Socially Engaged Practice

Socially Engaged Practice

Socially engaged practice is an art form that centres on human interaction and meaningful social discourse as its primary medium.

Socially engaged practice, sometimes referred to as social practice or socially engaged art, encompasses a wide range of artistic forms that involve people and communities in discussions, partnerships, or social interactions.

These endeavours are frequently organised as part of outreach or educational initiatives, but many independent artists also incorporate them into their work. Suzanne Lacy's term "new genre public art" is another example of socially engaged practice.

The participatory aspect of socially engaged practice is pivotal, often placing equal or less emphasis on the resulting artworks in comparison to the collaborative process of their creation.

As articulated by Tom Finkelpearl in his book "What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation," social practice can be described as "art that's socially engaged, where the social interaction is, at some level, the art itself."

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