Co-organized with Creative Time, Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is an unprecedented international project that explores over 20 years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue and community engagement.
In collaboration with 25 curators from around the world, Nato Thompson has selected 50 projects as the foundation of this exhibition, which will expand as it travels. New additions will be selected by each host institution, increasing the diversity of works made in the last 20 years that are represented in the show. Circulating via a hard drive, on which the new projects will be uploaded, Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) will provide 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.
In addition to expanding the content of the exhibition, each host institution will organize site-specific, socially engaged, commissioned projects or events that connect to the theme and “activate” the show. As the essence of the works is rooted in social engagement, the host will also provide participatory experiences that possess some political content for visitors’ experience.
Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is the flexible, expanding iteration of Living as Form, a site-specific project presented by Creative Time in the historic Essex Market in New York from September 24–October 16, 2011. More information about the original iteration of the exhibition can be found on Creative Time’s website here.
Nato Thompson is Chief Curator at Creative Time, New York, as well as a writer and activist. Among his public projects for Creative Time are Tania Bruguera’s Immigrant Movement International, Democracy in America: The National Campaign, and Waiting for Godot, a project by Paul Chan held in New Orleans. His book Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Age of Cultural Production will be published in October 2012 by Melville House Publishing. Thompson was formerly a curator at MASS MoCA, and he also curated ICI’s Experimental Geography, which traveled to eight venues in North America.
Number of artists or artist groups: approx. 50
Number of works: approx. 50
Space required: extremely flexible
Available dates: January 2012 through December 2014
Accompanying this exhibition is the Living As Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011 catalogue. Please visit MIT Press for more information.