An SoA working group is a vessel for creative collaboration. It is a space for discussion, experimentation and it can take many forms; at its most basic it is a group that comes together around a theme, practice, or project and can tackle its goal in whatever format feels most necessary, whether that’s a presentation, performance, publication, field trip, object, website, physical structure etc. The groups meet periodically over the course of 3 months to create a final product / project and present it at the next SoA Quarterly Meeting.
How to Propose a Working Group
You are eligible to make a proposal if you have attended any of the SoA monthly meetings, or classes, or field trips. Proposals will be shared publicly on the SoA website and Facebook Group, and anyone making a proposal has 6 minutes to present it at an SoA Quarterly Meeting.
Anyone can join an SoA Working Group, even if they have not attended a previous session.
For a working group to move forward it must have a minimum of 3 people including the person who made the proposal. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to create projects and to find collaborators. As such the only requirement for your project is that you find 2 other people to join you.
Working Groups meet on average twice each month over the course of three or four months, and typically produce a final project to present at the following Quarterly Meeting. Documentation of final projects are archived on the SoA website. At this point the working group is effectively over, although some working groups choose to continue working together independently of SoA, or propose again for another session at the following Quarterly Meeting.
These are insane times. There's just too much content in circulation. Maybe we don't need to add anymore. Maybe we make worlds simply by turning our attention. Maybe listening differently is today's most creative act. How can be receptive in a world that is often so hostile? This working group considered artworks that manifest as observational or contemplative practices, that flip the roles of the artist and active listener. It sought out a curriculum of observational practices and undertook them.
The Non Outcome Oriented Art (NOO Art) Working Group engaged in a series of discussions and activities to identify and understand interactive, process-oriented works that have emerged within the urgency of the current/recent context of changing climate, volatile politics, social welfare and economic strains.
Bodies Intersect Buildings Vol. III continued its work in bringing together artists, architects, and ecologists to consider the ways in which bodies learn, transmit knowledge, carry histories, and build futures while exploring how built and unbuilt environments shape our physical, social and emotional bodies and behaviors.
Think We Must: Philosophy of the Undercommons met every Tuesday night at Panoply Performance Laboratory. We sat on the floor on yoga mats, smoked, drank, and talked. Our practices enabled us to realize inquiries into questions such as How does one kill an idea? How do we project scales of human agency? Is language inherently reductive? Are concepts autonomous?
An experiential investigation into how to connect with the sacred for species survival during hyper mediated and culturally blended times in New York City. As a group, we explored terms and defined sacred as: deeper presence, vulnerability, intention, and acknowledgment of the self in another. Each meeting informed the chapter for the next.
Choreographies for Survival working group investigated the resilient body and the generative culture space that emerges between bodies that engage in creative acts together. The group process culminated in a performative intervention at a Groupmuse classical music concert, presented at Pioneer Works.
The Survival Library working group aimed to consolidate and contribute to an ongoing collection of publications and media works centered around the personal narratives of W/Q/T/POC.
BEYOND THE MEDIUM: Politics of Space, Vol 1 is a social and political commentary on and documentation of the danger media poses to our humanity and our psyches. Using creative and visual methods to evoke and mimic our experience, the book explores the framing of media, the impact of the modern mediated landscape/cities on our existential being, and the physical, spiritual and emotional effects of the messages that saturate our day-to-day lives.
This group was open to all inspired by the mycological realm, including artists, writers, foragers, foresters, activists, scientists, philosophers, farmers, and those interested in the capacities of fungi in medicine, mycorestoration, mycofabrication, myth, etc.
We explored various aspects of how artistic practice and theory aids in the development of human-centric ecosystems, their biological functionality and the implementation of a living artistic form as a tool for habitat survival and stability.
The Bodies Intersect Buildings working group is exploring how architecture and built environment shape our physical, social and emotional bodies and behaviors. Through the BiB Working Group we are finding ways in which we can reclaim our right to move, feel and interact freely in the spaces we inhabit.
The Bodies as Media working group was formed to explore the many ways in which the human body mediates experience and knowledge. During our time working together, we explored ancestry and memory, ecology, emotionality and creativity, death, etc., etc., etc., through the body.
This working group designed a flag modeled on the pattern of a shelter-half and also be capable of serving as workwear, school uniform, water collector, signal system, entertainment, and can easily be strung up to make a tent. More broadly the group considered how the role of garments/insignia are connected to the work of defining new contexts for inquiry.
Working in conjunction with City as Living Lab and the NYC Department of Design and Construction, this Working Group explored opportunities for artists to have greater access to working on projects in the city that they initiate themselves.