Recorded live on Zoom, 3 August 2020
From the Renaissance to the contemporary period, there has been an evolution towards the artist’s self-understanding as an “apex predator” within a cultural and creative ecosystem. Yet today’s entangled crises—of public health, ecology, structural inequality, political belief, and social relations—in conjunction with changing technological and communicative norms insist upon a comprehensive rethinking of the role of the artist. In particular, these conditions suggest more porous structural possibilities, in which the authorial and individualistic aspirations of artistic, curatorial, and designerly practice can open up to other, more collective forms of identification. Embracing topics as wide-ranging as embodied practice, sociology, self-help, neuroscience, speculative fiction, literary theory, and individual and group therapeutic methods, this ongoing lecture-performance explores possibilities for responsivity, collaboration, learning, belonging, and action embedded within emergent creative practice.