I was very fortunate to have been part of a two-day event hosted by Art in General and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. The event, What Now? 2014: Collaboration & Collectivity, took place on April 4th and 5th, 2014.
Here’s the thesis for my panel, Collective (Dis)engagement:
Cultural or academic boycott is a strategy of protest and change often advocated by cultural producers, artists, and members of the creative industries. The boycott of South Africa during Apartheid is usually referenced as a particularly influential and successful example. In our contemporary moment, we ask for an appropriate form of engagement to affect change in a situation, government or institution that is not necessarily our own, whose ethics, however, is considered a source of conflict. As artists are increasingly recognized as producers of cultural, social, and economic capital, how can they leverage this power and act collectively in the most efficient ways to affect political, social, or cultural change?