(in)formal (in)formations: tactics and infrastructure for participatory and collaborative study & making

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July 3, 2023 | 1100-1800 ET | NEWinc



  • Muindi Fanuel Muindi (philosophy, performance)
  • Garrett Laroy Johnson (media arts and sciences)
  • Daniel Lichtman (media art)
  • Kristin McWharter (game and media art)
  • Asa Sakrison (cultural geography, process theory)
  • Lee Tusman (media art)


  • Maria Fernanda (philosophy)
  • Meg Hartwig (sculpture)
  • Dakota Gearhart (media art)
  • Man Kaplan (sociology and women’s/gender studies)
  • Sam Stoelje (literature and the occult)
  • Phillip Thurtle (philosophy of science and technology)
  • Çaca Yvair (conservation and geoecology)

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informal (in)formations seeks to gather perspectives and insights into the state of practitioner or member run organizations for speculative, critical, or restorative art-research. In her manifesto “Another Science is Possible”, Isabelle Stengers calls for research and practice to reorganize itself around the concerns of the public.

This symposium asks: what matters of concern are cresting in 2023, and what can been see on the horizon, can be heard in bars and at bus stops? What are artists and researchers obligations to the public? Which public? What does the term “public” do that “community” does not? What does it even mean to listen? How can artist-run spaces and collectives, community organizing, collaborative software and publishing projects respond to a public without falling into neoliberal traps of “participatory design”?

In the US American funding economy, there is scarce funding for doing arts-research, research-creation, or art-led research. As a result ‘interdisciplinarity’ remains a vapid buzzword in the art world which is largely repulsed by the hybridization of practices. On the academic end, art practice is carelessly (or violently) assimilated into the industry of science, technology, and empire. Instead of fantasizing about European funding spigots, which also run dry, this symposium asks: what is possible for arts-research in our unique US American geopolitical, socioeconomic, racial, mediatized context?

What work can be done by an informality of group formation work that formality cannot? What techniques enable the assemblage of research and practice beyond disciplinary enclosure? How do we guarantee that such an “ecology of practices”, to borrow again from Stengers, bears an ethos sufficient the public it imbricates? In this small and informal symposium, we gather a diversity of perspectives that aspire to see the challenges and problematics of art and research organizing in a new light.


Special thanks to NEW INC and Dakota Gearhart.

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