aaron landsman

Social Practice, Socially Engaged Art, Civic Practice: In Conversation with Aaron Landsman

Aaron Landsman is a playwright and performance artist whose work is occasionally co-authored with community members. His most recent piece, Perfect City, is a long-term collaboration with young people on the Lower East Side, architectural interventionists, and activists about the politics of urban planning. City Council Meeting, another multi-city collaborative project of Landsman’s, concerns the “architecture of power, and the comedy of procedure.”

What is Social Practice, Socially Engaged Art, and Civic Practice?

This essay originally appeared in Currents, published by Contemporary Performance and edited by Caden Manson and is also available in hardcopy and available for download as a free pdf below.. Currents focuses on a set of topics concerning the fields of Theater and Contemporary Performance. The book focuses on contemporary performing artists and companies pushing the formal relationships of architecture, artist, and audience. For this first publication, five areas on the forefront of this research were explored; Contemporary Choreography Mixed Reality Performance Performance Cabaret Immersive Theatre Social Engaged Art. Each section of this book includes an introduction to the specific practice, a conversation with an artist, and a list of artists working in and around the specific practice...

In Performance: Prelude13 (NYC)

Prelude13 October 2-4, 2013 Martin E. Segal Theatre Center The CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY celebrates the tenth anniversary of PRELUDE, a festival dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theater and performance. As it has for the past decade, PRELUDE.13 features an array of artists working in theatrical, interdisciplinary and mediatized performance, giving audiences and artists a survey of the current New York moment via in-process presentations, open rehearsals, and discussions — all completely for free. PRELUDE.13: FORWARD features an amalgam of artists who have shaped the past decade and who occupy a promising place in the decade to come. How are these artists thinki...

In Performance: City Council Meeting, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, DiverseWorks (Houston, TX, USA)

City Council Meeting is a participatory theater event taking place at three different venues in Houston, Texas from November 1-3, 2013. The November 1 event will take place at Palm Center, 2nd floor courtroom, 5300 Griggs Road at 7:30pm. The November 2 event will take place at Project Row Houses’ Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin St. at 7:30pm. The November 3 event will take place at DiverseWorks, 4102 Fannin St. at 7:30pm. Admission to all events is free. The performance is co-presented by DiverseWorks and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts where the event was developed during the 2012 research residency of Aaron Landsman. City Council Meeting will combine local participants which have selected various roles with transcripts from several cities’ government meetings along with orig...