Platform2: Art & Social Engagement

Platform2 is a series of events in Boston, MA, that are designed to facilitate dialogue about art & social engagement. Platform2 events happen every 2-3 months in diverse locations, such as an artist’s studio, an urban park, or on a bus.

Platform2: Art and Social Enagement is a forum for imaginative dialog about creative practice and its intersection with social, political, economic, and cultural issues. Platform2 conversations bring together presenters from diverse disciplines and take place in urban environments both public and private: an artist’s studio, a public park, the Boston transit system. Platform2 creates transdisciplinary, nomadic spaces for reflecting upon ideologies, institutions, and possibilities for creative intervention. Past events include: Art & Activism, The Commons, and Risk. Future Platform2 events will engage topics such as The Future, Slow, Free, and Failure.

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Art & Activism (April, 2007)

At Jane Marsching’s studio in Boston, MA. Presenters included elin o’Hara slavick, Jane Marsching & Catherine D’Ignazio. During the discussion, guests were invited to write their questions on file tags.

All 45 questions about art & activism.

The Commons on the Common (June, 2007)

A potluck picnic on the Boston Common where we discussed “the Commons” in relation to the work of invited guests, including Iain Kerr/spurse and policy activist David Bollier of Excerpts from Lewis Hyde’s upcoming book on the commons were also read.

RISK: Race, class, geography & art (September, 2007)

What risks do we take in seeing a place from perspectives other than our own? What risks do we take if we don’t? Geographer Marie Cieri and artist Andi Sutton discussed projects which investigate race, class and the demographics of Boston neighborhoods and bus routes. Participants started at Symphony Hall where Sutton presented and then the group rode the #1 bus to Dudley Square where Marie Cieri presented. One more bus ride took us to Jane Marsching’s studio in the South End where we had a final discussion.