Disclosures – London

29-30/03/2008 participating with Critical Practice in Disclosures, Gasworks, London

We participated in an event called Disclosures on the 29th – 30th March 2008.

Disclosures seeks to scrutinise the notion of openness across fields of cultural production at large. A first reading of openness refers to situations in which the viewer, reader, listener or internet user becomes emancipated through egalitarian participation, diffuse collaborative authorship and/or the breaking down of hierarchical and social boundaries
It was organised by Anna Colin and Mia Jankowicz of Gasworks. See the programme here.
Critical Practice contributed directly to Phase 1 and Phase 3 of the programme.

Phase 1
We participated in a panel discussion
The View From Here: after Open Congress with Critical Practice, node.London and WMAOYW
1130-1300 Saturday 29th March 2008.
Toynbee Hall, Lecture Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS.
here is our Brechtian multi-voiced Introduction.

Phase 3
In Phase 3, we convened a ResourceCamp to tackle the ‘elephant in the room’ of open organizations and those in receipt of public money – the management and distribution of money and resources.

Critical Practice working group Wiki-page: http://criticalpracticechelsea.org/wiki/index.php?title=Disclosures

Gasworks website with full Disclosures programme: http://www.gasworks.org.uk/exhibitions/detail.php?id=344

Systems Art at Whitechapel Gallery – London

27 October 2007 presenting with Critical Practice / Mary Anne Francis
at Systems Art
Whitechapel Gallery

Systems: Art and Collaboration

Mary Anne Francis:
I am working with colleagues in the research cluster Critical Practice Chelsea.

For some while, I’d been pondering the idea of not simply talking about the triangulation of “Systems: Art and Collaboration” – especially as that relates to art-theory, but also attempting to instantiate it. Hence, having drawn up some lines of engagement and formulated some questions they generate, I’ve opened up the debate to Critical Practice – both with capitals and lower case – the one, I hope, implying the other.

Our contribution takes the form of a mini (30 min) Critical Practice meeting – specially convened to discuss what we would like to offer for the symposium around the title ‘Systems: Art and Collaboration’. We will both mull and maul the concept of ‘system’ and demonstrate our commitment to organisational systems in our conduct of the meeting.

The Working Group members for the Critical Practice “meeting event” are: Robin Bhattacharya, Neil Cummings, Ian Drysdale (minutes), Mary Anne Francis, Trevor Giles, Al Page, Tom Trevatt, and Manuela Zechner

With thanks to Wayne Clements, Cinzia Cremona, Rob Dingle, and Neal White for help along the way.

presentation: Saturday, 1pm

Read the questions for the debate here
Read Critical Practice’s evolving debate here
Join the debate here