Living Time: Art and Life After ‘Art-Into-Life’

livingtime1In February 2014, and hosted to coincide with the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s spring exhibition, “The Possible,” this gathering brought together artists, curators, and scholars from a variety of art fields and regions of the world to think about the connections between and boundaries separating “art” and “life.”  While past gatherings focused on particular regions of the world, Living Time worked “across time zones.” It considered how we have come to terms with the promise of and the exhaustion with art/life experiments, whether imagined in Constructivist, Surrealist, Situationist, or Neo-Concretist terms.  Have resonances around the word “life” changed?  How does art respond when life is lived under conditions of austerity?  And how might a cross-arts gathering on such questions open us to new avenues of possibility?