The State of the Art Bar

Normally the mixing (or networking) over song, dance, chatter, and drinks, happens after a hard day of conferencing. At Beyond Dynamic Adaptability the mixing will be integral to the experience and begins early at the Art Bar.

The Art Bar follows the Plenary and runs concurrently with the breakout sessions. In fact you might describe it as a session where you could actually break dance or break into song on the open mic “stage.” How do you participate in the conference through interaction with art? Is it possible to address the issues of the day via movement or a poem? Think of it as a get-a-way within the conference where you can network, soapbox, entertain, be entertained, inform, initiate, and imbibe. Yes the “Bar” in “Art Bar” is literal. So bring cash.
Throughout the day we will combine a little bit of structure with a little bit of spontaneity. The 11:30-12:30 “set” looks like this:
  • The Art Bar Band: Todd Brown on guitar, Michael Shiono on bass, and Karamo Susso on kora. Other musicians and spokenword artists join as the day progresses.
  • Open Mic: Responses to the Plenary featuring interpretations by Russian dance psychic Dr. Zebroski and “musical conversation” by Todd Brown. You can the stage to share your thoughts with or without musical accompaniment. Tell the band to give you a bluesy backdrop as you pontificate on new forms of civic dialogue.
  • Performance Poet Baruch Porras-Hernandez flexes his poetic prowess.
  • Drag Art – Maryam Farnaz Rostami performs an excerpt from her one-woman show.
Each Art Bar “set” will have a unique programmatic twist while also offering activities that run nonstop. Where else can you?:
  • Write your Dynamic Haikus – Voice your opinion in a classic, exquisitely short, Japanese form. Artists will be collecting and reading haikus throughout the day. Remember, 5, 7, 5.
  • Spill it in the Video Confessional Booth – You’ve been watching all your favorite reality TV stars spill their guts for years, now it’s your turn! Take a minute and share your thoughts about the conference, the arts, the Bay Area, or more in the Video Confessional Booth.
Stay tuned to this blog page as we get closer to the conference date for upcoming descriptions of the “twists” at the Art Bar.
For more information, and to register, please visit the event website.
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4 Responses to “The State of the Art Bar”


  1. 1 Todd October 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing how this works in the conference setting.

    As both a working artist and as someone with eight years experience as an Executive Director of a small organization, I have long wrestled with the tension that comes between artistic/creative work (which includes innovating a new vision within an organization) and logistical/administrative implementation. One side interfaces deeply with creative processes, while the other is working to contend with the external (largely financial) pressures and the myriad of demands/requirements that one must comply with. We tend to engage two very different processes to meet these ends, the former often characterized as non-linear and risk-taking while the latter is linear (“strategic”) and generally geared towards minimizing risk. The latter process, however, is the one that tends to call the shots and set up the rules – it is the one we are conventionally trained to employ for safe and sound business practices.

    What is interesting today is that we are beginning to see the boundaries in this creative/administrative dualism become more porous. The phenomenon of intensive online networking interfacing with real-time projects and events has revealed the potency of organic and emergent processes – processes that move in many directions at once, through a diversity of independent actors. This is very different from top-down linear management, and it opens up a new space for creativity in organizing processes.

    I see the “Art Bar” of the Beyond Dynamic Adaptability Conference as a manner of bringing creative/emergent processes and artistic disciplines directly into the context where conversations on arts management and presenting are being held. Here the conference is experimenting with opening space for some improvisation and a more organic involvement of participants. It is a chance for us to “walk our talk” in demonstrating that the arts are more than entertainment and decoration – that they are a vital and varied means of communication, for investigating challenging issues and for achieving new perspective and solutions.

    In this sense, artistic practices can move beyond serving as the “extras” at a conference, added for interest around the central focus of a program of speakers and panels, and can move into the full stream of active debate and dialog regarding the issues that a conference is intending to address.

  2. 2 Lily Kharrazi October 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    looking forward now
    unearthing grooves to create
    clear blue light voices


  1. 1 A few upcoming events! | Kevin Seaman Video and Performance Art Trackback on October 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm

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