Reports from all over the world on varying mediums
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/19/2012 -- Creative Time Reports gives artists an outlet from a New York-based public art organization Creative Time.
While artists have often had much to say, there has always been difficulty in giving them a context to provide their work. Creative Time can now provide a platform to share their work.
The organization has many missions since its inception 40 years ago. One such mission has been to “foreground artists as thinkers for society,” says Laura Raicovich, Creative Time’s director of global initiatives.
The company is backed by a Rockefeller Foundation and other varied sources. Ms. Raicovich was brought on to lead the company into its next phase. An initiative is to have 30 partner institutions partake in a live-stream summit, which runs over the weekend and features speakers like Slavoj Zizek and Mike Daiseyon “Confronting Inequity.”
Reports for the live stream will come in many forms. Writing, podcasts, videos, photographs, as well as assorted other mediums will be utilized to be “at the center of public discourse,” Ms. Raicovich said.
There are artists that see their work as just that, art. Others, like Kenyan poet, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo will travel to the Rift Valley during election season in order to write about warring tribes in his region, thus creating awareness.
“You can’t just say you have global initiatives,” Ms. Raicovich said, explaining the reason for these trips. “Skype calls and e-mail are great but in countries where most things American are suspect, it’s important that we be seen person to person…[Showing that] we were willing to come out of our safe bubble in New York and have the conversations.”
One of the driving concepts behind having reports is to remove the misconception that artists are isolated individuals, oft too far removed from society to properly partake in it. “Artists are seen in society to have hermetic existences but so many are on the front lines of the Occupy movement,” or politically active in some form, she said. “What we are trying to do is shift this cultural understanding. Totalitarian regimes have always been afraid of artists.”
Reports range from a report on the financial situation in Basque countries, to electoral politics in Mexico, and the State of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Creative Times will also be posting “dispatches”, which are smaller pieces throughout the week, as well as two long features per month.
“The global initiatives need to be premised on an exchange model rather than a broadcast model,” Ms. Raicovich said. And it is clear that Creative Time Reports is attempting to show artists have something to say outside the direct art bubble which they often reside. “We will be successful if we can get lots of people who are not art people interested in what we are doing.”
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