A social lens refers to how a person views a given situation. There are many factors that go into developing a person's social lens or perception of the world. Race, culture, religion, and economic status are just some of the factors that influence a person's view of the world.
The experiences that people have had influence their views of the world. These experiences explain why two people from different backgrounds may see the same event very differently.
And so to the cultural and class experience of the artist conceving the work and what it is to represent. While one may have the skills and knowledge of an art school background to make presentations, it does not neccesseraly mean what has been represented has any relevance to the subject or that which is depicted. On the other hand those closest to the experience may not have the skills to articulate that experience. So art through a social lense would be about a fusion of these experiances. A kind of sharing of experience that makes the art
REPURPOSING FOR WHOSE PURPOSE
We are constantly told what we don't need, buildings are closed while services are being farmed out and privatised and so much work expected to be done by our civil servants and council staff is also finding its way into private interest. Do we need iconic buildings to house what is being done from elswhere.
Set up team to survey the Glasgow city chambers with the view to turning it into student flats or social housing. Using event to leaflet and pass out information on commons, public buildings and the Common Good Fund.
ABSTRACTIONS IN LAND SALES
"Scotland has the most inequitable land ownership in the west. Why?"
One land owner when questioned the idea that one person should be in control of such a large part of a sovereign nation, stated something along the lines of If people don't have the bank account to buy the land then thats tough for them.
'The entitlement and privilege which have driven this way of life in Scotland have been built on a system that has survived almost intact since the Scottish Reformation in 1560. The lands which bear these hunting estates belong to the most exclusive cadre of landowners in the developed world. More than half of Scotland is owned by fewer than 500 people. According to the academic and land reformer, Jim Hunter, this equates to "the most concentrated pattern of land ownership in the developed world".' Guardian
SITE: Suchiehall Street. Turn up in a suit or smartly dressed with clip board and leaflets on the sale of Scottish land to investors.
SCENARIO: Present some shallow trays on the ground 1 meter square 50mm deep filled with different soil types representing different areas of the city. Different price range for different areas.
Invite passers by to try them out by stepping onto them for comparison. Then attempt to sell them parcels of land. Emphasise the different up and coming parts of the city and encourage getting in on the ground floor on their investment. The idea being to highlight the ridiculousness of so few people believing they own the vast majority of Scotland. An idea as abstract as trying to sell parts of it to passers by on Suchiehall street. Scotland is a country part of a sovereign nation not a commodity to be bought and sold