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Think Local: CFP for October event on writing about arts practice in Los Angeles

July 12, 2019 - August 16, 2019

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On October 5, 2019, HRLA will host a day-long symposium (10am-5pm) featuring new writing about creative practice in our communities. We will start reviewing proposals after August 15 and will confirm speakers by September 1.

We invite two types of submissions:

*200 word proposals for 15-minute individual presentations of work-in-progress (200 words is a soft guideline)
*extract (1000 word max) for article-length writing-in-progress to be workshopped with event participants in a seminar format. If you want to participate in this workshop, you will need to commit to reading and discussing the papers of other workshop participants.

Use this form to send us your proposal

We welcome work addressing any aspect of art practice in the region. We are interested in submissions from independent writers, graduate students, underemployed scholars, artists who write about especially other people’s practices.

The aim of this symposium is to amplify emerging voices in scholarship and in art criticism and to concentrate our collective attention on the project of writing about the work encountered in especially spaces like HRLA.

We are curious: what is the critical equivalent of experimental, interdisciplinary art-making — what forms of art criticism express commitments that can’t quite be held by any existing institutional structure?

People participating in this symposium need to commit to the full day (10am-5pm); we want this symposium to function as a workshop in which presenters contribute to the development of each other’s work.

Selection criteria will include: connections between proposals, the writing’s accessibility (e.g., engaging for an informed but non-academic audience), contextual resonance with HRLA and spaces like HRLA, institutional/disciplinary diversity, engagement with mediums/modes encountered within our space (e.g. experimental sound, performance, installation art etc.).

We hope that this is the first in a series of events fostering writing about experimental, interdisciplinary arts practice in our communities!

Established (employed, published) scholars who are interested in supporting emerging work are welcome to let us know that they would like to moderate or respond to one of the panels, or participate in the article workshop (by reading articles in advance).

July 12, 2019
August 16, 2019
Human Resources LA
410 Cottage Home
Los Angeles, CA 90012