10:30 – 11:30 AM

On Art Thinking
Kenneth Bailey


This talk will tackle and work to answer the question “What is Art Thinking?” Bailey will come at this question with examples from his work with artists at the Design Studio for Social Intervention and weave in examples from the humanities, performance and other fun places. He intends to make the point that though not all artists are necessarily “art thinkers” there is a such thing as art thinking. And that that particular kind of thinking, which is typically practiced in the work of training artists, setting up exhibits and the like, is needed in the work of making the world a better place to live. Like the kinds of thinking currently relied upon to shape and make the world--scientific, legal, policy, financial / economic, etc--art thinking needs to find its rightful place on the world shaping stage.

Kenneth Bailey was inspired to cofound the Design Studio for Social Intervention in 2006 while a fellow at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning’s Center for Reflective Community  Practice. Since then, he has put DS4SI at the forefront of sharing design tools with communities of color to help them take on complex problems like social violence, food deserts, climate change, school closings, etc. His community-based social intervention work has included Action Lab (2012-2014), Public Kitchen (2011-2013), School Lab (2012-2013), Making Planning Processes Public (2013), STREETLAB: Upham’s (2013), M/B/T/A Lab (2013), and more. His work has included collaborations with SenseLab (Montreal), Theatrum Mundi, MIT’s Center for Civic Media and Community Labor United. His recent speaking engagements have included Creative Time (2013), Hand in Glove (2013), New England Foundation for the Arts (2013), Encuentro (Brazil) 2013 and more. kdb@ds4si.org  @ds4si www.ds4si.org

Sobre el pensamiento artístico
Kenneth Bailey


Esta presentación abordará y trabajará para responder la pregunta “¿Qué es el pensamiento artístico?” Bailey abordará esta pregunta con ejemplos de su trabajo con artistas en el Design Studio for Social Intervention [Estudio de diseño para la intervención social] e intercalará ejemplos de las humanidades, performance y otros lugares divertidos. Bailey pretende demostrar que aunque no todos los artistas son necesariamente “pensadores artísticos” sí existe un llamado pensamiento artístico. Y que ese tipo particular de pensamiento, que es normalmente practicado en el trabajo de entrenamiento de artistas, organizando exhibiciones y demás, es necesario en el trabajo de hacer el mundo un mejor lugar para vivir. Como los razonamientos en los cuales se basa la formación y constitución del mundo —científico, legal, político, financiero/económico, etc.— el pensamiento artístico necesita encontrar su merecido lugar en el escenario de la formación del mundo.