Conveners: Roewan Crowe, Praba Pilar, and Javier Serna


How do we manifest the artist’s repertoire? How to make visible artistic knowledges, skills, and theories that inform artistic practices in the Americas, particularly work that is politically engaged? How do artists describe their processes of art-making, and the depth of their art practice? What languages can be used? How might we expand the artists’ repertoire by further developing the ways in which artists might communicate and transmit their various knowledges? Where is the space for the voice of the artist in scholarly contexts? Many new PhD programs concerned with artistic practices are developing in the Americas. These programs often ask artists to use methods from the humanities and social sciences to describe their processes and work. Many artists are hesitant about these frameworks and find the languages and methods confining and not entirely adequate for artistic practices. How might we bridge the gulf that often exists between scholarly languages and artistic languages? This workgroup is a decolonizing intervention, created to provide space for artists and scholars to dialogue about artistic ways to represent knowledge, and to discuss the similarities and differences among artistic languages and scholarly languages.

This workgroup is for artists and activists who are interested in exploring ways they might articulate and represent their understanding of their artistic practices, and artistically represent knowledge. It is also for academics that are interested in exploring alternative ways of representing art and artistic practices, or in learning more about artistic ways of representing scholarly knowledge.


Participants are expected to share their work (in a format appropriate to their own work), engage in productive dialogue and provide feedback to other participants. Details on the structure will be determined during the selection of participants.


Application to participate in this workgroup should include a curriculum vitae, visual documentation, artist/scholar statement about your practice (200 words), scholar-statement, and a summary of the project you intend to focus on in the (300 words). Materials should be uploaded via the online application form before October 9th, 2013.

This working group will be limited to 20 participants.

Convener Biographies:

Trans-disciplinary artist, theorist, and educator Roewan Crowe is interested in exploring practices of radical self-reflexivity to articulate transformational practices and engagements in cultural and artistic production. She has a particular passion for queer & feminist art, creating community, radical pedagogies, and facilitating initiatives in cultural democracy. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Javier Serna is Research Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. He is a graduate of the London Drama Center and holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from New York University. He has participated in international festivals and Encuentros in México, Manizales, Edinburgh, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro and New York. His publications include “Ciento cincuenta años de teatro”, “El teatro de Nuevo León” and “Narcocorridos del Norte: Tradición oral hoy”. He’s currently working on the research project “El Artista como Repertorio: Entre lo académico y lo artístico.”

Praba Pilar is a Colombian performance artist, technologist and cultural theorist exploring emerging technologies. Her diverse work has been presented internationally at museums, galleries, universities, performance festivals, public streets, and radio airwaves, and honored with multiple awards, including the Creative Capital and the Creative Work Fund. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities and New Media at the University of Winnipeg.

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