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Central Saint Martins
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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


Enthusiasts publication

 Cineclub #1

Enthusiasts posterCineclub #1

The Enthusiasts: Outsider Cinema from the 1950–80s.
A selection from the Enthusiasts archive Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.

7:30pm 1st March  2016
Auditorium: Emilia Pavilion, Museum of Modern Art
Emilii Plater 51
Warsaw.
Introduction: Łukasz Ronduda

Cineclub #1 will present  a selection of Polish films made in the thirty year period between 1950 and 1980, specifically those produced in amateur film clubs supported by factories, mines and steelworks of the Polish People’s Republic. The films present a Polish reality of the period as seen through the eyes of the 'worker', a perspective that differs from the 'official'  position adopted by mainstream cinema, propagandistic newsreels, or experimental avant-garde film.

Directors such as Franciszek Dzida, Piotr Majdrowicz, Henryk Urbańczyk, or Engelbert Kral adopted a distinctive narrative style, boldly dealing with topics such as sexuality, consumption, and the relationships between private and public life. They also experimented formally, self-reflectively defining their own position as filmmakers.

 


Related projects include circulating artworks, Capital and currency

The second in Open Cinema's workshops was developed and lead by Ed Webb-Ingall.

Ed's research looks to recover, reactivate and revive the history and practice of community video. Ed gave a brief  account, from 1968 to 1981 of the development of a medium and moving image style that continued the tradition of direct cinema (cinema verité) although with radically different in form and content—that of community video making.

Supported by public funding, the community video movement enabled groups and individuals to use a media that was often used to misrepresent them - through broadcast television, to  engage in new forms of collective self-representation.  Video’s DIY possibilities was often a technology to encourage community organization.

#TransActing; A market of values I participated in Critical Practice to produce;

#TransActing: A Market of Values
Saturday, 11th July 2015, 12 - 5pm

This bustling pop-up market featured artists, designers, donorpreneurs, publishers, civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others who creatively explore existing structures of evaluation and actively produce new ones.

A market connects peoples’ needs and desires, through things, sometimes material things, via mediums of exchange, transactions. Markets are a bundle of simple technologies interlocked to form an ecology.

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Solar panelSelf Portrait; Relational MapMoMA WarsawAgora, 4th Athens BiennaleFaro FinisterraAmy at Chisenhale