This cover reminds me of the way I felt recording a dance in my kitchen to ‘Dance it Off’ by New York underground It felt exciting to highlight the digital publication of SOFA Journal by featuring an animated GIF. I found that the pop of red for the logo just felt strong, and I also enjoy how it plays on a retro 70s palette with the brown in the heels and toes of the socks. The clip shows Karena Salmond’s “Kitchen Sink Barre”, a dance piece that she created in April 2020 at the start of COVID-19 quarantine in Portland, Oregon when many people resorted to rituals to stay grounded in the chaos. With the war in Ukraine putting so many at high risk and without safety, we can return to our rituals as we offer resources for emergency travel, shelter, and financial support for those in need. Moving our bodies is always available through transitional moments for release, connection, expression, and even celebration.

GIF: Karena Salmond, Kitchen Sink Barre. April 2020. Excerpted from “ISO: Mentors of Color” by Lillyanne Phạm with Karena Salmond. 

Cover design: Gilian Rappaport 

Cover production: Laura Glazer

The Social Forms of Art (SoFA) Journal is a publication dedicated to supporting, documenting and contextualising social forms of art and its related fields and disciplines. Each issue of the Journal takes an eclectic look at the ways in which artists are engaging with communities, institutions and the public. The Journal supports and discusses projects that offer critique, commentary and context for a field that is active and expanding.

Created within the Portland State University Art & Social Practice Masters In Fine Arts. Program, SoFA Journal is now fully online.

Conversations on Everything is an expanding collection of interviews produced as part of SoFA Journal. Through the potent format of casual interviews as artistic research, insight is harvested from artists, curators, people of other fields and everyday humans. These conversations study social forms of art as a field that lives between and within both art and life.

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