Becoming a Paulista… for now

I’ve been in São Paulo for only about a week, but it’s been enough time to get a feel for a Brazilian city that is much more like New York or Los Angeles than it is to anything I’ve experienced until now.  Until this research trip—in which I am not only delineating my thesis butContinue reading “Becoming a Paulista… for now”

What a Difference a City Makes: Conducting Research in São Paulo

I have always considered São Paulo my home away from home when in Brazil, though most of the time I’ve spent here has been for personal enjoyment or work purposes. I had never experienced the city as a researcher. Though after short exploratory research trip to “Sampa” in June, and now a week’s worth of recentContinue reading “What a Difference a City Makes: Conducting Research in São Paulo”

What’s Old Is New Again

In the past decade, Brazil has undergone drastic economic transformations that have led to an increase in the size of its middle class. This segment of Brazil’s population has used its buying power as a means of self-definition, with mass consumerism as evidence of not only their existence, but also their success. Though new name-brandContinue reading “What’s Old Is New Again”

Models for sustaining engaged and collective art practices

In the course of my research on engaged art practices, which often operate outside of the traditional institutional frameworks and commercial circuits of contemporary art, I have become increasingly interested in how artists and art groups sustain their work over time, i.e. how they find ways (or don’t) to sustain their production economically, if theyContinue reading “Models for sustaining engaged and collective art practices”

Week Three in São Paulo

The last couple of weeks were spent doing research in two different locations: one week at the Universidade de Sao Paulo’s School of Architecture and Urbanism (FAU) and the other week at the Biblioteca Mario de Andrade.  In both places I looked at specialized journals and magazines published in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Continue reading “Week Three in São Paulo”

Engaged [Art] in São Paulo

I have been interviewing artists in São Paulo who approach their art making as a form of action research, others whose art tends at times towards social communication and/or activism, and others whose work combines methodologies drawn from radical pedagogy with methodologies and strategies more familiar to visual and performance art. Some of my mostContinue reading “Engaged [Art] in São Paulo”