Civic Practice

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...