Deadline 15 September 2013
Arts Conference : “Spectres of evaluation, rethinking : arts/comunity/value”, Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne, Australia, 6-7 February 2014
The making of art seems to be haunted by spectres of evaluation, with competing claims and judgments about the limits, uses, and value of art. This international conference will examine critical approaches to evaluation and value in relation to community-engaged arts practice. Through diverse and creative formats and a range of local and international speakers, these conversations also explore the relationship between established community arts practices and the appearance of new forms of collaboration and engagement across a range of disciplines, from participatory design to social practice. This conference is the culmination of a 3 year Australian Research Council-funded Linkage project “Towards an Integrated Approach for Evaluating Community-based Arts” with investigators Dr Lachlan MacDowall (University of Melbourne), Dr Martin Mulligan (RMIT University), Frank Panucci (Australia Council for the Arts) and Dr Marnie Badham as Research Fellow (University of Melbourne).
The Spectres of Evaluation conference committee is now inviting abstracts for presentations, workshops and panel presentations connecting themes around critical approaches to evaluation of community-based arts including negative value and potential for harm, network theories, dialogic methods, and new aesthetic language, the use of creative, participatory and democratized methods in cultural measurement, the re-presentational practices such as exhibition, evaluation, critical writing and curating involving community-based art, the value of art as labour and the role of the artist in society, the competing lenses of evaluation: perspectives from political, health, justice, international development, education, or arts sectors, the alternative systems of value in community-based arts: gift exchange and reciprocity, creative commons, feminist economies, peer assessment, crowd funding, and risk assessment and the implications of new technologies, open source hacking, digital research methods and communication, and data visualization on arts evaluation practice.
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