Twenty Questions is a new series created by the Social Practice Journal that asks artists to create a list of questions that they ask themselves about their practice. Like the game “20 Questions”, the format offers readers a chance to get to know what a given artist’s practice might be. Through inquiry, we are offered a look at how other artists interrogate their own actions in relationship to the work they are making.
Twenty questions to approach a socially engaged project.
What questions does a project ask about society?
Why is this work important now?
Does it come out of an issue that I’m thinking about already?
How does it engage me as an artist?
Can I approach it in a way that is new for me?
Who are my partners/collaborators?
What is the design of the collaboration?
How does it include the vision of the collaborators?
Part Two—In the Middle
Am I able to be open to what’s happening?
Can I be flexible enough to change my vision?
Can I bring the collaborators into my vision so we can agree on how to make the most powerful work?
What do we think is the best way to reach our audience?
What do we want to say?
Part Three—Looking at what we have
How has the process of making the work changed how I see the outcome?
How will it affect the final product?
Who is the audience? (I ask this question all the way through.)
Is it important that the process be included in the piece to reach them?
What form should it take?
What further work do we need to do to engage the audience?
Is the work respectful to the audience, collaborators and my initial idea?
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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.
Sponsored by the Portland State University Art and Social Practice MFA Program