On my last night in residence with the Atlantic Center for the Arts, it was high time that Ren and I recorded one of the many conversations we’d been having over the months of my stay. He asked me just what the hell I think I’m doing (!) and we discussed ideas around how artists work and how a strong social conscience influences arts projects, desires to contribute to society, development of arts and community practice, reflections on this interview project with the CAIR program with the Volusia county region and how it is part of a national and global arts eco-system, about what art means to communities, about the distinctions between the sub-genres of community or socially engaged practice, and a personal take on “live-art”. We honestly could talk all night about how this form is important to us and how we want to see it grow in New Smyrna and the USA. For now, take a listen and see what you think about it all. Comments are welcome and questions can be directed to myself at anytime via my email: ody.who(at)gmail.com - although I have left the building, I am still very keen to be a part of the dialogue in New Smyrna and to offer myself up for questions or discussion around social practice, community arts, and am happy to offer an international perspective. Don’t be a stranger!
Til next time, Volusia, stay classy.