Game Show on the Road in Portland

June 11, 2012 at

Game Show hit the road this May to participate in Open Engagement, an international conference hosted by Portland State University's School of Art and Social Practice. The conference focuses on art practices that engage local communities and break down barriers between creators and audience. Since it's the audience and community partners who really makes Game Show come alive, the conference was a terrific venue for this project of CMA's Center for Creativity.

Game Show performed in two untraditional venues. The first was near the Fifth Avenue Food Carts in downtown Portland, where we attracted an enthusiastic lunchtime crowd. The second was at Mummy's, Portland's only Egyptian theme restaurant. Check out some highlights from those events here:

In addition to the performances, we participated in a panel discussion called "Representation of a Non-Object based Practice," about documenting socially-engaged artworks.

Game Show 101; Jeff Sims (A.K.A Stu Cartier) and Susie Underwood (A.K.A. Susie Starliner) talk about Game Show’s mission. Photo by Kristin Lantz

We were excited to see the terrific work being done by other creative museums and artists to engage audiences with art in innovative ways. Some of the projects we learned about are linked below.

Blind Field Shuttle Artist Carmen Papalia led a group of us with our eyes closed through the Portland State University campus to the Portland Museum of Art where we were provided the opportunity to take non-visual tours of the museum. Papalia offered similar tours at Columbus Museum of Art in January of 2012.

Landfill, described by project founder Elyse Mallouk as "an online archive, quarterly subscription service, and print journal that studies socially engaged artworks by way of the surplus materials they produce."  Mallouk participated with Game Show representatives in a panel discussion about documentation.|

Oakland Standard, a program of experimental contemporary art exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of California, are doing really innovative things to connect their communities to art.

Allison Agsten is engaging audiences at UCLA's Hammer Museum with contemporary art projects in ways that are fun, open, and accessible.

The overall feel of the conference was welcoming, handmade, energetic, and open to new ideas. It was an inspiring weekend for the Center for Creativity staff who attended.

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