On Monday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Theater, Amherst will welcome video producer and social practice artist Adam Vine, class of 2001, for a talk entitled, “The Art of Protest: Politics, History, Ethics and Documentation.” The talk is free and open to the public.
As a social practice artist, Vine collaborates with other artists, individuals, communities and institutions to create socially engaged art that combines performance and protest with a focus on social issues. His talk will incorporate examples of his own work and delve into the history of protest at Amherst over the past 50 years, aiming to build a new, local context for student protests that took place on campus last year.
“I’m interested in building a context that’s different than the one that I saw last year, in which I saw the Amherst Uprising interpreted as solely connected to the Yale, Missouri and other college protests that were going on at the time,” Vine says. “While that’s totally understandable, the Amherst Uprising brought up issues that are very specific to Amherst, that are not new, that should be examined.”