In this episode of Forms of Life, host Nato Thompson talks to Pablo Helguera, a pioneer of socially engaged artistic practice, about how art and education can foster new forms of participation and intercultural understanding. In 2003, Helguera embarked upon one of his most notable projects, the School of Panamerican Unrest—a “nomadic think-tank” facilitating discussions, screenings, performances and partnerships with organizations encountered along the way. Distinguished by the yellow schoolhouse that accompanies Helguera’s project, the School traversed over 20,000 miles, making 40 stops on the way from Alaska to Argentina.
In addition to his art practice, Helguera is Director of Adult and Academic Programs at the Museum of Modern Art, and formerly served as the Head of Public Programs in the Education department of the Guggenheim Museum.
Forms of Life is a monthly podcast hosted by Creative Time’s chief curator, Nato Thompson. Guests are culture makers whose work posits new ways of looking at political realities. By addressing a wide variety of issues—such as alternative economies, calcified political structures and new forms of collective living—or simply by being a thorn in the side of normality, Forms of Life interviews provide an opportunity to think counterintuitively about social conditions faced by people around the world.
Special thanks to The Clocktower Gallery and ARTonAIR.org for their support.