APRIL 2016 – ART CRITICISM: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Current Cubitt Curatorial Fellow and critic Morgan Quaintance leads a course on art criticism, focusing on its past, present and future. Devised to give participants practical information and an understanding of the discipline’s history and current possibilities, emphasis will also be placed on exploring criticism’s social and political contexts, and the use, development and different approaches to style, rhetoric and perspective.
TUESDAYS 6.30 – 8.30 PM, 5 – 26 APRIL 2016, CUBITT STUDIO 5
£50 /£40 student concessions /£15 unwaged (+ booking fee)
This event is now SOLD OUT. If you are interested in attending a repeat session later on in the year, please email us to register your interest: email@example.com
Day 1: The first two hundred years, 5 April
We’ll survey the activity of art critics across the 18th and 19th centuries, tracking their evolution from salon commentators and neoclassical enthusiasts, to supporters of individual expression, Romanticism and the sublime.
Day 2: Criticism in the twentieth century, 12 April
With formalism at one end and postmodernism at the other, the 21st century saw the USA enter the fray, magazines proliferate, and the explosion of different perspectives through critical theory, postcolonial thinking, feminism, queer theory and more. We’ll look at how all of this informed, deepened, politicised and democratized criticism. Or did it?
Day 3: Style, rhetoric and perspective, 19 April
Continuing from where critical theory and postmodernism left off, we’ll consider different approaches to style, looking at how specific writers choose to present their arguments, and, perhaps by extension, themselves. Through analysis of different modes of address, tone and rhetorical form, particular attention will be paid to criticality (is it performed or actually enacted?), political engagement (is it important?) and personal risk (should a critic embrace it?).
Day 4: The 21st Century: Crisis? What crisis?, 26 April
Although many column inches have been devoted to the ‘crisis of criticism’ there is, at present, more criticism then ever before in both the art world and the wider cultural scene. In this final session we’ll look at criticism today in print and online. How has its proliferation effected the production of contemporary art? Is it a pluralistic field in which a multitude of critical positions are convincingly articulated? Is ‘real’ criticism happening anymore, or is it all just description?
Morgan Quaintance is a London-based writer, musician, broadcaster and curator, and the 2015/16 Curatorial Fellow at Cubitt Gallery. He is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, Art Review, Frieze, Rhizome.org
NOVEMBER 2015 – CUBITT HOSTS ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW! EVENTS
Following the Antinuniversity of London of 1968, Cubitt is pleased to support AntiUniversity Now! hosting two events on Friday 20 November. The festival challenged academic hierarchy through an open invitation to teach and learn any subject, in any form, anywhere.
This workshop uses some of the conventions associated with reading groups and psychic development circles to explore the limits of reading, where ‘reading’ can also be an act of non-rational, non-verbal expressing of information, with information not conventionally codified, and obtained from non-textual sources, e.g. an object (psychometry) or a person (telepathy). Including a reading exercise followed by group discussion. Hosted by the collective Vax Vladivostok.
Neoliberalism has emphasised and enforced the market in so many aspects of our lives that it seems difficult to think without it; similarly, the internet can feel like a surveillance cum control system. This lecture/performance features sounds which expose, crack and attempt to break out, to research core questions: who owns the airwaves? What can music, information and noise become? What constitutes resistance to the digital? Hosted by broadcast/performance duo Trans/Human with writer and teacher Dr. Matthew Cheeseman, University of Sheffield.
Browsing the Audacious Mobile Research Library, 20 November 2015
For more information on both events, please visit AntiUniversity.
JULY 2015 – RECLAIMING THE CURATORIAL: A SUMMER WORKSHOP
Cubitt’s Reclaiming the Curatorial Summer Workshop was an intensive, practical, three-day course for individuals interested in developing self-organised platforms for curating and presenting contemporary practices. Based at Cubitt studios, a leading artist-led organisation, this consisted of workshops and seminars led by invited artists & curators, alongside tours to some of London’s inspiring peer-led and self-initiated projects.
In the past ten years curating courses within higher education have tended to focus on institutional curating, whilst a rich activity of curatorial practices led by artists and creative practitioners has been producing exhibitions, setting up spaces, and experimenting with new collaborative working methods. In a time when arts and culture is facing significant challenges to its funding and operation there is an urgent need for new models of producing and sharing contemporary practice.
The Cubitt Summer Workshop was designed for artists, curators, curatorial students and graduates and other creative professionals interested in developing self-initiated, peer-led and alternative forms of curatorial practice. The Summer Workshop offered a small group of participants the chance to take part in a focused study: developing skills in self-organised practice; alongside learning directly from inspiring individuals and collectives.
Day 1: Public Research
Day 1 begins with an introduction to themes of the workshop, raising questions around the development of self organised and expanded curatorial practices. This is followed by a presentation from Milly Thompson, Cubitt artist and former member of BANK, an artists collective active in London between 1991-2003. They exhibited collectively and ran the spaces BANKSPACE and DOG. In the afternoon, a workshop with Karen Mirza investigates the development of her collaborative practice with Brad Butler in relationship to setting up the artist-run organisation no.w.here and the challenges faced in its development. The day concludes with a visit to the influential 56a Infoshop in Walworth, South London co-run by Chris Jones, a long term radical social centre co-run by Chris Jones, who is member of Ultra-red, a sound art collective that develops and tests procedures for collective listening that contribute directly to political struggles.
Day 2: Collective Production
Day 2 focuses on ideas of collective production beginning with Past Presents, a workshop with filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall exploring participatory models of production developed in the 1970s to ask questions about what it means to reactivate archival materials and historical practices as a way to develop approaches for working together in the present. The afternoon sees a visit to The Showroom, a space for contemporary art focused on a collaborative and process-driven approach to commissions and exhibitions, with an introductory talk by Director and former Cubitt Bursary holder Emily Pethick .
Day 3: Expanded Exhibitions
The final day focuses on methods of expanding the exhibition beyond the gallery, through publications, radio and other platforms. Gavin Wade, co-founder of Eastside Projects, discusses his practice as artist-curator in relation to his role as Director of Eastside Projects. Andrea Francke‘s workshop will explore manuals as a publishing format. Historically manuals have been used by feminist movements or the American Back-to-the-land movement to create communities and to establish conversations over distance and time. The two hour slot will be used to create a new manual using the materials and experiences the participants gathered throughout the summer workshop. The day concludes with a presentation from the recipient of the new Cubitt Curatorial Fellowship, Morgan Quaintance, sharing his approach to translating practice into public situations through the work of the curatorial collective DAM PROJECTS and his broadcasting background.
Milly Thompson is an artist (and Cubitt member) interested in aspiration, ambition, self consciousness and pleasure in relation to the artworld and social codes, through a broad range of materials including digital media, sculpture, text, drawing, photography and painting. She worked as part of the collaborative art group BANK from 1994 to 2003 and since then has pursued her solo career. Thompson has received numerous awards and grants and has been a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award and The Sargant Scholarship at the British School at Rome. As well as being a Visiting Tutor in the Painting programme at the RCA, she is a Lecturer on MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. BANK work is held in collections at Tate, MoMA New York and Printed Matter.
Karen Mirza and Brad Butler’s multi-layered practice consists of filmmaking, drawing, installation, performance and curating. Their work challenges terms such as participation, collaboration, the social turn and the traditional roles of the artist as producer and the audience as recipient. Since 2007, Mirza and Butler have been developing a body of work entitled the Museum of non Participation. Recent exhibitions include The New Deal at the Walker Art Centre (April – July 2013), Performa 13 (2013) and Derin Devlet (Deep State) at Galeri NON (Jan – Feb 2014). The Museum of non Participation is nominated for the Artes Mundi Award 2014 for visual artists who engage with the human condition, social reality and lived experience. In 2004, Mirza and Butler formed no.w.here, an artist-run organisation that combines film production with critical dialogue about contemporary image making.
Chris Jones is collective member of 56a Infoshop in Elephant & Castle, a long term radical social centre. He is also part of Southwark Notes, a blog and active research group contesting the regeneration of North Southwark with a particular focus on demolition and displacement on local council estates. Chris is also a member of Ultra-red, a sound art collective that develops and tests procedures for collective listening that contribute directly to political struggles.
Ed Webb-Ingall is a filmmaker and writer with an interest in exploring practices and forms of collaboration. He is a TECHNE PhD candidate at Royal Holloway University, researching into the history and practice of community video in London from 1968-1981. He is currently part of the Communal Knowledge program at The Showroom, London. Recent projects include LUX -where he was writer in residence- Open School East, Tate Liverpool and The British Film Institute.
Gavin Wade is director of Eastside Projects, Birmingham, an artist-curator and publisher of Strategic Questions. In 2010 he received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund Award for exceptional cultural entrepreneurs. He has curated solo exhibitions with Gunilla Klingberg, Mike Nelson, Yangjiang Group, William Pope.L, Dan Graham, Carey Young, Liam Gillick, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Nathan Coley and Bas Jan Ader. Curated projects include: Painting Show (2011-12), Eastside Projects; Public Structures, Guangzhou Triennial, China (2005); and In the Midst of Things, Bournville (1999). Books include UPCYCLE THIS BOOK, Sternberg (2013); Has Man A Function In Universe? Book Works (2008); and The Interruptors: A Non-Simultaneous Novel, Article Press (2005).
Andrea Francke is a peruvian artist based in London. Her practice explore the connections between personal and subjective experiences to public police and ideological frameworks. Some of her current projects include: Invisible Spaces of Parenthood, an on-going artistic research project and collaboration with Kim Dhillon, exploring non-representational politics of motherhood and the labour of caring for children; and The Piracy Project, a collaboration with Eva Weinmayr as part of the AND Publishing program, that explores the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy.
Morgan Quaintance is a London-based writer, musician, broadcaster and curator, and the 2015/16 Curatorial Fellow at Cubitt Gallery. Born in South London, he is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, Art Review, Frieze, Rhizome.org
Devised by Jenny Richards (co-director of the artist-led gallery Konsthall C, Stockholm) in collaboration with Cubitt’s Fabio Altamura (Gallery Projects and Development Manager) and Daniel Baker (Education Research and Strategy Director).