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Cultures of Resilience

Resilience is the capacity of a bounded network - a person, bacterial culture, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and continue to develop. It's the capacity to use shocks and disruption - like an infection, financial crisis or climate change, to trigger creative regeneration. Resilience is a model to think about sustainable ways for humans to co-exist within our biosphere.

Market stall typology 1 I'm working as part of Critical Practice to produce

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

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

Organised by Critical Practice, #TransActing will take place on the historic Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts. The flea-market like event will host skillshares, economists, a freegan juice-bar, an organ donation bank, expert and enthusiast knowledge, an Artists Union and other diverse communities of evaluation; values will be celebrated beyond the financial. Publics will roam between stalls, engaging in reciprocal, intimate, simultaneous and distributed conversations, discussions and exchanges.

Bright Light Please join me for the launch of Issue 2 of the CCW Graduate School Journal

5 – 7pm on Friday 27th March
Camberwell College of Arts
45 - 65 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UF

Bright Light: Thinking the Substrate

 
The Bright Light series of publications focusses on the latest debates in the arts and design. Issues such as the environment and technology, as well as socially-engaged practices and identity are looked at through the lens of current arts and design practice. Bright Light provides a way of seeing how practitioners are providing a fresh perspective on key questions facing designers, fine artists, lens based media practitioners, curators, archivists and critical theorists.
 
Our second issue, Thinking the Substrate, is dedicated to the idea of the substrate. It began with a series of three symposia hosted by the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School in Spring 2014, where we thought about what a substrate could be and if the substrate might be an interesting way to speak cross-disciplinarily about practice.
 
Edited by Dr Dan Sturgis, the issue features articles by Simon Morley (Dankook University), Neil Cummings (CCW), Adrian Glew (Tate Britain), Richard Layzell (WCA), Dan Sturgis (CCW), Pia Gottschaller (Courtauld Institute of Art) and Jo Melvin (CCW).
 

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. Women’s groups, working class communities, gay liberation activists, tenants associations and people of color had the means to explore and represent their own experiences collectively.  Video’s DIY possibilities was often a technology to encourage community organization.

Open Cinema

a collective adventure in digital filmmaking and sharing
March–October 2015

 

Open Cinema is an 8-month long digital film project that offers free training, a range of free events, and the opportunity to collaborate on the production of an exciting 2-day cinema event in Hackney.

Social Cinema Working with artist Neil Cummings and a pool of film professionals and enthusiasts, we will collectively research, find and make digital films, put together a screening programme, build a temporary cinema and celebrate!

Open Cinema will promote collaborative learning, and explore the role of film in representing and reactivating places, with an emphasis on Hackney.   The project includes opportunities for training in:  collecting, digitization, editing, camera use,  audio recording and programming.

Open Cinema is open to people of all ages living and working in and around Hackney, who are interested in taking part in a collective adventure in digital filmmaking and sharing.     

Please contact Laurence Taylor for further information: info(at)openschooleast.org or 07734 777 874.

Open School East
Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road
London N15SQ
www.openschooleast.org

tracing network of evaluation

UAL Values ABOUT: Cultures of Resilience (CoR) are the interwoven narratives, ideas, things and performances that, together, create the cultural fabric of an emerging sensibility: a resilient network capable of navigating the turbulence of our times. Art and Design practices have the potential to catalyse creative assemblies, to contribute to environmental stewardship and social renewal.

EVENT: CoR Exchange is a cross-University of the Arts London (UAL) event that will take place from the 23 to 28 of March 2015 . It's a component of a two year initiative instigated by Chair Ezio Manzini, the aim of which is to enhance the UAL’s contribution to a more resilient and sustainable society.

STRUCTURE: The CoR Exchange is where various research clusters present, perform and share their ongoing research.  The Exchange space will evolve as micro-events, temporary exhibitions, performances, discussion or short workshops leave various traces that accumulate into an evolving exhibition and archive.

An insurgent research group I am part of, visited Genva to meet with artists, academics and activists hosted by the CCC at HEAD (Haute école d'art et de design - Geneva University of Art and Design).

‘[...]…when bubbles, individuals, or beings, human and non-human, amass and cohere, their influence on one another creates all manner of formal distortion.’

Hélène Frichot writing on Peter Sloterdijk

 

I participated in Assembling, a research exhibition and series of events curated by Amy McDonnell, at the Cookhouse Gallery at Chelsea College of Arts

Assembling explored why and how artists associate.

I'm part of an insurgent research group, inspired by a visit to MayDay Rooms, we are working through a range of research trajectories, one of which is Cultures of Resilience, and another an emerging Anthropocene Atlas.

My understanding of resilience,  is that it's the capacity of a bounded network - a person, bacterial culture, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and continue to develop. It's the capacity to use shocks and disruption - like an infection, financial crisis or climate change, to spur renewal and creative practice. Resilience is a model to think through sustainable ways  to co-exist within our biosphere. 

SUNLIGHT: energy labour value was a screening powered by the Electric Pedals Cinema that Critical Practice, a research cluster I work with, organised; it was hosted by Open School East.

The Cinema harnessed the energy from eight adults pedalling (continually and in rotation) bikes-on-stands-connected-to-generators. The noise, heat and sweat enabled the audience to feel the energy and labour necessary to power the projector, dvd player, amp and speakers. Labour and energy were part of the entertainment.

Sunlight

 

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