On October 12, the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley and the Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts are partnering to host a live-streaming of the Creative Time Summit, an annual conference in New York that brings together cultural producers--including artists, critics, writers, and curators--to discuss how their work engages pressing issues affecting our world. To jump-start the conversation in advance of the event, attendees have been asked to submit a paragraph on a keyword associated with one of the summit themes: Inequities, Occupations, Making, or Tactics. This posting is by Ellen Chmakov, American Cyberculture student at UC Berkeley.
When it comes to Occupation topic there are many questions come to my mind. How one becomes interested in what one does throughout one’s life? Why one chooses a particular occupation in one’s life? Does occupation driven by one’s personality? Was a person “forced” to take a particular occupation due to helping his/her family financially (or with daily tasks) or he/she just expresses what he/she enjoys and good at? Before attempt to answer these questions, it’s right to notice that occupations and professions are very similar in nature, yet slightly different.