How many conferences offer the opportunity to cook with other participants, to share a communal living space, to have deep one-on-one conversations each day for a week? The second International Community of Artist Scholars (ICAS) annual conference in January 2018 unfolded in San Francisco under the theme “Beyond Justification.”
To this end, we created a space not just for sharing knowledge and research but also to connect, collaborate, and further nurture the seeds of developing community. Over the course of a few days, we probed into the vast and ill-defined field of academic-artistic research. Individual presentations by participants offered the chance for us to share ideas in development while receiving tactful feedback and constructive critiques.
Group forays, into the city and into participants’ artistic methods, opened our eyes to new academic and creative perspectives. We talked, we walked, we listened to the sounds of the city, we listened to one another, we cooked, we danced. In moving our focus from justification to collaboration and sharing, we found a fun, exciting new format for developing our visions. And we created a moment to explore not just what artistic practice is within academia, but what the conference format could be.
Interested to learn more about the 2018 meeting? ICAS 2018 Program