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Published on 17th June 2020

Pondering Skies - Episode 5 - Art is Life

Adam Carlin is a social practice artist who lives and works in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is currently the Director of Greensboro Project Space, an off-campus contemporary art center that is part of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is Director of Community Engagement for UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, where he creates and supports community-engaged programs and advances partnerships between the college and the community. He is also co-Founder and co-Director of Creek Colleges, an organization that creates schools on the banks of rivers, lakes, and creeks that are going through active restoration. His work often takes the form of institutes as artworks that enact projects which highlight under-recognized histories, idiosyncratic activities, and public dynamics. Participation and collaboration are integral to his practice, and he often works site- and situation-specifically. He received a BFA from California College of the Arts and an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University.

In this episode, we hear how Adam became an artist and what brought him to social practice as an art form, and we'll hear an explanation of what social practice is. He discusses why it is important for him to connect art, ecology, and community through projects and institutes that blur the lines between art production and everyday life. And we'll hear about his love for chickens.

Note: The car that is discussed as part of artist Jeremy Deller's project "It Is What It Is" is in fact from Iraq, not Afghanistan.

About This Podcast

This show asks the broad question: What does ‘sustainability’ really mean? Finding out is partly what this show is about. Doing the deep dive with each guest, I try to come at the concept from various perspectives.

In this podcast series, I'll take a broad view of the term, as we hear from educators, activists, community organizers, artists, scientists, designers, journalists, and more on what it means to them, and how they - and we - play a part in it.

During a 2-day class at Johnson Creek College near Portland, Oregon, participants engage in a poetic interaction with the river that explores the ancient adage: you can never step in the same river twice.
Participants gather for a Columbia Slough Creek College session near Portland, Oregon.

Be sure to check out these links related to this episode:

Adam's website: https://www.adamcarlin.us/

Greensboro Project Space: https://www.greensboroprojectspace.com/

Creek College: https://www.adamcarlin.us/creek-college

Hen Institute: https://www.heninstitute.com/about

Tate's Take on Socially Engaged Art: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/s/socially-engaged-practice




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