Collaboration in the New Paradigm: A QIY Workshop
Co-presented by Kevin Seaman, Pam Peniston and Ernesto Sopprani
June 6, 2011 @ Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, 7pm
Kiki & Herb, Gilbert & George—many queer artists have sought collaboration as a way to elevate their art to another plane and push their ideas beyond their own ken.
Collaborations help artists explore new processes of working and give insight to how other artists think, create, and execute their work. Additionally, artists working in collaboration with each other are bound to grow, perfect and strengthen their technical “toolbox.” On a macro level collaborations help shrink our artistic worlds and help us build our artistic communities. A strong community is one that shares tools, resources as well as human power.
This two-hour workshop—facilitated by THEOFFCENTER’s Ernesto Sopprani, and Kevin Seaman, grantmaker and independent artist, with support from Queer Cultural Center’s Pamela Peniston—will feature a short presentation of 2 – 3 local case studies of queer collaboration.
Following the presentation, participating artists are invited to sit down with others one on one to share their portfolios and visions in a speed-dating style session. Artists are given five minutes to pitch their own art and hear from their partner before going to the next five minute conversation. This workshop will bring together a diverse group of artists working in various artistic mediums and allow them to show off their skills and to meet other artists looking for collaborative opportunities.
After the speed-dating round, the workshop will open into a more informal setting where artists will have a more networking time to continue to talk and shape their ideas.
This workshop will not provide a captive audience for individual artists to showcase their own work but would provide a platform for artists across all disciplines to talk about their artistic vision, portfolio, and areas of potential growth. Artists are encouraged to bring portable representations of their work (digital or tangible visual portfolios, videos of performance, writing samples, etc.) to supplement their “speedy” conversations.
Kevin Seaman is a 28 year old queer San Francisco resident with extensive experience in advocating for and assisting individual artists through both his role as a community grantmaker in the arts and his roles as a performer, writer, producer, director, and audience member. Artistically, he creates accessible performance and video art with an absurd and comedic edge. Kevin has a background in theatre including various styles of (classical, Shakespearean, improvisational, and sketch comedy) acting and (ballet, tap, modern) dance, as well as costume design and construction. He continues to develop his skills in creating and presenting independent performance art and expanding his knowledge of video production and post-production while simultaneously striving to create a more interconnected Bay Area arts ecosystem.
Ernesto Sopprani is Director of THEOFFCENTER, Ernesto is a self proclaimed ‘instigator’, “It seems more appropriate than an artist or a community planner”, he says. “Instigating and coordinating location-specific and primarily community-based projects is what I consider my practice”. Whether as an artist or as an arch-collaborator, my work is geared towards investigating innovative and self-sustainable, models of presenting art and performance, specifically queer work which expands upon that definition and this (my) community’s relationship to live performance.” Ernesto is also the co-founder of 11 11 ArtGroup, an artist collective whose goal is to create and present queer text based theatre and sound installations, he is also a Fellow of the Bay Area Emerging Arts Professionals and a participant in YBCA’s Bay Area Now 6 program.
Queer Cultural Center website link