artist and Creative Capital Awardee Marina Zurkow connects people to nature-culture tensions and environmental messes, offering humor and new ways of knowing, connecting, and feeling. She uses life science, materials, and technologies including food, software, animation, clay and other biomaterials to foster intimate multispecies and geophysical connections. She works as a founding member of several collaborative initiatives, including Making the Best of It: Nimble Foods for Climate Change, Dear Climate, Climoji, and Investing in Futures. Zurkow’s recent solo exhibitions include New York City’s MTA Arts & Design, bitforms gallery, New York and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul. Her work has been featured at Storm King Art Center, New York, 21C Museum, Louisville, and more.
Tiago Gualberto is a visual artist and a researcher, who has stood out for a number of projects including those at São Paulo’s Afro-Brazil Museum and his partnership with the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) in Boston. Since 2004, he has engaged in research and teaching, and produced art with a focus on social justice, contemporary art and citizenship, incorporating themes related to Afro-Brazilian culture, memory, history and narrative rewriting. His projects include the Funarte (National Foundation for the Arts) Scholarship for Black Artists and Producers from the Ministry of Culture for his Master’s project in the visual arts, Lembrança de Nhô Tim (Souvenir from Massa Tim, 2016-18) and as co-editor of the edition of the Brooklyn Rail newspaper dedicated to the theme of Anthropophagy. He is currently part of the body of art critics at the São Paulo Cultural Center (CCSP) and an invited instructor at The Alternative Art School (TAAS).
Kenneth Bailey, Sector Organizing and Strategy Lead, DS4SI
Bailey is the co-founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention. His interests focus on the research and development of design tools for marginalized communities to address complex social issues. With over three decades of experience in community practice, Bailey brings a unique perspective on the ethics of design in relation to community engagement, the arts and cultural action. Projects he has produced at ds4si include Action Lab (2012- 2014), Public Kitchen (2011-2018), Social Emergency Response Center (SERC, 2017), People’s Redevelopment Authority (2018) and inPUBLIC (2019). Bailey recently received his MFA from Bennington College and has also been a Visiting Scholar in collaboration with University of Tasmania and a founding member of Theatrum Mundi NYC with Richard Sennett. His new book (co-authored with DS4SI) is entitled “Ideas—Arrangements–Effects: Systems Design and Social Justice” (Minor Compositions, 2020).
The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) is an artistic research and development outfit for the improvement of civil society and everyday life. Founded in 2006, DS4SI is dedicated to changing how social justice is imagined, developed and deployed here in the United States. Situated at the intersections of design thinking and practice, social justice and activism, public art and civic engagement, we design and test social interventions with and on behalf of marginalized populations, controversies and ways of life.