Literary Nonfiction. Art Criticism & Theory. Introduction by Carol Becker. Over the course of the 20th century artists have sought to engage aesthetic and social potential latent in traditionally non-artistic sites. Such endeavors seek to activate both artistic and non-artistic communities while privileging the often ephemeral and social interactions that arise, rather than a singular art object or exhibition gallery practice. SERVICE MEDIA contains a collection of 16 essays, artist projects, an interview, and a syllabus around and about socially engaged art practice. Each contribution independently defines, critiques and celebrates art's action beyond and outside the white cube, "creating community within a community." Edited by Toronto-based artist practitioner, Stuart Keeler, SERVICE MEDIA features the work of Carol Becker, Juliana Driever, Allison Peters Quinn, Bad at Sports' interview with Ted Purves, Michelle Grabner, Joyce Fernandes, Shannon Stratton, Jen Delos Reyes, Romi Crawford, Stephanie Smith, Paul Durica, Susan Schuppli, Shawn Micallef, inCUBATE and Oda Projesi.
Stuart Keeler is an artist of public spaces who organizes exhibitions and multi-platform projects with the collaborative role of "curator" as the conceptual identity of his practice. Keeler has exhibited his work at Gallery 400 UIC, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Center on Contemporary Art, Espace-Art Unit, The Hyde Park Art Center, John Michael Kohler Arts Center among others. He currently holds the position of Director/Curator at The Art Gallery of Mississauga, Canada. Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN