Communication and Art panel, CSA 2013, deadline Jan. 25

full name / name of organization: 
Lyndsey Beutin / Penn
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CSA Panel, CFP: Communication and Art

Cultural Studies Annual Meeting, "Beyond Disciplinarity: Interventions in Cultural Studies and the Arts"
May 23-26, 2013, Chicago, IL
Abstract deadline: Jan. 25 to

I am creating a panel/workshop that brings together scholars who research and/or teach at the intersections of art and communication. Even though artworks communicate, are the fields of fine art, art history, and communication at cross-purposes? Or, inversely, is all art already dialogical by design? What is gained and what is lost by rendering art as a communicative act? Who is left out if it's not? How can we theorize the relationship among art, dialogue, and publics? More importantly, as the boundaries between what is art and what is communication continue to blur, how can we use the contributions of the discrete disciplines to embrace and advance integrated models for building more inclusive institutions and sustainable communities?

Potential paper topics include: dialogical art practices and new genre public art; public space; sound studies; art and activism; innovative teaching methods and new course design; relationships among text, image, and art; museums and institutional approaches to visitor engagement; collaborative community art projects; using art to generate new models of communication and vice versa; the relationship between expression and intention; visual and aural literacy; the place of the mundane in the art history canon; democratization of art viewing; and new histories of how artists have engaged audiences.

My presentation will discuss and workshop pedagogical practices from a course called Communication, Art, and Audience that sought to collaboratively thematize multidirectional communicative relationships on three levels: the artist's conceptualization and consideration of audience and message in art-making practices; curatorial practice as communication and exhibitions as messages; and cultural institutions as dialogic spaces. Samples of student projects - which re-envisioned public sculpture on Penn's campus as interactive, dialogic space - will also be shared.

If interested in participating, please email Lyndsey Beutin at a 150-word abstract and short bio with affiliation, no later than Jan. 25. Depending on response, I may also organize a special issue on the theme for a peer-reviewed journal.

Many thanks,