Revisited: Amateurism Across the Arts

19 Mar, 2018

Revisited: Amateurism Across the Arts

Amateurism Across the Arts, a sypnosium hosted by the Arts Research Center and co-sponsored by BCNM on March 9, explored "vernacular, popular, fannish, kitsch, informal, self-taught, user-generated, and DIY production in music, architecture, literature, the visual arts, dance, and new media– especially in relation to raced, classed, and gendered notions of value."

Many guest speakers and student-performances gathered 70 community members who appeared at Phoebe A. Hearst Musuem of Anthropology, all ready to learn about the role of an "amateur" in the cultural production of an industry. What does it mean to be an "amateur" in a current moment of time and trends, when "amateur" is an everchanging term with time and different across artistics disciplines? The syposium was centered on uprooting the literal term "amateur" with deep delvings into its root "amare", and how its elements capture the definition of "critical investment, pleasure, and love."

We were particularly pleased to see our own Abigail De Kosnik discussing how piracy is the future of culture in the panel on cultural production outside of industry.