Creative Time: Living As Form Talks

Living as Form is an unprecedented, international project exploring over 20 years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement.

Presented by Creative Time, Living as Form provides a broad look at a vast array of socially engaged practices that appear with increasing regularity in fields ranging from theater to activism, and urban planning to visual art. The project brings together 25 curators, documents over 100 artists’ projects in a large-scale survey exhibition inside the historic Essex Street Market building, features nine new commissions in the surrounding neighborhood, and provides a dynamic online archive of over 350 socially engaged projects.

During the opening weekend of Living as Form, Creative Time will present public talks in the Abrons Underground Theater to further the discussions surrounding socially engaged practices.


1-2 p.m.
Living as Form Talk: “Local Action”
Cybermohalla Ensemble (moderator)

Alternate ROOTS, Alan W. Moore, Katerina ŠedÁ
What does it mean to work locally? This conversation unpacks the concept of “the local” (and, by extension, “the global”) as it relates to socially engaged practices of various disciplines.

3-4 p.m.
Living as Form Talk: “Accountability and Socially Engaged Art”
Shannon Jackson (moderator)

Appalshop, Urban Bush Women, WochenKlausur
Socially engaged projects often tie cultural producers to the communities with whom they work in a complex collaborative relationship. This talk explores the ethical responsibilities producers have, both during and after their projects are completed.

5-5:30 p.m.
Living as Form Talk: “Build Your Own Society”
Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), Andreas Siekmann
This talk explores the motivations and methodologies for creating alternative societies or social structures.


11 a.m.-noon
Living as Form Talk: “A Deleuzian Take on Social Practice”
Maria Lind, Gerald Raunig

1-2 p.m.
Living as Form Talk: “Living Design”
Common Room (moderator)

Superflex, Jeanne van Heeswijk
This conversation features a dialogue about the ever-changing relationship between design and everyday life, from politics to social organization.

2-3 p.m.
Time/Food with Guest Chef Rirkrit Tiravanija
Time/Bank (Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle)
Abrons Main Gallery
Time/Food is a temporary eatery that operates on the Time/Bank economic system — a platform where individuals can pool time and skills, bypassing money as a means of value — allowing visitors to pay for their meals through the alternative currency of time spent performing a skill, service, or trade. Artist Rirkrit Tiravanija will be the guest chef for this special lunch event.

4-5 p.m.
Living as Form Talk: “Manifestations of Resistance”
Nato Thompson (moderator)

Ultra-red, Dan S. Wang, Women on Waves
What is the role of culture in social struggles, war, and protest? A panel of cultural producers and activists explores how artistic methodologies can be used towards the production of social change, and how forms of activism, in turn, can become part of one’s personal cultural practice.