Re·Abandoned Practices Institute
Remotely from Chicago 2020
July 27 - August 14
This 3-week summer intensive online course constructs itself as a weave of practices of performance, writing, installation, and documentation, with projects in varying degrees of individual and collaborative engagement.
Reduced tuition rate for non-credit participants available.
The course will operate between remote shared platforms and technologies for the sake of public safety. The instructors will deconstruct those platforms in order to imagine and actualize the creative possibilities within them. Teachers and visiting scholars will lecture on related subjects.
The course will meet synchronously in the time window of 10:00 to 4:00, with screen time never exceeding four hours, and frequently far less than that. We will make accommodations for participants who cannot attend every hour synchronously.
Re·Abandoned Practices will research and enact practices that have been disregarded in the wake of progress, relegated to the archives of history. The course does not propose that we share a mutual past, but rather that we might mutually discover a shared strategy of thinking about varied pasts, a strategy of reimagining and reenacting the different abandoned practices that at some time in some place defined the ordinary.
In this opportune moment, this course will ask a new set of questions. Do we accept that we must abandon the practices that we have rediscovered as provisional, to return to an unsustainable, unethical normal? Must we sacrifice reduced air travel, pedestrian streets, and the resurrected drive-in movie?
We have seen the public return of the plague doctor mask, and the private democratization of access. We witness the annihilation of scale in the frame of the screen, the microscopic virus appearing equal beside the planetary nebula. What constitutes practice now, individual and collective? What does isolation subtract from creativity, and what does it add? What renewed practices become endangered?
Available for credit and non-credit enrollment.
Matthew Goulish: Writing
Lin Hixson: Performance
Mark Jeffery: Performance
Jorge Lucero, Artist and Associate Professor of Art Education in the School of Art + Design at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Kélina Gotman, Writer and Associate Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies at King’s College London.
Cortney Lederer, CNL Projects, ART-IN-PLACE with Terrain Exhibitions.
Public Media Institute & Co-Prosperity Sphere
SAIC student Registration begins 16th March 2020
Non SAIC Registration begins 23th March 2020
SAIC for credit tuition:
Undergraduate - $4,998 ($1,666 per credit x 3 credit hours)
Graduate - $5,190 ($1,730 per credit hour x 3 credit hours)
Non-credit tuition for 3.00 units: $3,114. Continuing Studies course number: #1470
3 credits STUDIO (4000-level)
Non-SAIC students: Abandoned Practices Institute is also available for non-credit registration to participants outside of SAIC.
Student-At-Large registration form
Kélina Gotman is Reader (Associate Professor) in Theatre and Performance
Studies at King's College London, and author of Choreomania: Dance and
Disorder (Oxford Studies in Dance Theory, Oxford University Press, 2018),
Essays on Theatre and Change: Towards a Poetics Of (Routledge, 2018), co-editor
of Foucault's Theatres (Manchester University Press, 2019), and editor of the
forthcoming three-volume Theories of Performance (Bloomsbury, 2021). She
writes widely on the cultural and critical studies of science, disciplines and
institutions, dance history and theory, performance, translation, critical cultures of
writing, and interdisciplinary approaches to movement and the history of thought.
She has collaborated widely on dance, theatre and post-opera productions across
Europe and North America, and consults regularly for galleries and performance
projects. In summer 2019, she was Friedrich Holderlin Guest Professor in
Comparative Dramaturgy at the Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt, and has held
visiting, honorary or guest positions among others at the Society for the
Humanities at Cornell University, Bard College, the Eugene Lang College for
Liberal Arts at The New School, and the Slade School of Fine Art at University
College London. She is currently developing a body of work around practices of
Jorge Lucero is a Mexican-American artist who currently serves as Associate
Professor of Art Education in the School of Art + Design at University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign. Jorge is the editor of the book Mere and Easy: Collage as a
Critical Practice in Pedagogy and co-editor (with Laura Shaeffer) of The
Compound Yellow Manual of Prompts, Provocations, Permissions & Parameters
for Everyday Practice. He is the author of Teacher as Artist-in-Residence: The
most radical form of expression to ever exist (published in partnership with the
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and 33 teachers from DC, Maryland, and
Virginia) and the forthcoming, STUDYCOLLECTION: Repository for conviviality.
Currently, Jorge is the co-editor of the scholarly journal Visual Arts Research and
previously served as the Instructional Resource Editor for the journal Art
Education. He's an assistant editor for the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
His most recent project Conceptual Art & Teaching is a platform through which
the intersections of contemporary art and education are examined - and generated
from - for the sake of a more fully integrated teaching-as-art practice.
Cortney Lederer is an arts consultant, project manager and educator. From 2011-14 she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists
Coalition (CAC), where she designed and managed its two residency programs:
BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. As of June 2014, Cortney launched CNL
Projects (CNL) to provide project-based consulting to organizations with a
specialization in curating, project management, program design and development.
Cortney launched the initiative PROMPT, an artist dinner series intended to create
space to build community, share stories, resources and skills. CNL recently
partnered with Terrain Exhibitions to launch, ART-IN-PLACE inviting artists to
exhibit an original work of art outside their home or from a window visible to the
public between May 20- June 20, 2020. This collective action provides artists and
community members in Chicagoland neighborhoods (and beyond) with a sense of
hope and connectivity through the experience of public art during an
unprecedented moment of isolation. Cortney is faculty in the Arts Administration
and Policy department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Co-Prosperity Sphere is an experimental cultural center located in the
neighborhood of Bridgeport and home office of Public Media Institute. The space
showcases work by artists, performers and cultural workers of all stripes and hosts
between 30-40 events and exhibitions annually, serving over 20,000 individuals
each year. Public Media Institute is a community based art & culture organization
with a mission to create, incubate and sustain innovative and equitable cultural
programming through the production of socially engaged projects, festivals,
spaces, exhibitions, and media. The Institute publishes several periodicals like
Lumpen Magazine, Materiel Magazine, and Mash Tun Journal. Abandoned
Practices this year is collaborating with Co-Prosperity, Public Media Institute and
Lumpen Radio for a special event.