A residency at City Hall allowed for spontaneous interactions among unlikely individuals: lawmakers, artists, advocates of disability rights, strangers, film makers, dancers.
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Artists spent four days of fieldwork culminating in a transdisciplinary discussion and exhibit at Portland, Oregon’s City Hall. The fieldwork - surveying, exploring, interviewing, and researching City Hall, the space, the people within it, and those who visit it – were represented by the artists.
The fieldwork proceeded Open Engagement (OE), the international social practice conference.. By interpreting and defining the experiences at City Hall, and by naming the interactions through representation, i.e., research methods, documentation, and artifacts, the artists will exhibited findings at the conference, as well as facilitated a discussion hosted at City Hall about 'representation.’
This discussion was moderated by Kevin Kecskes of PSU, Associate Vice Provost forEngagement, and Director for Community-University Partnerships.
His work on collaborative leadership, overseas training and involvement with the Middle East, offered a transdisciplinary voice along with those from City Hall who have a more formal definition of representation and house elected public representatives, and the artists (of all abilities and suppressed by various labels) who have been represented by others, as well as OE conference attendees interested in representation from a theoretical perspective, and those in the community who cared.