Best of Social Practice


This summer, Artbound celebrated its one-year anniversary and finished its second season of programming. Season 2 took our exploration of Southern California's cultural landscape to new heights: from the banks of the Tijuana river, to the depths of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, the vast lands of the Antelope Valley's high desert, and beyond. We witnessed art in museums and on city sidewalks, in tiny studios and under the spotlights of a stage. Since January, we've published 225 new articles, produced 14 short documentaries, and broadcast three hour-long television episodes.

Today, we look back at five of this season's most memorable articles on social practice art.

Wonderful Chaotic Shapes of Collaboration: Alexandra Grant and Chiara Giovando

Raul Baltazar, Zoe Crosher, and Chiara Giovando at work in the Interior Forest | Courtesy of Alexandra Grant.

Artists Chiara Giovando and Alexandra Grant discuss collaboration, temporary works, and the economics and ethics of participatory art projects.

Sharpies, Nightmares, and the 'Radical Transparency' of Independent Shakespeare Co.

Photo: Doug Ellison.

Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma divulges the inspiration and unintended effects of an interactive art piece created for Macbeth: The Nightmare Floor.

Leading the Blind: A Marching Band Helps an Artist Navigate Santa Ana

An image of one of Carmen Papalia's "Blind Field Shuttles," in which he leads participants on a tour of a city with eyes closed. | Photo by Jordan Reznick.

In his most recent performance, Artist Carmen Papalia, who is legally blind, spent nearly an hour navigating the streets of downtown Santa Ana by the sounds of a marching band alone.

Thank You for Coming: Building Community with Art and Food

Lunch time at Thank You for Coming in Atwater Village | Courtesy of Thank You For Coming.

Thank You for Coming is a restaurant that is also an artist residency space that encompasses the worlds of sustainable farming, cooperative living, community-based activism, fine art, and design.

Unraveling the CAFAM Yarn Bomb

Some of "Granny Squared's" participants. | Photo: Martha Benedict.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum has been covered in 15,000 handmade "granny squares" by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles and square-makers from the U.S. and abroad.

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Top Image: Reception and Family workshops at RAM | Courtesy of Riverside Art Museum.

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