Estamos Aqui Para Ayudar (We're Here to Help). Joshua Sofaer and Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre, 2007.

Date: 28 May, 2013
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1. No booking required.

Ahead of the Create/DCC European Learning Symposium on the 29th May, artist Joshua Sofaer will talk about his arts practice at The LAB.

Joshua Sofaer is an artist who is centrally concerned with modes of collaboration and participation. Often with an irreverent use of humour, he plays with established forms of production, appropriating and reconfiguring the chat show, competition, lecture, or museum display. He acts as curator, producer or director of a broad range of projects, including large-scale events, intimate performances, and publications.

Sofaer was a winner of the first Bank of America CREATE Art Award and was the first Artist Fellow on the 2010/11 Clore Leadership Programme.

Works currently in production include Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix a new commission for Folkoperan Stockholm; Improbability Drive a collaboration with Geheimagentur for the Foreign Affairs Festival in Berlin; and Lot of Noses, a series of 500 photographs of fake noses from Sofaer’s collection for the Wellcome Trust in London.

Joshua says:

"I aim to make high quality art events, performances and exhibitions that often involve the participation of members of the public. I want to use art to enable people to see the world as a place of potentiality and to become more active citizens.

"I am committed to education and deliver lectures, workshops and mentoring for art and performance students and produce publications and art education resources for the culturally curious. I work internationally from a base in the UK."

ELN Symposium

Create will host a one-day ELN symposium on May 29 with collaborative artists and those interested in collaborative methodologies, alongside our partners and contributors to this programme, which has been funded under the EU/Ireland Presidency. The main aim of the day is to gain a greater understanding of the professional development needs of artists across artforms who choose to locate themselves within a collaborative or collective practice. On the day, we will encourage reflection on potential support mechanisms and encourage those artists present to consider themselves and their practice in relation to important trends within the international ecology of collaborative practice. The day will have an active learning framework which encourages and welcomes input from all attending.