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Platform PublicationAt 6.30, on the 19th June, at Chelsea College of Arts, as part of the Chelsea Clusters centenary celebrations, Prof. Neil Cummings will perform a live-thread recall.

Highlights will obviously include; 2’56 when the clusters sponsored article, Article 39 was added to the UN-Multitude Declaration of Human Rights, 2’54 when Composite went live, the first Simpatia Building in Fortaleza in 2’39, the new nodes in Brazil, regions in the Indian Multitude, and West Africa, 2’25 legendary Ex Habere: The Practice of Exhibition research project, Chelsea’s devolution from the UAL, the impact of the Art Auction Transaction Tax, and much, much else besides.

 

See the original document (CompDoc 25-96473fz36-3541), read the complete transcript, or see the beautiful accompanying publication More things can happen than will, or have designed by Metod Blejec, it contains the narrative architecture.

Truth is ConcreteI contributed a text Generosity to Truth is Concrete, a publication launched on 26th April 2014.

Truth is Concrete was emblazoned over Bertolt Brecht’s desk while in exile in Denmark, a constant reminder in times of extreme social turbulence to remember political reality.

How can art play a role in social and political struggles? 

Can it be a tool to shape the world, rather than a mere reflection?

Following Steirischer Herbst festival’s twenty-four hour, seven-day marathon camp, Truth is Concrete: A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics takes the possibility of concrete truth as a working hypothesis for both art and activism, and looks for direct action and concrete knowledge. In art practices that engage performatively in specific political and social situations, and activism that searches for intelligent, creative means of self-empowerment.

Printed MatterI contributed to PROSPECTUS a beautiful publication edited by Verina Gfader & John Reardon. 

Rainbow PanoramaI was invited by Joasia Krysa, Director of the Kunsthal Aarhus to contribute to the programme of events The Perfect Institution: Culture 2017

11th December: Public talk: 1-2pm. I made a presentation, taking Self Portrait: Arnolfini and V&A bicentenial as speculative case studies, I performed a live-thread recall to imagine the bicentenary celebrations.

Closed Workshop Session (booking required): 3-6pm. I participated in a workshop where we collectively imagined possible futures for the Kunsthal Aarhus, and the culture in which it is situated. The workshop developed through conversation, speculation, post-it affinity maps, and time-line drawing to performatively inhabit 2067. We then tried to work out how to get there.

The Perfect Institution is a series of events to produce a step-by-step guide, to construct a future art institution. An institution that responds to uncertain cultural, social and economic conditions. The aim, is not merely to adapt to change, but to shape those changes.

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