By LINDSAY WELBERS
The Hyde Park Art Centers newest artist-in-residence is hoping to bring people together and maybe facilitate new friends and ideas.
HPAC summer artist-in-residence Jen Delos Reyes and Green Lantern Press will host a public session of Speed Ideating around content from their collaboration book Service Media.
Speed Ideating follows the same rules as speed dating, where strangers are paired up one-on-one to speak for a brief period of getting-to-know-you chitchat. Except instead of matchmaking, the purpose of Speed Ideating is to expand participants networks and create new ideas.
The book, Service Media, features essays by Reyes, HPAC exhibitions director Allison Peters Quinn and several other noted thinkers in the field of social practice.
Megha Ralapati said Reyes art focuses on why, how and when people interact socially. Reyes teaches at Portland State University in the Art and Social Practice MFA Concentration. She is also the founder and director of Open Engagement, a conference on socially engaged art practice.
She will also have regular open studio hours at HPAC beginning in July.