Superhelpfulfragilistic Experientaldosage Workshops + Book
(just a spoonful of sugar will help those social skills go down)
Art schools and organizations often stress the importance of writing an artist statement, applying for shows and grants, articulating the ideas behind work, but rarely address the most important networking skill of all: small talk. As an artist, networking and self-promotion are required, while the ability to communicate clearly and articulate with a smart sense of humor and confidence is crucial. If you or a loved one has ever stuttered through an explanation of artistic practice to a total stranger, a large audience, and/or a best friend, this workshop and book is for you.
Workshop: This is the self-awareness
class they never offered in art school. Think Joan Rivers, Steve Martin, and
Dr. Phil …no, wait, Carl Jung, sitting at your kitchen table giving you advice.
You know, how to articulate that idea, what not to wear, and how to be okay
with who you are in the world. We don't actually have these celebrities. But we
promise to bring a talented comedian together with group of artists, who will learn
and practice new strategies for presenting themselves and their work.
We’re not pushing the same
old artspeak you learned in undergrad. We use real strategies gleaned from artists, comedians, lawyers, etiquette coaches, therapists, and
curators to address common social anxieties, build confidence, and teach
artists how to deliver a punch line while introducing their work in an
The Chicago workshop is May 12th, 2012 at Threewalls Gallery and features special guest Cameron Esposito (therealcameronesposito.com). Details for the Pittsburgh workshop will be finalized soon. If we succeed in this initial effort, we’ll be taking suggestions for other cities as well.
Publication: Participants in both workshops will be asked
to contribute a written or visual response to the workshop. These will be
compiled into a small publication. Each artist, presenter and venue will
receive a copy of this publication free of charge. The publication will
showcase the material covered in the workshop, document feedback from our
accomplices, and entice Mr. Martin to come on board in the future. For those who are unable to attend the workshop, this book will allow folks to glean the wisdom and comedic stylings of our special guests, as well as the insights of all of the workshop participants. It will exist as social roadmap for future generations of artists.
Treaty of Iceberg and Sorcery is two artists, Casey and Rebecca. We have been on the giving and receiving end of many a painful rambling artist talk. We designed these workshops to share some of the things we've picked up in social purgatory and to hear from those who haven't drunk the art world koolaid.
Registration for both workshops will open up to the public on March 1st. Email us at icebergandsorcery at gmail dot com to be added to our mailing list and/or follow us at icebergandsorcery.tumblr.com to receive project updates. This is a FREE workshop, but it will be first come first serve, up to 25 participants per workshop. If you want to guarantee your spot early, there are a couple of rewards that will save you a seat.
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