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In October 1999, as part of the In-Site series of projects, PhotoWorks invited myself and Marysia Lewandowska to undertake a year-long residency in the Design Council Archive at the University of Brighton.

Documents was the culmination of that residency, which included an exhibition [with a filmTearing], a publication, a web-browser [sadly no longer available] and conference.

This is from the publication:

Design: Stuart Smith
Publisher: Photoworks: Brighton
December 2000 (currently £5)
ISBN: 1-9037-9600-8


preface

Imagine drawing-up an inventory of every object you use in a day, or every thing you own, or every artefact you value. Any list that emerged would feel at best provisional, at worst it would seem like a futile task. And now if you would, pretend that the exercise was to be conducted on a national scale, and that the resulting document would be used to educate and influence popular public taste in the manufacturing and consumption of the indexed items. This is precisely what the Council for Industrial Design initiated in 1949, in an attempt to drag Britain out of the devastation caused by the second world war.

The Stock List, compiled by various government departments determined selection for the seminal Festival of Britain exhibition and became a template for promoting British products the world over.

Between these covers rests the original Stock List an extraordinary poem to materiality, composed by post Britain's post war ruling class; accompanied by one hundred images of contemporary products, each determined by their arbitrary retail price of one pound.

Table Lamp

 

 

 Vase, coiled, handbuilt and biscuit fired, London, c 1985
#FromTheCollection

I have a long-held fascination with the Great Exhibition of 1851, and more generally the means through which we structure value through things.

table

 

This summer, inspired by Enzo Mari and his  autoprogettazione furniture series from 1974, I repurposed an old door and made a garden table.

I participated in Fieldworks, a residential summer school at Hospitalfield.

2063

 

Hospitalfield is an astonishing location just outside Arbroath in Scotland, its dedicated to contemporary art and ideas, and prides itself on being a place to work, study, learn, visit and enjoy.

In 1260 a Tironensian Benedictine order of monks built a hospital to accomodate pilgrims (I walked as a Pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela in 2008)  visiting Arbroath Abbey, later the hospital was converted into a monastery. After the reformation the estate became privately owned and was acquired in 1664 by the Reverend James Fraser, and stayed in the Fraser family until 1890.
 

LVMH Lecture Theatre
Central Saint Martins
1 Granary Square
London, N1C 4AA

Coordinated by Ezio Manzini and Nick Bell, Culture of Resilience (CoR) was a cultural experiment that could be encapsulated by the following: take the community of academics of a large and prestigious university of art and design. Launch a discussion on a socially relevant topic, in this case resilience and register its results, in terms of ideas, projects and mutual exchange.

What emerged were ‘multiple visions’ of resilience, a complex set of narratives, values, ideas and projects that critically reflect on the socio-technical systems in which they are embedded.

The two year research project closed with a sharing event:

Weaving People and Places: How art and design is collaborating to (re)build communities-in-place

During the two years of the CoR project Ezio observed that, consciously or not, art and design brings people together in special ways, instigating social assemblies that foster new social connections and collaborations. Ezio therefore, encouraged all contributors to Weaving People and Places to give a short account of a specific Moment of Encounter. These are the very special moments in which new collaborative encounters were produced, moments in which two or more persons meet and do something together in a given place.

Emerging out of the Open Cinema project at Open School East, an enthusiastic self organised Documentary Film Group (DFG) has coalesced.

At the first meeting we introduced ourselves, shared our skillbase, and some of us pitched ideas and made proposals.

I'll be contributing to a discussion at the ICA, London about self-organisation and institutional education programmes...

 

I will contribute to...

Making Use: Life in Postartistic Times
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw,
Emilii Plater 51
Warsaw

February 19 – May 1, 2016
Tuesday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission free

Making Use: Life in Postartistic Times includes an evolving exhibition, workspace, and a public program. The main themes explored during the project are the interweaving of art and other spheres of life; art is 'migrating' from museums and galleries into urban survival strategies, street protests, subversive advertising, campaigns to abolish bank debt, utopian experiments, critical cartography, agricultural cooperatives, alternative tourism, and the curricula of 'free' universities.

For the duration of the project, the museum will function as an information hub on practices with a high coefficient of art, shifting the center of gravity from the work of art to reports from other fields of life. The exhibition will develop over time, reaching its ultimate form on the closing date, May 1, 2016. The first floor of the Emilia building will be devoted to 'other' exhibitionary functions: a workshop, an open office, an auditorium, a kitchen, and a relaxation zone.

Community film makingI wrote a short text Socialised Afffection about my grandmothers love of woodgraining for Specialism, a new publication from Open Editions.

You are cordially invited to join us for the launch of Specialism edited by David Blamey on Friday April 15, 6-9pm in the Senior Common Room

Royal College of Art,
Jay Mews,
London SW7 2EU

6.30 Reading by David Blamey
6.50 Gentle interrogation by Rathna Ramanathan

Drinks served

The book will be available at a special launch discounted price £12.00 (RP £18.00)

Press enquiries: info@openeditions.com

Published by Open Editions with support from the Royal College of Art, RMIT Melbourne, The University of Brighton


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Villa Arson, NiceIglesia del Santa SepulchroCollaborative mappingBoadilla babesAbandoned houseDaniel expert 1