Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
Shooting ahead to Session 5 on Day 3 of the Craft Forward conference, I simply can't wait to post video from the ever-compelling Theaster Gates. Many of us agreed that we could have listened to him speak for hours; his presentation eloquent and lively with Gospel singing and video clips; his engagement with his community endearing and inspiring. The fact that he is a "cultural planner", revitalizing his neighborhood in Chicago by creating artists studios and spaces is to be applauded for sure. A very thoughtful, and present man you'd hope to get to speak with at some point in time.
Here is a clip from the beginning of his presentation, "The Soul Ceramic Manufacturing Corporation and Other Notes on Racialized Materiality."
Here is a video clip from the talk highlighting the Gospel choir he assembled during his residency at Kohler, people from the Milwaukee community singing about the blue collar craftsmen that have worked in ceramics there:
If you listen to the way Theaster Gates speaks, it is like he is still singing. He has a rhythm to his voice.