Friday, February 13, 2015 Social Sculpting: Art Shapes Life Shapes Room
ISConnects visited our neighbors at The College of New Jersey for: Social Sculpting: Art Shapes Life Shapes Room with artist Chloe Bass on February 13, 2015. Exploring the idea of social sculpture, this event was part lecture and part participatory performance. Originally coined by artist Joseph Beuys, social sculpture is a way of structuring art's ability to transform society.
Chloe Bass discussed her work and her art practice, including Process Late Lunch and The Department of Local Affairs, among others. Audience members were then invited to restructure their immediate environment by exploring spaces around the auditorium. Among other engagements, participants changed seats, rearranged furniture, and more. Chloe then opened the discussion for a Q&A session about what happened within the space and its relationship to social sculpture with students, artists, and sculpture enthusiasts.
This ISConnects event is part of TCNJís Center for the Arts Brown Bag Lecture Series, providing TCNJ students, faculty, and the local community a showcase of speakers and presenters on current and relevant social, cultural, and economic issues through presentation and performance. The series broadens the educational experiences of students and the greater community by encouraging thought-provoking discussion on how current issues influence and impact the future of the Arts in America. In so doing, it educates the audience on matters of social interest, advances the global awareness of The College of New Jersey, and provides an environment for student development.
ChloŽ Bass is a conceptual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She focuses on the co-creation of performances, situations, installations, and publications, all dedicated to deep questioning of the everyday. Her upcoming project, The Book of Everyday Instruction, is an investigation into one-on-one social interaction. Other recent projects have included The Department of Local Affairs (a project on how we build place through behavior), and The Bureau of Self-Recognition (how what we do shapes who we are). ChloŽ was the 2014 Bed-Stuy Create Change Resident for the Laundromat Project and the 2014 Honorary Fellow in Utopian Practice for Culture Push. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Neuberger Museum, the James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center, Momenta Art, and KŁnstlerhaus Stuttgart. Her recent writing has been published in Art in America and Hyperallergic. ChloŽ has guest lectured at various institutions, including the Queens Museum of Art, Parsons School of Design, Sothebyís Institute, and Brooklyn College CUNY. You can learn more at chloebass.com.
ISConnects is an exciting collaborative effort between the International Sculpture Center and other world-renowned organizations. Launched in 2011, ISConnects explores the unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Together, the ISC and its partner organizations offer intimate and accessible programming that addresses cutting-edge, timely trends in sculpture through lively and insightful discourse.